12th February, 2019

Winter day trips by train

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Winter's a great time to visit Cornwall - enjoy fantastic sunsets, beaches all to yourself, cosy pubs and atmospheric coastal walks.

1. Looe

Looe's charms include its picturesque harbour and beaches, its restaurants specialising in fresh local ingredients, and its maze of narrow streets. Arrive by train on the scenic Looe Valley Line with its estuary views.
Looe Valley Line in winter
Looe in the winter sun
Stretch your legs with a winter coastal walk from Looe to Polperro (get directions):
Walker on the coast path from Looe next to coast path sign post
Or explore Looe's lovely beaches - with the summer crowds long gone:
Banjo pier and Looe beach in winter
Our three top Looe tips:

£6.30 from Plymouth
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2. St Ives

Visit the far South West and explore St Ives' glorious beaches, harbour and cobbled streets. The final part of your train journey sees you arrive via the St Ives Bay Line (pictured at the top of this post). The scenic branch line hugs the coast offering great views.
St Ives in winter
Winter sunshine bathes the town in a gorgeous light:
Even on grey days the empty beaches and cosy harbour-side restaurants make for a great getaway:
Our three top St Ives tips:

£11.10 from Plymouth
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3. Newquay

Fantastic beaches, great restaurants and top-class surfing mean that Newquay has something for everyone. The railway station will bring you right into the heart of the town.
Morning light at Fistral Beach in Cornwall - photo by Tom Tolkien under CC BY 2.0 license - https://thomastolkien.wordpress.com

Fistral beach by Tom Tolkien (Creative Commons)

On a sunny winter's day, the beaches are unbeatable:
Our three top Newquay tips:
  • Great Western beach - named after the railway, it's a stone's throw from the station (map)
  • Newquay Zoo - From big cats to meerkats, all just 10 minutes' walk from the station
  • Pirate Quest - Swashbucking adventures for a family audience

£11.00 from Plymouth
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4. Falmouth

Explore Falmouth's harbour, beaches, art galleries and maritime heritage. Take a boat trip on the Fal River, or try your hand at kayaking or windsurfing.
If the weather turns stormy, head to the Star & Garter for some warmth and respite:
Our three top Falmouth tips:

£11.10 from Plymouth
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