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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » St Austell September 24th 2018

I remembered the bus going past Mevagissey when visiting Heligan Garden and that Mevagissey harbour looked interesting. We decided to visit there in the morning on 18 September 2018. We took the bus No.24 from the town centre of St Austell in the mid morning. The bus took us to River Street, Mevagissey. As we walked towards harbour, we found numerous interesting shops, e.g. the Cornish Fudge Shop, pottery shop, jewellery shop, a second hand bookshop and fish restaurants, and we popped in some of these shops. The attractive cobbled streets and lanes led us to the harbour. There were a number of colourful fishing boats, water taxies and flat boats mooring on the water. We found the foot ferry which travel between Mevagissey and Fowey. Unfortunately, because of the expected windy weather, the ferry services ... read more
rugged coastline

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » St Austell February 28th 2017

We pondered this visit very hard . First we decided to go as it would be a good rainy day activity. Then we looked at the admission price . We could hardly believe the cost £25 each if we paid on the day on the door . There was a 10% discount for on line purchases . That took us down to £22.50 each which was still a lot of money. We slept on it. I checked every discount site known to man and found nothing better than our 10% on line offer. We slept again and thought no we are not spending that sort of money. Would we get the chance to do it again? Who knows? Would we come to this part of the world again? You never know. Would we just keep thinking ... read more
No idea what they are
Inside the dome
Frog spawn or the biomes

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » St Austell June 25th 2016

On 27 May we decided to go to Charlestown. Mark told me there were regular buses for Charlestown. The No.24 bus went through the residential areas on the southeast of St Austell calling at Safeway, hospital and hospice. We didn’t have a map of Charlestown, but, as soon as we got off the bus, we found Charlestown road which led us to the harbour. As we walked towards the coast, we found shops selling a wide variety of seashells and accessories and historic buildings including an old chapel with the sign: Wesleyan Methodist Church. Unfortunately, this building seemed to have been neglected as of May 2016. Behind this chapel, I could see a tall chimney, which shape looked similar to the ones we saw along the clay trail previous day. We decided to walk around the ... read more
18th century harbour
Charles Rashleigh's office with Martha
seaweed washed up to the shore

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » St Austell June 21st 2016

We were awoken by a ray of sunlight coming through the windows on 26 May. We planned going to Wheal Martyn via the clay footpath. We bought our lunch at Co-op, and walked uphill to the centre of St Austell and North Street, back of the Market Place. The clay footpath was started at northwest corner of St Austell town. The footpath was flanked by greens and mostly even and moderate route. Mining has been playing an important role in the Cornish economy for a long time. There were several remaining disused industrial buildings along the footpath. When walking past these buildings, one of the local people with two dogs explained to us that there were stairs leading closer to these buildings. After following the level footpath, we were directed to go across the footbridge and ... read more
35' water wheel
mining men's workshop

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » St Austell June 14th 2016

We visited Eden Project with my mother in 2002 when the site had been open. The former clay pit admittedly showed some empty spaces at that time, but we heard that lots of things had happened since 2002. On 22 May 2016, we took the no.101 bus from St Austell’s town centre. Upon arrival, Mark showed the receptionist the printed combined tickets (with Lost Gardens of Heligan). Apart from distinctive biomes, we didn’t quite remember what the outside gardens were like, but as soon as we stood on the balcony overlooking the site, we found that not only a huge variety of plants were thriving but transport items – land train and sky-wire were running. After taking photos at the terrace off the visitor centre, we headed for the Rainforest Biome. We followed the route surrounded ... read more
Canopy walk in Rainforest Biome
Flowers in South Africa
art work

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » St Austell June 9th 2016

Mark had checked the bus timetable for Lost Gardens of Heligan. We were going to catch the 10:45 bus from South Street. Several buses turned up around 10:45, but after a few minutes Mark had realised that we had misses the bus. That bus didn’t show the destination and the number. However, he didn’t want to change the plan; he decided to go to Lost Gardens of Heligan by taxi. The taxi took more direct routes towards the destination than the bus: we arrived there at 11:30. Mark showed printed combined tickets (with Eden Project) at the reception. We started exploring the Northern Gardens. We both remembered Flora’s Green, Northern Summerhouse, Kitchen Gardens, Italian Garden, Pineapple Pit, etc and a series of pictures to show how the Victorian gardens were discovered in 1990 and how the ... read more
Spring in Heligan
View of Mevagissey

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » St Austell June 7th 2016

We had lovely memories in Cornwall – visiting Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan, walking on the picturesque coastlines – and we decided to stay in St Austell between 21st and 28thMay. Mark was very well-organised – he had booked the train and the B&B hotel, and checked the bus timetables. Arrival at St Austell Upon arrival at St Austell, we found the tourist information in the station and picked up maps and information leaflets. It was raining, so we decided to take a taxi to our hotel, Penwinnick Hotel. The hotel owner, Tim, welcomed us and showed us our room, dining room and drawing room. Our room was facing to the garden and next to the dining room. While resting ourselves at our room, we were reading through the maps and the information leaflets. ... read more
Trinity Church
The Red Bank
Sundial - sculpture, Cemetery Park

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » St Austell November 17th 2014

The last night prior to our travels is upon us. When I refer to us I'm mean the 3 of us. Caroline, myself and our van. We always name our motorhomes and our latest is no exception. Ella and Lola are particularly good in this regard and duly named him 'Monty'. Previous vans were girls, we had Daisy first than Wanda. We have been some time in the planning phase and now with just hours to go we are very ready and excited. What do you pack? Interesting as we have a European winter and summer to cater for. The short answer is "Loads"! Monty is relatively small at 6.1m but we have maximised our storage with a bike rack and a rear storage box. Over the duration of our travels I hope to surprise a ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » St Austell July 15th 2014

On the second day of our holiday we were itching to get outside after our long car journey the day before. The sun with its omniscient power, must have know it was the first day of our holiday: It's warmth gradually increased, burning the clouds as it rose through the sky. We decided to take a circular walk we found in the very informative brochure in our villa. We set off: Through woodland and stream we walked, hoping to wear Elmo (our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) out - we had discovered this to be nearly impossible over the last two years. The stream sparkled, thanking the sun for its summer rays. As we walked our stiff post journey legs, mum stopping every second to take a picture, we came to a sign after about a mile ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » St Austell July 14th 2014

We arrived at eight at Natural Retreats, St Austell - a group of beach hut come Swedish lodge looking villas. Our vision may have been rose-tinted after our very long journey from York but when we went inside our admiring thoughts were confirmed by a beautifully decorated spacious modern villa. Although it had a contemporary feel, locally painted pictures of the surrounding area gave it a unique coastal feel. The bedrooms were huge with a wardrobe so big it could easily host the quite extensive amount of clothes I needlessly brought; each had an en-suite bathroom. My room had an enormous bath that could have fitted at least three people in - we were truly spoilt with space. Elmo, the dog, retreated at once to the decking, whilst we unpacked far too much stuff in which ... read more

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