Towns and villages
Lostwithiel (approx 3 miles)
Ancient Stannary Town (erstwhile capital of Cornwall) on the river Fowey, with lots of antique shops and regular sales by Jeffreys the Auctioneers which gives it the title of the “Antique Capital” of Cornwall. Visit the Duchy Palace,one of Cornwall’s oldest buildings, recently renovated and opened by Prince Charles. Museum offers regular historical walks around the town. Children’s Play Park and Tourist Information Centre. Bread, cheeses and other Cornish produce can be obtained from Fran’s Pantry in Lostwithiel (a few doors away from the Co-op). Many good restaurants and pubs. Restormel Castle and Duchy Nurseries.
Doctors’ Surgery: Dr Howe or Dr Hendriksz – North Street, Lostwithiel. Tel: 01208 872589
Chemist: Mountchase, Fore Street Lostwithiel. Tel: 872368 (half-day closing Wednesdays). http://www.lostwithiel.org.uk
Charlestown (approx 10 miles)
An amazingly pristine, unspoiled example of a late Georgian working port. To this day the port remains unspoiled and retains much of its Georgian character. This unique combination has lead to Charlestown being a popular location for film and television locations and to some extent this has probably helped subsidise its existence and prevent development. Credits include Poldark, Hornblower, Mansfield Park and many more. http://www.cornwalls.co.uk/Charlestown-village.htm
Fowey (approx 5 miles via the Bodinnick Car Ferry or 10 miles via Lostwithiel)
Small quaint harbourside town. Lots of bespoke shops. Safe beach at Readymoney Cove. Two yacht clubs and a chandlery. Lots of hotels, pubs and other eateries. Fowey Festival of Words & Music in mid-May: http://www.foweyfestival.com/
Trip Boats run regularly from Fowey (Town Quay) and boats can be hired. Canoe Expeditions from Fowey and Golant “Encounter Cornwall” (Golant based) www.encountercornwall.com
Pelynt (approx 6 miles)
Birthplace of Bishop Trelawny, about whom the Cornish “National” Anthem was written. The pub, Jubilee Inn is worth a visit. Very good Kennels and Cattery
Trago Mills (approx 8 miles)
On the A38 West of Doublebois. Large out of town shopping centre – selling almost everything (all under one roof) at competitive prices. There are Ornamental duck ponds, bird aviaries, eating places, good parking. You’ll either love it or hate it, but well worth a visit!
Bodmin (approx 8 miles)
Military Museum, Bodmin Jail gives tours, also has a restaurant and bikes can be hired. Bikes can also be hired from Dunmere, a couple of miles West of Bodmin, with direct access to the Camel Trail, where you will also find the award winning Camel Valley Vineyard. Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway runs through the summer with Murder Mystery trips, Thomas the Tank Engine visits, etc and also Santa specials at Christmas. Tel: 01208 73666
St Blazey - Eden Project (approx 8 miles)
Turn right off the A390 (Lostwithiel to St Austell) just over the Level Crossing at St Blazey. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Tourist Information at the Community Centre in Lostwithiel.
Polperro (approx 8 miles)
Very popular and quaint old fishing village. Numerous good pubs! Very popular and touristy (crowded in peak season) – many interesting features, shops restaurants, boat trips, shark or mackerel fishing trips. Very narrow roads with only local parking so park at top of road and walk down or take tram transport.
Looe (approx 9 miles)
Quaint small coastal town with picturesque harbour with fishing fleet and fish market. Lots of shops and eateries. Safe beach for children. Train station. Trips can be arrange to visit Looe Island by contacting the Cornwall Wildlife Trust www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk
St Neot - Carnglaze Caverns (approx 12 miles)
Former slate mine with three huge caverns, one of which, (“The Rum Store”) is a concert venue. Guided tours, walks through the woodlands and the Enchanted Fairy Dell. Tel: 01579 320251
Liskeard (approx 13 miles)
An ancient stannary and market town. Still has weekly livestock market. Numerous shops, cafés, etc
Mevagissey (approx 15 miles)
Picturesque old fishing village with good assortment of shops, restaurants, boat trips, etc. It can be reached by sea from Fowey on the Mevagissey Ferry: www.mevagissey-ferries.co.uk
Wadebridge (aprox 20 miles)
Popular Town on the Camel Estuary. Small traditional cinema, various specialist shops. Bike Hire for the Camel Trail. John Betjeman Museum.
Truro (approx 30 miles)
Cornwall’s City of much charm with lovely old cathedral. Home of Radio Cornwall. Quality theatre at "Hall for Cornwall". Truro is considered the best for shopping with a large Marks and Spencer and lots of bespoke shops. Excellent eateries.
Padstow (30 miles)
Interesting small fishing town – home of the famous "Obby Oss", Rick Stein’s fish restaurant and popular with visitors and artists.
St Mawes and Roseland Peninsula (30 miles)
Lovely area, favoured by millionaires and yachting enthusiasts. If you like old churches, do not miss St Just in Roseland – the setting is exceptionally beautiful.
Newquay (approx 30 miles)
Well known holiday town with zoo, boating lakes, swimming pools and good beaches. Unfortunately attracts too many people in peak season – but quite nice at other times.
Plymouth (approx 35 miles)
Has an excellent large Shopping Complex and is home to the National Marine Aquarium, largest in the UK. Theatre Royal, Ice Skating, Dry Slope Skiing, Roller Skating, Large Swimming Complex, Cinemas, and the historic Hoe and Barbican areas.
Falmouth (approx 36 miles)
Third deepest natural harbour in the world. Famous for start/finish of round the world yacht races. Popular seaside town with two good beaches. Maritime Museum is well worth a visit as is the nearby Helford River area and Trebah gardens with its own private beach.
St Ives (approx 50 miles)
Beautiful old fishing town of immense charm and with excellent sandy beaches. It has one good safe family beach and one very popular surfing beach (plus two further smaller beaches). The town offers plenty to see and do, with lots of restaurants, shops and art galleries. St Ives is world famous for its artists, and the Tate gallery.