What to do?
We are extremely well located to make the best of all that Cornwall has to offer. We are close to both coasts and right on the edge of Bodmin Moor. There is tons to do right on our doorstep. We are 4 hours from London by car and 3 and a half by train. Each of our properties has a personal guide of our best local beaches and best local restaurants. We also provide you with a guide book, local walking guides and an OS map. Below are some additional details of things we like doing in the beautiful part of the world that we live in. We’ve tried to give a broad range to suit all ages and energy levels. Just a few suggestions really but hopefully giving a broad range of activities that you might enjoy in Cornwall (and a few in …. whisper it…. Devon!)
The trail is suitable for walkers, cyclists, horse-riders and wheel-chair users and falls into three main sections:
- Padstow to Wadebridge – 5.5 Miles (8.8Km)
- Wadebridge to Bodmin (Boscarne) – 5.75 Miles (9.25Km)
- Bodmin to Wenfordbridge – 6.25 Miles (10.1 Km)
The Grade 1 former Royal Naval victualing buildings are coming alive with cafes, bars, restaurants, museum, art galleries, offices and residential spaces.
Visit the brand new visitor basin with berths available daily, weekly or monthly. Situated at the entrance of the River Tamar, this offers the visiting mariner the opportunity to have a gentle sail on the scenic river or a sea cruise around Plymouth’s coastline.
The Mills Bakery is home to a range of apartments available at the yard, including micro apartments, bay apartments and corner apartments with fantastic views. The apartments complement the existing features of Mills Bakery which includes massive granite and limestone walls, exposed timber roof beams and arched windows.
Two sides of Mills Bakery look out directly onto water. One overlooks the Basin, Royal William Yard’s interior dock, while the other looks out onto the Hamoaze, the estuary of the tidal River Tamar. There is no better waterfront location in Britain!
The Royal William Yard is home to a variety of commercial and residential spaces including leisure, office and retail, including:
- Las Iguanas
- Le Bistrot Pierre
- Le Vignoble
- Prezzo Restaurant
- River Cottage
- Seco Lounge
- One Residence Royal William Yard
- Martin Bush gallery
- Drake’s Wharf holiday apartments
- Luxury Sea Views
- Bluestone 360
- Mutant Labs
- Royal William Bakery
- Urban Splash
A daily ferry service operates between Royal William Yard and the Barbican. A trial summer service to Mount Batten is currently being offered (please see ferry page or contact us for details).
There are favourites in each quarter depending on what you are looking for. For example, you will find quality clothes shops and the department stores in Princesshay. Retail favourites are in the Guildhall Shopping Centre. Look in the Castle Quarter and the West Quarter for individual interesting local shops that you will not find in other cities.
From The Guardian:
Wild swimming in the UK: 10 top spots
The secluded beauty of wild swimming in the UK makes for the perfect alfresco dip – and you’re never too far away from great campsites, castles, gardens, pubs and restaurants either
The Guardian, Friday 10 May 2013 21.00 BST
Taking the plunge … the UK’s wild swimming spots are worth making a splash over. Click here for a Google map plotting the grid references in this article
Goldiggins quarry, Minions, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall
This spring-fed quarry lake is the perfect suntrap. The beautiful jade water glistens within a rocky amphitheatre and there are flat ledges for jumping and grassy areas for picnics and sunbathing. It’s a beautiful walk out on to the moor past the Hurlers – one of the most complete remains of a stone circle in the south-west. From the Hurlers car park in Minions, follow the track, which heads north on to the moor; walk past the circle and after 15 minutes bear left at the junction. You can return via the Pony Pool and the “Cheese Ring” tor: a stack of weathered rocks piled up like lumps of mozzarella.
Top 10 reasons to visit the Eden Project
Here’s some of what you’ll find when you visit:
- the world’s largest rainforest in captivity with steamy jungles and waterfalls
- cutting-edge architecture and buildings
- stunning garden displays all year round
- world-class sculpture and art
- evening gigs, concerts and an ice rink in the winter
- educational centre and demonstrations to inspire all ages
- brilliant local, fairly traded food in the restaurants and cafes
- a Rainforest Canopy Walkway, where you can take a stunning walk among the treetops
- living example of regeneration and sustainable living
- free ride on our land train, often pulled by a tractor.
Here are my top tips for getting the most out of your crabbing experience:
1. Pick an area near a wall – either on the quay or on the edge of the rocks, Crabs like to hide amongst rocks and seaweed. Being close to a wall means you can entice them out of their hiding places.
2. Be prepared to make sure you have your bucket, Crab line and net ready. I suggest having a crab line with a net to hold bait and a net to catch the crab with as you are pulling the line out of the water (the cheeky things like to make a jump for it).
3. Use bait. It’s very important. Some people use bacon or the little bags of bait you can buy with your crab line. I recommend frozen bait a lot of shops have it frozen and it lasts longer because it doesn’t get broken up as badly. Frozen mackerel is my top tip!
4. Be comfortable and safe, crabbing is great fun but you’re not always going to catch 100’s of crabs so make yourself comfortable and be safe do NOT lean over the water! It’s asking for trouble.
5. Put the crabs back. Its fine to keep them in a bucket with salt water in whilst you are crabbing but you need to put them back. You can’t take them home and eat them because they are not big enough. They need to be at least a few pounds before you can eat them.
6. Don’t keep your crab line. They are not expensive and it’s easier to get a new one than get the old bait out and stop the line from smelling. You can reuse your net and bucket but throw your crab line away at the end of the day.
So now you’re ready for a fun day of crabbing but be warned it’s quite addictive.
And just to let you in on a little secret The Mill pool in Looe is my favorite place to go crabbing. The mill pool is in the car park on West Looe and is always full of water, which means you can catch crabs all day and you’re not relying on the tide. Sit on the walkway steps by the park.
Plymouth is the largest centre for shopping in the South West, outside of Bristol, and features many independent retailers as well as national brands and high street names in its varied shopping areas.
Plymouth City Centre is a modern, pedestrianised area where visitors are encouraged to spend their time shopping without the need for transport. Offering shoppers a little bit of everything, Plymouth’s extensive range of shopping districts and markets is well laid out for easy access, not only for shopping, but also for making the most of the great range of restaurants, cafes and Plymouth’s entertainment venues and attractions.
Take your time wandering around the extensive range of independent and specialist retailers in the Independent Quarter, pick up unique pieces of art from the Barbican’s Historic Quarter or enjoy shopping in Plymouth’s landmark shopping centre, Drake Circus
Plymouth is well served by both public transport and car parks, making it easily accessible to all. Pay a visit to Plymouth and enjoy the city’s wide range of shops, eateries, and attractions – there really is something for everyone.