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With an airport with direct links all over the country and a direct train line to London, in recent years Cornwall has become so much more accessible to those a little further afield than a neighbouring county or two away. However, despite the massive improvement of public transport, many people are still choosing to tackle the A30 by car, on a changeover day, in mid-summer. Changeover day traffic jams, long hours of driving and early starts are all what many of our guests choose for the convenience of being able to hop in the car and visit wherever they fancy once they arrive in Cornwall. Whilst this is a very easy way to see the county, we’re encouraging our adventurous visitors who are keen to get off the beaten track to leave the car at home, and either fly down to Newquay or jump on the train which comes down as far as Newlyn. Here’s a few little tips on what’s practical and what’s not – all in the name of reducing the traffic on Cornwall’s roads, reducing the carbon emitted from the journey down and giving you a more real, explorative holiday.
Newquay Airport has done wonders for our little county. From London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Dublin and many more British and Irish cities, you descend on the Cornish coast with one of the most beautiful landings (if it’s a clear day!). Of course, it’s a bonus if you’re staying in a Newquay property, as it’s just a ten-minute taxi journey from most of our retreats in and around the town. If you’re low on luggage and staying in the area, you could also give Go ByCycle a call and cycle a pushbike to your retreat – a great way to see the countryside. Newquay also has a train station which links up with the mainline at Par, and of course there are always plenty of taxis waiting to shuttle you to your retreat.
From Paddington, hop on a train and you can arrive in Penzance, the end of the line, in 5 hours. Great Western Railway also runs high-speed sleeper trains, so you can leave London of an evening and wake up in beautiful Cornwall. It’s a fabulous way to watch the countryside go by, with many sections of the journey offering sea views and panoramic scenes of the county. Cornwall is also home to one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the country – jump off at St Erth and onto a train to St Ives for a stunner of a journey. Many of our properties are near to train stations, with St Ives, Newquay, Gwithian and Mount’s Bay all easily accessible via train and a short cab ride or walk.
Once you’ve arrived in Cornwall, with any of our properties there is plenty to explore in the immediate surrounding area of your retreat, wherever you’re staying. However, there’s so much of Cornwall to explore, you’re bound to want to get out and about further afield – and in most places, this is totally possible via public transport. Download the First Bus App to purchase tickets in advance, and with a wide range of ticket types from family bundles to day tickets, you make full use of the bus service in Cornwall. This also means you don’t have to contend with parking struggles and don’t have to deal with directly with traffic – simple sit back and watch the countryside go by. There are also a multitude of public footpaths and coastal footpath to discover. Many of our properties have local OS Maps available, so gear up for some great family adventures with footpaths through farms, fields and forests, or hire bikes and discover Cornwall’s bridleways – there are plenty of options for travel without a car.