Looking for picturesque sites in Devon and Cornwall

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Philip Procter, Apr 19, 2008.

  1. Our family is vacationing in southwest UK late May. I've been to
    Clovelly and the Torquay area and found many things to photograph. Is
    there anyone familiar with Devon, Dartmoor and Cornwall (and the
    surroundings) that can recommend some other pituresque villages and
    vistas?

    Many thanks
    Philip
     
    Philip Procter, Apr 19, 2008
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    Rob Morley Guest

    Looe, Polperro, Mevagissey, Marazion ...
    There's a couple of good Henry VIII castles at Falmouth and St. Mawes,
    and lots of old tin workings perched on the north coast cliffs.
    For a different sort of subject maybe the clay tips around St. Austell,
    the satellite earth station at Goonhilly, Poldark mine (working beam
    engine and underground tours), the Tate Gallery at St. Ives. Also
    various stone/bronze/iron-age sites.
    Carrick Roads if there are some big ships or oil rigs in - there are
    plenty of boat trips from Falmouth, and boat hire from Mylor and
    Falmouth (or Helford if you want to explore a quieter river).
     
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    misspea Guest

    Yes the Roseland Peninsula (villages include St Mawes, Portscatho,
    Veryan, Portloe) is gorgeous and extremely picturesque - lush,
    verdant, unspoilt. Fantastic coastal path walks and vistas, lovely
    country pubs, riverside walks, St Mawes is buzzing in the Summer and
    photographs well. Portscatho is a quieter fishing village and
    extremely photogenic. Artists sit and paint from the quaint harbour
    with its tiny colourful boats (also children-friendly with it's quiet
    roads and sandy beaches and has two lovely old pubs). There is also
    the peaceful tidal river at Percuil with its creeks, light woodland,
    wading birds grazing and views of boatyards - small boat country.

    St Anthony's Head at the end of the Peninsula ranks highly on my list
    of THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES - National Trust owned land and one can
    follow the coastal path round a varied coastline, passing a and take
    a tiny passenger ferry over to St Mawes. Veryan, another Roseland
    village, is slightly inland but no less beautiful with its roundhouses
    to keep the devil out of the village.
     
    misspea, Apr 19, 2008
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  4. Many thanks!!!

    PS: I though you spoke English in England. Where the heck did our
    forefathers come up with names like these? Isn't Looe a bathroom? :)

    Actually,we were in Wales 2 years ago (stragely, many Americans are
    now anglophiles) so we're kinda used to thngs we can't pronounce, but
    Goonhilly and Looe sound posititively Australian!

    Do you live in the area?

    Philip

    From NY
     
    Philip Procter, Apr 21, 2008
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  5. Wonderful, thank you also for adding so much detail. We'll DEFINITELY
    be around. If you look out in late May and see an overweight American
    with three blonds females (a wife and two daughters - not a strange
    religeous cult!) each carrying multiple cameras trampling down the
    moors, come on out and have a beer. It's sure to be us!

    Again, many thanks
    Philip
     
    Philip Procter, Apr 21, 2008
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    Rob Morley Guest

    Historically Cornwall was never really part of England

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celtic_Nations

    and there are those who consider it still isn't (or shouldn't be)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mebyon_Kernow
    That's loo. Why do you call it a bathroom when it doesn't have a bath?
    I did.
     
    Rob Morley, Apr 21, 2008
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    Mike Coon Guest

    If you think (like me) that industrial archaeology is picturesque you might
    be interested in the atmospheric railway exhibits at Starcross, Devon.
    There's quite a lot about it in Wikipedia. I was reminded of this Victorian
    technology by a recent mention on TV of the steam catapults on aircraft
    carriers for flinging planes into the air.

    Enjoy; Mike
     
    Mike Coon, Apr 21, 2008
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  8. Certainly do. I love pictures of manmade stuff, especially when
    machines were made with style. I absolutely love old handplanes (of
    the type used for woodworking) the ornate embelishments on the 19th
    century planes is fantastic!

    I also love trains, so I'll look up Starcross and check into it.

    Thanks!

    Philip
     
    Philip Procter, Apr 22, 2008
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  9. Caution: The following is meant as sarcasm. As humor, it relies upon
    grains of truth surrounded by lies. If my writing is worthy;
    hopefully, you'll know which is which:

    Were I English, I might be a bit concerned. As an American, I share a
    common historical event with the Australians, Canadians, Indians,
    Malays, Rhodesians and 1/2 the rest of the world, in that we broke our
    yoke to the English empire. It is taught in our schools that The
    Revolution (face it - Americans always think that theirs was the only
    meaningful one, so it deserves capitalization!) was brought on by an
    attitude of superiority from our British oppressors.

    It appears that the disolution of the Empire is not finished. While
    (sorry,: Whilst) you may feel Cornwall is not part of England, I have
    heard that many English would also like to see the Welsh disappear -
    as I was assured while in Wales, that the Welsh do, as well. Add to
    that list of disgruntled members of the Commonwealth: the Scots, the
    Irish and a small group of Druids living outside Salisbury, and I
    begin to wonder why many if you all feel united.

    After 1000 years of joint government, you STILL can't stand each
    other!

    Now, I admit, I sometimes feel the same way about the natives of New
    York City but, except when they're voting for Hillary Clinton, I
    rarely want to disolve our union. Californians; however, are another
    story. I can't wait for the earthquake that slides that pit of evil
    into the ocean! (gotta be careful: if it happens tomorrow, I'm gonna
    have some serious guilt to live with!)

    As for 'bathroom' well: i got nothing to explain that. I guess we'd
    rather not think about bodily fluids so we clean them up. 18th century
    political correctness. On the other hand, what is a loo and is there
    one in the looroom?

    Philip
     
    Philip Procter, Apr 22, 2008
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    Alan Wrigley Guest

    In message <>
    As a photographer I would be seriously disturbed if California fell
    into the sea, as indeed I would be if Cornwall did the same.

    Alan
     
    Alan Wrigley, Apr 22, 2008
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    Alex Monro Guest

    In which case you might like to visit some of the preserved steam
    railways in the South West, such as the Dart Valley Line from
    Buckfastleigh to Totness (Devon), The Kingswear line (Devon), the West
    Somerset line from Taunton to Minehead, and the East Somerset Line near
    Shepton Mallet.
     
    Alex Monro, Apr 22, 2008
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    airsmoothed Guest

    ... and the Bodmin and Wenford line.

    The South West Coast Path website has some useful links to
    particularly scenic areas:-

    http://www.southwestcoastpath.com/main/discover/scenery.cfm
     
    airsmoothed, Apr 22, 2008
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    Neil Barker Guest

    Oh, I'd love to be there photographing it from a suitable helicopter -
    it'd make me enough to retire :)
     
    Neil Barker, Apr 22, 2008
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  14. Hi Philip, with all those suggestions you might want to think about
    extending your hols. from late this May all the way to late next May!!

    Enjoy your holidays,

    Geoff.
     
    Geoff. Hayward, Apr 22, 2008
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    Hils Guest

    Cornwall: The Minack is an open-air theatre carved into the cliffs near
    Porthcurno. It's sometimes used for productions. Tintagel Castle (on the
    north coast) is good, though Tintagel town is rather tacky for my taste.
    If you're up for a tough(ish) cross-country walk, Land's End to Cape
    Cornwall along the coast path (return taxi, if needed, from St Just)
    will IMO leave you with memories of Cornwall beyond the capacity of any
    camera. :)

    Devon: The "Jurassic Coast" (away from the towns).

    Dorset: If you can stray into Dorset (the next county east from Devon)
    Maiden Castle (near Dorchester) is a colossal iron-age hill fort (you
    may want a macro lens for the grassland flora and fauna); Chesil Beach
    (near Weymouth) is a spectacular shingle beach. More difficult
    photographically, but if you're interested in ornithology, Radipole Lake
    (a few minutes walk from Weymouth railway station) is relatively small
    but attracts a huge variety of birds (the lake has a visitor centre with
    spotting scopes).

    Another writer mentioned the region's preserved railways: the East
    Somerset is much shorter than the others; if you want to see vintage
    steam locos running, check their websites and timetables. (They
    generally concentrate steam operation at weekends and public holidays,
    and while they were Great Western Railway lines, they don't always stick
    to "authentic" GWR locos and stock. FWIW if I had time to visit only one
    of them, I'd go to the West Somerset.)

    http://www.minack.com/
    http://www.jurassiccoast.com/
    http://www.maidencastle.com/
    http://www.chesilbeach.org/
    http://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/
     
    Hils, Apr 28, 2008
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  16. WOW, thanks so much for your ideas. Using yours and the other posters,
    I think we'll have more than enough to keep my CF card busy!

    Thank you VERY much!

    Philip
     
    Philip Procter, Apr 29, 2008
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