Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly
Local, characterful guides to Britain's Special Placesby Kirsty Fergusson
Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly Slow Travel guide. Tourist information and holiday advice cover everything from cycling, music, pubs and local food to walks, swimming, surfing and heritage attractions. Features Truro, Penzance, Eden Project, Launceston, Newquay, Bodmin Moor, St Ives, Lizard peninsula, Tremenheere, and the Hayle and Fal estuaries.
About this book
Thoroughly updated and significantly expanded in this new fourth edition, Bradt’s Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly (Slow Travel) is the most well-established guide to a perennially popular British county. Offering in-depth exploration of both frequently visited and less-well-known destinations that will interest locals as much as newcomers, it is written in a friendly, engaging style and includes up-to-date listings of the best (and sometimes least obvious) places to eat, drink and sleep, appealing to all budgets.
Long popular with discerning travellers and foodies, the boom in staycations and coverage in TV dramas such as Poldark mean that Cornwall enjoys ever-increasing acclaim as a healthy, wholesome destination. Few places offer such geographical diversity: rugged, storm-lashed north coast and wide, sandy beaches favoured by surfers lie barely a few miles from the south’s sheltered creeks, coves and exotic gardens. Wild moorland is dotted with Neolithic standing stones and mining heritage. And, just 28 miles from Land’s End, the Isles of Scilly offer an exhilarating blend of tropical exoticism and wild isolation.
Cornwall thus possesses an enduring appeal as a year-round destination for visitors of all ages and interests. But such popularity makes it all too easy to overlook the diverse character of the county and its less obvious destinations – which is why taking a Slow approach is so rewarding. As local residents have discovered, treasures of all kinds are revealed when you ditch the car and start investigating what lies immediately beyond the doorstep.
Explore the ‘Cornish Alps’, the lonely Rame peninsula, secret beaches or stone circles lost amid remote-feeling uplands. Glimpse the future of sustainable technologies at the Eden Project. Listen to world-class musicians playing in tiny rural churches. Celebrate the comeback of the chough, Cornwall’s emblematic bird. Wander around Bodmin Moor’s Kerdroya, a classical labyrinth built of Cornish stone hedging. Discover where oysters are still harvested in the traditional way and where the best Cornish ice creams, pasties and cider are made. The ideal companion for a visit, Bradt’s Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly (Slow Travel) is an invitation to imbibe the region’s rich, diverse delights.
About the Author
Award-winning travel writer Kirsty Fergusson grew up in the West Country, but did not venture across the Tamar until her fifth decade, when the opportunity arose to move to a remote cottage near Land’s End in the far west of Cornwall. Having lived in Greece, Spain and France for many years, Fergusson’s knowledge of the region was unclouded by TV images or the partisan adoration, nostalgia or prejudice that remembered childhood holidays seem to inspire. So with fresh eyes, an old bicycle and an even older pair of legs, she set out to explore and write about her adopted county with the same open-minded curiosity and Slow Travel ethic that had taken her plant-hunting in Mongolia and pottering around the Latin quarter of Paris. A keen promoter of the Slow Food movement, Fergusson has twice been appointed to judge in the Food and Farming section of the Royal Cornwall Show.
Eye-opening and wonderful
The Sunday Times Magazine
Slow Guides are warm, witty and stuffed with insider knowledge. This new Cornwall edition provides all the practical information you need to slow down and enjoy your surroundings.
Western Morning News
Uses local knowledge to offer readers a guide to an exciting new range of places to visit, eat, sleep or drink.
Western Morning News
Kirsty Fergusson’s writing will enrich your exploration of Cornwall whether you are a resident or visitor.
Additional InformationTable of Contents
GOING SLOW IN CORNWALL & THE ISLES OF SCILLY
A taste of Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly, A Slow approach, How this book is arranged
LAUNCESTON & THE NORTHEAST
Getting around, Launceston, A wriggling route to Morwenstow, Along the coast from Morwenstow to Tintagel
MID-CORNWALL NORTH: THE CAMEL ESTUARY TO HOLYWELL BAY
Getting around, Around the Camel estuary, From Trevose Head to Holywell Bay, Away from the coast
Getting around, The north Moor, The Moor south of the A30
SOUTHEAST CORNWALL: from the Tamar to Polperro
Getting around, Along the Tamar, The Rame peninsula, Around Looe, The Looe valleys
THE FOWEY VALLEY & THE CORNISH ALPS
Getting around, The Fowey Valley, Around St Austell & the Cornish Alps
THE MINING HEARTLAND
Getting around, The north coast from Perranporth to the Hayle estuary, The copper & tin towns: Hayle, Redruth & Camborne, Godolphin country
TRURO & THE FAL ESTUARY
Getting around, Truro, Along the river from Truro to Falmouth, The Roseland peninsula
SOUTHWEST CORNWALL: THE LIZARD PENINSULA
Getting around, From Prussia Cove to the Helford River, The shores of the Helford River, The peninsula
PENZANCE, ST IVES & THE PENWITH PENINSULA
Getting around, Penzance, Penzance’s hinterland, The south coast, The north coast & Penwith moors, Crossing the peninsula: from St Ives to Marazion
THE ISLES OF SCILLY
Getting there, Getting around, A taste of the Isles of Scilly, St Mary’s, The Off Islands