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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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MADRON (Penzance)

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Church with Trafalgar Banner, celebrating Nelson's victory. Trengwainton Gardens (NT). Moorlands to north rich in antiquities: Lanyon Quoit; Men-an-Tol; Maen Scryfa inscribed stone and Iron Age Ch-n Castle hill fort to south-west.

 

MALPAS (Truro)

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Situated in the enchanting Parish of St Clement, 1.5 miles from Truro, Malpas enjoys superb views across the confluence of the rivers Truro and Tresillian. A drive along the riverside through lanes shaded by leafy green trees leads unexpectedly to a few cottages set beside quiet waters. The village has the usual post office and Inn. For the beach going family, the coves and bays of the Roseland Peninsula are a drive of less than 30 minutes. Towards Falmouth, Loe beach on the Carrick Roads is 6.5 miles.

 

MARAZION (Penzance)

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Cornwall's oldest charter town. Overlooks 12thC St Michael's Mount (NT) and Mount's Bay. Good stretch of sands, windsurfing centre.

 

MARHAMCHURCH (Bude)

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Lies on the disused canal just two miles south-east of Bude. It was founded as a monastic settlement by St. Morwenna and every year, on the Monday after 12th August, the ancient Marhamchurch Revel is held to celebrate the Saint's good works. A Queen of the Revel is elected from among the village schoolgirls and crowned by Father Time on the spot in front of the church where St. Morwenna's cells once stood. A procession, led by the local band and the newly crowned Queen riding on horseback, then passes through the village to the Revel Ground.

 

MAWGAN PORTH (Newquay)

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Tall granite cliffs on either flank, Atlantic rollers, white surf and sandy beaches, Mawgan Porth is many people's dream of what a Cornish cove should be. The road from Newquay (5 miles) winds down one hillside, flattens for a few hundred yards before it starts to climb up the opposite side of the vale. There is a small garage, a cafe-cum-beach shop, a licensed restaurant and of course the village Inn. With the tide out the cove provides a multitude of rock pools and small caves to explore whilst for the energetic Bedruthan Steps are just two miles to the north. There is a pay and play 18 hole golf course at Mawgan Porth.

 

MAWNAN SMITH (Falmouth)

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13thC church at head of Helford Estuary. Four outstanding gardens: Penjerrick, Trebah, Carwinion and Glendurgan (NT). Fishing hamlet of Durgan (NT) nearby. Good walks.

 

MEVAGISSEY (St Austell)

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Working fishing port, largest in St Austell Bay. Cob cottages spill down to harbour walls from steep valley. Beaches at Portmellon and Gorran Haven. Model railway and museum. Outstanding Lost Gardens of Heligan to north-west.

 

MICHAELSTOW (Bodmin)

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A quiet pretty village on the banks of the Camel river, with a fine church, a holy well and a tall Celtic Cross. Near by is the Iron Age hill fort, Helsbury Castle.

 

MINIONS (Liskeard)

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Moorland hamlet with highest pub in Cornwall, curious Cheesewring rock formation, Bronze Age stone circles, mine ruins and Mine & Moorland Heritage Centre. Sterts Open-Air Theatre & Arts Centre and Lynher Valley Dairy (home of Cornish Yarg nettle cheese) at nearby Upton Cross.

 

MITHIAN (St Agnes)

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A pretty little village with a pub, post box and public telephone. Only 1.5 miles from Trevaunance cove and the shops and amenities of St Agnes, 2.5 miles from Perranporth.

 

MOUNT EDGCUMBE (Torpoint)

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Country park incorporating stretch of Heritage coastline to Whitsand Bay. House, gardens, park. Nearby Queen Anne mansion of Antony House (National Trust) and its Woodland Garden.

 

Morvah (Landrake, Saltash)

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A tiny parish with a church dating back to 14th century, a recently rediscovered holy well, and a thriving community arts centre.

 

MORWENSTOW (Bude)

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Like Marhamchurch, has a church dedicated to St. Morwenna. Standing high above the sea, about 7 miles north of Bude, the church is very impressive with much remaining of the original Norman building including the south doorway and the font. There is also work of the 13th, 15th and 16th centuries and some fine wagon roofs. During the Last century, the originator of the Harvest Festival, the eccentric poet/priest Robert Hawker was Vicar here. The chimneys of the rectory, which he had built, each represent buildings with which he had earlier been associated. He showed great concern for shipwrecked sailors, campaigning vigorously against the wreckers in his parish and had a shipwreck lookout on the cliffs nearby.

 

MOUSEHOLE (Penzance)

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Classic fishing village west of Penzance, once a major pilchard landing port. Retains considerable character. Burned by Spanish privateers in 1595. Bird hospital. Famous Christmas lights. Tom Bawcock's Eve (Dec 23rd) celebrated with fish lantern procession and Star-Gazey Pies.

 

MOUNT HAWKE (Truro)

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Two miles from the surfing beach of Porthtowan, and set in beautiful countryside. Fully modernised cottages are in a small terrace on the outskirts of Mount Hawke, with its pub, small restaurant, grocery shops and post office. St Agnes is two miles away with shops and a tennis court.

 

MOUNTS BAY

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Mounts Bay lies at the heart of a great sweep of coastline that runs from Lands End in the West to the Lizard point in the East. At the heart of the bay lies the town of Penzance.

 

MULLION (Helston)

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Bustling village with good facilities. Interesting church with carved bench-ends. Cove has pretty working harbour of Porth Mellin (NT). Excellent cliff walking. Marconi monument stands above family beach at Poldhu Cove. Polurrian Cove popular with surfers.

 

MYLOR (Falmouth)

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One of the most sought after villages in Cornwall, Mylor has been the haunt of sailors throughout the ages, although those now coming ashore from their 40 footers are perhaps rather more restrained than their predecessors who did so when the village was the sight of the smallest Royal Dockyard in Great Britain. Reference must be made to the clock-tower in miniature-no more than 20ft high with a full chiming clock and intricately worked weather-vane, also the beautiful church and the sentiments expressed on some of the gravestones. One commemorating Thomas Jones, a poor but no doubt honest smuggler shot to death by Excise men, reads, "Officious Zeal in luckless hour laid wait and wilfully sent the murderous ball of fate"". Times and sentiments don't change that much.


 

       

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