Help with SW UK Itinerary, please?

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Feb 22nd, 2012, 01:07 AM
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Remember Annhig, those are paltry distances compared to the US.
I don't think he minds driving in the UK if it is on decent roads.
Are the roads 4 lanes to Falmouth?>>

well, some of them are 6 lanes!

it is 6 lane motorway from Bath to Exeter, then 4 lanes all the way [almost] to Truro, when you will turn off to Falmouth - from Truro it's about a 20 minute drive, so all but 30 mins or so will be on what you would call a "highway".

Judy - 4-5 days in Falmouth, then 2-3 in Salisbury, sounds perfect.

please make it May, then we can meet up!
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Feb 22nd, 2012, 04:33 AM
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judyrem--You said you were using the GBHP map; guess you know the Pass itself is no more? Sad. The map is still a great resource, though, isn't it?

I hope you get to Wells and Glastonbury. If you have time and inclination and pretty day, the climb to Glastonbury Tor is worth it! (And if you happen to go to Cheddar--great cheese of course!--and climb to the top of Jacob's Ladder, you will see the Tor.) And Wells Cathedral is beyond amazing (prettiest I've ever seen).
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Feb 22nd, 2012, 05:04 AM
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Finally an ITIERARY!

1st night: Windsor
7 nights Bath in this fab self catering!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.laurastownhouseapartments...us-mews---7007
4 nights Falmouth
2 nights Salisbury
Drive early to LHR
TA DA!
I did it with all you fabulous Fodorites!!!! Love ya!

Texasbookworm, those lovely places are the reason we are spending a week in Bath!
I am so excited!!!!!!!!!!

What the GBHP is no more!!!!!????? Yikes!
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Feb 22nd, 2012, 06:35 AM
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Annhig, any hotel B&B you could recommend in Falmouth?
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Feb 22nd, 2012, 07:50 AM
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http://www.cliffrailwaylynton.co.uk/map-directions/

Driving from Bath to Falmouth you could pass thru Lyton and take its famous water-powered Victoria-era cliff railway - well if into old funiculars and a nice old seaside resort.
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Feb 22nd, 2012, 08:43 AM
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Thanks Pal, looks interesting.
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Feb 22nd, 2012, 09:32 AM
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In the US I believe you really do have highways with 4 or 6 lanes all going in the same direction. But I'd just to point out that in England the 6 lanes quoted is the total motorway - there are 3 lanes on each side going in one direction (or 2 on the dual carriageway after Exeter.

Judy, that apartment looks wonderful! Hope you have a lovely trip, and I shall look forward to the TR!
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Feb 22nd, 2012, 11:51 AM
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julia - thanks for clarifying what i wrote. many years ago, we drove straight out of Toronto airport onto their 18 [or should that be 9?] lane highway in the rush-hour.

judy - hope I haven't misled you. the motorway has, as julia says, 3 lanes in each direction. I hope that's enough for your DH.

Hotels in Falmouth - not easy for me as we tend not to stay in hotels in Cornwall, obviously. IMHO the nicest hotel is the Greenbank - it's got a lovely view overlooking the estuary, has a very comfy lounge bar, a terrace, and a very good restaurant. Draw-backs? it's a bit old-fashioned and it's not in the centre of town, but then none of the hotels or B&Bs can really say that they are all that central. more options can be found overlooking the beach at Gyllingvase, or between the beach and the town centre. if you have a look at a map and see where the hotels are, you'll see what I mean. it might be better if you draw up a shortlist and I'll try to comment on them, positively or otherwise!
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Feb 22nd, 2012, 03:08 PM
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Ah JuliaT of Ludlow (great place thanks for that), you are so sweet.
I love that Bath place too, and the fact that is has it's own PARKING place, be still my heart.

Annhig, I have been looking and looking and looking.
So far have the Polstar(only accepts cash though), Rosemullion B&Bs, and have been searching for moderate places.

BTW lovely ladies, as long as there are 2 lanes going one way, we are golden.

Well, the money is flying out the window here, can't tell DH.


I will keep in looking.
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Feb 23rd, 2012, 08:07 AM
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Judyrem, hope you enjoy your trip and report back. Cornwall is so lovely we went there twice. First trip in 1998 we left Bath after breakfast, detoured to walk around Stonehenge, then headed south with another detour at Tintagel to walk down to the ruin, and pulled into St. Ives around 5pm. This was against the advice of our breakfast crew who told us it was a bank holiday weekend and to expect 20-mile tailbacks. Well, we left on a Saturday morning and the tailbacks must have all gone the night before!

Falmouth sounds like a perfect pick. I have not been there but have stayed at St. Mawes--site of the other protective castle built on the water. Lots to see in the area, and of course if you area Daphne duMaurier fan Fowey is not too far.

If you are in need of a break on that expressway, you pass Jamaica Inn. When we stopped there in May 2000, the winds on the moor were whipping and blowing just like in the book. They had a room containing Daphne's desk, etc. There's also a stone in the floor marking where a murder was committed.

If you need inspiration for the Cornwall scenery, watch the BBC 'Doc Martin' series which was filmed, I believe, about 20 miles from Tintagel.
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Feb 23rd, 2012, 09:35 AM
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Hopingtotravel, thanks for the info!
Yes, I love Daphne, just finished Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel.
I will watch Doc Martin!
Annhig, I made reservations at Rosemullion. It looked nice, and was not TOO expensive.
BTW, annhig, it will be the first 2 weeks in May!!!!!
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Feb 23rd, 2012, 09:51 AM
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I made reservations at Rosemullion. It looked nice, and was not TOO expensive.
BTW, annhig, it will be the first 2 weeks in May!!!!!>>

looks like a good pick - overlooking the beach [the gilly cafe right on the beach is very nice for an informal meal] but not too far from the town proper, though their estimate of its being a 5 minute walk to the Maritime Museum strikes me as a tad optimistic.

i am so pleased you've picked May - we must arrange at least a mini GTG!

do drop me an e-mail - [email protected] will find me, I hope.

BTW - Doc Martin is set in Port Isaac on the north coast. very pretty and pretty overcrowded!
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Feb 23rd, 2012, 11:46 AM
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It's a date!
We will be in Falmouth from May 10-14.


I was looking at some of the restaurants on Tripadvisor and they sound wonderful. We love fish and seafood.
We don't mind a good walk.
After a meal and wine, we need a little (a lot) excercise.
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Feb 23rd, 2012, 11:54 AM
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Ann, do try to meet with Judy. We tried to meet up last year in the Cotswolds, but sadly it didn't work out.
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Feb 23rd, 2012, 12:25 PM
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I was looking at some of the restaurants on Tripadvisor and they sound wonderful. We love fish and seafood.>>

there are lots of restaurants in Falmouth, some very good. as well as the restaurant in the Greenbank hotel [see above] several of the big hotels do pretty good food, and there are also places like the "bistrot de la mer" [very old established] and Samphire - our present favourite. and of course the Rick Steinery - though we've never eaten there.

slightly out of Falmouth down towards the Helford there is also the Trengilly Wartha Inn - in the middle of nowhere but a very worthwhile nowhere to find! i'm sure I can think of some more when we get closer to the time.
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Feb 24th, 2012, 05:51 AM
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Would also recommend 'Trengilly Wartha Inn" at Nancenoy for atmosphere and good beer
Take boat trips in Falmouth - the Carrick Roads is wonderful.
Good little gallery in main street "Beside the Wave" and 'Seasalt Clothing' shop in Church Street too. Heaven!
At Penryn, just outside Falmouth we enjoyed coffee and breakfast at the delightfully named 'Miss Peapod's". Penryn is an interesting old place for an evening stroll.
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Feb 24th, 2012, 06:45 AM
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Great you'll be in Cornwall in the spring. It's famous for its gardens. Our favorite was Trebah, just south of Falmouth: www.trebahgarden.co.uk
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Feb 24th, 2012, 10:14 AM
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as well as Trebah, there are Trelissick, Trengwainton, Trelowarren, Trewithen, Trewidden, Heligan, Glendurgan.....and those are just the ones i can think of off the top of my head!

Judyrem, there is a great walk that you can do from the beach at Durgan [accessed from the Glendurgan NT garden] along the Helford estuary to the pub [oops, beach] at Helford passage, and back again; you could then see Trebah and have tea there afterwards, and follow it up with a drink at Trengilly.

if you are interested in gardens, I'll try to think of some more garden themed itineraries.

one other question, are you interested in going to the Isles of Scilly for a day trip? Helicopters go several times a day from Penzance. you can have several hours on Tresco - enough time to see the beautiful sub-tropical gardens and walk round most if not all of the island. and have a good lunch in the pub of course.

more details on http://www.islesofscillyhelicopter.c...islands/tresco
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Feb 24th, 2012, 04:28 PM
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Wow such wonderful info!!!
Bellini, Seasalt clothing shop? Sounds great.
Carrick roads?
Mimar and annhig, I love gardens!!!!
I was looking at Glendurgan, fabulous.

Annhig, I am just a little bit scared of helicoptors.
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Feb 25th, 2012, 12:43 AM
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Bellini - if you want one of those, hie thee to the Hotel Tresanton in St. Mawes - you can sit on their terrace drinking bellinis before having a lovely lunch - or their cream teas are to die for.

not cheap, but great for a special treat.

sorry you are scared of helicopters, but glad you like gardens.

I like Glendurgan, but my fave garden is Trelissick, [NT] which overlooks Carrick Roads. [funny name for an estuary, but that's Cornwall] you can get there on a ferry from Falmouth - once you've walked up through the garden you might like to reward yourselves with lunch in their excellent restaurant. there is then a very nice walk through the woods back to the landing stage for the boat to take you back to Falmouth.
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