ENGLAND

 

London

London is the capitol of England and a major city with history dating back thousands of years. When you visit England, among the places you visit, you must spend a day or longer in this fabulous city.

There are attractions such as Buckingham palace, this is the mecca of England's residents. Several of the rooms and gardens are open to the public. The garden contains over 350 different wild flowers.

The Tower of London is a world heritage site. William "The Conqueror" founded it in 1066-7. Take a Beefeater tour and hear the stories that abound there.

Museums, take a visit to London's museums. The museum of London and the museum of natural history.

If you are able to stay a few days, take in one of the Broadway shows in London's West End, like the Phantom of the Opera which is in it's 26th year.

If you intend to visit several attractions, a London Pass gives you entrance to 50 of the popular attractions. These can be bought on the internet before you travel. One site for purchasing these passes is Goldentours.com.

The "London Eye", One of the most exciting experiences is to view London from the "London Eye". You will be able to get a panoramic view of 40 kilometers on a clear day. The ride takes about 30 minutes.

All this and more, London is not to be missed.

Accomodations, London has a large variety of accomodations from Top rated hotels to small intimate bed and breakfasts. The choice is yours to make.

 

Cornwall

Where is it?

Cornwall is on the southwestern tip of Great Britain.  The Cornish name is Kernow.  If you have been to London before then the south is the area you need to see.  There is so much to see and do.

The coast is shrouded in mystery.  Stories abound of pirates and smugglers.  There are sandy beaches and delightful quaint fishing villages along the coast.  The surrounding countryside is stunning.

Getting there.

Train - Trains are frequent throughout the day from London's Paddington Station.  The journey to Truro, in Cornwall, take about 4 and a half hours.

Plane - Easy jet flies to Newquay, in Cornwall, from London Southend.

Car - Rental cars are available.  The trip to the Cornwall area is about 230 miles but the traffic can get quite busy.  Roads to take out of London are the M5, A30 and the A392.

Coach - There are National Express coaches that go down to Cornwall frequently every day.  They are available at the airport at Heathrow and Victoria Coach Station in London itself.

By far the best way to tour Cornwall,upon arriving there, is to rent a car; either from London or from one of the local rentals.  That way you will be able to visit some of the wonderful places along the coast.

Climate

The climate of Cornwall is temperate oceanic.  It is the UK's only sub troprical area.  Often referred to as the Cornish Riviera.  It is warmer than the other parts of England.

 

Cornwall

Cornwall is steeped in history of pirates and smugglers.  The rocky coastline was the ideal place for hiding smuggled goods.  All along the coast are amazing fishing villages.  Some of them ave not changed at all over the years.

Cornwall is a county in the southwest of England. Situated just below Devon on the 

southwest peninsula. Once famous for the tin mining industry. The mines are now all closed 

down . Nowadays china clay and fishing and agriculture are the main industries. Tourism 

now plays a big part in the economy of the southwest and many visitors and locals each year 

flock to the fantastic beaches. Villages like St Ives are an artists and writers haven, the light 

and the people provide inspiration for many pictures and stories.

The north coast is wilder than the south and quieter. It has beautiful sandy beaches and some 

nice walks. Newquay is a surfers paradise. It is also a great place for families.

On the south coast the beaches are more sheltered. Often the sand is coarser and there 

are some shingle beaches.The small fishing villages are popular with tourists. Charlestown, 

 

Mevagissey and Polperro are some of the better known ones.

 

Polperro especially is a very picturesque village and fishing harbor. Every year visitors are 

drawn to the southwest coast because the climate is much milder than the rest of the 

country. The scenery is stunning and there are many walks along the southwest coastal path 

and across the moors.

Cornwall has a long history of the days of piracy and smuggling. The tall cliffs and secret coves 

were ideal areas fort he smugglers to unload their wares.

 

Cornwall also has a famous smuggling inn. This is the Jamaica Inn made famous in Daphne Du 

Mauriers book by the same name. The inn has been on Bodmin moor for over four centuries. 

Nowadays it is a great place to stay and listen to the tales of smuggling. There are also tales 

of ghosts haunting the inn. It is a great place to walk and bird watch in the surrounding 

countryside.

 

When visiting Cornwall be sure to try a Cornish pasty. Usually the pastry case is filled with 

a meat and potato mixture. During the tin mining days one end was filled with the meat or 

vegetable mixture the other end was filled with jam. This served as the miners lunch and 

desert.

 

The Cornish coast provides many walks along the coast path from short gentle walks to long 

strenuous hikes. Everywhere you go the scenery is breathtaking.

Apart from the coast there are the mysterious Lost Gardens of Heligan to visit and the Eden 

Project. Both are close to St Austell.

 

Heligan

 

Great estates and mansions dot the countryside of Devon and Cornwall. Many of the gardens 

and some rooms in the mansions open to the public during the summer making for an ideal 

family day out.

 

Eden

 

 Charlestown

The coast has many quiet villages and one of them is Charlestown, beautiful and picturesque.  The village was made popular, for its location of several films.  One of the film was " The Eagle has Landed".  The remake of "The Three Muskateers" was also filmed there.  The small harbor was built around 1793 and 1801.

The little village has charming cottages that line the road to the harbor.  It was named after Charles Rashleigh.  Many of the cottage are rented during the summer to holiday seekers.  The shipwreck museum depicts the history of the village and the smugglers.  There are two hotels and some bed-and-breakfasts.  Majestic cliffs surround the village and one can walk for miles along the cliff path.

DEVON

 

Devon is a county in the southwest of England. The Bristol channel is in the north and in 

the south is the English channel. Beaches, National Parks, pretty villages, market towns 

and historic ruins are all to be found in Devon. There is an abundance of hotels and guest 

cottages, bed and breakfasts and camping places.

Rolling hills and lovely sandy beaches greet the visitor to Devon.

 

 Devon beach

 

Aside from the beaches there is the wildness of Dartmoor and pretty inland villages.

Dartmoor is vast with many archeological stone circles, ruins and ancient villages.

 

Dartmoor

 

 Dotted throughout the moors are some of the county’s prettiest villages. Many are historic 

such as Widecombe- in -the –Moor. The village is well known for the fair by the same name 

and also by the folk song that spoke or Uncle Tom Cobbly and all. Words to the song have 

been around since 1880. Souvenir shops in the village sell many items pertaining to the song 

such as toby jugs, dish towels, fridge magnets and a number of other items.

 

Widecombe

 

Devon also has many surfing beaches both on the north and south coast. On the south and 

east coasts there are a large selection of beaches for families. Some have nice wide sandy 

spaces. There are also small quiet coves tucked away. The scenery is stunning with some god 

walking areas.

 

On the north coast there are smaller beaches such as the picturesque fishing village of 

Clovelley. The village is famous for it’s steep cobbled street and donkeys. Whichever coast 

you choose to go or if you choose inland Devon has it all. Devon is famous for the rich clotted 

cream. Be sure to have a Devonshire cream tea while visiting Devon . The cream tea is jam 

and clotted cream on a scone. Usually two scones, a small jar of jam and a dish of clotted 

cream. This comes with a small pot of tea and a small jug of milk. He traditional way to eat 

this in Devon is to split the scone in half and put the cream first then the jam. Often it is done 

the other way around in places like Cornwall where many like to put the jam on first.