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Travelling to Cornwall

Cornwall is the stunning county located in the south west corner of the UK, adjacent to the county of Devon to the north and surrounded on three sides by the sea. The southern coast is known as the Cornish Riviera Coast, due to the miles of golden, sandy beaches and the temperate climate which allows sub tropical plants and trees to thrive. The north west coast is known as the Atlantic Coast, and is renowned for its crashing waves and wild seas. To the south, the area around Lands End is known locally as the Far West Coast. The Riviera Coast runs down between the towns of Plymouth and Falmouth, both of which are busy sea ports. The Atlantic Coast runs between Bude and Newquay, which has a small airport. The Far west Coast reaches down from Redruth and encompasses the Lizard Peninsula to the east, Lands End to the west and the Scilly Isles.

By car:

Travel by car is quite straightforward from any UK departure point, and Cornwall is reached by road directly from Devon to the east. The three main routes are; the A30, which takes a direct route south from Launceston to Lands End, the A38, which begins its route at Saltash, passes through Launceston, to converge with the A30 at Bodmin in the north of Cornwall and the A39 from North Devon goes via Camelford, Wadebridge, Indian Queens and Truro before finally reaching Falmouth on the south east coast.

From London the M4 motorway to Bristol joins the M5 motorway to Exeter before reaching the A30 and travelling through Devon to Cornwall. From Bristol and the Midlands the M5 motorway goes directly to the A30. From the north west the M6 motorway joins the M5. From the north east the A1/M1 motorway meets the M42 which then joins the M5. Visitors from South Wales and Ireland should take the M4 motorway, then the M49 motorway accross the Severn Bridge and join the M5. Further information and detailed maps can be obtained from www.aarouteplanner.com

By coach/bus:

National Express runs a coach service from numerous departure points throughout the UK including London and all major towns and cities and terminating in key towns throughout Cornwall. Eurolines carries passengers from Europe to London where connections are available directly to Cornwall. Full information and timetables are available at www.nationalexpress.com or www.eurolines.co.uk

By rail:

Main line rail services run from London, the North West and the North East right through Corwall with numerous stopping points and terminating at Newquay, St Ives, Penzance, Falmouth and Looe. Branch lines are then available to numerous destinations throughout Cornwall. Eurostar services operate between London, France and Belgium.

www.thetrainline.com includes information on all UK train services which travel to stations within the county of Cornwall. For further local rail services information log on to www.intocornwall.com/travel.asp

By sea:

For overseas passengers from Europe, Brittany Ferries operate services directly from Roscoff in France and Santander in Spain, there is a regular ferry connection to the port of Plymouth. For further information see www.brittany-ferries.co.uk

P&O Ferries also operate services to a number of ports around the UK, including - Portsmouth, Dover and Hull. Passengers can travel to the UK from Bilbao in Spain, Zeebrugge, Rotterdam or Calais www.poferries.com. Visitors from Ireland can travel via the port of Rosslare in Southern Ireland to Fishguard in Wales.

By air:

Newquay in the north west area of Cornwall has its own airport at St Mawgan, and just over the border to the north in Devon is Exeter Airport, both of which can easily be reached from most of the UK international and domestic airports. There are regular flights to and from Manchester, London Gatwick and the Scilly Isles. During the summer months there are additional services from East Midlands, Newcastle, Norwich, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast. Direct flights are also available to and from parts of Europe. The airports offer car hire which can be pre booked, and taxi services. Full information on services can be found at www.exeter-airport.co.uk

Travelling around Cornwall:

Cornwall has an excellent bus service and public transport system which runs throughout the county. For up to date information on routes and services visit www.cornwallpublictransport.info

The railway network also runs regular services, and on some routes incorporate a number of traditional steam trains, offering passengers the chance to experience travel as it used to be. Cycling in Cornwall is excellent, with many routes and trails taking in the wonderful countryside and running between well hidden and unspoiled villages.