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Tom Fort on the best places to stay, local treats and unmissable sights... CORNWALL BY BIKE AND ON FOOT
Driftwood Hotel For reasons of convenience, you might be better off ditching the car and cycling or walking around Cornwall. Cycling, in particular, is a great way to experience the county, although the descents and ascents can be arduous (to put it mildly) and the lanes occasionally narrow and confined. It’s also a wonderful county for walking in and every yard of the South West Coast Path is worth exploring if you have the time. The three sections mentioned here (Gribben Head, Kynance Cove and Dodman Point) are highly recommended. www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk
9 An extraordinary spot on the west side of the Lizard, framed by outcrops of serpentine rock shaped by the sea into stacks, caves, arches and blowholes, with dazzling pale sand at low tide. Make the walk as long or short as you like – either to and from Lizard village, or stroll down from the National Trust car park.
The walk – a fairly tough one – begins and ends in the hamlet of Penare, near Gorran Haven. It takes you around the Point, giving prodigious views across Veryan Bay to the west and to Rame Head in the east. Pause for reflection next to the great granite cross installed by a local parson to act as a landmark for mariners and an expression of hope for the Second Coming.
This section near Fowey takes you around the Head, past Gribben Tower and down to the beach at Polridmouth, in front of the lakes of Menabilly. From the beach you have a choice of staying with the cliffs around to the Fowey estuary or taking a path back to the lane that runs past Menabilly’s entrance (the house itself is hidden in the woods).