NOW GO THERE

Tom Fort on the best places to stay, lo­cal treats and unmissable sights... CORN­WALL BY BIKE AND ON FOOT

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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

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Ky­nance Cove

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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.

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Dod­man Point

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).

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