Places to explore when you visit Falmouth
While there are plenty of sights and activities to fill your visit to Falmouth, the town is also the perfect location for exploring many beautiful areas and attractions in Cornwall. Here are three more places’s to explore when you visit Falmouth.
Poldhu Cove Beach is a west facing sandy beach on the Lizard Peninsula. Managed by the National Trust and situated within an area of outstanding natural beauty, this pretty beach is the perfect base for swimming, surfing and sandcastle building.
From the beach, you can take a walk up the hill to the Marconi centre and monument, to learn about the first trans-Atlantic radio signal sent in 1901. The high vantage point offers views around the coast as far as Mounts Bay and Penzance, on a clear day of course.
Surf classes are run from the beach during the Summer season and the well stocked and friendly Poldhu Beach Cafe is open for 363 days of the year.
Take the main turning from Helston to the Lizard and follow the signposts to Poldhu alternatively, you can take the 37 bus from Falmouth Moor.
Kynance Cove another west-facing beach on the Lizard Peninsula, has been the inspiration for artists, authors and photographers for many years and when you visit you will understand why. The cliff tops offer a stunning panoramic view of colours. From the pinks, blues and amber changing the sky, clear turquoise sea to the rich green landscape washed in yellow gorse. Spectacular rock formations, rugged cliffs, and stacks that glint of red and green serpentine.
When the tide is out the beach becomes a paradise of white sand and crystal clear water with every chance of seeing seals, dolphins and basking shark, (no they won’t eat you!). Kynance is a popular beach, in fact, evidence of its popularity as far back as the Victorians is reflected in the cave names, ‘The Parlour’, ‘The Drawing Room’, and ‘The Ladies Bathing Pool’.
Kynance Cove Cafe is an eco cafe and the first National Trust property to be fitted with PV tiles that generate enough electricity to make 45,550 cups of tea a year.
The car park is situated above the cove and is a bit of a trek down to the beach but the views make it an extremely pleasant walk.
As with Poldhu, exit the main road from Helston to the Lizard and follow the sign posts to Kynance.
If you are looking for a mix of retail, dining, craft and Cornish mining history then a trip to the Cornwall Gold and Tolgus Tin Mill is a good choice.
Situated among the tin mining landscape of Redruth, Cornwall Gold has something for everyone to enjoy. You can watch experienced jewellery makers as they craft exquisite pieces and then shop for your own or gifts to take home. The children will enjoy panning for gold, making their own bears, painting pottery or playing crazy golf.
You can explore the Tolgus Tin Mill, a designated heritage site and only remaining one of its kind in Cornwall. A tour of the mill will show you how tin streaming and tin ore recovered from the stream, that runs through the park is smelted on-site to create some of the beautiful Cornish jewellery you can buy on site.
After a busy morning, afternoon or day exploring all Cornwall Gold has to offer, you can relax and enjoy a meal of Cornish produce and recipes prepared by their award winning chef, Ricky Fox, at the Cornwall Pantry Restaurant.
Find Tolgus Mill, Nr Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 4HN. Parking and admission are free and open all year round.
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