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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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SALTASH

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17thC Guildhall, Mary Newman's cottage (home of Mrs Francis Drake). Tamar river cruises. Brunel's iron railway bridge (1859), suspension road bridge (1961). Nearby Trematon Castle (restricted access) associated with Black Prince.

 

SANCREED (Penzance)

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An attractive inland village in the Lands End peninsula. It has a 15th century church with a carved rood screen and two noteworthy crosses in the churchyard. Above the village is Sancreed beacon with extensive views. A little to the west s the Iron age fort of Caer Bran, reached by footpath from Grumbla.. There is a well preserved Iron Age courtyard village at Carn Euny, reached from Brane.

 

SEATON (Torpoint)

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A notorious smuggling area in the last century because it was wild and remote. Brandy, silk and spices were brought in from Brittany. Today the sheltered coast between Looe and Nare Head has a number of sandy tourist beaches. There is a monkey sanctuary at Murraytown a mile east of Seaton which has the first protected breeding colony of Amazonian Woolly monkeys in the world.

 

SENNEN COVE (Penzance)

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Far west village and bathing beach, voted 'cleanest in Britain' 1998. Popular with surfers. Lifeboat slip and former windlass house, now a crafts gallery. Cliff castle. Cliff walks to Land's End.

 

SHEVIOCK (Torpoint)

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This charming village, situated on the beautiful Rame Peninsula, is the perfect base for exploring an area of great natural beauty and secluded beaches. This is a popular area for sea angling and bird watching, and nearby Antony House is one of Cornwall’s most impressive stately homes.

 

ST. AGNES

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Charming village, north of Truro, retaining links with industrial past. Famous for Stippy Stappy row of sea captain's cottages and surrounded by mine engine houses. Craft shops and art galleries. Two good surfing beaches, Chapel Porth (NT) and Trevaunance, once a busy port. Wheal Coates, on cliffs, exceptional engine house. Village museum, Presingoll Barns craft centre and Blue Hills Tin Streaming Works at Trevellas Coombe.

 

ST. ANTHONY (ROSELAND)

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Magnificent headland with lighthouse, WW2 battery observation post and beaches. Splendid views across Carrick Roads to Falmouth, Lizard Peninsula and infamous Manacle Rocks.

 

ST. AUSTELL

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Capital of 'Cornish Alps', ethereal white mini-mountains of china-clay industry. Bustling town with 15thC Holy Trinity church, market hall. St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre. Wheal Martyn China Clay Heritage Centre. Nearby, Mid-Cornwall Craft Centre at Biscovey, Automobilia motor museum at St Stephen, Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre. Tregrehan Garden and Pine Lodge Garden.

 

ST. BREOCK (Wadebridge)

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A village with a idyllic 13th century church, a slab in the churchyard remembers wicked Jan Tregeagle, chief steward of Lanhydrock, whose legendary punishments included emptying Dozmary Pool with a leaking limpet shell. Nearby the village is the St. Breock Downs with its megalithic stones and superb views.

 

ST. BREWARD (Bodmin Moor)

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A typical Cornish moorland village with church, pub and a few shops. To the west the ground falls away sharply to the lovely Camel Valley and the well sheltered waters and sands of the estuary. The beaches there, at Rock and Daymer Bay, are about a 12 mile drive away, whilst the coastal sands of Trebarwith and Port Gaverne are 9 miles. The high untamed moorland of Bodmin Moor hugs the eastern edge of the village - but circles show that Stone Age Man was here about 3000 BC.

 

ST. BURYAN (Penzance)

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15thC church with rood screen, granite tower a daymark for shipping around Land's End. Film Straw Dogs shot here. Bronze & Iron Age relics, including 19-stone Merry Maidens circle.

 

ST. CLEER (Liskeard)

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Moorland village with 15thC church and enclosed well. Neolithic Trethevy Quoit, inscribed 9th century King Doniert Stone, Siblyback Lake with fishing, watersports and visitor centre and Golitha Falls beauty spot nearby.

 

ST. CLEMENT (Truro)

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A pretty hamlet south of Truro, on the wooded tidal Tresillian River. it has thatched whitewashed cottages, and a 13th century church which has a lynch gate with a upper story room, used as a schoolroom in the past.

 

ST. CLETHER (Launceston)

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A small hamlet situated in the scenic Inney Valley. Within the village you will find a beautiful Holy Well dating back to Celtic times.

 

ST. COLUMB MAJOR (Newquay)

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The attractive village of St. Columb Major boasts an impressive Parish Church, with an unusual four-tier tower. Each year on Shrove Tuesday the villagers play the traditional medieval game of ‘Hurling the Silver Ball’, in which two teams of several hundred people attempt to carry a silver painted ball between two goals set two miles apart. Nearby Castle Downs is the site of an Iron Age Hill Fort called Castle-an-Dinas, and is well worth climbing for the spectacular views it offers at the top.

 

ST. DAY (Redruth)

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Mining village adjacent to Gwennap Pit, where Wesley preached. Heritage Trail takes in historic sites in St Day and nearby Lanner and Carharrack.

 

ST. ENDELLION (Port Isaac)

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Famous for its collegiate church where John Betjeman worshipped. The church tower can be seen for miles.

 

ST. ERTH (Hayle)

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This peaceful village has a mixture of traditional cottages and modern houses. It is ideally situated for touring local beauty spots and the beaches of the north and south coasts, as this is effectively the narrowest part of the Cornish Peninsula.

 

ST. EVAL (Wadebridge)

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Standing alone on a high plateau is the 15th century church of St Uvelus. Its tower was used as a beacon for pilots landing at a nearby airfield, and also a land mark by mariners. From here you can walk to Bedruthan Steps, a giant stack of rocks in front of the cliffs.

 

ST. EWE (Mevagissey)

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An attractive village,  west of Mevagissey with a 14thC church with octagonal spire,  inside the church are the village stocks, and a rood screen that is the only one in Cornwall to have survived the attentions of Cromwell's soldiers.  Village stocks. Polmassick vineyard grows grapes in the wooded valley below the church and can be visited by the public.

 

ST. GERMANS (Saltash)

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Rural village with outstanding church, former Augustinian priory and cathedral church of Cornwall. 16thC almshouses. Tudor gateway leads to family home of Eliots.

 

ST. GENNYS (Bude)

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Is a delightful little village perched 400 feet up on the cliff side just above Crackington Haven - it clings to the hillside and looks out to the great headlands which drop sheer down to the sea. The churchyard is so steep that one of its paths is almost level with the roof. Much of the church is as it stood in Norman England.

 

ST. ISSEY (Wadebridge)

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An interesting village with several inns. Also a church featuring medieval carved stones and Victorian stencil work.

 

ST. IVES

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Magnificently situated, overlooking spectacular crescent of beaches. Fishing quarter a warren of stone cottages and cobbled alleys. Artists' colony for almost 100 years: Sickert, Whistler, Nicholson, Lanyon. Tate Gallery, Barbara Hepworth sculpture garden, Bernard Leach Pottery and numerous art galleries. Major arts and folk festival each September. Local museum and golf course.

 

ST. JUST IN ROSELAND

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Here you will find Cornwall's most photographed church, the 13th century St Justus church built right beside the water. On the site of a 5th century chapel, the churchyard slopes steeply upwards behind the church. A 19th century vicar brought in many tropical plants, and the combination of the church on the water's edge and the wonderful flowers and shrubs in the churchyard are pure magic.

  

ST. KEVERNE (Helston)

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Pleasant village with square on Lizard Peninsula. 400 shipwreck victims of nearby Manacles reef buried in churchyard. Statue celebrates leaders of 1497 Cornish rebellion. Annual August Ox Roast. Beaches at Porthallow, Coverack and Kennack Sands. Nature trails at Tregellast Barton Farm shop.

 

ST. KEW (Bodmin)

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St Kew is a small village with some very old and interesting buildings, some of which include a bridge, an inn, and a vicarage. St Kew church has some of the finest stained glass windows in all of Cornwall.

 

ST. MABYN (Bodmin)

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St. Mabyn is a hilltop village reached only by narrow lanes. Old cottages and a inn are built up around the 15th century church of St Mabena, whose door is made from Cataclew slate from nearby St Merryn.

 

ST. MAWES (Roseland)

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Sheltered, popular sailing centre on Roseland, overlooking Falmouth. Three beaches and fine clover-leaf Tudor castle, sister to Pendennis castle. Ferries to Place Manor (summer) and Falmouth.

 

ST. MAWGAN (Newquay)

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The village of St. Mawgan is just two miles up the vale from the beaches of Mawgan Porth. In a county that has many delightful villages, this must be one of the most attractive. There is a granite and slate manor house, once the home of Richard of Arundel, Marshall of England some 700 years ago, and two shops, also the Falcon Inn with its granite pillared porch which must have one of the loveliest gardens of any English pub. Although popular in high season, St. Mawgan never loses its identity as a village and provides an excellent base for holidays. The two miles of golden sands of Watergate Bay are just over two miles away. Newquay with its many holiday entertainments is six miles away.

 

ST. MERRYN (Padstow)

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A cluster of gray slate cottages round the church of St Marina. Around is Trevose head with its lighthouse, and a number of good surf and swimming beaches. Mother Ivy's Bay is the home of the Padstow lifeboat, and Rick Stein, the TV cook. Between this bay and Harlyn Bay is Cataclews Point, which was quarried for the greenstone used for church fonts and windows. On the other southern side of Trevose Head is Constantine bay and Booby's Bay.

 

ST. MINVER (Wadebridge)

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A quiet village with the church of St Minefreda. Close by on low lands is Jesus' Well, the water of which were said to have great healing powers.

 

ST. NEOT (Liskeard)

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Once thriving on wool, now famed for 15thC church with magnificent stained glass. Slate Caverns, Colliford Lake Park Education & Adventure nearby. Pottery and craft.

 

ST. NEWLYN EAST (Newquay)

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Pretty village south of Newquay. Trerice Manor & gardens (NT), Lappa Valley Steam Railway nearby.

 

ST. TEATH (Bodmin)

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St Teath is one of those pleasant Cornish villages, typical of this part of the County, being set back a couple of miles from the north coast to secure the shelter of high ground from winter gales. Situated on the slopes of the lovely Allen Valley, the village is centred around a square with a clock tower, a handsome church, mostly 15th Century and, of course, the village Inn. St Teath is well place for a variety of beaches, coves and holiday activities. Trebarwith Strand is four miles away and the picturesque Port Isaac, 5 miles.

 

ST. TUDY (Bodmin)

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Nestling close to Bodmin Moor in North Cornwall, lies the picturesque parish and village of St Tudy, which has a long and distinguished history.  It has grown around the original Celtic graveyard (God's acre) now containing the beautiful Grade 1 listed parish church and interesting 'Clink' building to the north. The village name is derived from Tudy a 6th Century monk and missionary strongly associated with the founding of monasteries and churches in Brittany. 

  

STITHIANS (Truro)

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Inland rural village with nearby reservoir for watersports, south of Redruth. Second-largest agricultural show in Cornwall every July.

 

STRATTON (See Bude)

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The parent town of Bude, probably dates back to Roman times, but it was as the stronghold of King Charles and the Royalists that it made its mark in history. During the Civil War the 7'4" Cornish giant, Anthony Payne, was enlisted as a bodyguard to the Royalist Sir Bevil Grenville. He fought beside Sir Bevil, who commanded the King's army in the victorious battle at nearby Stamford Hill in 1643. Payne lived and died in the Grenville manor house at Stratton - now the Tree Inn. It is said that, when the giant died, the house had to be restructured to allow his huge coffin to be carried in and out. Many of the very fine churches of Cornwall still bear the Royal Crest decreed by the King in gratitude to his loyal Cornishmen during the Civil War.


 

       

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