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St. Austell

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The great sweep of St Austell Bay and its hinterland play host to a vivid range of scenery, spectacle and activity, compounded by a location which makes it a natural touring centre, within an hour's drive of most major attractions in the county.

 

The great sweep of St Austell Bay and its hinterland play host to a vivid range of scenery, spectacle and activity, compounded by a location which makes it a natural touring centre, within an hour's drive of most major attractions in the county.

 

A drive north will take you to Roche, noted for its towering rock with the chapel of St Michael built into the summit, a natural sound stage for the Cornish Gorsedd celebrating a pre-Christian oral tradition. Nearby, is the bijou port of Charlestown, little changed since its completion in 1795 by the brilliant local entrepreneur, Charles Rashleigh. Its Shipwreck and Heritage Centre, built over the old china clay dry, charts a fascinating 200 year history of fishing, wrecking, mining and migration to North America. On display in the harbour you will find traditional square rigged sailing ships, and at various times, famous visiting tall ships, aboard which you can discover a world from many years ago

 

Charlestown has its own beach and St Austell Bay offers outstanding cliff and coastal scenery with beaches at Carlyon Bay, Porthpean, Pentewan and Par where you will find a lake whose many species of bird make it a naturalist's paradise.

 

Carlyon Bay is also the home of the Cornish Leisure World, with a host of recreational facilities. Across the water, tucked into the hillside between Par and Fowey is the small picturesque harbour of Polkerris with its sandy beach from where you can hire a boat or pedalo and explore the Bay.

  

 

       

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