Highlights of Devon and Cornwall
- 10 Days
- From £799
- United Kingdom
- South Devon Steam Railway from Paignton to Kingswear
- Boat cruise from Dartmouth to Totnes
- The charming fishing ports of Looe and Falmouth
- Britain’s last stop, Penzance – easy access to Land’s End and St Ives
- Decide when you would like to travel
- Adapt the route to suit your plans
- Travel from your local station in the UK
- Add extra nights, destinations and/or tours
- Standard Class rail travel from London (we can book your travel from any station in the UK, contact one of the team for details and a price)
- South Devon Steam Railway and a boat journey from Dartmouth to Totnes
- 9 nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast
- Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets, hotel vouchers and other documentation
- All credit card surcharges and complimentary delivery of your travel documents
Travel from your local station to Paignton on the opening day of your holiday. At Paignton, you change onto the South Devon Steam Railway to take you through the rolling countryside to the small station of Kingswear where you hop onto one of the regular shuttle ferries that cross the River Dart to the charming town of Dartmouth. Your home for the next 2 nights is The Ship in Dock Inn (or similar).
You have a full day today to experience the delights of Dartmouth. An abundance of tea rooms, pubs and restaurants adorn what is both a popular tourist destination as well as a lived-in Devon town. There are National Trust properties around Little Dartmouth and Brownstone to explore, and you could take a stroll along the South West Coastal Path to the west of the town, past Dartmouth Castle.
Agatha Christie fans will want to take a boat across the river to the beautiful house and gardens of Greenway, the famous novelist’s summer home. The house interior is set in the 1950s, when Agatha and her family would spend summers and Christmases here with friends, relaxing by the river, playing croquet and clock golf, and reading her latest mystery to their guests.
Take a boat up the River Dart today to Totnes, where you connect with a train over the Tamar River into Cornwall. The slow trundle over Brunel’s Tamar Bridge shortly after Plymouth lets you know that you are on Cornish soil. Following an easy platform-change in Liskeard you take the picturesque Looe Valley line down to the fishing port of Looe. On arrival, check in at the Dolphin Guest House (or similar) for a 2-night stay.
Today is your day to experience the town of Looe, split into two halves by the river into West Looe and East Looe. East Looe is formed of a grid of narrow streets forming the main business area of the town, packed with many small shops, restaurants and pubs. West Looe spreads west from the bridge and along the river south of the bridge, with hotels and eateries along the waterfront.
Make your way back up to Liskeard this morning and board a mainline service to the county town of Cornwall, Truro. Here, you make an easy platform-change onto another branch line known as the Maritime Line, following the course of the River Fal. On arrival at Falmouth Town station, make your way to the Falmouth Hotel (or similar) for a 2-night stay.
Falmouth is well known for its harbour, which forms part of the third deepest natural harbour in the world, and has been the start or finish point of various round-the-world record-breaking voyages, such as those of Robin Knox-Johnston and Dame Ellen MacArthur. You have not properly visited Falmouth until you have gone up (or down) Jacob’s Ladder, an outdoor stairway in the town that takes your breath away.
Travel back to Truro on the Maritime Line once again and take a train to the end of the line – Penzance. Watch out of the left-hand windows as the unmistakable shape of St Michael’s Mount comes into view. Check in at The Longboat Inn (or similar) for a 3-night stay, ready to enjoy all the attractions of the tip of Cornwall.
You have two full days to experience this wonderful part of Cornwall. There are plentiful options available to you – perhaps a bus ride to Lands End or the Lizard, a train ride to Ives, a visit to famous St Michael’s Mount (pictured) or you can simply enjoy the charms of England’s most southwesterly town.
Today it’s time to say goodbye to Penzance as you travel east through the county of Cornwall, back through Devon and make your way home.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
Occupying a building dating from the 19th century, the Ship in Dock Inn has a central location within easy reach of Dartmouth Castle. This family-run bed & breakfast offers bedrooms with en suite facilities as well as a restaurant and bar. A full English breakfast is served daily.
Dolphin Guest House is set on the river in Looe. Bedrooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV, tea &coffee making facilities and en-suite bathrooms. Some rooms offer river views and seating areas. A full English breakfast is served in the property’s dining room, and dietary requirements can also be accommodated. Guests can also enjoy the on-site bar, which overlooks the river.
The Falmouth Hotel, known as the ‘Grande Dame of Falmouth’, ﬁrst opened in 1865 as Isambard Kingdom Brunel expanded the Great Western Railway into Cornwall. Its magnificent Victorian exterior, spacious bedrooms, fantastic seafront location and award-winning food has ensured its place as one of Cornwall’s best known hotels. Guests can also enjoy a drink in the hotel’s welcoming bar.
The Longboat Inn is right opposite Penzance Train Station and a short walk from the beach. This family-run hotel has en suite bedrooms with LCD TVs and tea & coffee making facilities. The restaurant serves traditional homemade food using local ingredients and there is also a traditional bar with outdoor seating. Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the hotel.