Although the weather wasn't the best in Cornwall, I was also there for the atmosphere as my ancestors had lived north of Liskeard. All the registrations for birth, marriages, and deaths were made in Liskeard. One couple was married in town at the RO in 1862. I didn't get there, but it wasn't far from where I stayed.
I only had to walk a few blocks to town where I could catch the bus to various areas. My host in Falmouth had provided bus and train schedules to the guests. My host in Liskeard also had a plethora of information in the guest lounge. Plus, there was a library, town and district museums. I didn't even get to where the major shops are, one street over. I only had Monday and Tuesday in Liskeard and spent some of it traveling. Much of Tuesday I was in Looe which is on the coast. It was beautiful.
The rail station was the other direction from the guest house and a long walk on a nice day. When it isn't a nice day, it isn't a good walk. The last day I tried to get a cab to the rail station as I had my luggage, but could hardly get one at 7 am. Don't know if it was the driver or general policy. But it was nice to have both facilities in town. If I had been there longer, I would have gotten out more.
You might be able to rent a car locally, but none of the name-brand companies were there. If you're driving, know that the country roads are very narrow. But the highways are better than those in the US. Whether better tended, newer in comparison, or better weather, I don't know.
I will go back because there are some things I didn't get done. One interesting experience was taking the train to Looe. We were about half-way there when the train reversed and went the rest of the way backwards. I didn't like it and since I didn't stay in Looe Monday [the weather was lousy], I went back the next day by bus. See the review of that town for more details.
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