Cornwall

The Cornish Reel

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Overview

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

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.

Maenporth

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.

Gweek

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.

Wendron

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.

Redruth

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.

Tregony

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.

St Mawes

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.

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Overview

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Falmouth

2
3.0 miles

Maenporth

3
7.8 miles

Gweek

4
3.6 miles

Wendron

5
7.8 miles

Redruth

6
18.7 miles

Tregony

7
11.1 miles

St Mawes

What to see and do…

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Orca Sea Safaris

Transingove farm, Cury cross lanes, Helston, Cornwall, TR12 7QY

Puzzle Room

Puzzle Room, Mount Hawke Skate Park, Mount Hawke, Cornwall, TR4 8BQ

Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Rose Terrace, Gweek, Cornwall, TR12 6UG

Flambards

Clodgey Lane, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 0QA

The Elms Guest House

14 Penwinnick Road, St Austell, Cornwall, PL25 5DW

Hoseasons, Sea Acres Holiday Park, Cornwall

Sea Acres Holiday Park, The Lizard, Cornwall, TR12 7LT

Hoseasons Tencreek Holiday Park, Cornwall

Polperro Road, Looe, Cornwall, PL13 2JR

About the The Cornish Reel Trail

Distance:52 miles
Cities / Towns:7
Number Of Businesses:7

Head out along the coast from the Henry VIII’s fortress of Pendennis Castle and pass through Maenporth for some great views across Falmouth Bay.
Sweep down and enter the Cornwall Mining Heritage Landscape passing through Wendron en route to the Poldark Tin Mine near Helston at the edge of the Lizard Peninsula.
Head north to Redruth to Cornwall Gold for handmade jewellery before returning to The Roseland Heritage Coast to visit the substantial fort overlooking the sea at the fishing village of St. Mawes.

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Cornish Castles

Cornwall has a number of historic castles you can explore. At Falmouth you will find the 16th century defences of St. Mawes Castle and Pendennis Castle, overlooking the River Fal and offering panoramic views out to sea.

Going Underground

Go back in time and explore the historic Cornish mining industry. In the landscape of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site you can visit the Heartlands visitor centre, East Poole Mine or the Poldark Mine, Cornwall’s only complete tin mine open for underground tours.

Historic Cornwall

From 1688 the Falmouth packet station with a fleet of fast ships provided the link to the empire. Steeped in Cornish history you can visit the best of land and sea - traditional museums such as the Royal Cornwall Museum or take a voyage of discovery at the National Maritime Museum at Falmouth.

Also Nearby

Orca Sea Safaris

Transingove farm, Cury cross lanes, Helston, Cornwall, TR12 7QY

Puzzle Room

Puzzle Room, Mount Hawke Skate Park, Mount Hawke, Cornwall, TR4 8BQ

Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Rose Terrace, Gweek, Cornwall, TR12 6UG

Flambards

Clodgey Lane, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 0QA

The Elms Guest House

14 Penwinnick Road, St Austell, Cornwall, PL25 5DW

Hoseasons, Sea Acres Holiday Park, Cornwall

Sea Acres Holiday Park, The Lizard, Cornwall, TR12 7LT

Hoseasons Tencreek Holiday Park, Cornwall

Polperro Road, Looe, Cornwall, PL13 2JR