The Graceful Cyclists

Cycle touring and other adventures

Cornwall – without enough time!

Earlier this week we finished up a long weekend in Cornwall, exploring a few of the cute little towns and ports.

For the first few days we were housesitting a young puppy named Letty and spent our days cruising around the villages near our housesit, swimming and walking from Cove to Cove. We really struggled with exploring towns with a 6month old dog in tow, mostly because of the innumerable breaks and pauses (plus carrying her when she got tired), but it turned out having a puppy got people talking and we got some amazing tips of where to visit.

On Sunday and Monday we did a mad dash down to the far south and west of Cornwall, checking out a few more villages and going to Lands End and Lizard Point. We particularly loved Polperro and Porthleven where we ate pizza by the harbour listening to their Sunday brass band.

From there we went to the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project before heading north. We’d really recommend setting aside a day for these two. The Lost Gardens are fascinating to see a spectacular old garden which was forgotten and restored and the amount of community involvement in the project.

The Eden Project has converted a quarry that was at the end of its commercial life into a spectacular garden with geodesic greenhouses. There is a very strong eco and industrial rehabilitation story through out the gardens which make it fascinating and educational, particular as they’ve done a great job of putting everything in context.

We’re now really thinking we might have to go back and see more of the small cute towns we rushed through towards the end of the trip, because a few days just didn’t do it justice!

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2 replies

  1. glad you enjoyed my home county 🙂 Just a quick typo to correct.. it’s the Lost Gardens of Heligan, not Harriden. I used to play in the woods there as a child when they were still ‘lost’.

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