The delights of Devon and Cornwall are waiting for you
When it comes to choosing an exciting destination for a day trip, weekend away or holiday closer to home, Wales is hard to beat. And thanks to GWR, all its riches are right on your doorstep.
Majestic St Michael's Mount
Visible by train as you come into Penzance, St Michael’s Mount is a rocky island crowned with a medieval castle and church. Steeped in legend and history this atmospheric Cornish landmark is an absolute must-see.
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Feel the sand between your toes
This charming town and beach are just a short walk from the station. Looe has been a favourite family holiday destination since Victorian times, mainly due to its stunning beaches.
You can also visit the nearby unspoilt fishing village of Polperro by taking the bus or by walking along the South West Coast Path.
Natural beauty all around
Barnstaple is the historic main town of North Devon and the oldest borough in England. Full of great culture, cuisine and cafés, it’s the perfect place from which to explore the seaside resort of Ilfracombe and the picturesque village of Croyde – both equally accessible by bus from Barnstaple.
Remember to hire a bike from the station and enjoy a day out on the Tarka Trail.
Calstock and the spectacular walk to the National Trust property Cotehele – an atmospheric rambling medieval house with beautiful gardens and superb views across the River Tamar – make a day out to cherish and perfect cream tea spot.
A trip on the Tamar Valley Line from Plymouth never fails to delight – its stunning river crossings are sights to behold.
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Just a short walk from the station and set on a headland with breathtaking views out to sea, Pendennis Castle is one of Henry Vlll’s finest coastal fortresses and well worth a visit.
The river Fal is so spectacular it defies words – you can see its beauty for yourself on one of the many river trips available from Falmouth harbour.
See the light
As a result of its brilliant daylight, St Ives has become famous for its thriving art scene – attracting many famous artists throughout the years. You can see a fantastic representation of Cornish art at the Tate St Ives, located right by Porthminster Beach. A short walk away is the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, which on a sunny day can only be described as glorious.
Located on the Atlantic Coast and known for its beautiful sandy Watergate Bay and Fistral beaches, Newquay is a surfers’ paradise and full of laid-back charm. One of Cornwall’s most popular holiday destinations – its spectacular quay dating back centuries is well worth seeing.
Exmouth is one of the oldest and most picturesque seaside resorts in Devon and is the gateway to the spectacular and atmospheric World Heritage Jurassic Coast. It has over two miles of sandy beach, making it perfect for long walks and a variety of water sports.