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Villages in Devon & Cornwall

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Villages in Devon & Cornwall

Next year we are travelling to Devon & Cornwall as part of a larger holiday around the UK and Europe. We have just three days to explore the area. We know this is not nearly enough but that is what it is. What I would like to know is if you had tree towns/villages to visit in the area which three would you choose

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1. Re: Villages in Devon & Cornwall

Padstow and St Ives.

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thanks for your reply. Do you have particular reasons for choosing these two?

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3. Re: Villages in Devon & Cornwall

Here are three. The first two are small towns, not villages but frankly there tends to be more to see and do in a town.

Dartmouth. Riverside town; coastal walks; castle; trips up the river; steam trains; historical connections; shops, pubs restaurant.

Totnes: mixture of traditional market town and centre of active forward-thinking conservationism; river; market; excellent individual shops; galleries; ancient castle; town gateway, guildhall and church. Close to Dartington Hall. Direct train lines to Plymouth, Exeter coastal resorts and London Paddington.

Widecombe in the Moor: granite village in wonderful moorland setting; traditional teashops; great walks; ancient church.

These three are not very far apart but combined they offer a huge variety of landscapes, history and opportunities to explore. Having spent three days there you'd want to come back for three weeks. West Cornwall is lovely too but getting there would take up a bit more of your precious time. Paddington to Penzance is over five hours; Paddingotn to Totnes is less than three.

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I love Cornwall and live there part time, but with the limited time you have I wouldn’t venture further than Devon.

To south central Cornwall the train journey from Paddington, though having the advantage of wonderful scenery en route, is well over four hours, sometimes five. By road from London it’s currently taking around 7 hours (midweek, starting VERY early; winter it takes around 5 hours but has taken up to 12 in summer).

Go with rogeroos’ suggestion. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

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What do you want from the visit?

I live in the beautiful village of Altarnun. It has moorland and stunning coastal views within a short drive, an amazing church (Doc Martins wedding was filmed there) and a lovely river with great pub (Rising Sun) but it wouldn't suit if you want hustle/bustle and shops.

If you only have 3 days you need to consider locations within easy reach of one another, particularly if coming during the touristy months.

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6. Re: Villages in Devon & Cornwall

Is this 3 clear days or is travelling included? What interests you? Will you have a car?

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7. Re: Villages in Devon & Cornwall

Thanks for all your replies.

We like scenery generally, but are particularly interested in the quaint seaside towns. We don't have any interest in castles or their ruins. I have read that there are fees to go into some of the towns and wondered if these are the ones that you would not want to miss, or are there others that exceed these towns( which charge) and would be better to visit. We will have a car to travel in but we only have time for a three night stay, we would be coming from Bristol. We enjoy the quaint shops etc but are not really interesting in "shopping as such. Please keep the comments coming, you cannot receive better information than from the locals themselves.

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We've just spent a few days each in Mevagissey and Padstow, with day trips to the Lost Gardens of Heligan / Eden Project (while based in Mevagissey) and to Port Isaac and Tintagel (while based in Padstow), and loved both of them!!

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9. Re: Villages in Devon & Cornwall

'I have read that there are fees to go into some of the towns'

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Britain is a free country and we don't have 'closed towns'.

Land values are high here and there is generally a charge for parking a car. This can be annoying in places like Clovelly in Devon and Polperro in Cornwall which are both exceptionally well-known, popular and firmly on the 'tourist circuit. But there are plenty of other places which are just as pretty and not overrun. And compared to the overall cost of coming all the way from New Zealand parking charges will be quite a small burden and should not put you off.

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So you have 2 clear days. In that case I would miss Cornwall altogether. It would take too much out of your precious time. I note you are coming from Bristol but where are you going afterwards? Is Bristol a destination stop or is it just the airport? Bristol is a very interesting place but it is a huge city - not relevant to this thread but you did ask for locals input!

The only place I know that you have to pay to visit is Clovelly.

All in all I would go with post 3. Devon or Dorset eg Lyme Regis are great places to visit.

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