There’s a bit of a myth that due to the rural nature of Cornwall, you have to drive to get anywhere. That’s simply not the case, and our guests often leave their cars in The Cornwall’s car park, and head off by other means. Here are some tips for enjoying Cornwall without a car.
Explore Cornwall by bicycle
The area around The Cornwall is great for cycling. Don’t worry if you don’t want to bring bikes to Cornwall with you, as Pentewan Valley Cycle Hire is just down the road. Hiring a bike starts at just £10 for half a day, helmets are just £1 to borrow, and if you have young children with you, you can hire them an appropriately-sized bike, a trailer, or a seat. For a small fee, they will drop your bikes off at The Cornwall, or you can take advantage of their free customer car park. Either way, it’s a great chance to leave the car behind, and enjoy exploring using pedal power.
The first obvious excursion is the Pentewan cycle trail itself. A former railway line, it’s a nice straightforward path, suitable for all abilities, that runs through the pretty King’s Wood. When you get to the coast, you can ride on to Mevagissey and Portmellon, or head inland to The Lost Gardens of Heligan. The cycle to Heligan is a bit more strenuous – but just keep thinking of that lovely downhill journey back… To find out more about this, and many other local cycle paths, have a look at the Sustrans website.
Where to walk around The Cornwall
The Cycle Trail is not just for bikes – it’s an excellent path for walkers too, especially if you don’t go for the scrambling-up-cliffs-and-through-mud school of hiking. However, there are many other ways of exploring this area on foot.
We are so lucky to be so close to the outstanding South West Coast Path. From Minehead in Somerset to Poole in Dorset, this 630-mile managed footpath takes in the whole of Cornwall and Devon. There are some great walks along the stretch of Coast Path near The Cornwall. It’s just two miles down to Porthpean beach from here, and from there you pick up the path, in whichever direction you fancy! The South West Coast Path website takes you through sections of the path in great detail. For inspiration for circular walks in the area, have a look at iWalk Cornwall.
Travelling by train from The Cornwall
Why not try the train? St Austell is on the main line (which runs from Penzance to “upcountry”), and we can arrange a taxi for you for the short ride from the hotel to the station. From here, you can enjoy the pretty18-minute trip to Truro, or go further west, where you can pick up the branch line to St Ives, one of Britain’s most beautiful rail journeys. You could even head east and (gasp!) pop over the Tamar to Plymouth. Have a look at Great Western Railway’s website for more details.
If you’d prefer to travel on a heritage railway, there’s the lovely Bodmin and Wenford Railway. Take the conventional train to Bodmin Parkway, a short ride on the main line from St Austell, and pick up one of the steam-hauled trains from there. Try the Cornish Belle dining coach for a real first class experience.
Don’t feel that you have to spend your holiday behind the wheel. Simply leave your car at your hotel, and discover a new Cornwall – it’s amazing how different a place looks from the train, or up close on a bike. If you want to know more about car-free holidays in Cornwall, please just ask us. We’re always happy to share our local knowledge, and help you plan your visit to Cornwall.