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CREAM TEAS AND PASTIES
Dorset, Devon & Cornwall
7 day/ 6 night Tour
This well-balanced tour features the best of the UK's southwestern region. It's
a cliché to write that there's something for everyone here but sometimes the
cliché is the most accurate word or phrase to use. For lovers of countryside
there are rolling downs, rugged seascapes, atmospheric moorlands and the lush,
green country that is so representative of England. For those who enjoy history
there are castles aplenty, the King Arthur connections, the prehistoric and
Roman sites, the more recent war time remains and everywhere the mighty maritime
Literature lovers will be thrilled to see the lands of Thomas Hardy and Daphne
Du Maurier. Gourmets will die for the cream teas, real Cornish pasties and
This is a real experience. You'll never forget the narrow country lanes where
the hedgerows grow higher than the cars, the villages where it's difficult for
bicycles to pass let alone motorized vehicles, the thatched cottage hamlets and
small fishing harbors accessible only on foot.
are collected from one of our hotel collection points as per your
choice. Then our first day's touring takes us into England oldest
counties, Wiltshire and Hampshire. The purpose of our visit is to
see King Arthur's Round Table at the Great Hall in Winchester,
before continuing through the timeless landscape of Thomas Hardy's
Dorset to Honition in Devon. En route, we'll stop at Cadbury castle,
an iron-age, hilltop fortress and one of the possible sites of
Camelot. A further highlight of our day will be a local stately home
such as Montacute House or Stourhead.
routing for the day will offer us great choice. There's the maritime
city of Exeter, the English Riviera, and Plymouth, where we'll see
the harbour from which the Mayflower set sail. Next, we follow the
Cornish coast through delightful fishing villages and harbours
stopping en route, perhaps, to visit the pirate museum at Looe or
the shipwreck centre at St Austell. Readers of Daphne Du Maurier
will also enjoy our time at Fowey and discovering the real Jamaica
There's so much to see in this region. There are the wonderful
harbours of St Ives and Penzance, the coastal walks along cliff tops
and beaches, the prehistoric village at Chysauster, the famous
open-air Minack theatre, some of the most beautiful gardens in
Britain, including the new Eden Project. There are old lead mining
museums, castles and Land's End itself. And then, of course, we've
afternoon cream teas to take and Cornish pasties to eat! Our
flexible touring concept will allow tour participants to decide on
the day's priorities in consultation with their guide.
Continuing our Cornish adventures. Today we'll spend enjoying the
atmosphere of St Ives. There's plenty to entertain. This is an
artists' haven and you'll delight at the range of local galleries,
but perhaps of even greater interest will be the extension of the
prestigious Tate Gallery. There are also some fine walking
opportunities. The sailors or deep sea fishers amongst you might
just find the opportunity of taking to the water just to good too
pass up! You're free to dine independently in St Ives this evening
and to return to our accommodation by local taxi at your leisure.
turn north, following the north Cornwall and Devon coasts. Our
itinerary today will include Padstow, King Arthur's Tintagel, the
impossibly pretty village of Clovelly (where donkeys are still used
to haul goods and people up and down the narrow cobbled street to
the sea) and the Devon countryside north of Dartmoor and Dartmoor
tour today through Somerset. This is a county famed for its cider
apples and so we must, of course, visit a cider farm and sample the
wares! There are also the mystic town of Glastonbury where Arthur is
said to have been buried, and the magnificent Wells cathedral. If
time permits, perhaps we can also visit the massive gorge and caves
at Cheddar. Even with all of the other memorable days on this tour,
past participants have still named it one of their most memorable -
perhaps because the treasures we discover are just so unexpected.
Today, we'll first soak up the splendor of Georgian Bath. Your
guide will deliver a panoramic tour on our mini-coach, introducing
you to the many fine aspects of this famed city. You'll then have
some free time to visit the Roman Bath pump room, the cathedral, or
simply to shop.
This afternoon we take the olde coaching road back to London,
stopping en route at the unspoilt mediaeval Lacock (home of
photography and a well-known film location site), the prehistoric
World Heritage site of Avebury, and perhaps the antique centre of
17th century Hungerford depending on time and group choice.
You'll be dropped back at one of our central London hotel pick up
points as per your choice.
Many of the historic properties we visit on our tours are either owned by the
National Trust (www.nationaltrust.org.uk)
or the English Heritage (www.english-heritage.org.uk).
Why not visit their sites to get further descriptions of some of the super
places included on the tour?
This trip is one
of the many wonderful trips from a UK based company that does a
7 night touring holiday, based in Truro.
Holiday highlights include: Eden Project,
Charlestown, Roseland Peninsular, Lamoran House Gardens, Trebah
Gardens, St Ives, St Michaels Mount and the Lost Gardens of
The Carlton Hotel. Within walking
distance of the cathedral and city centre the hotel is situated
in quiet surroundings. Family run with comfortable rooms and
Return transfers from Truro Railway Station and the Coach Stop
to the Hotel. Our experienced driver/guide for the duration of
the holiday. Full site seeing program, 7 nights dinner, bed and
breakfast accommodation. Welcome pack including itinerary
We have an allocation of single rooms without a supplement.
Double or twin rooms for single occupancy are available at a
supplement of £10.00 per night. Entrances to St Michael's Mount
and the Tate Gallery are not included.
|We meet you at Truro Railway
Station of coach stop and take you to the hotel. Before
dinner there is an informal drinks party to meet your
|Today we visit the Eden Project in
St Austell, a story of plants and people, a global
garden based in a natural setting. We also visit
Charlestown, originally a small fishing port but
developed in the 1800's by Charles Rashleigh for clay
export. It is now a favourite of film-makers - Poldark,
The Onedin Line, The Eagle has Landed etc. Finally we
drive to Fowey - a fascinating and beautiful little port
where you can take the ferry to Polruan.
|We take the King Harry Ferry to
Roseland Peninsula. Our first visit is to St Just in
Roseland Church set in a valley of subtropical trees
alongside a creek, and from here we go to St Mawes and
visit Lamoran House Gardens. In the afternoon our drive
takes us to St Anthony's Head and the small village of
Porthscatho for a tea stop.
|Our morning is spent at Trebah
Gardens on the Helford River near Falmouth and in the
afternoon we travel to the Lizard Peninsula to Mullion
Cove and Helston.
|An easy morning with a lunch time
departure for St Ives where we spend the afternoon. You
have the opportunity to visit the Tate Gallery or just
explore this fascinating town, a haunt of artists. Our
drive back is along the north Cornish coast.
|Our first stop is St Michael's
Mount near Penzance, followed by a visit to Tregwainton
Gardens. We also go to Mousehole a well known Cornish
|This morning we visit the famous
Lost Gardens of Heligan, we lunch in Mevagissey and tour
the south Cornish coast to Portloe
|Depart after breakfast,
complimentary transfer to Truro railway or coach station