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A bit of information about cornwall and cornish towns


Lands End

Lands End is the most westerly point in England.  As you would expect the area is steeped in local tales and legends.  Local tales of shipwrecks, smuggling and strange happenings from days gone by helps support a booking tourism industry of this English holiday hotspot.

If you are planning to holiday in Cornwall a trip to lands end is almost a must just to be able to say you have been there.

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Mousehole is one of the many traditional fishing villages on the cornish coast.  Famous for its Cornish Infocolourwashed and granite buildings this fishing village gives a great insight into how life was for fisherman in days gone by.  Views of a harbour crammed full of small fishing boats landing there catch is a regular site at this lovely village.

It is said that the last person who spoke the ancient cornish language here died in Mousehole in 1777, one Dolly Pentreath.  Her grave is on a hill above the village.

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A popular holiday resort in Cornwall.  Facing the famous 'St Michaels Mount' and boasting one of the mildest climates in England its no wonder its been providing for the thousands of holiday makers visiting the area each month.

Famous residents include Sir Humphry Davy who invented the Miners safety lamp was born here in 1778.  His statue stands in the town.

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St Ives

A picturesque location in cornwall.  Clusters of brightly coloured cottages make lovely photographs and paintings.  No suprise that artists have been attracted to the area for many years.  St Ives grew up to what you see today from a small cluster of buildings around an Chapel built by St Ia in the 6th Century.

St Ives was once a busy fishing port but as with many traditional fishing ports most of the businesses are built up from the busy tourism industry.

There are many museums in the town showcasing the work of famous locals.

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St Just

St Just is the most westerly town in England.  Well worth stopping at to see the large mediaeval stone church built in the fifth or sixth century.  Just 2 miles north are the derelict workings of the old Botallack Mines which had shafts heading out to sea looking for tin and copper.  An amazing feat considering the technology available at the time for tunnelling under the sea bed.

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Helston is a large market town in Cornwall with steep streets and attractive old stone houses mixed in with more contemporary buildings.  Historically, Helston was an important port.  However a landslip of sand and shingle silted up the harbour mouth in the 13th Century.   Shipping was relocated to nearby coastal towns such as Gweek.

Helston was then developed in to a stannary town where tin that had been mined locally was weighed and the government of the day charged their taxes on the mined tin.

Being a large town and with plenty of old and modern cottages provides a great location for any self catering holiday.

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Newquay is famous for its fantastic surf making it a popular location with windsurfers, body boarders and surfers.  Newquay is arguably the most popular holiday resort on the North Cornwall Coastine.  The coastal town has a well developed town and tourism industry built around the surf and sandy beaches.

If you plan to make the most of the surfing then a location in the town itself is wise as traffic at peak season is pretty busy and if you have to travel too far you will spend much time surfing the traffic jams.  There are plenty of self catering cottages available in and around Newquay so if you book early you should have a good chance of getting the Newquay cottage you want



A delightful holiday location on the estuary of the Camel River.  Its said that St. Petrocstow founded a monastery in Padstow in the 6th Century.  This is where the name Padstow originated from.

The old town of Padstow is full of crooked streets slowing towards the coastal harbour.  Some of the cottages and properties in padstow date from the middle ages.  On the south quay is the 16th century Raleigh Court where Sir Walter Raleigh stayed when he collected his taxes which were due to him as per his entitlement as 'Warden of Cornwall'.

There are many different types of holiday cottage available in and around Padstow – all ages, types and sizes.


Perranporth enjoys a beach which is 3 miles long.  An ideal surf along the beach makes it a popular location for surfers.  The shifting sands make great surf and lovely beaches but they have also resulted in local landmarks being covered up and lost due to the erosion caused by the shifting sands.

As a tourist location Perranporth is spoilt with a fantastic beach and great conditions for surfing.

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