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Newquay & a Taste of Cornwall

Newquay & a Taste of Cornwall

5 days in Cornwall visiting some of the county's many attractions

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5 days in Cornwall visiting some of the county's many attractions

Newquay

Newquay has a rare mix of wonderful coastlines; spectacular beaches washed clean by the Atlantic Ocean; rock pools teeming with marine life; crystal-clear sea for a leisurely swim, or for the challenge of surfing the best sets in Britain; soaring cliffs with magnificent views; and delightful gardens for tranquil strolls.

 

Skinners Brewery

In 1997, armed only with his own surname, a chap called Steve Skinner dreamed of setting up a community brewery in Cornwall. On the banks of the Truro River, he and his family brewed a ground-breaking golden ale and named it after the tin-mining faeries of local myth. With Cornish Knocker, Steve set out his stall for concocting trailblazing ales, following it with another legendary brew, a Cornish bitter called Betty Stogs, which CAMRA named Britain’s best bitter.

Countless barrels and hundreds of awards later the brewery has grown but remains a family business rooted in the area they live and work, whether that’s doing their bit for their corner of the planet, enjoying a bit of surfing or having a go at some shanty-singing!

 

St Ives

Looe is situated on both sides of the River Looe, has the mild sub-tropical climate and is warmed year round by the Gulf Stream. There's a maze of tiny cobbled streets to wander through, lined by fishermen's cottages, with a breathtaking seaside vista to greet you at the end of each one. The two towns are joined together by a bridge across the river. In medieval times East Looe and West Looe were separate towns. East Looe includes the harbour and the main shopping centre. West Looe is quieter but also has shops, restaurants and hotels. They are joined by a seven arched bridge, built in 1853. This replaced a much earlier bridge from the 15th century and there are still buildings of this period in the town. It has been a holiday resort for more than 200 years. It is worth visiting the harbour quay to watch the fishing boats coming in to unload their catches. The arrival of the small fishing fleet is a busy and colourful scene. Local fish can be found on the menus of many local restaurants. The Banjo Pier is a popular point from which to see the returning fishing trawlers at high tide. However it can be dangerous in bad weather. In East Looe there is a beach beside the Banjo Pier. In West Looe is Hannafore Beach, from which there is a view across to Looe Island.

 

Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm

Deep in the heart of the Cornish countryside the Healey family have been making the most of their orchards for over 30 years. Whether it's getting to the core of great flavour or thinking outside the box, they know what it takes to make apples special. Optional tours and experiences take you on a Cyder making journey - from apple to Cyder! Take a tractor ride through the Orchards, and sample at least 20 varieties of Cyder, wine and preserves.

Truro

Truro is an historic Market Town full of richness and diversity. In the centre of town, the Pannier Market is the largest of Truro's indoor markets and offers a huge range of goods, with something of interest for every shopper. Cornwall's only city, wander through the streets and opes to discover independent retailers but also national chains. Truro also has two markets open 6 days a week as well as regular Farmers Markets. The river Fal offers boat trips to Falmouth and Truro Cathedral dominates the skyline, hosting  lunchtime recitals, evening concerts and plays. The Victoria Gardens are near the City centre and provide a haven of peace among the award winning floral displays - a lovely setting for an alfresco lunch, popular with locals and visitors alike.

Monday 7th March

An early morning departure from Cumbria as we head south to Cornwall and our resort of Newquay where we stay at the Fistral Beach Hotel. We will arrive in time to freshen up before our meals commence with dinner in the hotel.

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Tuesday 8th March

This morning we travel to Skinners Brewery on the banks of the river Truro for a tour and tasting, in 1997 Steve Skinner brewed a ground-breaking golden ale and named it after the tinmining local myths, and the brewery has gone on to win hundreds of awards. We return to Newquay for the afternoon at leisure, we include a cornish cream tea at the hotel. Dinner in the hotel.

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Wednesday 9th March

We have a scenic drive south to Land’s End before visiting the picturesque fishing village of St Ives, wander the maze of tiny cobbled streets lined by colourful cottages and admire the breathtaking views that have inspired many artists. Dinner in the hotel tonight followed by live cornish entertainment

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Thursday 10th March

Today we have a visit to a family-run farm that’s been lovingly making award-winning ciders, wines, spirits, juices, preserves, and sauces for nearly 40 years. We include a tour of the orchard and a product tasting before spending the afternoon in Truro, the county town of Cornwall, dominated by its splendid cathedral. Dinner this evening will be a 5 course taster menu sampling some of the best food Cornwall has to offer along with a glass of Camel Valley’s award winning sparkling wine.

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Friday 11th March

Sadly today after breakfast we must say farewell to our hosts at the Fistral Beach Hotel as we commence our return journey to Cumbria. We arrive home early evening.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Fistral Beach Hotel & Spa

The Fistral Beach Hotel offers bright, spacious and contemporary public areas and stunning views across the bay from the bar and restaurant. All 71 of the

beautifully designed rooms and suites feature a flat-screen TV and tea and coffee making facilities. The en suite bathrooms have luxury complimentary toiletries.

The Bay Bar and the Dune Restaurant feature stunning coastal views. Dishes from the à la carte menu are prepared using local and seasonal produce.

Excellent leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool, spa bath, sauna and steam room.

The hotel has a lift.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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