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Golant
Picturesquely situated on the banks of the Fowey river, the village of Golant was once famed for its cider orchards, remnants of which can still be seen here and there, and today supports two thriving vineyards. There is a popular pub here and a fine walk across the high downs to Bodmin Pill, home of the successful Sawmills recording studio. The old Lostwithiel to Fowey railway runs alongside the river all the way but is now a goods line only, serving the china clay docks at Fowey.

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Grampound
Named after the French for ‘great bridge’, the attractive village of Grampound grew up around an important bridging-point over the River Fal. A classic ‘rotten borough’, Grampound once sent two members to Parliament but this right was extinguished even before the 1832 Reform Bill. The village is home to Croggon’s tannery, a fascinating survival of an ancient and once commonplace industry.

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Gunnislake (Hotels in Gunnislake Click Here)
Until the construction of the Tamar road bridge at Saltash in 1962, Gunnislake New Bridge, built in the early 16th century, was the lowest bridging-point on the Tamar and one of the main routes of entry into Cornwall. The village which sprawls on the steep valley side owes its development more to the dramatic explosion of industrial and mining activity in the mid-19th century, a period when the Tamar valley became the richest copper-mining centre in Europe. There is much still to be seen here for anyone interested in industrial history and its archaeological remains.

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Gunwalloe
One of the more curiously-sited of Cornwall’s old churches, the church of St Winwaloe at Gunwalloe is separated from the sea only by the rocky hump of Castle Mound, whilst its detached bell tower is actually dug into the cliff side. It is a precarious position which has frequently, over the centuries, had to be reinforced by the tipping of vast quantities of granite into the gap between the church and Dollar Cove to break the force of the waves. There was a major settlement here between the ninth and 11th centuries, hence the siting of the church in such a seemingly isolated place. Today there is just church, farm and sandy beach. To the north is Halzephron Cliff, scene of many shipwrecks; the name comes from the Cornish als and yfarn, meaning ‘hell’s cliff’.

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Gweek
Lying at the head of the Helford River, nearly six miles inland and thus well-protected from threats of raids and piracy, Gweek was in the perfect position for a port in ancient times. It grew up serving the tin-mining district of ‘Kirrier’ and later took on the role as the harbour for Helston, once that old port had been cut off from the sea as Loe Bar began to form across the mouth of the Cober in the 13th century. Despite the silting of the river, there are still plenty of boats here, and busy quays and yards; but today Gweek is perhaps best known for its famous seal sanctuary.

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