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Corners of Cornwall Back Roads: London to London

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,265

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$ 2,265

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Day 1

London to Wells and Dartmoor National Park

From London, we set off on our adventure where our first stop is the tiny market city of Wells, known for its Gothic cathedral with a quirky clock and peaceful Vicar's Close. From Wells, our path takes us from the quaint country lanes of Somerset to the heather and gorse-clad tors of Dartmoor National Park. Before the day is out, enjoy a welcome dinner together.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Two Bridges Hotel

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    Two Bridges Hotel



    The Two Bridges Hotel is located in a stunning riverside location, within its own 60 acres of private grounds, right in the middle of the barren expanse of Dartmoor National Park. The 33 beautiful bedrooms have views across the peaceful moor and the hotel's award-winning ...

    The Two Bridges Hotel is located in a stunning riverside location, within its own 60 acres of private grounds, right in the middle of the barren expanse of Dartmoor National Park. The 33 beautiful bedrooms have views across the peaceful moor and the hotel's award-winning restaurant serves wonderful cuisine with an emphasis on using seasonal, local and fresh produce. Relax in the lounge, which has deep leather chairs or enjoy a drink in the cosy bar, which serves its own ale.

    Facilities

    • Disabled Friendly
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Pets Allowed
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Dartmoor National Park - Padstow - Falmouth

Today we leave Dartmoor for the sheer cliffs of Cornwall's northern coast -- a gourmet feast set firmly in our sights. For an appetiser, there's a stroll around Port Isaac, the fishing village made famous by television series, Doc Martin. Next, it's onwards to the main course: a leisurely lunch at 'The Seafood Restaurant' -- Rick Stein's flagship restaurant in Padstow. Pick from a menu of fresh-off-the-boat Cornish seafood and international favourites such as Atlantic Crab. Then it's time to take it easy as we travel further west to Falmouth, where our day ends.

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Duration2 Nights
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Greenbank Hotel

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    Greenbank Hotel



    Float away in stylish surroundings. Submerge yourself in characterful history. Dive into delicious food and drink. Breathe in fresh sea air. Drink in the view. Nestled on Falmouth harbour, the Greenbank Hotel blends the best of coastal living with the finest in contemporary comfort, so ...

    Float away in stylish surroundings. Submerge yourself in characterful history. Dive into delicious food and drink. Breathe in fresh sea air. Drink in the view. Nestled on Falmouth harbour, the Greenbank Hotel blends the best of coastal living with the finest in contemporary comfort, so you can experience life - on the water's edge. Whether you're paddling at the shoreline, strolling the bustling cobbled streets or lounging on our terrace, we know you'll be captivated by Falmouth and what it has to offer. This hotel is within 3km of National Maritime Museum, Gyllyngvase Beach, and Pendinnis Castle.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Business Centre
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Elevator
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge Bar
    • Luggage Storage
    • Non Smoking Property
    • Porter Service
    • Restaurant
    • Turkish Bath
    • WIFI- Charge

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Day 3

Falmouth - St Michaels Mount - St Ives - Falmouth

After a hearty breakfast, we drive to St Michael's Mount, a tidal island just off the coast from Penzance. Stepping ashore in the buzzing village, we witness life through the eyes of the islanders and explore the medieval castle, brimming with treasures and stories from the past. Next, we visit one of England's prettiest towns, St Ives before we end our day in Falmouth where you can enjoy your evening at leisure.

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Day 4

Falmouth - Tregothnan - Fowey

There's a treat for the green-fingered as we set off to explore Tregothnan -- Cornwall's largest estate and the historic seat of the Boscawen family. A member of the gardening team gives us a private tour of the grounds and the tea plantation, where we learn all about tea grown in England. We then make our way to Fowey, a historic town that hugs the steep banks of the Fowey estuary, before settling into our hotel and enjoying dinner.

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Duration2 Nights
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The Fowey Hotel

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    The Fowey Hotel



    Made famous by the celebrated authoress, Daphne du Maurier, the pretty Cornish town of Fowey, is a delight to explore full of characterful buildings, cottages and shops that tumble down the hillside. With wonderful views over the town, estuary and the sea, The Fowey Hotel ...

    Made famous by the celebrated authoress, Daphne du Maurier, the pretty Cornish town of Fowey, is a delight to explore full of characterful buildings, cottages and shops that tumble down the hillside. With wonderful views over the town, estuary and the sea, The Fowey Hotel offers 37 individually furnished rooms with an emphasis on comfort and style. The restaurant has retained a coveted AA Rosette in recognition for its exceptional food since 1997 and an extensive wine list compliments a daily changing menu.

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Day 5

Fowey

We have no set plans today, leaving you free to explore Fowey at your leisure.

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Day 6

Fowey - Lyme Regis - Hawkchurch

Leaving Fowey, we make our way along the south Cornish coast, with a stop at Polperro fishing village before we leave the county behind us. After visiting magnificent Buckfast Abbey in south Devon, our road takes us via the green hills and golden sandstone cliffs of Dorset, before continuing to Lyme Regis where we walk in the footsteps of Jane Austen's heroines. Tonight we hang up our hats in Hawkchurch for a farewell dinner together.

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Duration1 Night
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The Fairwater Head Hotel

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    The Fairwater Head Hotel



    Set in the picturesque Devonshire countryside, the Fairwater Head is an Edwardian country house hotel, located just 5 miles from Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast. Each of the 16 well-appointed bedrooms has views across the hotel's two acres of gardens and the award-winning restaurant ...

    Set in the picturesque Devonshire countryside, the Fairwater Head is an Edwardian country house hotel, located just 5 miles from Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast. Each of the 16 well-appointed bedrooms has views across the hotel's two acres of gardens and the award-winning restaurant offers views of the spectacular Axe Valley. Only local ingredients are used in the hotel's kitchen to ensure the utmost freshness and quality from breakfast through to dinner.

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    • Restaurant
    • Restaurant

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Day 7

Hawkchurch - Salisbury - London

The adventure isn't over just yet. Our last scenic jaunt takes us along the Old Roman road to Salisbury, set in an ancient landscape of grass plains and rolling downs. From a town steeped in history to a modern metropolis, we arrive back in London, where our tour ends.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Oct  4, 8, 11, 15, 18
2018: Mar 18; Apr 15, 22, 25, 29; May 2, 6, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 27, 30, 31: Jun 3, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28; Jul 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29; Aug 1, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, 30; Sep 2, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, 23, 26, 27, 30; Oct 3, 7, 10, 14, 17

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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