Today's walkitcornwall quote
Of course Paul’s deep knowledge of the region, its flora and its beauties – and not to forget his patience and his humor – have made me feel like it all was too short. As a result, my eyes and my brain are full of new images and new knowledge.
– Jean-Claude B, Switzerland.
Day Walks and Tours Around Cornwall
walkitcornwall's 1 day walks and tours exploring Cornwall's coast and countryside
When we are not arranging and guiding our walking holidays in Cornwall walkitcornwall works in conjunction with many accommodation providers in our home town of Falmouth.
We also work with the wonderful Clowance Estate. Their guests can come on a day tour in my 9 seater VW Caravelle to the Lizard Peninsula or to the Far West including, Botallack world heritage mining site (Poldark's Wheal Leisure and Wheal Grambler from the series!) and free entry to the Minack Theatre for a visit. Both tours are for 6 hours and as I know the back roads and all the interesting places they can just sit back and soak up the unique atmosphere of many places that are not on the tourist map. They get to experience what Daphne DuMaurier called the Vanishing Cornwall, away from the Tourist Gaze. The small lanes, the inspiring landscape that brought artists, poets and writers to this part of the Celtic world. We are happy to be celebrating our third year of the tours with Clowance having started doing the tour of the Estate 15 years ago which is coming full circle as we are now helping to organise short and long walks around and from the Estate's 60 acres.
The Lizard peninsula has it all. Unique geology and millions of years of tectonic movements and weathering has carved out some beautiful coves, headlands and beaches. The Serpentine rock had its heyday as the "poor mans marble" utilised as fireplaces and plinths in the Victorian age. Queen Victoria made this amazing rock fashionable.
Kynance Cove is the jewel of the Lizard. We might also go to Cadgwith or Porthleven, the archetypal closely knit fishing villages with thatched cottages and many a fishing and smuggling tale.
Choughs anyone? Hopefully we will see some of these birds that are interlinked with the very cultural fabric of Cornwall featuring the story of King Arthur. There are the stories of Marconi, the shipwrecks and the marvellous heathers unique to even Cornwall.
The Helford River is a drowned river valley and includes Frenchmans Creek, where the pirate novel by Daphne DuMaurier was based. But it is also where ancient oak woodlands are standing and we will spy on a variety of estuary birds. The flora and fauna around the Helford are special and protected within the Marine Conservation Area.
Falmouth: Some information.
The maritime town of Falmouth has the 3rd deepest water terminal in the world after Sydney and Rio de Janeiro.
It was also home to the Falmouth Packets, the forerunner of the Post Office that delivered packages all around the world.
Falmouth overlooks the Carrick Roads. This is the expanse of water that includes the Fal and Percuil rivers, the former leads up to Truro, the latter being the maritime entrance to the Roseland peninsula.
Opposite is St Mawes and if one follows the coast south there is 42kms of shoreline of the exquisite Helford River, the gateway to the Lizard peninsula.
Pendennis and St Mawes castles guard the entrance to the Carrick Roads with the town of Penryn and the city of Truro up river.
The award winning Maritime museum in Falmouth is definately worth a visit at one end of the ribbon development that is the main shopping area.
There are an excellent variety of shops, galleries and coffee houses to watch the world go by or for just gazing at the harbour and coastline.
There are numerous banks for international visitors and Falmouth is a major stop off for cruise liners.
There are music and drama productions, gallery shows and films to be seen and heard every day of the week, all year round which is also why we base our guests here for our walking holidays and vacations.