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Wherever you choose to spend your holiday in Cornwall, you'll find no shortage of fascinating places to visit. The brief descriptions given below are just a taste of the unique places which is Cornwall.

 

 

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GERRANS BAY (Truro)

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It is hard to know where this charming old village begins and Portscatho ends. Despite their proximity they are quite different in character and both have their own village centres and group of shops, Inns and a church. Secluded sweep of Roseland from Portscatho to Nare Head (National Trust), including Porthcurnick, Porthbean, Pendower and Carne beaches.

 

GODREVY  (St Ives)

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Extensive sandy beach to east of St Ives Bay, with lighthouse island featured in Virginia Woolf's 'To the Lighthouse'. Navax Point (NT) famous for seals.

 

GOONHAVERN (Truro)

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World in Miniature, Kernewek Pottery. At nearby Rose village, St Piran's Round (private), home of Cornish Miracle Plays, possibly oldest theatre site in Europe. At Penhallow, Callestock Cider Farm.

 

GOLANT (Fowey)

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Waterside village near Fowey. Nearby Castle Dore earthworks reputedly the site of King Mark's castle, in the legend of Tristan and Iseult.

 

GOONHAVERN (Truro)

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The nearest beaches to the small hamlet of Goonhavern are at Perranporth (3 miles) with long open stretches of golden sands backed by dunes. Newquay, a 15 minute drive (6 miles), provides the fullest range of holiday activities and entertainments in the County and superb beaches comparable to any in the world. Goonhavern itself has a pub and post office/general store. Truro, the County Town, is 7 miles to the south - a cheerful, bustling market town.

 

GOONHILLY DOWNS (Helston)

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Notable for its Satellite Earth Station (guided tours, visitors' centre), prehistoric monuments and barrows, and National Nature Reserve of 103 acres, habitat of rare heathers. Wind farm.

 

GORRAN HAVEN AREA (St Austell)

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Tucked away on the south eastern tip of the Roseland Peninsula, Gorran Haven is one of those remarkable Cornish coves that most visitors to the County will not find. The lane winds downhill following the valley floor towards a small harbour and sizable sandy beach with towering cliffs on either side. On the upper slopes there are some modern houses but towards the harbour and the old part of the village are narrow crooked streets and pretty cottages set in a charming disorder. Most day to day requirements are available in the village and there is a pub.

 

GRAMPOUND (Truro)

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The name comes from "Grand Pont", as the village was the lowest crossing point on the River Fal. Before the voting reforms of 1820, Grampound was a classic rotten borough, returning two MPs and only having two voters! It is now a small village on the busy main road from St Austell to Truro. There is a toll house on the bridge, a guildhall, clock tower and tannery, all showing its importance in the past.

 

GULVAL (Penzance)

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A quiet village of Victorian houses and cottages round a 15th century church. A few miles from Gulval is Chysauster, a late Iron Age village. It has nine courtyard houses, grouped on either side of the village street. It was inhabited from the first century BC , for the following four hundred years.

 

GUNNISLAKE

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Seven-arched road bridge, built 1520, was main route into Cornwall. Precipitous hills. Scene of Civil War skirmish. Skeletal remains of tin and copper mines. Tamar Valley Donkey Park nearby.

 

GUNWALLOE (Helston)

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Charming cove to west of Lizard Peninsula, adjoining Church Cove on which St Winwalloe church overlooks beach. Separate bell tower. First transatlantic radio signals transmitted by Marconi from Poldhu Point monument.

 

GWEEK (Helston)

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Formerly a busy port at head of Helford River. Now picturesque village with maritime antiquities, boatyards, crafts and the National Seal Sanctuary with its underwater observatory.

 

GWENNAP (Redruth)

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Gwennap Pit, grass-covered amphitheatre formed by collapsed mine workings, where Wesley preached. Since 1807 hosts annual Whit Monday service. Museum of Cornish Methodism.

 

GWITHIAN (Hayle)

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Chalets and high dunes, or towans, border 3-mile stretch of excellent sands to east of St Ives Bay. Red River Inn Pub.


 

       

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