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 western England.
From London, we set off on our adventure where our first stop is the tiny market city of Wells, known for its Gothic cathedral with a quirky clock and peaceful Vicar’s Close. From Wells, our path takes us from the quaint country lanes of Somerset to the heather and gorse-clad tors of Dartmoor National Park. Before the day is out, enjoy a welcome dinner together.
Today we’ll leave Dartmoor for 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.
After a hearty breakfast we’ll set off for St Michael’s Mount, a tidal island just off the coast of Penzance. Here, we’ll explore the village and 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 returning to Falmouth. Please note: we are unable to visit St Michael’s Mount on Saturdays as it is closed to the public. In the event that day 3 of the tour occurs on a Saturday, we will visit an alternative destination.
Day 5: We have no set plans today, leaving you free to explore Fowey at your leisure.
Leaving Fowey, we make our way along the south Cornish coast, with a stop at Polperro fishing village before we leave the county behind us. After visiting magnificent Buckfast Abbey in south Devon, our road takes us to the green hills and golden sandstone cliffs of Dorset, before continuing to Lyme Regis where we walk in the footsteps of Jane Austen’s heroines. Tonight we hang up our hats in Hawkchurch for a farewell dinner together.
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.