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Kit Hill is an ideal place for a wide range of activities including bird watching, kite flying and walking.
Dramatic views stretch across the Tamar Valley toward Dartmoor in the east and Plymouth and the sea to the south.
At the summit, three viewing tables help you identify features as you view the surrounding countryside.
The Engine House Cafe offers full English breakfasts, light snacks and lunches.
Enjoy a relaxing meal in convivial surroundings with stunning views.
The woodlands adjoining the house at Lanhydrock cover 1,000 acres, with parkland, woods and riverside paths. Wildlife spotters will be in their element here, with plenty of flora and fauna to discover, from flowers to fungi and bugs to bats there’s something for everyone.
Pop into the friendly Park Café, which is situated near the car park, where you’ll find a range of hot food, such as speciality homemade burgers and tasty vegetarian options, like butternut squash and pearl barley risotto alongside delicious cakes snacks and drinks.
Just a few minutes from Longhedge, Siblyback Lake offers an unrivalled lakeside 3-mile circuit for walking, running, cycling or birdwatching – surrounded by the striking backdrop of Bodmin Moor.
Enjoy the panoramic views across the lake whilst tucking into a delicious light lunch and a hot drink at The Rockhopper Café. For those with a sweet tooth you can’t beat the homemade cakes and local ice cream,
Cardinham is a beautiful mixed woodland, popular with local dog walkers, cyclists, and horse riders.
Waymarked trails will take you deep into the woods to discover stunning viewpoints and an intriguing history, and Woods Cafe will help you refuel after your adventure.
Woods Cafe is a family run independent cafe in the middle of Cardinham Woods passionate about serving delicious, home made food using fresh and local ingredients. The menu is small but perfectly formed with something for everyone and every order is freshly prepared. Their cakes and scones are baked every morning and are perfect with a pot of Cornish Tregothnan tea or locally roasted Yallah coffee. Family and dog friendly with loads of outside seating in the summer and a lovely roaring log fire in the winter.
Wander out of the village along the tarmac lane that goes past the shop/post office, heading directly for the mast on Caradon hill ahead. About 3/4 of the way up go past the unmade lane on your right and start to follow the granite stone wall. At the brow of the hill leave the tarmac road as swings around to the left and continue to follow the wall over and down the other side of the hill. Over the hill you will pass Wheal Tor Hotel, continue down to the house at the bottom where the track meets the B3254. Turn left and cross the cattle grid, follow the road a few hundred yards passing the house on your left Trevallick’s Farm Shop and Tearoom is on the right.
Reward yourself with refreshment stop where you will find all manner of the finest Cornish produce.
Golitha Falls are a series of spectacular cascades through a steep-sided valley gorge on the upper reaches of the River Fowey.
As the Fowey winds it way from its source on Bodmin Moor to its estuary at the harbour of Fowey(pronounced Foye) it passes through this picturesque wooded gorge between Draynes Bridge and Treverbyn Bridge.
Golitha Falls and the ancient woodland through which they flow is a National Nature Reserve of great importance for its lichens, liverwort and mosses. Over 50 species of liverwort grow here and 98 species of moss, some of which are quite rare. The reserve is open all year and is a free admission site.
Management of the Golitha Falls woodland by coppicing dates back to the time of the Doomsday book and possibly earlier. Coppicing has been re-introduced on a small scale to demonstrate how this sustainable management style can still be used by woodland owners today.
There are several well marked trails in the nature reserve, including those with access for people with disabilities and for wheelchair users. Look out for the sign at the main entrance to the reserve and for information boards along the trail.
There is a large car park near the entrance to Golitha Falls NNR in which you will find Inkies Smokehouse BarBQ the ONLY pit smoked BBQ caterer that cooks over wood and charcoal the authentic way. All their food is served straight from the smokers so the customers get the best experience possible and can see for themselves it is proper pit smoked. Only local meat and produce served and they make all their own sauces, sides and rubs from scratch.
Do you want to make the most of precious family time together?
Would you like your children to grow up with treasured memories of fun family holidays away with their grandparents?
How about a family holiday to celebrate an anniversary or milestone birthday?
Longhedge has the space and facilities to suit all generations. Sleeping up to 10 guests in four bedrooms our moorland cottage boasts a playroom, large sitting room, spacious dining hall and kitchen diner not to mention the safe, fully enclosed, walled cottage garden perfect for the children to play in while the adults relax on the terrace.
Multigenerational holidays are becoming increasingly popular. Allowing families to step off the treadmill and spend quality time together bonding, strengthening relationships and creating lifelong memories.
Enjoying the warmth of the Gulf Stream, the magical gardens in Cornwall are home to a wealth of exciting, rare and beautiful plants and trees. From wild woodland to neatly manicured lawns, from the small and unusual to large and famous.
Antony Woodland Gardens is an established woodland garden with natural woods bordering the River Lynher extending up to 100 acres.
Designed as one of natural beauty and of scientific interest with over 300 types of Camellias,Magnolias, Rhododendrons and other flowering trees.
Boconnoc park was created by Thomas Pitt in 1780.
Restored lake and Golden Jubilee walk.
19th century pinetum which includes Lobb’s collection.
The garden is surrounded by parkland and woods with magnificent old trees & flowering shrubs.
Mount Edgcumbe is the earliest landscaped park in Cornwall with Grade 1 historic garden, temples,follies, shell seat, National Camellia Collection, Daffodils & bluebells.
Formal gardens in European, New Zealand & American styles.
Springtime at Port Eliot is sensational. Wander amongst thousands and thousands of daffodils, find the ravishing camellia glade, and be stunned by drifts of wild garlic, primroses, hellebores, hyacinths, crocuses and snowdrops.
Cotehele is a vast garden with some steep paths, daffodil meadow, rare species of trees & formal terraced rose garden with magno climbers.
Enjoy the sheltered Valley with pond, dovecote 18th Century Tower, unusual shrubs, rhododendrons & azaleas.
Mary Newman’s Cottage is a Grade 11 listed cottage is the oldest building in Saltash, dating from around 1480.
The furniture and utensils give the interior a truly atmospheric feel, and visitors can wear period clothing and play Elizabethan games.
The garden is laid out in authentic Elizabethan style, showcasing the plants and herbs vital to a household of the period, Light refreshment may be taken in the garden whilst relaxing and enjoying the view of the Tamar below.
I know there are plenty more too, please leave a comment with your own suggestions of gardens to visit or your thoughts on the ones I have mentioned if you have been there.
This week I thought we should pay a little homage to a number of local small businesses that have sprung up in response to the popularity of drinking artisan gin over that past few years.
Southwestern Distillery – Tarquin’s Handcrafted Gin
The Southwestern Distillery near Wadebridge is where one of my favourite gin’s is created.
Handcrafted in small batches Tarquins gin emerges from one of three flame fired copper pot stills fondly known as Tamara, Senara and Ferrara.
Beating 267 other international entries at the World Spirits Competition in 2017 Tarquin’s Cornish Navy Seadog gin claimed the title of world’s best gin.
In addition to the Dry Gin and the Seadog from time to time limited edition batches become available. I am currently enjoying such delights as Cornish Blackberry and Honey, Mulled Cranberry and Tangerine and The Eden Project’s Boabab and Grains of Paradise.
Atlantic Coast – Jynerva and Gorsedh Cornish Organic Gins
This distillery is located in an 18th century farmhouse a short distance from the North Coast and the tourist town of Newquay.
Jynerva, meaning gin in Cornish and Gorsedh, which is an organisation that preserves the Celtic spirituality of Cornwall, are a pair of 46% ABV hand crafted gins made from organic botanicals of which a great many are grown at the distillery or foraged from the wilds of Cornwall from coast to moor.
The gins are blended with the distillery’s own hand drawn water and distilled slowly in a bain-marie still called Guinevere, so named after the famous character from Arthurian legend.
Jynerva has a hint of orange on the nose but does not mask the juniper. These citrus flavours continue on the palate culminating in a dry finish.
Gorsedh has been distilled using gorse flowers from an organic farm high on Bodmin Moor. This delivers a golden floral note on the nose with a hint of coconut and lime on the palate with a gentle, yet sustained, finish.
Trevethen – Trevethen Cornish Gin
Trevethan Gin is a quality handmade gin created using a traditional family recipe perfected in the 1920s by Norman Trevethan a stone’s throw from the Tamar river in East Cornwall.
Each batch is hand distilled in small quantities to create a unique flavour and give every batch its own signature character. Complex, with subtle hints of citrus and floral notes, Trevethen gin is made using botanicals sourced from Cornish hedgerows for a true taste of Cornwall.
The water used comes from a natural spring on nearby farmland, the water is so soft that no mineral treatment is necessary which helps to create a truly natural flavour.
Also available are the delicious sounding Honey Oak and a nod to the family history (you’ll have to go to their website to find out that connection!) the intriguing sounding Chauffeur’s Reserve!
Curio Spirits Company – Rock Samphire and Fly Navy Gin
Curio is produced in Mullion, deep in west Cornwall, on the Lizard Peninsular.
Curio is inspired by fragrant botanicals and natural ingredients. Hand foraged on the local cliff tops the rock samphire is blended with fragrant botanicals and distilled four times in small batches for exceptional quality producing the deliciously smooth Rock Samphire Gin.
The Fly Navy Gin, also handcrafted in small batches is a floral, citrus gin that is unique and full of character. This new gin was produced to mark the centenary of the landing of the first aircraft on a moving ship at sea. Given the close proximity of this distillery to RNAS Culdrose in Helston it was felt a fitting tribute to mark this important event.
Cornish Gin Distillery – Elemental Gin
From a tiny distillery in the heart of Cornwall comes this artisan Cornish gin.
Made using the more traditional and expensive one shot method (rather than using a concentrate as many commercial gins do) along with outstanding botanicals and only the finest Cornish spring water leads to the creation of a unique and complex gin like no other.
The creators chose the name Elemental because gin production is an ancient process dependent on the alchemical elements of copper and water, both of which are also strong symbols of Cornwall.
Wrecking Coast Distillery – Clotted Cream Gin
A gin with a distinctly Cornish flavour hails from a micro distillery high on the slate and granite cliffs of the wrecking coast near Tintagel. Smooth on the palette and velvety rich in the mouth the Wrecking Coast Clotted Cream Gin is handcrafted in small-batches. The unique approach developed by the makers of building this gin around the clotted cream ensures the velvety richness is balanced with the traditional notes of juniper you expect in any gin. Each bottle is signed by it’s maker and hand sealed in two colours of wax, gold and cream to represent the golden crust and rich creaminess of clotted cream.
So there you have it, in no particular order our roundup of “6 of the Best” Cornish Gin Distilleries. I wonder which ones you will try or if you discover any others while you are here in Cornwall?