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Looe

Looe is an old seafaring town with a long history of fishing and smuggling. Just 17 miles west of Plymouth. East and West Looe are split by the river running out to sea with a landmark seven arched stone bridge linking the two sides. The town 'centre' is at East Looe, with its cobbled streets, quaint cottages, shops and the busy fishing harbour.

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Padstow

The tour of Prideaux Place was so interesting and the cream tea to die for - Liz

The Fish and Chips at Rick Steins is worth queuing for. Excellent quality and rather nice to sit and eat overlooking the harbour - Nick

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Penzance

Beautiful views all round, but beware of the attractions as they are designed to reap money from your pockets. Just take a picnic and sit up on the cliffs and take some photos. Sennen Cove is lovely to swim at - I will never forget swimming with dolphins there. Amazing experience - Rob, resident.

Penzance has a wealth of good shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants. Its main thoroughfare is Market Jew Street, a busy shopping street that connects with the harbour area through the Wharfside Shopping Centre. Other places to explore are the pedestrianised Causewayhead and the delightful Chapel Street, an ancient thoroughfare that winds down to the seafront between handsome traditional buildings, specialist shops, pubs and restaurants - Nick

Penzance is an historic town set in the far west of Cornwall and is home to 22,000 people. Positioned on the edge of the beautiful, evocative Mounts Bay, where the view of St Michaels Mount raising some 230’ above the sparkling sea has beckoned Pilgrims since Medieval times, whether you arrive by small boat or walk across the causeway at low tide, the stunning view is perhaps only surpassed by the Church or the castle perched at the very top. The working harbour is busy with colourful yachts, boats and a ferry in Summer that journeys to the Isles of Scilly, or there is always the thrill of a deep sea fishing trip or a gentle saunter along the Cornish coast where cliffs, secret coves, and sandy beaches edge the sea. The town is peppered with a patchwork of architecture left by Georgian‘s, Victorian’s, and old Cornish Fishermen’s cottages. A walk through the labyrinth of streets will lead you on a trail of discovery, from a Canon from the Spanish Armada outside of the Library, to the Hotel where Nelson’s victory was announced. Or how about a dip in the Art Deco Open Air Bathing Pool, which is set into the rocks and filled by the sea. For all things Maritime a visit to Trinity House Lighthouse Centre tells a fascinating story of Lighthouses where visitors can sound a foghorn or see what life was like for the Lighthouse keepers. Why not take a stroll along the promenade, or enjoy the wide sandy beach, or perhaps the Maritime Museum is more for you as it proudly displays the reconstructed interior of an 18th Century Man Of War ship. The chapters of time are reversed as far back as Neolithic Lanyon Quoit or how about Chysauster Ancient Village which dates back 2,000 years, or there is always Prussia Cove where infamous smugglers roamed. Penzance has been visited by Smugglers, the Spanish Armada, and Medieval Pilgrims now it’s your turn……………….Sharon

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St Ives

Go to St Ives for New Years Eve. Maybe it was because we just werent expecting it but the sight of 10,000 people in various stages of fancy dress is really quite amazing. The whole town (and it seems literally) go for it - this is a simply massive local event - and the atmosphere was most friendly.

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