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1 week itinerary in Cornwall

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1 week itinerary in Cornwall

We have a rental car and plan to drive down to Cornwall from Wales. What is a good itineray suggestion for us to do? Any great restaurants or accommodation recommendations would be great also.

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Some initial questions:

Where in Wales are you starting from (to see how far your first day drive is before reaching Cornwall)? What month?

Would you like a touring holiday (one night each location) or prefer to stop max two or three locations as base (probably best)?

How many people travelling? Any kids or preferences for types of activities/ interests? eg beach or surf fiends vs historic homes etc?

Any budget for accommodation? Hotels? B&Bs?

Sorry to ask so many questions but the quality of answers will be better :-)

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Bumping this back up for you! :)

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Hi there

We are arriving into Holyhead and driving around Wales for 1 week and then on down to Cornwall. We like to move along to a different place each night or maybe have 2 nights in one place. No plans as such but want to see as much as possible . No children and travelling in August. We like a bit of history, gardens, general sight seeing...not so much into surfing! Accommodation in the 4 star catergory..anything that is quaint and special without being really budget. thks Trossachs

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forgot to add..there are two of us!

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The gardens in Cornwall are a little odd. Because of the warmth you get palm trees. It's disconcerting. For that reason I really did not care for Trellisick and a couple of other gardens down south that advertise "unusual" plantings. However, the roses and other standards at Lanhydrock are fabulous.

For backroads touring you should get a couple of Ordnance Survey maps. They show the smallest details and you won't get lost, but you will find your way to wonderful prehistoric sites like Merry Maidens stone circle and Men an Tol, as well as the Romano-Celtic Chysauster Village. These are all worth seeking out. There is a significant network of lanes where you won't have to contend with much other traffic but you will drive through rocky, barren, beautiful, wildflower-covered territory.

These maps also show the footpaths so you can get out for a walk or find the isolated Celtic cross as your picnic destination. If you search for Ordnance Survey (no "i") at the top right of this page you'll find all the information you need.

We are particularly fond of St. Ives. It's very picturesque and has 3 beaches worth walking or just watching the surfers etc. The tidal harbor with its fishing fleet is very attractive. There is a wing of the Tate Modern there if you're into that sort of thing.

For more information about other parts of Cornwall there have been some good discussions on this forum. Check for "Cornwall" in the search function.

We love Cornwall and it's my husband's favorite county. Have a great trip.

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I love Cornwall too. I am lucky enough to have family there.

On my 'must visit' list would be St. Ives , St. Michael's Mount near Penzance and Lizard point.

Many people visit Land's End but this is probably more fun with kids because it's more like a mini theme park and you pay a fair bit to get in. If you do go to Land's End you will see some fantastic views, but the views from Lizard are just as great.

You could break up your journey to Cornwall with a stopover in North Devon. Exmoor National Park is simply stunning. You would probably enjoy Clovelley which is a beautiful little seaside village... no cars allowed, (I think there are donkeys to carry you up the hill if you can't manage it!) Again, you pay to get in, but in this case I think it's worth it.

Or you could just get in the car and drive... Devon and Cornwall are so beautiful that you're bound to end up somewhere fantastic and sometimes just heading somewhere without knowing too much info. is part of the fun.

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If you walk into Land's End on the public footpath you get in for free because there are no barriers on public footpaths and the entry fee is really a parking fee.

If you have an interest in King Arthur you will want to stop at Tintagel and walk out to the windblown remains of the castle there on that rugged coast.

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Bortiuk...what are your ideas?

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try to stop at the village of clovelly if your driving to cornwall thru north devon.its wonderful.you have to park at the top of the village and then you walk down its tiny cobbled lanes to a little harbour at the bottom where you can have a pub lunch.wear comfy shoe and you will have a lovely 2 or 3 hours .have a great time.you kiwis can sure play rugby!!!!

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Hope this one week itinerary helps...

2 days in Fowey, South Cornwall. Beautiful harbour in it's own right and wonderful in Summer. If you are lucky enough to be down in the 3rd week of August, it will be busy at it is 'Regatta Week' - highlights being the Red Arrows on Thursday evening, fireworks also on Monday and Saturday nights - together with torchlight procession. If that does co-incide with your time in Cornwall, book early - best places to stay would be the Fowey Hotel (Best Western) lovely views. From Fowey, visit Lanhydrock House as you say you like History (amazing Victorian kitchens and definately one of the best National Trust properties in the South West). From Fowey also visit the Eden Project.

1 days Falmouth, South Cornwall. From there you can visit the beautiful Trebah Gardens.

2 days St Ives, lovely walking around there too and ancient history. Tate St Ives, and all of the far west of Cornwall so easy to get to from there - St Michaels Mount etc.

1 day Padstow

Lovely coastal walks on the cliffs at Pentire (near Polzeath) and Padstow is a good place to eat out in the evening - ignoring Rick Steins as you need to book well in advance anyway.

Best way in and out of Cornwall is the A30. Much quicker. Head down to Bodmin and cut off to Fowey from there.

Hope this helps,