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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!)

There is some great walking around our local area and further afield as well. In your accommodation you will find an OS map of Bodmin Moor, a parish walking guide and a Guide to walking on Bodmin Moor. The website below is also a great resource for planning your walking.


Sterts ” The Theatre On The Moor”  is  a fantastic venue for a summer evening of entertainment. Eat in our cafe or bring a picnic, we have a cafe/bar and on certain evenings there is a beer tent and barbecue. See programme for details  http://www.sterts.co.uk/
High quality adult and child mountain bikes, child trailers and accessories available to hire for the day or for the duration of your stay. Cycles can be delivered direct to your accommodation, they are available to hire for the day or for the duration of your holiday stay. Order by 6pm and your cycle will be delivered to your door the next morning and collected at the end of the same day for daily rate or late afternoon Friday when on weekly hire. Or if you prefer, our cycles can be picked up locally from Trevallick’s Farm Shop & Tearoom. Explore Caradon and take in 9 monuments, 3 hostelries, breathtakingly beautiful scenery, fresh air and exercise, all in a day!!! Included with your bike hire is a cycle helmet, cycle lock and hi-viz vest. If you are picking your bikes up and exploring the Caradon Hill area then a free map is included. Trevallick’s Farm Shop near Pensilva is your local pickup point.


Bronze Age Monument (c.1500 BC) consisting of three stone circles in a line. The southern most circle is incomplete, but the other two have been restored. Two standing stones, ‘The Pipers’ lie to the west of the site. The three large alligned stone circles, running in a NNE to SSW line, were built in a high moorland pass, between the slopes of Stowe’s Hill – an ancient hill top settlement to the north and Caradon hill to the south. The site is strategically placed between the tributaries of the River Fowey to the west and the River Lyn her, which feeds the Tamar, on the east.


Approved by the British Horse Society as a Training Centre for career students who wish to take B.H.S. qualifications, up to B.H.S.A.I. You may rest assured, therefore, that if you ride with us you will be correctly taught on responsive, well schooled horses and ponies, whose equipment is of a good standard and maintained with an eye to safety. Details of our Working Pupil Scheme are available by clicking here. We hack out on Bodmin Moor, to which we have almost direct access, reducing road work to an absolute minimum. The moors are totally natural, with breathtakingly beautiful views over the surrounding countryside. In the spring we see gambolling lambs, young calves, and the occasional feral ponies with their foals at foot. Buzzards and many other wild birds abound. One can experience nature at its best!



Siblyback Lake sits on the edge of Bodmin Moor offering a perfect lake location to enjoy windsurfing, sailing, water-skiing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding and kayaking


High Ropes – Face your fear, swing like a monkey from the treetops on our 40 foot high challenging course for all ages. Individuals, families and groups can tackle challenges and obstacles raised high above the ground in an adrenalin filled activity led by fully qualified instructors. Children from 8 years old may have challenges and obstacles raised high above the ground in an adrenalin filled a go unattended with a signed parental consent form.


This National Nature Reserve is a famous beauty spot on the southern edge of Bodmin Moor. The reserve is an area of woodland occupying a steep-sided valley gorge, with the River Fowey flowing through it in a series of spectacular cascades. To view the wildflowers of the area, it is best to visit the site between April and July, however the River Fowey and the waterfalls can be enjoyed at any time of year.
A new cycle path around Siblyback Lake is perfect for people of all ages and abilities. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll admiring the beauty of the lake or an active cycle. South West Lakes Trust have developed the footpath at Siblyback into an attractive cycle path following the shorelines of the lake, meandering through woodland in places.


Perched at the top of the cliffs, The Giant Swing hangs 50ft off the ground, 150ft over water. You’re hoisted to 80° then plunged 3-at-a-time over the lake. Just when you think there’s no turning back, you pull out of the dive, briefly experience zero gravity, before doing it all again – backwards. No need to book. Suitable for all ages 5 – 96


Coasteering at Adrenalin Quarry is unique. There is The Blob… Your friend sits on the end of a 12x3m inflatable tube. You climb up the floating tower and jump onto the tube. Your friend shoots up into air, down in water. You’re next. It’s a massive hit here since it’s arrival in 2012.


Perched at the top of the cliffs, The Giant Swing hangs 50ft off the ground, 150ft over water. You’re hoisted to 80° then plunged 3-at-a-time over the lake. Just when you think there’s no turning back, you pull out of the dive, briefly experience zero gravity, before doing it all again – backwards. No need to book. Suitable for all ages 5 – 96


Kartworld caters for all ages, with custom tracks and go karts for toddlers, children and adults. Huge 800m track. Plenty of opportunities for overtaking. Long fast straight sections. Race up to 40mph. Exceptional safety record. Take home a print out of all your lap times!


It is great on a wet or dry day as there are lots of things to do both indoor and outdoor. There are many animals to get hands on with from lamb feeding to pony rides. “In Touch” with the animals gives the little ones to get their hands on baby ducks, geese and rabbits. Trethorne has a huge soft play with ball pools and slides and a separate area for under fives. There is a climbing wall, indoor and outdoor trampoline, ride on toys, mini golf and ten pin bowling.


There are three caverns of cathedral proportions, hand created by local slate miners. During your tour you will go about 150m into the hillside and 60m below ground, via a flight of 60 steps. In the lower chambers you will find the subterranean lake with it’s crystal clear blue/green water. For much of the year you will be equipped to go on a self-guided tour of the three caverns but in high season guided tours may be in operation as there is a limit on numbers allowed in the lower caverns at one time. The Caverns are at a constant 10°C, so a jumper and sensible footwear* are recommended.


The Cawsand Ferry service provides regular daily crossings between the Barbican Landing Stage on Plymouth’s famous Barbican and the beautiful beaches and Cornish villages of Cawsand and Kingsand on the Rame peninsula. Our spectacular half hour crossing is the perfect way to see this beautiful part of Cornwall or to go sight-seeing. Unspoilt by time, the historical fishing and smuggling villages of Cawsand and Kingsand have secluded beaches, spectacular walks and magnificent scenery in this forgotten corner of Cornwall. You can be sure of a warm welcome in the many pubs, restaurants, shops and cafes.and shopping in and around Plymouth. A wonderful boat trip in itself, The Cawsand Ferry offers a truly fantastic day out!


Enter the magical land of Cornwall’s Crealy and hold on tight for Morgawr, the exciting new roller coaster. A must for all thrill-seekers, it’s the superfast legendary Sea Dragon of Cornwall. Plus splash through the Thunder Falls log flume, plunge to the ground on the Beast or whoosh down Raging Rivers. And for the faint hearted, embark on gentler rides and special adventures. Combined with the gentlest and friendliest of animals to pat, groom and feed, mystical woodland to discover and ancient stories of giants, knights and monsters, Magical Family Fun is Guaranteed at Cornwall’s Crealy Great Adventure Park. Your entrance fee entitles you to free re-entry for the following 12 months during the open season.


The Camel Trail is an 18 mile largely traffic free, surfaced and virtually level multi use trail which provides access to the beautiful Cornish countryside along a disused railway line between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow.

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 Camel Trail

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:

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).


Whether you are looking for large ‘High Street names’ like John Lewis, The House of Fraser or The White Company, or small intimate shops with specialist items, Exeter is a great place to shop! A compact city, Exeter has some superb boutique shops within a short walk of the High Street. And Exeter is easily accessible by bus, by train or by car using the Park and Ride buses and car parks.

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.


There are 2 eighteen hole courses at St Mellion one of which was designed by Jack Nicklaus and is considered very demanding. The resort had a huge makeover in 2011.


A lovely article from the Guardian about wild swimming in the UK. With the top spot being really near us at Goldiggins quarry, Minions, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall. It is a lovely spot!

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

Daniel Start
The Guardian, Friday 10 May 2013 21.00 BST

Wild Swimming
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:

  1. the world’s largest rainforest in captivity with steamy jungles and waterfalls
  2. cutting-edge architecture and buildings
  3. stunning garden displays all year round
  4. world-class sculpture and art
  5. evening gigs, concerts and an ice rink in the winter
  6. educational centre and demonstrations to inspire all ages
  7. brilliant local, fairly traded food in the restaurants and cafes
  8. a Rainforest Canopy Walkway, where you can take a stunning walk among the treetops
  9. living example of regeneration and sustainable living
  10. free ride on our land train, often pulled by a tractor.


The Aero Spa at St Mellion International Resort is a superb 4 star destination ideal for spa days and spa breaks in Cornwall. It has an impressive range of spa and leisure facilities so you will be able to work-out, stretch and relax throughout your stay. Indulge in the soothing spa treatments and products from Elemis and Fake Bake and pamper yourself head to toe during your spa break at St Mellion’s Aero Spa.


The Launceston Steam Railway links the historic town of Launceston with the hamlet of Newmills. The line runs for two and a half miles through the glorious Kensey Valley along the trackbed of the old North Cornwall Railway, where once express trains from Waterloo thundered along. Your train is hauled by narrow gauge (2′ 0″) locomotives built in Victoria’s reign, and you can ride in open or closed carriages depending on the weather; whatever you choose, you are assured of a marvelous view. A seat in the front of the train is as good as being on the footplate. Tickets are “Day Rovers” so you can ride the trains as often as you wish, or you can break your journey for a picnic, to explore the footpaths around the Kensey Valley or visit the Newmills Farm Park. With a train every hour, many passengers choose to enjoy a picnic or a walk in the valley, and return on a later service. The guard will stop the train, on request, at Hunt’s Crossing.


A Tudor house with many stories and legends, festooned with tapestries and adorned with textiles, arms and armour, pewter, brass and old oak furniture; a magical experience as little has changed over the years. Outside, explore the formally planted terraces, or lose yourself in the Valley Garden, which includes a medieval stewpond and dovecote. Seek tranquility in the Upper Garden or visit the two orchards planted with local apples and cherries. Cotehele Quay is the home of the restored Tamar sailing barge ‘Shamrock’ and gateway to a wider estate. The Discovery Centre tells the story of the Tamar Valley.We often go to Cotehele just for the gardens.  You can walk to Calstock from Cothele where you will find a small village with a couple of small pubs, perfect for a Sunday roast and in the high season you can catch a ferry back along the river to Cothele. This is a great dog friendly day out.


The Monkey Sanctuary cares for four different species of monkeys; all rescued from the UK and international primate pet trades. Our visitors receive an intimate insight into a working sanctuary with keepers on hand all day to give informative talks on the centre’s residents and the charity’s wider work. The Sanctuary offers a great day out for all the family, with wildlife gardens, children’s activity room, workshops, gift shop, café and picnic areas.


Crabbing in Looe is fun for all the family and it’s surprising how the time flies when you’re having fun!
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.

REEF FISHING Our full & half day reef fishing trips are enjoyed by many anglers of all ages and great sport is to be had on the numerous reefs that are situated in the coastal waters around Looe. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced angler you will enjoy a day/half days reef fishing. Conger, Ling, Pollack, well into double figures are waiting to be caught by the Looe Boats which are all fully equipped, Licensed and insured. Other fish caught are Wrasse, Cod, Whiting, Pouting to name but a few. It has been known for small Sharks to have been caught while fishing on the reefs. Availability and start times of reef fishing trips is dependent on the weather and tide. CONGER & MACKEREL FISHING Our 2 hour Mackerel fishing trips and our evening Conger trips are great introductions to sea fishing for all the family. Children’s life- jackets are available from the SACGB Headquarters. The two hour mackerel fishing trips are run on most days during the summer months and are enjoyed by all members of the family as fish can be almost guaranteed even for the complete novice. Children and adults love to take home their catch of mackerel to barbeque /cook for their next meal. Therefore, don’t forget to bring a carrier to take home your fish. For the slightly more adventurous our three hour evening Conger Angling Trips are very popular and are often followed by a visit to the local hostelry to discuss the one that got away. Due to the popularity of these fishing trips it is advisable to pre-book your place’s to avoid disappointment. Availability and start times of reef fishing trips is dependent on the weather and tide.


Magnificent late Victorian country house with gardens and wooded estate. Lanhydrock is the perfect country house and estate, with the feel of a wealthy but unpretentious family home. After a devastating fire in 1881 the house was refurbished in the high-Victorian style, with the best in country-house design and planning, and the latest mod cons. The kitchens, nurseries and servants’ quarters offer a thrilling glimpse into life ‘below stairs’, while the luxurious family areas, elegant dining room and spacious bedrooms reveal the comforts of ‘upstairs’ living. Experience the heyday of the Agar-Robartes family, who made Lanhydrock their home, and discover how their fortunes changed during the First World War.


Discovery Surf School also provides lessons and courses at Tregonhawke Beach and Tregantle Beach, at beautiful Whitsand Bay in South East Cornwall. This long stretches of sand at low/mid tide provides lots of space for great learning conditions, set to the back drop of Rame Head and the rugged Cornish coastline. If you would like to book lessons with us at Whitsand Bay please call and we can let you know what availability we have.  We mostly teach here in the high season, though if you are looking to book in a group or would like a private lesson we can very flexible to suit your requirements.


Tasting wines and seeing how they are made is great fun at Camel Valley. The unique tours are relaxed and friendly and the location is stunning; sitting on the terrace sipping Camel Valley wine on a summer’s afternoon is magical. You’ll find our attitude refreshingly down to earth – there’s no snobbery here, just a deep and enthusiastic love of wine that we hope you’ll find infectious. If a tour’s not for you then we also sell wine by the glass or half glass on the terrace throughout the day, which is a very relaxed and enjoyable way of tasting wine and enjoying the wonderful view.


Visit the UK’s largest aquarium and be amazed at our fascinating underwater world and how we all play a part in conserving it. Your journey will take you across the world’s oceans, from the shores of Plymouth to the coral reefs of the tropics. Our hosts deliver an action-packed talk schedule, including our not-to-be-missed interactive dive show at 2 pm daily.


Tinside Pool is a unique 1935 Art Deco lido in the city of Plymouth in south-west England. It is sited beside Plymouth Sound and is overlooked by Plymouth Hoe and Smeaton’s Tower. The lido is open in the summer months between May and September. A victim of declining popularity and neglect, the lido closed in 1992 but a vociferous local campaign led to a renovation, at a cost of £3.4 million, and Grade II Listed Building status in 1998 The facility re-opened to the public in 2005.


Multiplex cinema in Plymouth


Kidzworld Cornwall is a fabulous indoor play centre with so much to do, kids will absolutely love it. But if you think it is just for kids then think again because Kidzworld has no height restriction which means all the family can get involved from parents to grandparents. With one ‘All Inclusive’ price & over 54,000 sq. ft of ‘all weather’ family fun, Kidzworld is one of the leading indoor play centres in Cornwall. If you are looking for a great day out for all the family anytime during the year then Kidzworld is the number one choice for many families.


People talk about the beautiful Fowey River but it is rarely seen at it’s best by visitors to Cornwall. Now you can travel several miles of the river upstream from Fowey enjoying the fabulous scenery and wildlife from a canoe in a group, accompanied by a guide and a safety boat. We land at the picturesque villages of Golant or Lerryn for refreshments and then continue to our destination. Near Fowey we pass the spectacular ocean going ships loading with china clay, but we are well clear of them across the river. It is an extraordinary experience to glide peacefully along enjoying the passing scenery. There is no need to be fit, young or energetic, or to have ever been in a canoe before. All you need is the spirit of adventure. At Golant or Lerryn you can buy lunch or tea or eat your own picnic. The whole expedition takes about five hours with about two and a half hours on the river divided by a midway break.


Discover the excitement and nostalgia of steam travel with a journey back in time on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway – Cornwall’s only full size railway still operated by steam locomotives.  Relax in style and enjoy a leisurely 13 mile round trip through beautiful countryside, taking in the sights, sound and smells of a bygone age, as the era of a Cornish branch line in the 1950s reveals itself during the course of your journey. Trains operate from Bodmin General – the line’s main station where free car and coach parking is available – to Bodmin Parkway – where connections can be made directly with main line railway services – and Boscarne Junction on the popular Camel Trail.


The pool nestles under the cliffs on the north Cornwall coast and is topped up twice a day by the waves of the Atlantic. On a summer’s day the sprawling, sparkling expanse of the Sea Pool offers a blissful opportunity to escape from modern life and to laze, splash or bathe in calm sea water. It is a rare kind of construction: partially man-made and in harmony with the natural environment.  Bude Sea Pool provides a precious opportunity to enjoy a unique experience, close to the ferocity of the natural environment but sheltered from its extreme effects.


For those of you who need your Crossfit fix whilst on holiday the Crosssfit community at Crossfit Kernow in Looe will be happy to welcome you to the box.


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.