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A bouquet for Normandy’s ‘Flowery Coast’

THE beaches of Normandy may resonate around the world with the history of the D-Day landings but before and since those momentous days of 1944, its sands have been associated with happier events. Just along the coast from the likes of Omaha and Sword, the little town of Trouville –correctly Trouville-sur-Mer – and its almost … Continue reading

A pretty church in a glorious location

THERE can surely be few rural churches set in more pleasing locations than St Just in Roseland, a spot worth seeking out among Cornwall’s twisting country lanes. The church dates back to 1261 and was built to replace a Norman church attached to Plympton Priory. And while the building is unusually attractive, it is the … Continue reading

A stop-off in St Mawes

WHILE in Cornwall last week, we stopped to have a brief look around the pretty village of St Mawes. Looking out over the River Fal towards Falmouth, the old fishing port has steep, narrow streets rising from the harbour. Although St Mawes remains a seafaring community, nowadays it is a popular location for retirement or … Continue reading

A sunny day in Fowey

FOWEY – it rhymes with ‘joy’, as the locals are proud to tell you – is a little gem on Cornwall’s southern coast. A bustling port with a busy commercial life and providing attractive moorings for leisure boats, Fowey’s harbour is flanked by 14th century blockhouses, one in Fowey and one on the opposite side … Continue reading

A few days in Cornwall – part 5: Cotehele

COTEHELE is a medieval house with Tudor additions, situated in the parish of Calstock, in the east of Cornwall. It is a rambling granite and slate-stone manor house on the banks of the River Tamar that has been little changed over five centuries. Probably originating circa 1300, the main phases of building appear to have … Continue reading

A few days in Cornwall – Part 4: Lanhydrock

LANHYDROCK House is regarded as Cornwall’s most complete Victorian country home. It stands in 360 hectares above the River Fowey and it has been owned and managed by the National Trust since 1953. Much of the present house dates back to Victorian times but some sections date from the 1620s. Lanhydrock estate belonged to the … Continue reading

A few days in Cornwall – Part 3: Marazion, St Michaels Mount & St Ives

ST IVES lies north of Penzance and west of Camborne on the coast of the Celtic Sea. In former times it was commercially dependent on fishing. The decline in fishing, however, caused a shift in commercial emphasis, and the town is now primarily a popular seaside resort. St Ives was incorporated by Royal Charter in … Continue reading

A few days in Cornwall – Part 2: Penzance, Lamorna & Newlyn

PENZANCE is the most westerly major town in Cornwall. Situated in the shelter of Mount’s Bay, the town faces south-east on to the English Channel. The name Penzance is derived from the Cornish Pen Sans, meaning holy headland, as a chapel once stood on the point to the west of the harbour more than 1,000 … Continue reading

A few days in Cornwall – Part 1: Falmouth & Maenporth

FALMOUTH, on the Fal estuary on Cornwall’s south coast, boasts one of the largest natural harbours in the world and is the gateway to a beautiful network of rivers and creeks. The town is home to Cornwall’s maritime heritage and has had a long and involved history since its foundation in the Elizabethan period. For … Continue reading

The beach at Budleigh Salterton

A fiercely cold but cloudless winter’s day on the pebble beach at Budleigh Salterton, Devon.

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