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Carnglaze Caverns
(7 miles)

A family-run business, this underground experience is open all year round for self-guided tours.  Set in Quarry Wood, the 6.5-acre site encompassing ancient woodland and beautiful walks, is also home to three caverns and a spectacularly beautiful underground lake, hand created by slate miners.  There’s a The Terrace Garden and Enchanted Dell for children, The Rum Store for underground concerts and events, and it’s licensed for weddings and civil partnerships.  When you visit, remember The Caverns are at a constant 10°C, so jumpers are a good idea and flip flops are recommended.  

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We all enjoyed our visit here on a rainy day. It was good to see this mine.

July 2017



Magic Wood

Magic Wood
(7 miles)

The Magic Wood Climbing Centre combines sport and tradition by offering bouldering, top-roping and lead climbing at a wall that’s designed to suit all ages and abilities. At Woodlands Farm in Liskeard, the facility is open from Tuesday to Sunday – from 2pm on weekdays, and in the mornings as well as afternoons at the weekends. Prices start at £6.50 for adults and £4.50 for children, with family and annual passes also available. Private coaching is available and there are small charges for equipment hire as well, so keep that in mind before you visit!

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Bodmin & Wenford Railway
(8 miles)

Enjoy the nostalgic experience of the Bodmin & Wenford railway! Travel back in time through 13 miles of picturesque Cornish countryside that harks back to a 1950s branch line. Most journeys are powered by steam locomotives however some diesels operate on the line too. Trains run between Bodmin General and Bodmin Parkway.

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Dragon Leisure Centre Pool & Flume Slide
(9 miles)

The marvelously named Dragon Leisure Centre in Bodmin is home to a 25-metre indoor swimming pool and learner pool consisting of six lanes, catering to kids, and their parents who may want to have a little time to themselves.  There’s also a flume, and a spectator friendly area on poolside, as well as lots of opportunities to join one of the structured activities or just pop along for a casual swim.  

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Lower Lake Shooting
(9 miles)

Situated on the border between Devon and Cornwall, Lower Lake Shooting Ground is between Launceston and Liskeard and offers teaching under the guidance of professional instructor Bill. Lessons are available whether you’re a total beginner to an advanced clay pigeon pro, and they also cater to game shooters, skeet and sporting for clay shooters and have a variety of high and low towers in the valley. Naturally, this being Cornwall, the location is beautiful, and the school caters to stag parties, corporate events and special occasions as well, with prices starting at £70 per person.

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The Blisland Inn
(4 miles)

Set in the pretty village of Blisland this is a  traditional pub serving a wide selection of well kept real ales, ciders and lagers and proper pub food. The pub has won CAMRA's National Pub of the Year award in the past, and is famous for its friendly welcome and for being a 'proper pub'.

The Blisland Inn, Blisland, Cornwall PL30 4JF (T: 07093 302828)

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The London Inn, St Neott
(6 miles)

A traditional English pub in the village of St Neott, nestled in the beautiful Cornish countryside to the south of Bodmin Moor. Offering a great range of real ales, beers, ciders and wines by the glass or bottle and serving good home cooked made from locally sourced food.

The London Inn, School Hill, St Neot PL14 6NG (T: 01579 326728)

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Lovely old style english pub. Ate twice our evening meals. Everything was delicious and of good quality. Friendly, helpful and polite staff. Would definitely go again.

July 2017



The Stag Inn
(8 miles)

Friendly, welcoming traditional pub serving a great selection of real ales, beers and ciders although only offering cold bar snacks.

The Stag Inn, Fore Street, St Cleer PL14 5DA (T: 01579 346540)

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Earl of St Vincent
(10 miles)

A pretty Cornish pub in the village of Egloshayle, just outside Wadebridge.  Inside you’ll find an amazing collection of clocks as well as lots of cosy corners to sit, and in warmer months a real highlight is the fabulous garden full of flowers.

Earl of St Vincent Egloshayle Village, Wadebridge PL27 6HT (T: 01208 814807)

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Fresh From the Sea
(11 miles)

A pretty fish shop and café serving fish and seafood fresh from the owner’s boat.  Delicious crab, lobster or salmon sandwiches and salads are the specialities, all sustainably caught in the waters around Port Isaac. 

Fresh From the Sea 18 New Rd, Port Isaac PL29 3SB (T: 01208 880849)

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Tregardock Beach
(9 miles)

Best known as a surf beach, Tregardock Beach is only accessible by footpath, which offers beautiful views of the water and Port Isaac as you head down.  It is quite a stroll and the terrain is bumpy, so it’s not an ideal beach to visit with children.  The path can also get quite muddy, so keep an eye on the weather.  There’s a seasonal ban on dogs from Easter to September, and there aren’t any facilities in the immediate vicinity of the beach.  When the tide goes out, several small beaches become one long stretch of sand, and there’s a waterfall cascading down the cliffs at the back of the beach as well as caves to explore, so it really is a little paradise hidden in the landscape.  Because it’s not easy to access, it’s usually quiet at this beach, but parking along the roadside near the farm at Treligga is very limited, so it’s a good idea to head over as early as possible and make sure you don’t get cut off at high tide.

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Trebarwith Strand
(10 miles)

Two miles from Tintagel, Trebarwith Strand Beach on the north Coast of Cornwall is easily accessible and is owned by the National Trust.  A long stretch of sand, it’s backed by flat rocks and steep cliffs, but check the tides before you visit because people often get cut off in the summer months.  Once there, there are caves to explore and rock pools containing a wealth of sea life.  It’s been the setting for a number of films in its time, but these days it’s all about swimming (when lifeguards are on duty between May and September) and exploring.  Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round, and there are two car parks – the main one is a bit of a walk away, and a smaller one is closer to the beach.  There’s also a handful of roadside parking spaces.

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Port Gaverne
(10 miles)

A sheltered beach on the north Cornwall coast, Port Gaverne Beach is in a narrow cove just east of Port Isaac.  It’s comprised of sand and shingle with lots of rock pools to explore at low tide.  In the summer months it can get quite busy given the popularity of the location and its suitability for families.  Surrounding walks along the cliff path are delightful and at high tide the beach is favoured by divers.  There’s also a slipway and it’s sometimes used to launch boats because of the easy access from the road.  Thanks to it proximity to Port Isaac half a mile away facilities and restaurants are nearby, and the beach welcomes dogs all year round.  You can also park in the village although there is limited road parking by the beach itself.

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Port Isaac Beach
(11 miles)

Since the arrival of Doc Martin on the small screen, Port Isaac has soared in popularity, and the pretty little village with the historic harbour, which also serves as the beach, has become instantly recognisable.  Still an active fishing village with crab pots scattered about, the sand stretches between twin piers at low tide and has a small stream and lots of rock pools to explore, so it’s ideal for children.  Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round, and as it’s at the centre of the village there’s easy access to shops and all facilities including public toilets.  The car park for the town is a 10-minute walk away, and while there are a couple of parking spaces on the beach itself, just make sure you park above the high water mark, or keep an eagle eye on the tide!    

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Tintagel Beach
(11 miles)

In the shadow of Tintagel Castle, Tintagel Beach is small and often overlooked, barely accessible via a scrabble down the cliff path.  To the north of the beach there’s a waterfall and to the south is Merlin's Cave, a 300ft long tunnel passing under Tintagel Island and castle that’s only accessible at low tide.  Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round, and the beauty of the place is its remoteness – just you, the beach and the sea, so there aren’t any facilities nearby basically.

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