Back-Roads - Corners of Cornwall 2019

Dartmoor, Falmouth, Hawkchurch and Fowey

From windswept moors and wild coastlines to historic cities and picture-perfect fishing villages, the county of Cornwall is sure to impress. Discover the maritime heritage, rural beauty and culinary pride of South West England.

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE 

  • Enjoy lunch at Rick Stein’s signature ‘The Seafood Restaurant’ in Padstow
  • Get the inside story at Tregothnan Estate, Cornwall’s largest estate, on a private guided tour
  • Enjoy a two-night stay in Falmouth, a historic port town set in one of the world’s largest natural harbours

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Itinerary

DAY 1 LONDON – WELLS – DARTMOOR NATIONAL PARK

From London, we’ll set off on our adventure. Our first stop is the tiny market city of Wells, known for its Gothic cathedral and peaceful Vicars’ Close. From Wells, our path will take us from the quaint country lanes of Somerset to the heather and gorse-clad tors of Dartmoor National Park. Before the day is out, we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner together. (D)

DAY 2 DARTMOOR NATIONAL PARK – PORT ISAAC – PADSTOW – FALMOUTH

Today we’ll leave Dartmoor for the sheer cliffs of Cornwall’s northern coast – starting with a stroll around Port Isaac, the fishing village made famous by the Doc Martin television series. Next, we’ll enjoy a leisurely lunch at The Seafood Restaurant – Rick Stein’s flagship restaurant in Padstow. Here, you can take your pick from a menu of fresh-off-the-boat Cornish seafood and international favourites. Afterwards, it's time to take it easy as we travel further west to Falmouth. (B,L)

DAY 3 FALMOUTH – ST MICHAEL'S MOUNT – ST IVES –– FALMOUTH

After a hearty breakfast we’ll set off for St Michael’s Mount, a tidal island just off the coast of Penzance. In the buzzing village, we’ll witness life through the eyes of the islanders. There’s also time to explore the medieval castle and gardens, which are brimming with treasures and stories from the past. Next, we’ll visit St Ives, one of England’s prettiest towns, before moving on to Falmouth, where you can enjoy the evening at your leisure. (B,D)

DAY 4 FALMOUTH - TREGOTHNAN - FOWEY

There’s a treat for the green-fingered today: we’re off to explore Tregothnan, Cornwall’s largest estate and the historic seat of the Boscawen family. A member of the gardening team will give us a private tour of the grounds and the tea plantation, where we’ll learn all about the only tea grown in England. You’ll even get the chance to sample some local produce. Afterwards, we’ll make our way to Fowey, a historic town that hugs the steep banks of the Fowey Estuary, before settling into our hotel and enjoying dinner. (B,D)

DAY 5  FOWEY

We have no set plans today, leaving you free to explore Fowey at your leisure. (B)

DAY 6 FOWEY – LYME REGIS – HAWKCHURCH

Today we’ll make our way along the south Cornish coast with a stop at the fishing village of Polperro before leaving the countryside behind us. After visiting magnificent Buckfast Abbey in south Devon, our road will take us past the green hills and golden sandstone cliffs of Dorset. We’ll then continue to Lyme Regis, where you can walk in the footsteps of Jane Austen’s heroines. We’ll take in the sweeping views of the Jurassic Coast before we end in Hawkchurch and enjoy a farewell dinner together. (B,D)             

DAY 7 HAWKCHURCH – SALISBURY – LONDON

The adventure isn’t over just yet. Our last scenic jaunt takes us along the Old Roman Road to Salisbury, a city set in a landscape of grassy plains and rolling downs. From a town steeped in history to a modern metropolis, we’ll then head back to London, where our tour ends. (B)

 

Please note: Prices shown based on low season travel - details on request

Travel Dates:
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*per person share twin

7 days from

$3,709*

Includes

  • 6 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily full English breakfast (B), 4 evening meals (D)
  • 1 lunch at Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant (L)
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: St Michael’s Mount, Salisbury Cathedral and Tregothnan Estate
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