Heading down to Cornwall by train seems easy enough, but when you travel with Byway and Sawday’s, it’s a bit different. Their team and the warm, welcoming owners of our places, turn a few days on the south coast into a true exploration of Cornish history, culture, landscape and anything else you want to throw in.
Byway are sustainable travel experts, with on-the-ground knowledge about the places they visit, covering everything from train travel to the best place to sample scones. With our love of slow travel and expert, insider knowledge –teaming up with them just felt right.They’ve put together three special Sawday’s itineraries – one in Italy, one in France and this rumbling exploration of Cornwall. Each can be tailored in every detail, so if you like the sound of the below, book your trip withBywayand you could be off on a bespoke Cornish adventure in a matter of days.
London to Falmouth
Take a fast train from London to Falmouth. Settle down with books, films and snacks, and wonderful views from your window, before changing in Truro for the last leg of the journey.
Falmouth to Fowey
Fowey is classic Cornwall, with white stone houses running in jumbled rows from the quayside up the steep hills overlooking the bay. Your home for the next three nights is The Old Quay House Hotel, where reflections of the water ripple off the ceiling in the morning light and you could almost fish from the balcony, although you’re much better off taking a table on the terrace and letting the superb chefs work their magic for you. After breakfast, it’s time to explore the independent shops of Fore Street, or take to the coastal path. With Fowey sitting in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there’s plenty to see nearby, but you’ll almost certainly be drawn to venture further out along the coast, maybe hopping on a boat over the estuary and walking the few miles to the stunning spot of Lantic Bay.
When someone who knows their stuff calls a place in Cornwall their favourite sandwich shop, you know it must be good. That’s far from the only reason to visit the north coast, but it’s definitely a factor! After skipping across the county in the morning, you’ll find yourself in Newquay and, while there are plenty of beach possibilities, you shouldn’t pass up the chance to see the legendary curve of Crantock, backed by tall dunes that are perfect for games and sheltered picnics. It’s here that the Byway team recommend the snacks of the beach café, but remember to leave a little room for dinner, which will be served in the superb setting of your hotel, Lewinnick Lodge. With sea views from the rooms and from the terrace that seems to float out over the water, it’s the perfect to get a sight of Cornwall that will stay with you all the way home.
‘Sit on the terrace, enjoy the sea breeze and watch out for seals, bird life and maybe even dolphins.’
Information & Booking
Byway can tailor the above itinerary in any way you wish, so get in touch with them to chat all things Cornwall and you’ll be popping pasties in no time. Their team are on hand via phone and whatsapp all through your journey and you can ask them about anything from platform changes to café recommendations and dolphin-spotting boat trips.
Chris is our in-house copywriter, with a flair for turning rough notes and travel tales into enticing articles. Raised in a tiny Wiltshire village, he was desperate to travel and has backpacked all over the world. Closer to home, he finds himself happiest in the most remote and rural places he can find, preferably with a host of animals to speak to, some waves to be smashed about in and the promise of a good pint somewhere in his future.