Road Trip: sum­mer along the Cor­nish coast

Sum­mer’s call­ing, which means now is a great time to get be­hind the wheel and head to Corn­wall for a week­end break full of sea air and rugged coast­lines

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FRI­DAY NIGHT Pen­zance

Start your week­end by check­ing into one of the rustic-luxe rooms at Artist Res­i­dence Pen­zance (from £136), a few min­utes’ walk from the seafront. As the name sug­gests, each of the 22 rooms is dec­o­rated by a lo­cal artist. For din­ner, tuck into home - smoked pork ribs or whole roasted sea bass at in-house res­tau­rant the Cor­nish Barn (mains from £14), where ‘lo­cal ’ and ‘sea­sonal ’ are the name of the game. artistres­i­dence.co.uk; thecor­nish­barn.co.uk

SATUR­DAY MORNING St Michael’s Mount

Af­ter a wan­der round the nar­row streets of Pen­zance – once the preser ve of smug­glers and pi­rates, now more likely to house cafés and art gal­leries – drive down the coast to St Michael ’s Mount. At low tide, do as cen­turies of pil­grims have done be­fore you and walk across the cob­bled cause­way to the is­land’s me­dieval monaster y (£15 for com­bined cas­tle and gar­den entr y) and the small vil­lage that grew up around it. stmichaelsmount.co.uk

SATUR­DAY AF­TER­NOON Lizard Penin­sula

Spend the rest of the day get­ting lost down the lanes of the Lizard Penin­sula. You’ll want to stop at Ann’s Pasties on your trav­els to pick up a pic­nic lunch of that Cor­nish sta­ple, the pasty (£4). On a hot day, ditch the car and your clothes for

a swim at Ky­nance Cove, a small white -sand beach in a horse­shoe bay. annspasties.co.uk; na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/ ky­nance- cove

SATUR­DAY NIGHT St Mawes

Con­tinue your drive north to the sea­side town of St Mawes. Dump your bag in one of the nau­ti­cally styled rooms of the St Mawes Ho­tel (from £150), then catch a RIB boat (from £35) from the har­bour to the 13th- cen­tur y Pan­dora Inn (mains from £11) for creek­side fish pie and a pint. stmaweshotel.com; stmaweskayaks.co.uk; pan­do­rainn.com

SUN­DAY MORNING St Mawes

Time to get back in a boat. Fish & Trips takes peo­ple out from St Mawes for two hours of mack­erel fish­ing (£20). If you’d rather put­ter about on your own, they also rent self- drive boats (from £70 for four hours). Ditch the sea legs to drive to St Ives for lunch of crab tacos or a steak po’ boy at the Rum and Crab Shack (mains from £6). fis­handtrip­st­mawes.co.uk; ru­mand­crab­shack.com

SUN­DAY AF­TER­NOON St Ives

Vis­its to the Tate St Ives gallery and Bar­bara Hepworth gar­dens (£13 joint en­try) could eas­ily fill an af­ter­noon, but try to find a bit of time to stroll the lanes of St Ives. Home to work­shops show­cas­ing Cor­nish-made arts and crafts, Sloop Stu­dios is the place to pick up a sou­venir of your trip. Head back to Pen­zance via the pretty vil­lage of Zen­nor; lo­cal pub the Tin­ners Arms is a fine place to toast the end of your week­end. tate.org.uk; @sloop­stu­dios; tin­ner­sarms.com

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