The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
A peaceful, traditional inn opposite Sterts open-air amphitheatre on the edge of Bodmin Moor. Children are catered for.
With a gorgeous wooded valley on one side and wide, rolling ocean on the other, Seaton Beach at the foot of the Hessenford valley is a unspoiled gem. The River Seaton runs across the sand and pebble beach, making a great play area for children and those wanting to paddle through shallower water. At low tide, numerous rock pools are revealed at either end of the beach and a large foreshore is revealed, idyllic walking territory for you and your dog. A cafe, shop and toilets are available and there is disabled access.
Popular family beach with a cafe and a car park. A stream running through the beach gave our kids hours of fun building dams.
Just outside the village of Rilla Mill you will find a footpath by the river to Stara Bridge. Take the crossing over the Medieval stone bridge into ancient woodland and follow the river looping back through the trees. Take a left turn up the hill to the next footpath and take the next right back to Rilla Mill.
Callington is nowadays a small market town, although it once was the gateway to one of the richest copper mining districts in the world. Behind the town is the 1000ft high Kit Hill, crowned by an 80ft stack built in 1858 for the winding and stamping engine of the Kit Hill Consols mine.
A curious little town with a mixture of shops. The arrival of Tesco's might have killed off the centre a little, but there's certainly no absence of hairdressers! The Trewartha's hardware store is an experience to say the least - prepare to step back in time thirty years! There is little remarkable and would choose to visit Launceston wherever possible.
If you're looking for a great gourmet experience in Cornwall, try the thrilling six course tasting menu at this intimate little restaurant. The menu changes regularly to offer a selection of the best local produce currently in season, such as tea smoked duck breast, langoustine soup and fillet of Cornish beef. Everything here is freshly prepared, from the bread rolls down to the petit fours, making this a quality fine dining experience (two AA Rosettes) at a price that won't break the bank. Booking is recommended, but it's always worth checking availability for late reservations.
A real find. Langmans is a small initimate restaurant that serves a six course tasting menu. Fantastic tasting food, beautifully presented.....a foodies dream.
Definitely a special occasion place
This is certainly a wonderful experience - we were told there would be no rush and we were there until midnight! Because each course is not too much you don't leave feeling "stuffed" - no need to worry about leaving room for dessert! They also do the most wonderful canapes whilst waiting to start (we had quail egg tarts)
A gastronomic treat
Book well in advance as this is a small intimate restaurant which is renowned locally. Tucked away in a small sidestreet in Callington Langmans is a real foodie experience. Special six course menus, changed frequently, so allow time to indulge yourself, as you will be there all evening. Pricey but excellent.
Take the opportunity of staying in this area to explore Bodmin Moor - a bleak wilderness quite unlike the traditional expectation of landscape in the West Country. The moor has many stone circles and standing stones, of which The Hurlers and The Cheesewring are two of the best known. From Minions, the highest village in Cornwall, just outside Liskeard, it is just a short distance to The Hurlers, three Bronze Age stone circles dating back to around 1500 BC. From here it is about a mile across the moor to The Cheesewring. So called because of its shape, The Cheesewring is a towering stack of a rock formation created by glaciation and weathering over thousands of years. A climb to the top provides breathtaking views into Devon in one direction and far into Cornwall in the other. As a reward, treat yourself to a cream tea back at The Hurlers Halt in Minions, known as the highest cafe in Cornwall.
A WOW of a walk!
This is a real WOW of a walk! The views are amazing and although it is partly industrial landscape it is still stunning. It is an easy walk round The Hurlers up to The Cheesewring although a bit rocky and steep close to The Cheesewring but still manageable. The nearby village of Minions is quaint and boasts a pub, shop and tearoom.
The walking countryside here is outstanding on a clear day - you can see for miles and miles. The Cheesewring stack itself is a fairly easy climb that is well worth it just to stand on top and admire the countryside mapped out below you.
The Cheesewring looks like it has been stacked up by a passing Giant. Great for picnics, with panoramic views on a good day.
There is something magic about the wide open expanse of Bodmin Moor. Climbing up to the top of the Cheesewring, seeing the moors laid out below you, with views stretching into Devon and Cornwall provides a great sense of space, and certainly blows the cob webs away.
As well as spectacular views on a clear day the Hurlers cast a magical spell on those visiting them. The Cheesewring is well worth the walk and again a spectacular structure of granite.
Take the branch line train from Liskeard to Looe, a great day out for the whole family.
A beautiful sunny day by the sunny
We enjoyed a lovely trip by train to Looe (3 adults and 2 children cost in total approx. £10 return). It's about a 10 minute walk from the station to the town but there is lots of lovely shops, quaint narrow streets and activities for children. We went on a trip out to see on a glass bottom boat, but didn't see anything below the water! Crabbing is very popular and a simple kit cost £3 and kept the children entertained for quite a while. We enjoyed a lovely lunch at The Courtyard Bistro. A quick visit to the beach and an ice cream back to the train completed a great day out.
Very scenic journey
A very pretty little branch line that drops dramatically down through the wooded valley. There is always plenty of bird life and wading fowl on the water as you go by, and the walk into Looe from the station is short and level. Highly recommended, lots of pubs and restaurants in Looe make it a nice winter's day trip, with a pub lunch by a real fire an added bonus! You can get off at some of the little stops on the way and do circular walks from those stations.
Great short train journey for the kids to enjoy en route to the beach at Looe. Hot day (no a/c on the train) and was completely packed on the carriages.
The branch line train journey from Liskeard to Looe a fantastic experience for the whole family with plenty of parking at Liskeard Station.
A medieval house in amazing condition, with fabulous collections of armour, textiles and furniture from the period.
This is one of the most beautiful houses in UK. Well worth a visit.
Stoic British carried on in AWFUL weather!
Wonderful House, Gardens, grounds and shops..AWFUL half term weather, but we braved it all! NB the house has NO electric lights so visibility in the house is limited on dull days!. Mill lovely and the walk down from the house through the gardens and past the chapel to the quay side and then the mill was lovely....a little slippery in places as it a little steep in parts and was SO wet..but we all remained upright! Lovely Cornish ice creams at the Quay and great bread flour can be bought at the mill shop. Hurrah for the VERY helpful and lovely mini bus driver who can ferry any less able bodies around the 3 sites...
Cotehele is a beautiful National Trust property - I recommend walking the wider estate, including the folly behind the property which gives you a bird's eye view for miles! The walk down through the quay to the mill is stunning, and the waterwheel and mill race is currently being renovated, which is an interesting project. You can even buy flour that has been milled on site.
A medieval gem with a magical garden sloping down to the Tamar. Plenty of walks on the Estate. Highly recommended are the scones at the restaurant on Cotehele Quay - just the thing at the end of a stroll along the river.
Music and plays in an outdoor theatre.
Open air theatre.
Take a cushion and a warm coat. Some of the productions are excellent, particularly the local musical (a different one each year). There is a good little restaurant or bring your own picnic to eat in the grounds beforehand.
Odd to find this covered outdoor theatre on the edge of Bodmin Moor. Mostlly amateur productions, but the musicals can be of a very high standard. Take a cushion and a warm coat.
Articles | From around the area
Things to do
Places to Go