Explore the heart of Cornwall taking you away from the coast, starting and finishing with the castles of Pendennis and St. Mawes. Stop en route to explore Glendurgan Garden, go underground at Poldark Tin Mine or take refreshment at Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm.
Falmouth, gateway to the River Fal is home to Pendennis Castle a 16th century castle defence opposite its sister St. Mawes Castle. Maritime heritage, galleries, restaurants, the pier, quay and foodie bonanza are all great reasons to visit Falmouth. The natural harbour is the 3rd largest in the world.
Investigate the marine life in the rock pools and dip your toes in the shallow waters and tranquillity of Maenporth beach. Wait for low tide to see the ship wreck Ben Asdale and if you are feeling energetic there is sailing, kayaking and the opportunity to go diving.
Set in peaceful woodlands, Gweek is an old port on the river Helford. Take a visit to the National Seal Sanctuary where otters and sea lions reside with injured seals and pups as they undergo care and rehabilitation.
Part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site, Wendron is famous for the Poldark Mine. Take an underground tour to see the mine workings, to learn about mine history and then explore the regions mining heritage in the museum.
The market town of Redruth was the centre of Cornwall’s tin mining industry. Visit Heartlands the 19 acre attraction with exhibits, displays and crafts studios. Visit nearby East Poole Mine to see the working beam engine or Carn Brea to look down on the 5000 year old Neolithic hill fort.
The historic market village of Tregony has 17th century almshouses and an unusual wooden gallery. Surroundings woodland is great to explore and the Ruan River is popular with birdwatchers. Climb Tregony Hill to see the remains of the 12th century Norman castle.
Facing Falmouth across the River Fal the old fishing village of St. Mawes is often called the capital of Roseland. Well worth a visit is St. Mawes Castle, a 16th century defence. Visit St. Anthony Lighthouse and enjoy the local scenery captured in the Poldark series.