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.
June 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of D Day, when thousands of allied troops crossed the channel and landed on the Normandy beaches in a bloody push to gain control back from the German forces. Many of those making the crossing had embarked from secret locations along the Cornish coast, they themselves having ‘invaded’ Cornwall in the months before, mostly from the US.
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).