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1 week in Cornwall, England

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Our family of 5 is leaving (from Canada) for a 2 week trip to the UK in a week, the 1st week we are visiting relatives in various places (Chelmsford, Salisbury and near Reading) and for the 2nd week we have rented a cottage in Mevagissey, Cornwall. We will have a rental car. I was there as a child and remember it being beautiful and quite special. I have an itinerary planned but we are flexible depending on how we are feeling. We are traveling with our 3 kids, two are late teens, and one is 10yrs old. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I didn't want to spend the whole week driving and rushing around but we still wanted to get out and have some planned outings and see some different sites (order may depend on weather).

Day 1: I have booked a motor boat at Helford Passage for us to go up the river/estuary and have a picnic (I stayed in Helford when I was younger and wanted to re-visit), after the boat rental we will take the ferry over to Helford Village and look around, maybe visit the pub. Alternatively we could stay on the Helford Passage side and walk along the South West Coast trail to the Trebah Gardens.
Day 2: Drive to Polperro, walk into the village centre and walk along the SWC trail to Talland Bay, there we plan to eat lunch at one of the cafes. We will probably turn back to Polperro then (instead of going all the way to Looe) but we will see. We can then wander around Polperro, see the town, shops, have a drink/ice cream.
Day 3: We plan to drive to Golitha Falls near the Bodmin Moor for a short walk and then on to explore Tintagel Castle. In the late afternoon I wan to visit Port Isaac (Doc Martin fan) then drive back to Mevagissey, stopping for dinner at the Polgooth Inn for dinner.
Day 4: Take the 10am ferry from Mevagissey to Fowey, and explore Fowey for the day. We will consider the Hall Walk (I know this will take awhile), the aquarium, or look around and have lunch, or walk to Readymoney Cove/beach (teenage girls will like this if it's nice out).
Day 5: Drive to St. Mawes and look around and perhaps walk up to the castle. Then take the ferry over to Falmouth. Not sure what we will plan exactly here. Maybe walk to Gylly Beach Cafe for lunch and a sit on the beach.
Day 6: We have a mackerel fishing trip booked in Mevagissey through Aquila Charters at 10am then have the afternoon free (it's only 1 1/2 - 2 hours long). I thought of either a drive to visit Lanhydrock Mansion (I think this takes all afternoon to explore?), or Lost Gardens of Heligan.
I have left out some other things that interested us like St Michael's Mount, a trip to St. Ives, the Minach theatre, and exploring the Lizard Penninsula as I didn't want to cram too much driving in. Any thoughts?
Thanks so much in advance for any ideas/information or tips.
Liz

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