About this book
Note: Slow Travel Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly is, we believe, the world's first 'a-book' travel guide available to the public. Visit https://www.bradtguides.com/cornwall-live for full details of the research project behind this, and how to access that content – free of charge – if you have an Android device and your copy of the book.
This new, thoroughly updated edition of Bradt's Slow Travel Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly remains the only dedicated guide to this perennially popular part of Britain. Offering in-depth exploration of both frequently visited and less-well-known destinations that will be of interest as much to locals as to 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, Cornwall is now enjoying an increased popularity as the 'Poldark effect' has raised awareness of its lovely land- and seascapes to even greater heights. Few places can offer such geographical diversity – the rugged, storm-lashed north coast and wide, sandy beaches favoured by surfers are rarely more than a few miles from the sheltered creeks and coves and exotic gardens of the southern coast. Wild moorland is dotted with neolithic standing stones and awe-inspiring relics of Cornwall's mining heritage. And, just 28 miles from Land's End, the Isles of Scilly offer an exhilarating blend of exoticism and wild isolation.
Cornwall possesses an enduring appeal as a holiday destination for visitors of all ages. But with such popularity, it's all too easy to overlook the diverse character of the county and its less obvious highlights. Whether it's exploring the 'Cornish Alps', the lonely Rame peninsula, a secret beach or a stone circle lost in wild moorland, listening to world-class musicians playing in tiny rural churches, seeing where Cornwall's emblematic bird, the chough, is making a comeback, or discovering where oysters are still harvested in the traditional way and where the best Cornish ice creams, pasties and cider are made, Bradt's Slow Travel Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is the ideal companion for a visit to the region and an invitation to a rich, diverse and hugely enjoyable feast.
About the author
Award-winning travel writer, Kirsty Fergusson grew up in the west country, but did not venture across the Tamar until well into her fifth decade, when the opportunity arose in 2009 to move to a remote cottage in the far west of Cornwall, near Land’s End. Having lived abroad for many years her knowledge of the region was astonishingly unclouded by TV images – or the kind of 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 that had taken her plant-hunting in Mongolia and pottering around the Latin quarter of Paris. A keen promoter of the Slow Food movement, Kirsty has twice been appointed to judge in the Food and Farming section of the Royal Cornwall Show, while her published articles on both new and established gardens in the county have brought much acclaim. Having branched out into garden tours, Kirsty is currently based in southwest France, but returns to Cornwall in order to renew her research for this third edition.
GOING SLOW IN CORNWALL & THE ISLES OF SCILLY
A taste of Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly, A Slow approach, How this book is arranged
1 LAUNCESTON & THE NORTHEAST
Getting around, Launceston, A wriggling route to Morwenstow, Along the coast from Morwenstow to Tintagel
2 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
3 BODMIN MOOR
Getting around, The north Moor, The Moor south of the A30
4 SOUTHEAST CORNWALL: from the Tamar to Polperro
Getting around, Along the Tamar, The Rame peninsula, Around Looe, The Looe valleys
5 THE FOWEY VALLEY & THE CORNISH ALPS
Getting around, The Fowey Valley, Around St Austell & the Cornish Alps
6 THE MINING HEARTLAND
Getting around, The north coast from Perranporth to the Hayle estuary, The copper & tin towns: Hayle, Redruth & Camborne, Godolphin country
7 TRURO & THE FAL ESTUARY
Getting around, Truro, Along the river from Truro to Falmouth, The Roseland peninsula
8 SOUTHWEST CORNWALL: THE LIZARD PENINSULA
Getting around, From Prussia Cove to the Helford River, The shores of the Helford River, The peninsula
9 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
10 THE ISLES OF SCILLY
Getting there, Getting around, A taste of the Isles of Scilly, St Mary’s, The Off Islands
'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.' MYCORNWALL