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Encounter Cornwall
  Encounter Cornwall - the place for visitors to Cornwall who want information on how to see this stunning area the alternative way. For all those wanting the help, flexibility and organisation to avoid the tourist crowds and discover the wild unspoilt beauty of "Kernow", Encounter Cornwall is for you. Encounter Cornwall are the ONLY Company
  • covering all 305 miles of the Cornish Coast Path and all its Inland Walking Trails
  • canoeing all sections of the stunning River Fowey Estuary, all year round.
  • offering coast to coast cycle routes that include
    Eden, The Lost Gardens, The Camel & Clay Trails en route.

Visit us at  to choose your adventure and discover spectacular Cornwall the alternative way.

The best way to experience the diversity of South East Cornwall’s scenery is on foot; Bodmin Moor, the South West Coast Path, Cardinham, Deer Park and Kilminorth Woods as well as the network of public footpaths that criss-cross the district – all offer a range of walking from the casual stroll up to something more strenuous! A number of good guide books are available.

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Lantic Bay

See South East Cornwall with Walkaboutwest - Mark Camp Qualified Blue Badge Guide

Cotehele (St Dominick, nr Saltash) Medieval house with superb collections of textiles, armour and furniture, set in extensive grounds
  • Riverside gardens with great seasonal variety
  • Ghostly goings on: hazy figures, music and a strange herbal smell
  • Film location for 'Twelfth Night' (1996)
  • Take a boat trip on the River Tamar from Cotehele Quay
  • Restored working watermill and agricultural workshops
  • Flour produced is regularly available for sale
  • Collections of local craftsmen's tools on display
Cothele House and Gardens

Antony (Torpoint) Superb early 18th-century mansion set in parkland and fine gardens:

  • Home of the Carew family for 600 years
  • Landscaped by renowned Georgian garden designer, Humphrey Repton
  • Lots of walks in the surrounding woods
  • Visit the National Collection of day lilies

Lanhydrock (Bodmin) Magnificent late Victorian country house with extensive servants' quarters, gardens and wooded estate

  • Stunning seventeenth-century gatehouse and long gallery
  • The ultimate 19th-century 'Upstairs/Downstairs' experience
  • Fabulous collection of spring-flowering magnolias and bluebell woods
  • Adventure playground, with wobbly bridge, scramble nets and animal sculptures
  • Successful dormouse breeding programme
  • Film location for 'The Three Musketeers' (1993) and 'Twelvth Night' (1996)


Other houses: Pentillie Castle near St Mellion, Pencarrow House near Bodmin, Boconnoc House near Lostwithiel, Port Eliot at St Germans, Mount Edgcumbe near Torpoint

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Gardens of SE Cornwal

There are numerous garden related talks and activities held at the National Trust gardens above. You should also not miss:

Boconnoc House and gardens – open at various times during the spring and summer, and host in April to the Cornwall Garden Society* Spring Flower Show.

Boconnoc House and gardens
Boconnoc House

Mount Edgcumbe House and garden, famous for its camellias which appear from January onwards, making a welcome sight at the start of the year. The house is open from March to September each year. Conducted Camellia Walks in the National Collection at Mount Edgcumbe - Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park

Mount Edgcumbe

With over 6000 labelled plants, Pinetum Park is a testimont to the dedication and enthusiasm of amateur horticulturists Ray and Shirley Clemo a who travelled the world collecting seeds and plants to establish this remarkable Garden.

Pinetum Park and Pine Lodge Gardens St Austell
With over 6000 labelled plants, Pinetum Park is a testament to the dedication and enthusiasm of amateur horticulturists Ray and Shirley Clemo who travelled the world collecting seeds and plants to establish this remarkable Garden. Pinetum Park is open all year round (last tickets 4.30pm) The Nursery propagates and sells many of the plants seen in the Gardens and the homely Tearooms sell good home-cooked food using fresh local produce.  See for more details.

Cornish Gardens open under the National Garden Scheme (the ’yellow book’) can be found at

Details of some of the most famous gardens in Cornwall, including Eden and the Lost Gardens of Heligan, both just a stone’s throw from South East Cornwall:

The Cornish Gardens Website is also well worth a visit:..

*See also the Cornwall Garden Society website for further events and activities throughout the year. More details...

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Bodmin Moor
Spectacular Bodmin Moor is perfect for all types of walking from the short stroll to the more serious cross country adventure (in all weathers!). Choose from the many guide books and well documented trails or take a guided walk with walkaboutwest.

The Cheesewring

First farmed over 4000 years ago by bronze age settlers Bodmin Moor is of one the last great unspoilt areas in the South West and much of its prehistoric and medieval past remains untouched by the passing of the centuries. The Moor is dominated by dramatic granite tors which tower over the sweeping expanses of open moorland. Marshes and bogs on the high moor drain into shallow moorland valleys before the rivers cross onto softer shales around the Moor and carve themselves deep river valleys, providing shelter for rich, damp oak woodland. Click to learn moor.

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Beaches of SE Cornwall
The Beaches of South East Cornwall are many and varied, from the exposed beaches of Whitsand Bay to the more sheltered coves of Lansalos Cove. Our favourite is Lantic Bay - but don't tell everyone.

To choose your perfect beach why not visit or click on one of the links below:

Looe Town Beach
Looe Town Beach

  Cawsand Bay Looe Beach
  Downderry Beach Millendreath Beach
    Polperro Beach
  Hannafore Beach Portwrinkle Beach
  Kingsand Beach Ready Money Cove
  Lansallos Cove Seaton Beach
  Lantic Bay Talland Bay
  Lantivet Bay Whitsand Bay

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Sailing , Tides, Harbours and Slipways

Tide Table for Looe:

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Riding in SE Cornwall
The establishments listed here offer something for everyone, from the experienced rider to the complete beginner, and are situated in some excellent locations. Pre-booking is essential.

 Here is a typical group of summer guests

TM International School of Horsemanship
Sunrising Riding Centre, Henwood, Liskeard. 01579 362895
Henwood, 5 miles north of Liskeard.

This riding school is primarily a residential riding centre but can offer lessons as well as hacks on the open moor for experienced day riders when horses are available.

Riding on Bodmin MoorLower Tokenbury Equestrian Centre
Caradon Town, Upton Cross, Liskeard. PL14 5AR. 01579 362747

Lower Tokenbury welcomes anyone who rides or wishes to learn, young or old, beginners or experienced riders. Lessons, hacks, schooling etc. Assoc British Riding Schools and Pony Club Approved.

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Stillwater Fishing in SE Cornwall

Trewandra Coarse Fishing Lake
Contact: Stewart Delbridge, Trewandra Farm, Landrake, Saltash. Tel: 01752 851258
Just off the A38 at Landrake. See for more details 

Bake Fishing Lakes
Contact: Tony Lister, Broadmoor Farm, Saltash. Tel: 01752 849027
Just off the Trerulefoot roundabout on the A38.

Still water trout and coarse fishing with five lakes totalling more than 14 acres stocked with rainbow and brown trout. Also good range of coarse fish.Fishing all year. Phone for prices and fishing methods.

Colliford Lake
Bolventor, Bodmin Moor. Managed by South West Lakes Trust
Tel: 01837 871565

At 900 acres, the lake offers traditional fly fishing for natural brown trout and is regarded as Cornwall's premier brown trout fishery. Permits available from Colliford Tavern and Siblyback Lake Office. Open 15 March - 12 October.
Phone for prices and fishing methods. Local ranger tel: 01579 342366

Siblyback Reservoir

Near Liskeard. Managed by South West Lakes Trust
Stocked rainbow trout fly fishing on this 57 hectare area of open water.
Permits on sale at the Watersports Centre, where boats can also be hired.
Phone for prices and fishing methods.

River Fishing in SE Cornwall

Liskeard and District Angling Club
Contact: O G Gilbert, 11 Richmond Road, Pelynt, nr Looe.
Water: 26 miles of Rivers Lynher, Fowey, Inny, Seaton and West Looe River.
Species: salmon and sea trout.

Sea Angling in SE Cornwall

The coastal waters of South East Cornwall are excellent for sea angling, whether directly from the beaches and rocks along the coast, or from a chartered fishing boat from Looe or Polperro.

Rock and Beach Fishing
Polperro Fishing BoatsGribben Head and Pencarrow Head provide good rock fishing, while conger, mackerel, wrasse and pollack can be caught from most beaches, particularly Cawsand, Whitsand Bay, Seaton, Downderry and Plaidy.
Consideration should always be shown to other beach users whilst fishing.

Sea Angling
Many day and half-day boat trips are available from Looe, Polperro, Polruan and Fowey. These trips tend to be advertised in the windows of the chandlery shops or along the quayside.

In Looe most of the boat trips are advertised along East Looe Quay where noticeboards are put up by the skippers. Simply take your pick of the boat you want and sign on up!!

Equipment is usually supplied but check first. Likely catch will be ling, cod, bream and conger.

Looe is also the home of the Shark Angling Club of Great Britain and trips can still be made to try big game fishing for blue and porbeagle sharks.

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Please phone to pre-book and check handicap requirements!

China Fleet Country Club
Saltash, Cornwall. Tel: 01752 848668
Signposted off New Road on the northern side of Saltash.

18 hole, par 72 course (men's 6551 yards, ladies' 5520 yards) bordered by the River Tamar and the Kingsmill Creek. Golf driving range. Extensive leisure facilities including swimming pool, restaurant and bars. Handicap certificate required.

Looe Golf Club
Bindown, Looe, Cornwall. Tel: 01503 240239.
Location: Signposted off the B3257 4 miles north east of Looe.

18 hole, par 70 course (men's 5940 yards, ladies' 5397 yards). Designed by Harry Vardon, six times open winner. A heath and parkland course commanding panoramic views of the Cornish countryside with views over Looe Bay and Island. Good knowledge of golf etiquette required.

St Mellion Hotel, Golf and Country Club
Near Saltash, Cornwall. Tel: 01579 351351. Located on the A388 Callington to Saltash road.

Two 18 hole parkland / downland golf courses including the championship designed Jack Nicklaus course (men's 6651/5782 yards, ladies' 5630/5324 yards). Also health and fitness facilities, restaurant and accommodation. Handicap certificate required.

Putting Greens
Hannafore Putting Green, West Looe.
Location: Just opposite Looe Island.
Two 18 hole putting courses located with spectacular views across Looe Bay.
Opening hours: Everyday 10.30am - dusk.

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