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Gwennap
Although once famed for yielding more mineral wealth in tin and copper from its acreage than any other place in the old world (and, at the same time, being the most populous parish in Cornwall) Gwennap is today better known for Gwennap Pit, a great green amphitheatre formed originally by subsidence but given formal terracing in 1806. Drawn by its natural acoustics and the shelter it gave from high winds, John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, came to preach here 18 times between 1762 and 1789. It has been estimated that between 20,000 and 30,000 people used to crowd into the hollow to hear him speak. Gwennap Pit is still a powerful place of Methodist pilgrimage and worship today.

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Hayle
Named from the Cornish heyl, ‘estuary’, Hayle is one of only very few sheltered estuaries on Cornwall’s north coast and, as such, has been a port from the very earliest times. However, the harbour entrance has never been easy and dredging has long been needed to counteract the silting up of the river. The boom time for the harbour and, effectively, the birth of the town came in the first half of the 19th century when the name of Hayle became synonymous with mining-related industries such as tin and copper smelting, and the foundries of Copperhouse and, above all, Harvey’s. Today there is not much left to be seen of the great Carnsew foundry of Harvey & Co., but for a time it was the most important in Cornwall, employing 1,000 men and exporting Cornish beam engines and other mining equipment all over the world – to Australia, South Africa and the Americas.

Angarrack Inn - Hayle - 01736 752380
Cornubia Hotel - Hayle - 01736 753351
Eureka Villa - Hayle - 01736 754105
Godrevy House - Hayle - 01736 755493
Nanterrow Farm House - Hayle - 01209 712282
Penellen Hotel - Hayle - 01736 753777
Poplar Villa Guest House - Hayle - 01736 752357
The Royal Standard Inn - Hayle - 01736 850080
White Hart Hotel - Hayle - 01736 752322

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Helford
‘Helford River, Helford River, Blessed may ye be!’ wrote Q (Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch), and it seems today as though it has indeed been blessed. Despite (or perhaps because of?) being something of a playground for the rich, the Helford has been saved from the worst excesses of tawdry development, and this estuary and its wooded banks retain an air of mystery and an irresistible enticement to explore. The village of Helford on the south side, which once supported a Customs House for the estuary, is idyllic. Just upriver is Frenchman’s Creek, inspiration for Daphne du Maurier’s novel. Porth Navas, on a northern creek, is home to the Duchy Oyster Farm.

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Helston
Helston was one of the ancient coinage towns, where tin ingots were weighed to assess the duty to be paid to the Duke of Cornwall and a corner (or coign) struck off to be assayed (tested for quality). The main thoroughfare of the town is called Coinagehall Street (much admired by John Betjeman) and there is still the dignified atmosphere here of an ancient borough, proud of its history. The Helston Furry Dance, held on the 8th May, is a celebratory day of dancing and spectacle with its roots in pre-Christian spring festivals. There is a very fine little museum in the old butter market, well worth seeking out, and in Coinagehall Street you will find the birthplace of ‘Battling’ Bob Fitzsimmons, Britain’s first world heavyweight boxing champion. Nearby is the Blue Anchor, a fine pub made infamous by its home-made brew ‘Spingo’.

A Jacobs - Helston - 01326 221345
Alma House Restaurant - Helston - 01326 240509
An Mordros Hotel - Helston - 01326 562236
Angel Hotel - Helston - 01326 572701
Bay Hotel - Helston - 01326 280464
Beacon Crag Guest House - Helston - 01326 573690
Colvennor Farmhouse - Helston - 01326 241208
Cornwall Motel - Helston - 01736 763217
D.J Lugg - Helston - 01326 241342
Five Pilchards Inn - Helston - 01326 280256
Henscath House - Helston - 01326 240537
Hillside Guest House - Helston - 01326 574788
Housel Bay Hotel - Helston - 01326 290417
J A Rowe - Helston - 01736 763422
Kennack Bay Christian Guest House - Helston - 01326 290780
Kynance Bay House - Helston - 01326 290498
Mandeley Guest House - Helston - 01326 572550
Myrtle Cottage - Nr. Helston - 01736 763620
Nansloe Manor Hotel & Restaurant - Helston - 01326 574691
Penmenner House Hotel - Helston - 01326 290370
Polurrian Hotel - Helston - 01326 240421
R Kelly - Helston - 01326 280498
Seefar - Helston - 01326 573778
Strathallan Guest House - Helston - 01326 573683
The Coach House - Helston - 01326 291044
The Copper Kettle - Helston - 01326 565660
The Harbour Inn - Helston - 01326 573876
The Old Inn - Helston - 01326 240240
The Old Vicarage B & B - Helston - 01326 240898
Tregildry Hotel - Helston - 01326 231378
Treloquithack Farmhouse - Helston - 01326 564359

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Isles of Scilly (Hotels in Isles of Scilly Click Here)
Go island-hopping, we’ve dozens waiting for you to explore, wander along quiet coves and inlets, visit sub-tropical gardens, walk the coastal paths or enjoy a family picnic on a secluded beach. Take a boat trip to see puffins and other seabirds on deserted islands or take a tour of the numerous art galleries and workshops. Try something new, take a windsurfing lesson or snorkel with seals. Learn about shipwrecks, buried treasure or rare wildlife on a guided tour with a local expert or simply go it alone, armed only with a map and sandwich!

Atlantic Hotel - Isles Of Scilly - 01720 422417
Buckingham House - Isles Of Scilly - 01720 422543
Carnwethers Country House - Isles Of Scilly - 01720 422415
Evergreen Cottage Guest House - Isles Of Scilly - 01720 422711
Harbourside Hotel - Isles Of Scilly - 01720 422352
Hotel Beachcomber - Isles Of Scilly - 01720 422682
L Thomas - Isles Of Scilly - 01720 422528
Marine Guest House & Self Catering - Isles Of Scilly - 01720 422966
Mincarlo Guest House - Isles Of Scilly - 01720 422513
Pelistry Cottage - Isles of Scilly - 01720 422506
Polreath Guest House & Tea Room - Isles Of Scilly - 01720 422046
Seaview Moorings - Isles Of Scilly - 01720 422327
St. Martins on the Isle Ltd - Isles Of Scilly - 01720 422092
St. Marys Hall Hotel - Isles Of Scilly - 01720 422316
Star Castle Hotel - Isles Of Scilly - 01720 422317
Tregarthens Hotel (Scilly) Ltd - Isles Of Scilly - 01720 422540
Westford House - Isles Of Scilly - 01720 422510
Wheelhouse Guest House - Isles Of Scilly - 01720 422719

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Kilkhampton
The fine old village of Kilkhampton near Bude on the north coaststands at the head of the wooded Coombe valley, which reaches the sea at Duckpool on the bleak and impressive coast north of Bude. This is Grenville country, ancestral home of the family which spawned more than its fair share of heroes, notably Roger, who went down with his ship the Mary Rose, Sir Richard of The Revenge who died fighting the Spanish off the Azores in 1591, and Sir Bevil who led the Cornish army in the Civil War and died in the battle of Lansdowne in 1643. There are elaborate monuments to the family in Kilkhampton church. Their seat was at Stowe on the edge of the Coombe valley, where there is now a fine eighteenth-century farmhouse.

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