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Corners of Cornwall Back Roads: London to London

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,527

Shrouded in myth and natural beauty, the moors and coastal towns of southwest England are ready to enchant and inspire you. Get out of London and explore the green and rugged landscapes of this delightful country.


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This 7-day round trip from London takes you to some of England’s most enchanting regions, including Dartmoor National Park and Cornwall.

Dartmoor National Park feels much like the rural England of storybooks. Ancient bridges, rocky tors, and wild horses define the countryside, which serves as the gateway to rugged Cornwall. Follow the north coast to Port Isaac – also known as Potwenn in the BBC series Doc Martin – among other local villages, with lunch at Rick Stein’s famous ‘The Seafood Restaurant’ in Padstow.

Visit the cliff-face Minack Theatre en route to Falmouth, your home for the next few days. This beautiful town may have lost some of its significance to naval trade, but it has certainly lost none of its appeal to visitors. With a full day to explore, walk in the footsteps of Wind in the Willows creator Kenneth Grahame and other literary figures, or delve into Falmouth’s rich naval history at the National Maritime Museum. If you wish, take the ferry back to the 16th century at St Mawes Castle, or a boat ride along the Fal River.

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You’ll spend the next two days enjoying the high life of Cornwall, visiting the Tregothnan Estate – home to the viscounts of Falmouth – and Buckfast Abbey. Enjoy a farewell dinner in Hawkchurch and explore historic Lyme Regis, before going on to Salisbury, home to the original Magna Carta.

Return to London for departure.

 


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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,527

Itinerary View Trip Map

Day 1

London - Wells - Dartmoor National Park

From London, you'll set off on your adventure. Your first stop is the tiny market city of Wells, known for its Gothic cathedral and peaceful Vicars' Close. From Wells, your path will take you from the quaint country lanes of Somerset to the heather and gorse-clad tors of Dartmoor National Park. Tonight, you'll enjoy a welcome dinner together as a group.

Meal Plan Dinner
Day 2

Dartmoor National Park - Port Issac - Padstow - Falmouth

Today you'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, you'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 the group travels further west to Falmouth.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Falmouth - St Michaels Mount - St Ives - Falmouth

After a hearty breakfast you'll set off for St Michael's Mount, a tidal island just off the coast of Penzance. Here, you'll explore the village and the medieval castle and gardens, which are brimming with treasures and stories from the past. Next, you'll visit St Ives, one of England's prettiest towns, before returning to Falmouth.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4

Falmouth - Tregothnan - Fowey

There's a treat for the green-fingered today: you're off to explore Tregothnan, Cornwall's largest estate and the historic seat of the Boscawen family. A member of the gardening team will give the group a private tour of the grounds and the tea plantation, where you'll learn all about the only tea grown in England. You'll even get the chance to sample some local produce. Afterwards, you'll make your way to Fowey, a historic town that hugs the steep banks of the Fowey Estuary, before settling into the hotel and enjoying dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 5

Fowey

There are no set plans today, leaving you free to explore Fowey at your leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 6

Fowey - Lyme Regis - Hawkchurch

Today you'll make your way along the south Cornish coast with a stop at the fishing village of Polperro before leaving the countryside behind you. After visiting magnificent Buckfast Abbey in south Devon, the road will take us to Dorset, stopping at Lyme Regis -- where you can walk in the footsteps of Jane Austen's heroines. You'll take in the sweeping views of the Jurassic Coast before the end in Hawkchurch and enjoy a farewell dinner together.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 7

Hawkchurch - Salisbury - London

The last scenic jaunt takes the group 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, you'll then head back to London, where the tour ends.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2019: Mar 17; Apr 14, 21, 24, 28; May 1, 5, 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29, 30:
Jun 2, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, 23, 26, 17; Jul 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31;
Aug 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 29; Sep 1, 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 25,
26, 29; Oct 2, 6, 9, 13, 16

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 6 night's accommodation
  • Driver/tour leader & mini-coach transportation
  • Full English breakfast daily (excluding day 1)
  • 3 evening meals
  • 1 lunch
  • Entrance fees to Minack Theatre, St Michael's Mount and the Gardens of Trebah, private guided tour of Tegothnan Estate, Salisbury Cathedral donation

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

OTHER INFORMATION:

Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours, hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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16 Oct 2019
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