Cornwall 2022 - Trip Itinerary
The Heritage Coasts of Cornwall, England
The following proposed itinerary may be subject to change due to weather or local conditions beyond the control of the trip leader. Your trip leader will provide assistance to help you navigate in-country transport options and lodging pre-trip to get you in the right place, at the right time.
Included meals shown by B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner.
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Day 1 Tuesday April 19 Depart Tavistock
We meet at 9:30 am in the center of Tavistock, Devon to transfer to Cornwall, drive time about 2 hours. After settling into our caravans we regroup for our trip orientation and to answer last minute questions over lunch. In the afternoon, we'll take a stroll to explore Coverack. Tonight we [metaphorically!] dive into deepest rural Cornwall to enjoy dinner at a quintessentially old fashioned British freehold pub rescued by a Co-operative Society and highlighted in the Weekend Telegraph newspaper as one of the ten best rescued pubs nationally. L/ D
Day 2 Wednesday April 20 The Lizard
Lizard Point is geographically the furthest southern point in Britain - somehow it missed out on securing the world famous epithet. Much of this coastal area is managed by the National Trust meaning it remains un-spoilt and retains a feeling and look of being wild and untamed. After a visit to the Lizard Heritage Center & Lighthouse and admiring the views from Lizard Point and the disused lifeboat station, our next destination is a cliff top view of acclaimed Kynance Cove. Tonight we dine in the historic village of Porthleven at a multiple award-winning restaurant recognized by the Michelin guide, Good Food Guide, and named Restaurant of the Year in the 2019 Cornwall Life Magazine. Local produce with an Asian twist. B/L/D
Day 3 Thursday April 21 The Loe
The Loe is the largest freshwater lake in Cornwall separated from the sea, Mount Bay, by a bank of shingle known as Loe Bar. The area is a site of Special Scientific Interest and an important overwintering site for migrating birds. We will stroll along the lakeside for as far as we like and will then retrace our steps to explore the shingle bank. On our return journey we will visit National Trust property, Gunwalloe beach, and the cove church of St Winwaloe with its detached bell tower, dating from the 14th century. Dinner tonight is at a Michelin accredited intimate modern bistro seating just 18. B/L/D
Day 4 Friday April 22 Transfer to Penzance & St Michael’s Mount
After breakfast, we transfer to our guest house lodgings in Penzance, a drive of about one hour. We will drop off our bags (we'll be too early to check-in) and set off to explore St. Michael's Mount. In 1066, St Michael’s Mount was owned by the monks of its sister isle, Mont St. Michel in Normandy. In the 12th century these same monks built the church and priory at the heart of the castle today. Since the 1650s, the castle has been home to the St Aubyn family and remained their sole home until 1954 when it was gifted to the National Trust. Returning to our guest house to check in and freshen up, dinner tonight is at a nearby award-winning 12th century gastro-pub with views overlooking St. Michael's Mount. B/ L/ D
Day 5 Saturday April 23 Echos from the Past
One hundred fifty years ago this sleepy village had a very different feel. It was the British hub of undersea cable communications until 1970. A high speed undersea connection was established when a telegraph cable connecting Cornwall and Bombay was laid in 1870. During our visit at the original site, now a museum, we will learn of the history and epic endeavors to bring such a feat into reality. Afterwards, we will visit The Minack Theater, acclaimed open-air amphitheater perched on the cliffs high above the Atlantic Ocean. We’ll tour the theater grounds and explore the beach below before returning to our lodgings to freshen up before dinner at a small pub owned and operated by celebrated Michelin Star, multi award winning Cornish Chef, Ben Tunnicliffe. B/L/D
Day 6 Sunday April 24 The Tin Coast
Today we take an immersion into the tin mining history of Cornwall visiting three adjacent tin mines. We start at Geevor Tin Mine, 1780-1991, with an underground tunnel walk (optional). Then we take a short drive (or optional 1/2 mile walk) to Levant Mine established in 1840 with its unique example of a beam engine used to pump sea water out of the submarine mine tunnels. Our third stop is the famed Botallack Mine where records of mining date from the 1500’s with some archaeological evidence suggesting earlier workings in the mid-Roman era, about 200 AD. Here we will see the teetering cliff-side Crowns Mine engine houses featured in the film series, Poldark. An easy 40 minute Botallack mining walk starting at The Count House, built around 1861 as the residence and offices for the Captain and staff of the Botallack Mine, and now an interpretive center, to the engine house and then back along the coast path to the start. Afterwards, we take a country lane drive onto Cape Cornwall, oftentimes referenced as the Connoisseur’s Land’s End. Tonight we dine in nearby Mousehole. The first mention of the village of Mousehole is in 1283. Records show that pilchards were exported to France as early as 1302. It remains a fishing village but its glory-days as a principle port for Mounts Bay, ended in the 16th century. We dine at a 2019 Michelin Guide, 2017 Gold Award - Taste of the West, inn renowned for fresh ingredients and tasty puddings. B/L/D
Day 7 Monday April 25 Wild Food Foraging & Ancient Sites
We are in for a treat today! In the morning, at Prussia Cove, we have a lesson, including tasters, on wild food foraging with Rachel, a forager and award winning author and guide. Rachel has a background in education and health and has been teaching foraging since 2007. One of her foraging and cooking books won a National Gourmand Cookbook Award. After lunch we will tour two ancient sites. The first dates back to the Iron Age (200 BCE) and features a stone-walled underground passage known as a fogou - a type of Iron Age monument found only in the far west of Cornwall. Our second stop is at a nearby stone circle. B/L/D
Day 8 Tuesday April 26 St Ives
Today we have a full day exploring St Ives. From medieval times, the town was an important commercial fishing port exporting pilchards as far as Italy. In Victorian times, the arrival of the railway line helped the local economy change from fishing to tourism. In the 19th and 20th centuries, St Ives became a magnet for art and literature. In 1811 JMW Turner arrived in St Ives. The St Ives School, a "colony of artists" developed after the First World War and included American impressionists. The Father of British Studio Pottery, Bernard Leach, set up a pottery in 1920. Virginia Wolfe vacationed in St Ives and found inspiration for her 1927 novel, To The Lighthouse. British artist and sculptor, Barbara Hepworth, arrived in 1939 and a branch of the Tate Gallery opened in 1993. We'll start at the Leach Pottery and then find a central location near the Tate Museum and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Garden from which to wander and self explore. Regrouping later in the afternoon, we depart for our farewell dinner at another acclaimed gastro-pub noted in the Michelin Guide, and mentioned in the Sunday Times Travel edition. B/L/D
Day 9 Wednesday April 27 Departure
Our Cornish adventure ends after breakfast at our guest house. Departing at 9 am, drop-off at Penzance Railway Station is available for your onward travels to London and beyond. Check out is 10 am. B