Thursday, 23 February 2012

Our last day in Cornwall

Today we thought we’d head west and visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan.  We went the scenic way and took the Bodinnick ferry across to Fowey for a quick look round.  As usual, the place was full of high priced clothing shops and tourist “items”!  The main square was full of contractors vehicles and cranes and so gave us no chance of a decent photo.


The view towards Fowey from the ferry.

We moved on towards St Austell and took a detour down to Charlestown where we have always enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere of the old place.  This time was no exception and we were treated to three tall ships in port.  We enjoyed a cup of coffee and a piece of Doug’s birthday cake – and imagined we were on the set of the Onedin Line………


… what a scene!

We motored on to the Lost Gardens of Heligan as James was eager to see the changes since his first visit in about 1995.  At that time they were only a few years into the restoration since its discovery in 1990 when the whole garden had been overgrown and almost lost.  The gardens are now fully restored, of course, and we enjoyed a really nice, out of season, quiet walk round.


Lemons growing in one of the many specialised greenhouses.


Another Victorian green house which is virtually original.  It has been imported from another large country house garden and reassembled and restored.


A walk through the woods and we came across the ‘Mud Maid’

Back in its Victorian heyday Heligan had a fantastic “jungle” which filled a valley on the estate and, because of the mild climate, they were able to grow tropical trees and shrubs.  All this has been lovingly restored over the last twenty years and the atmosphere is really interesting.


A jungle view.


Another jungle view!

Our last ‘port of call’ was Mevagissey.  It has a very nice harbour but the shops were generally full of the most appalling tat.  However, we had a nice relaxing drink in one of the pubs before making our way home.  Our last full day and another thoroughly enjoyed – the weather was very warm, if a little overcast.  A change from yesterday when it rained most of the day.  We’re not complaining though as this week has been really great.


Mevagissey harbour.


  1. We spent a very pleasant two weeks in the Mevagissey area a few years back now. We loved the place, very tranquil and the harbour is stunning. Would love to get NC there one day.

    I seem to think they work on the tall ships at St Austell as there were a few there when we visited. They were getting them ready for a pirate movie when we saw them.

    All the best

    Rach (Naughty-Cal)

  2. Thanks for the photos of the gardens. They look spectacular and I'm definitely adding them to my list of places to visit.
    best wishes

  3. I used to go to Mevagissey often, the fish n chips on the harbour used to be brill, I am sure that might have had something to do with eating them after the long journey down. Looks like you have had a great week, you have visited some of the places that I would like to go back to, think a visit is on the cards for the end of the year!

    Take care

    Ali x

  4. I heard about the Heligan gardens - restored by the same guy behind the Eden project I think.

  5. Yes you are quite right its Tim Smit.