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Our Guests: Planning Your Trip

We know many of you will spend time planning your trip to Cornwall so that you make the best of the time you are with us. To help you we've put together a list of some of the publications and information that we use as we go along. Click on the images to link to more information.

Getting Here and Getting Around
Transport Direct Web SiteHere is new site which is a very useful tool where you are planning you trip down to Cornwall or planning days out while you are here. It gives you detailed travel instructions and great options for using public transport too. The Transport Direct site is very clear and easy to use and is renowned for being very accurate.



Cycling Map

sustrans logo Sustrans are an organisation that are constantly publishing and improving their information, this map gives you an overview of the dedicated cycle routes that wend their way through Cornwall. Including a comprehensive map of the Camel Trail which now starts less than a mile from Helsbury. Revised and updated the 180 mile long Cornish Way on Route 3 of the National Cycle Network now incorporates Marazion, Mounts Bay, Mousehole, a virtually traffic-free ride around the broad sweep of Mounts Bay starting across the causeway from St. Michaels Mount, through Penzance, past the fishing boats of Newlyn and descending into the beautiful harbour at Mousehole. St. Austell and the Eden Project, new traffic-free routes through the former clay mines make for a wonderful journey to this now world famous visitor attraction. Bodmin, Padstow & Wadebridge, a journey along one of the most attractive traffic-free routes in the country, the Camel Trail follows a disused railway line from Bodmin through Wadebride and along the Camel Estuary to the popular town of Padstow. Everything the local, casual or touring cyclist needs to explore Cornwall by bike. You can buy the map from the Sustrans web site

South West Coastal Path

South West Coastal PathThere are many guides to the South West Coastal Path, this one is highly rated on Amazon. The tradition of walking the South-West coast path in an anti-clockwise direction springs from there being more miles in total with the wind and weather behind you than against you. To assist forward planning of both day walks and continuous long-distance hikes, the coast path has been divided into sections, beginning and ending where there are amenities for refreshment or accommodation (or access inland to them). Each section of the book begins with a summary of its length, the kind of terrain and gradients to be expected, along with details of amenities and access points. An attempt has been made to grade the walking for difficulty, although such an exercise will always be subjective. Whether your coastal journey is a modest jaunt or a long-distance trek, you will surely gain new perspectives, a sharpening of the senses and a fuller appreciation of the interplay between nature and the hand of man. There is also a newly upgraded web site.

Cornwall Today Magazine

Cornwall Today MagazineA lot of good articles in this magazine, many of which feature key attractions in Cornwall. It is a great read for anyone who likes Cornwall and is looking to holiday or even live there. There are a number of features each month including topical issues, property, events, walks, food, wine, restaurants, interiors, offers and style.

Cornwall Walks

50 Walks in CornwallThis is a very useful walking guide which covers most of Cornwall with a range of walks from 3 to 8 miles. It includes detailed maps, carefully chosen start points, a guide for dog owners, parking advice, facilities, information panels and ratings for difficulty. The walks cover coastal, countryside and moorland to give a wide range of experiences across the county. The writer provides a lot of local knowledge and history, as well as information about flora and fauna on the way. With ideas for other things to do in the area, a guide to places to eat and drink as well as things to see it is a very comprehensive guide.


OS Maps

Ordnance Survey MapsHelsbury is on OS Map 109, which covers Bodmin Moor. The other maps which are particularly useful are 106 Padstow, 107 Fowey, 102 St Ives and Penzance and 105 for Falmouth. They can be bought from Amazon or directly from the Ordnance Survey Map shop.

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