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St Just in Roseland
This is a magical place; it has the glory of an old Cornish church by tidal water and in addition what is, as Betjeman wrote, ‘to many people the most beautiful churchyard on earth’. More than that, it has St Just Pool which has somehow resisted all attempts through history to develop it into a dockyard or a commercial port and is still today, as it was when Jack Clemo wrote his haunting poem, a place ‘Where boats lounge on mudbanks and wait/For the gurling inwash from Falmouth Bay’. The name Roseland comes from the Cornish ros, meaning ‘promontory’, and refers to the fertile farming landscape from St Anthony in the south up towards Tregony, and extending to Veryan in the east.

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St Keverne
The extensive parish of St Keverne on the eastern plateau of the Lizard lies within the ancient district of Meneage. This name comes from the Cornish for ‘monkish land’ and is thought to refer to the presence of several Celtic monasteries in the area before the Conquest, although St Keverne is the only place which is known for certain to have had one. Just offshore, to the east of the churchtown, is the Manacles reef which has a fearsome reputation strengthened by the old belief that the rocks emit a supernatural magnetism which affects ships’ compasses, drawing them off course into their deadly clasp.

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St Mawes (Hotels in St Mawes Click Here)
With its glorious position, curled around a sunny south-facing bay at the mouth of the Percuil, it is hardly surprising that St Mawes was ‘discovered’ by the leisured classes in Edwardian times. It has a relaxed, holiday atmosphere about it for much of the year, but the bones of the old fishing village that it was, are still there beneath the surface. There is a regular ferry service to Falmouth, and another which crosses the Percuil to St Anthony in Roseland. St Mawes Castle, built during the reign of Henry VIII like Pendennis across the water, has an unusual cloverleaf design. Although well-placed to deal with a seaborne attack, it was impossible to defend from the landward side and, when besieged by General Fairfax during the Civil War, had no choice but to surrender without a shot being fired.

Braganza - Truro - 01326 270281
St. Mawes Hotel - Truro - 01326 270266
W H Michell - Truro - 01326 270731

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St Neot
The church of St Neot, standing proud in the small village which nestles below the heights of Bodmin Moor, is famed throughout the country for its stained glass. At least half of the glass in the 15 windows dates from the 15th and 16th centuries and depicts saints and angels, the Flood and the story of St Neot (said to have been only four feet tall). Amongst the fine crosses in the churchyard is the shaft of one from the ninth century which is said to be the finest ornamented cross in Cornwall.

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Tintagel (Hotels in Tintagel Click Here)
No amount of Arthurian frenzy in the village of Tintagel can detract from the simple power of the mediaeval castle on the cliff edge.The Victorians popularised the idea of King Arthur’s connections with Tintagel, notably Tennyson in his Morte d’Arthur and Idylls of the King; the opening of the railway to Camelford in 1893 brought the visitors and, soon afterwards, the monumental King Arthur’s Castle hotel was built just above Barras Nose. This headland became, in 1897, the first coastal acquisition in England for the infant National Trust. The parish church up on Glebe Cliff is an ancient building on an even older site. Recent excavations suggest that it may have been an important dynastic cemetery of the fifth or sixth centuries and this, together with significant finds on the island, has led the Cornwall Archaeological Unit to conclude that Tintagel is the county’s key archaeological site of the early mediaeval period and is now thought to have been a royal stronghold in the early sixth century.

Bossiney House Hotel - Tintagel - 01840 770240
Camelot Castle Hotel - Tintagel - 01840 770202
King Arthurs Arms Hotel - Tintagel - 01840 770831
Michael House - Tintagel - 01840 770592
Pendrin Guest House - Tintagel - 01840 770560
The Cornishman Inn - Tintagel - 01840 770238
The Cottage Teashop - Tintagel - 01840 770639
The Mill House Inn - Tintagel - 01840 770200
The Tintagel Arms Hotel - Tintagel - 01840 770780
The Trewarmett Inn - Tintagel - 01840 770460
Willapark Manor Hotel - Tintagel - 01840 770782
Woottons Country Hotel - Tintagel - 01840 770170
Ye Olde Malt House - Tintagel - 01840 770461

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