The Cornish Traditional Cottages' team enjoy a day at the beach

To kickstart 2018 at Cornish Traditional Cottages, George announced a new initiative to get the team out and about in Kernow.

Cornish experts

The mission: to rediscover what’s great about Cornwall and demonstrate why we’re Cornish experts. We all live in Cornwall and love it. Some of us are county natives others have moved here more recently. Between us we certainly have our favourite haunts. George challenged us to get out and about finding new Cornish hotspots and favourite Cornwall attractions for our guests to discover on their own adventures in Kernow.

Cornwall 2018 bucket list

We’re not the biggest team, but we’ve all been given a day off each month to explore Cornwall days out and experiences. In our enthusiasm we thought it best to list all the destinations and attractions in Cornwall that we want to visit and share with our guests. Here we go…!

1. Visit a National Trust venue with the dog

Many of the team have dogs and almost half of our holiday homes are pet friendly. Our guests want access to dog friendly days out in Cornwall and so do we!

2. Drive the Cornish equivalent of Route 66: St Ives to Cape Cornwall on the B3306. Stop for lunch at the Gurnard’s Head.

This is a pretty iconic route in Kernow and said to be one of the greatest roads to drive. It provides the best views of the peninsula from inland and the reputation of the food at this pub draws the crowds.Cape Cornwall. Penwith Heritage Coast. Places to visit in West Cornwall

3. Climb Rough Tor & Brown Willy on Bodmin Moor. Stop for lunch at Jamaica Inn

You won’t be the only walkers smirking at the name of Cornwall’s highest point: Brown Willy. There’s a family friendly circular walk offering spectacular views and fascinating cairns atop Cornwall’s highest Tors.

Rough Tor

Climb to the top of Rough Tor

4. St Erth to St Ives coastal train

Said to be one of the most scenic train journeys in Britain and accessible from London Paddington! If the coast path on foot doesn’t appeal, sweep along it with Great Scenic Railways instead.

Porthminster, St Ives by Geof Sheppard – CC BY-SA 3.0

5. Visit the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival

Taking place 22-24 June in 2018, there will be maritime music galore over a weekend of free performances on the seashore. We’re fighting over who gets to go to this one!


Crowds raise a glass at the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival

6. Go to the Lizard and visit Kynance Cove

Quite possibly the most photographed location in Cornwall, it’s no surprise that this features on our list. At low tide you can even walk out to explore some of the fascinating rock stacks and caves that this cove offers.

Kynance Cove

A photo opportunity not to be missed at Kynance Cove

7. Walk the South West Coast path from Looe to Polperro with dog and take picnic

Sandwiches, sea air and stick chasing pups are the order of the day on this scenic coastal route, taking in ancient monastery ruins, remnants of shipwrecks and smugglers tales.

8. Ice skating at the Eden Project

The perfect excuse to visit the Eden Project out of season and smart thinking on their behalf, we think. Skates on. Providing we come back in one piece, with only slightly bruised bottoms, we’ll reveal our scores for this winter Cornish attraction.

Eden Project's winter wonderland.

Ice skating at Eden Project. Photo: Tom Griffiths

9. Walk with dog on Watergate Bay followed by a hot chocolate in the café and lunch at the Scarlet Hotel Mawgan Porth

You can’t say we’re not specific! Watergate Bay is a beach favourite amongst the team. It’s open to dogs year round and surrounded by a scrumptious scattering of eateries that foodies love.

Let the dog run wild at Watergate Bay

10. Visit Padstow Christmas Festival

A family friendly festival that takes place during the second weekend of December. Includes a number of chef demonstrations, Christmas markets and even a Santa fun run. Fireworks bring the festival to a close with a bang!

Padstow Christmas Festival by Night. Events in Cornwall during December

Padstow by night. Credit: James Ram

11. Visit Geevor Tin Mine

We’re sure you’ll have a blast in the Geevor Tin Mine, the largest preserved mine site in the country. Who knows what you’ll dig up in the Hard Rock interactive museum!

12. Visit Mousehole Christmas lights

Mousehole Christmas Light Festival is almost legendary in Cornwall. The harbour lights are switched on mid December and are lit every evening (typically from 5pm until 11pm) until a few days into the new year.

Mousehole lights at Christmas

Mousehole lights at Christmas

13. Visit Fowey Regatta week

Renowned sailing harbour, Fowey, comes alive during regatta week in August. Crews descend from around the globe to compete and to party. There’s a packed calendar of events including a carnival, raft racing and Last Night at the Proms.

14. Take the ferry from Truro to Falmouth

Sailing along the beautiful Fal River is a selection of quirky looking ferries. Hop on to discover either the medieval city of Truro or pretty Falmouth, depending on which way you are sailing.

15. Visit Golitha Falls

Magical cascades of water race through the ancient Draynes woodland in Bodmin Moor. For waterfalls galore we’re going to head here after a downpour to see the power of water in full flow.

Cascading waterfalls of the River Fowey at Golitha Falls

Cascading waterfalls at Golitha Falls

16. Day trip to Pirates Quest, Newquay

Cornwall and pirates make many a mythical story. This family attraction brings a swashbuckling history to life through activities and attractions apparently. We’re off to see for ourselves!

17. Adrenaline thrills at Flambards Theme Park

Spot the thrill seeker in the office putting this on the list! This is a Cornwall family attraction combining rollercoasters, a Victorian Village and rides for all ages and fear factors. We’ll report back without the squeals of delight/fear…

Little girl meets Ferdi the Flambards mascot

Photo: Flambards

18. Visit St Just in Roseland & Trelissick gardens

There’s an amazing church in St Just in Roseland that has a happy place in Charmian’s memory and she’s determined to revisit. It just so happens to be close to Trelissick Gardens, one of Cornwall’s spectacular displays of flora and fauna.

Girl sitting on a bench and enjoying the tranquillity and view over the River Fal at Trelissick Gardens

Tranquillity at Trelissick

19. National Maritime Museum, Falmouth

Definitely on the list for any holiday in Falmouth, it had to be on the list. A national attraction exploring Cornwall’s prominence in maritime history, we’re hoping to learn a factoid or two too.

Keeping an eye on the water traffic at the National Maritime Museam, Falmouth

Photo: National Maritime Museum Cornwall

20. Visit New Mills Farm Park Launceston

Aimed at toddlers and young children, but open to all, we’re off to feed and pet the farm animals, and race off some energy in the fresh air. Their unique selling point? You can get there by steam train!

21. Wander around The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The mysterious Lost Gardens of Heligan were unseen until 25 years ago. Now, this romantic estate is considered as one of the greatest gardens in the UK, winning Countryfile’s Garden of the Year for 2018.

Mud Maid Heligan

Shh… don’t wake the Mud Maid at The lost gardens of Heligan

22. Feast at Roskillys Cornish Farm, Helston

Best known for their ice cream, Roskillys is an organic working farm doing all things dairy. That’s too tasty for us to leave off this list. We’ll tell you more when we’re a few calories heavier.

23. Cycle the Camel trail on bike (beyond the Padstow route)

This relaxing route takes riders across picturesque scenery including bluebell woods and winding streams. There’s even a chance to stop for a cuppa in a selection of cafes along the way. We had to, a few times!

The Camel Trail. Photo: Matt Jessop

24. Walk the coastal “Fowey Hall route”

A popular walking route that even involves two ferry crossings! Don’t forget to visit The Ship Inn pub in Fowey to recharge the batteries – the charming building dates back to Tudor times.

25. Go to the poppy fields at Polly Joke

If you’re wondering why, check out Matt Whorlow Photography’s snaps to see why. In bloom through the summer months, the weather will hopefully provide the perfect excuse to include lunch at the Bowgie Inn and a walk on Crantock beach with the dog.

View from The Bowgie Inn looking down at the beach

Food with a view at The Bowgie Inn

26. Visit Trevibban Mill, Padstow

Sorry kids, this one is exclusive to mum and dad. Visit on a Wednesday for a guided tour of this beautiful winery, or pop in to take part in a wine or cider tasting experience. We certainly enjoyed this one…

27. Visit Camel Creek

One for kids this time, with a trip to the rides at the Camel Creek Adventure Park. Take on a selection of child friendly rides, visit the animals at the petting zoo or chase the kids around a number of play areas.

Photo: Camel Creek

Children hold hands as they race down the slides at Camel Creek

28. Horse riding at Reen Manor, Perranporth

We probably won’t be galloping along the beach like they do in the movies. But we’re drawn to the prospect of a saunter through the dunes atop Perranporth beach and the peaceful bridleways of Cornwall. They have a horse for all ages and experience too.

29. Bedruthan Steps, North Cornwall

We’re off to the land of the giants. So legend has it, the granite rocks that scatter the shoreline of Bedruthan Beach were stepping stones for Giant Bedruthan. As such this destination is on most must-see Cornwall lists. We’ll report back about its worthiness for inclusion!

The sun setting at Bedruthan Steps

Stunning sunset at Bedruthan Steps

30. Visit St Nectans Glen, Tintagel

Possibly one of Britain’s most photographed waterfalls. After a storm, we hear this place is almost-magical. We’re off on a hunt for fairies…

31. Go to Land’s End

Literally the end of the country, this far point of Kernow is most commonly referenced with journeys from John O’Groats. We’re not travelling that far, but we are in search of the history of this granite heap and its evolving natural landscape.

32. Visit St Michael’s Mount, Marazion

One of Cornwall’s iconic attractions, few people know that St Michael’s Mount is actually still a family home. Utterly fascinated by the history, the legend and the modern reality of this castle reached by a tidal causeway, we think it’ll take more than one visit to absorb it all. Nobody in the team seems to be grumbling at that idea!

St Michael's Mount, Marazion, West Cornwall

Cobbled walkway to St Michael’s Mount

33. Discover St Ives

How do renowned surf and rich arts heritage combine as a tourist attraction? We’re off to St Ives to discover more. Surf aside, it’s home to sculptress Barbara Hepworth, the only other Tate museum outside of London, and lots of seals.

34. Walk the Bude canal

We’re told this isn’t as epic a ramble as it might first seem. Just shy of 6 miles, a sojourn off the coast path meanders inland. Time to pack a picnic, go wildlife spotting and boat watching.

35. Explore Charlestown

It’s hard to mention Charlestown these days without referencing the BBC adaptation of Poldark and those dramatic scenes starring Aiden Turner. So we’re off to discover the real story, this harbour’s own dramatic history and all its modern day pretty offerings.

Sensational sunset over Charlestown Harbour

Sensational sunset over Charlestown Harbour

36. Walk Hawkers Cove to Padstow

Given the option of combining a visit to a bustling Cornish fishing village like Padstow, stunning coastal views and a pretty beach, we imagine there’ll be a rush on this activity.

A row of cottages overlook the Camel Estuary at Hawkers Cove

Hawker’s Cove on the Camel Estuary

37. Visit Mevagissey Aquarium & Model Railway

The attractive old town of Mevagissey was once a haunt for Cornish smugglers, but is now home to both a quirky aquarium and an impressive model railway exhibition. A great place to let off steam!

38. Visit Healeys Cider Farm, Truro

In search of supplementing our five-a-day, we hear there are apples in abundance at this cider farm (or is it Cyder in these parts?!). We’ll taste as much of the produce for you as we’re allowed!

Cornish Rattler Cider

Have a pint or two at Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm

39. Telegraph Museum, Porthcurno

As far from the big smoke we might be, Cornwall has played a significant role in connecting Britain’s communication to the rest of the world. We’re off to learn more and to entice others to visit too.

40. Stop for afternoon tea at the Hotel Tresanton, St Mawes

The reputation of their afternoon tea is well regarded. We don’t need much convincing to taste scones with clotted cream and then jam on top. Yes, that’s how we do it in Cornwall. Race you!

41. Visit Wheal Coates Engine House, St Agnes

Tin mines play a dominant and poignant part in recent Cornish history. Walks to, from and around them make the most of the coast path. And we’re curious to see what else we can see here.

Wheal Coates

The coastal path at Wheal Coates

42. Do an Easter egg hunt

With Easter just around the corner, there are plenty of opportunities to go ‘egg-sploring’ across numerous destinations in Cornwall. ‘Crack’ the egg hunt at The Eden Project, find the Easter chicks exploring DairyLand Farmworld, or follow the Easter bunny on his journey around Newquay Zoo. Sounds egg-cellent!

43. Discover Gunwallow Church Cove on the Lizard

There’s simply something fascinating about a church set between the rocky landscape and the beach. And this list is all about intrigue.

Church over looks the beach at Gunwalloe

Church Cove at Gunwalloe. You may recognise it from BBC’s period drama Poldark

44. Sennen Cove lifeboat station

The RNLI volunteers and fundraiser are an important and respected part of Cornish coastal life. We’re off to pay homage to the great work they do.

45. Swimming with seals off the Isles of Scilly

Saving the best till last! That probably depends who in the team is most willing to brave the cold waters or has the best wetsuit. We imagine a glowing report!

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