The curve of St Austell Bay with its many sandy beaches is a haven for watersports and family holidays and is also fantastic for walking and cycling, with many woodlands and trails through a variety of landscapes. At its centre, the town of St Austell, has grown from the riches of the China Clay industry. Walk along Fore Street and you will discover the fine Holy Trinity Parish Church and opposite, the Italianate facade of the Market House. The town centre also has a cinema, restaurants, cafes and shops.
The River Tamar divides Cornwall from the rest of England for all but three miles in the far north. It runs for 60 miles down to Plymouth Sound, winding its way through rich farmland and areas of industrial history, now with World Heritage Status. Much of the area is also part of the Tamar Valley AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).
As we all know Cornwall is a great place to come for a walking holiday, an activity that costs nothing, and if you stay in the right place, you can just lace up your boots and open the door and off you go for the day! We have loads of blogs about walking in Cornwall, so we will let you discover those elsewhere.
What we want to do here is pick out some of the attractions or activities dotted around Cornwall that you can visit for free, or by donation.