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Days out in Cornwall: Mining Heritage

Posted on 15 February 2019

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Visitors to Cornwall are bound to come across the county's mining heritage. Whether you visit one of the larger sites or pass old wheelhouses as you walk or drive across Bodmin Moor, or see how ports such as Port Gaverne or Charlestown once handled vast exports of tin, slate and china clay, there's a fascinating history to be found.

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3 Great Gardens of South Cornwall

Posted on 5 February 2019

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Lamorran This gorgeous warren of a garden is right on your doorstep when you're self-catering in St Mawes. Be ready to tackle some steep paths and steps to explore its subtropical planting and Italianate design – with the mild Roseland Peninsula climate and its sheltered position it's rarely troubled by frost. Lamorran is all about tranquility and harmony and it's been featured on Gardeners' World as well as in the top 10 of a BBC 'Nation's Favourite Gardens' poll. What a transformation from the overgrown tangle the current owners took on in 1982. Come and see it! Open Weds and Fri from April-Sept, but groups of 8 or more can book on other days too (handy if you're with a party staying in one of our larger holiday cottages), and under-16s get in free.

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2 More Roseland Circular Walks

Posted on 28 January 2019

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St Antony Head I'm going to share with you one of my favourite walks, right on the tip of the Roseland Peninsula. You get fantastic sea views in the clear winter air; you can also detour to the working lighthouse and the old military fort. It's a Site of Special Scientific Interest with a variety of bird life, including peregrine falcons and curlews. Allow a couple of hours and do get a detailed map or leaflet from the St Mawes Tourist Office. It's hilly but not arduous and there are a couple of stiles to climb.  

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2 Favourite Circular Walks

Posted on 22 January 2019

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Messack Point This lovely waymarked route showcases classic Roseland scenery. You'll go through rolling fields and pretty woodland – with glorious bluebells in season – and alongside a creek, and you can stroll down to the shoreline if you wish. There's a stile to negotiate and one steep hill.

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How to do Cornwall on the quiet

Posted on 18 January 2019

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For many visitors to Cornwall the region's sheer popularity and lively atmosphere is part of the fun. But our clients often look for a quieter holiday experience too, and the Roseland is an ideal place to find it. It's true that in high season the beaches and pretty villages can be busy, but even then there are quieter bays and countryside with sea views, ideal for those who prefer to avoid crowds or noise.

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6 Festivals in Cornwall

Posted on 8 January 2019

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Welcome to Portscatho Holidays! January's the perfect time to dream of that summer vacation and book your South Cornwall cottage, so we've picked a few local events through the year to help you plan ahead. And there are plenty more...

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5 Park Runs in Cornwall

Posted on 4 January 2019

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There's more to the Roseland than beaches, countryside and good food – though that's enough to keep most of us occupied on our holidays! If you don't want to miss your weekend Park Run there are plenty here in Cornwall. Whether you run, jog, walk or all three, it's a sociable and fun way to enjoy the local scenery. Park Runs are 5k against the clock, not against anyone else; they're for everyone, including dogs; they're on Saturdays at 9am and there's coffee afterwards. Just remember to register before your first run if you haven't already, and bring your barcode. See you there!

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