Cornwall & Scilly Isles Steam Railway Holiday
We are delighted to be able to once again offer our outstanding Cornish holiday based at a truly lovely hotel in Redruth. Included are all the steam railways in Cornwall, all the branch lines in Cornwall, classic Cornish towns and villages, pasties, pixies(!) and a wonderful day trip to the Scilly Isles – “doing” St Marys and Tresco. Springtime in Cornwall is a lovely time, beats the crowds and beats staying at home too!!
Journey to Liskeard and meet your courier and our coach early afternoon. Then, relieved of luggage, we enjoy and afternoon of branch lines. The first is the delightful riverside run on the “switchback” line to Looe. There’s time for a nose around this quaint harbour town and then our second branch line takes us to Newquay. A short transfer from here delivers us to the Penventon Park in Redruth.
We head west today, by train to St Erth for the St Ives branch line. This is iconic Cornwall – 13 minutes of magic coastal scenery. We complete this morning’s rail travel into Penzance and then go out to Cornwall’s latest branch line revival at Helston. Lunch is included here before we journey back to Redruth to begin a lovely rail and river tour via the Falmouth branch line and a cruise up the Carrick Roads.
From Redruth it is but a short journey to the Lappa Valley where we catch the steam train from Benny Halt to East Wheal Rose where attractions include a miniature train ride and mining heritage. Our steamy Sunday continues as we enjoy an afternoon at Cornwall’s premier steam railway. To make our visit more fun and topical we lunch on board the Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway – pasties that is, washed down by Cornish ale (or a cuppa tea!) – what a great day out this is!
We are so looking forward to taking you on a splendid day trip to the Isles of Scilly. It only takes 20 minutes, flying from Land’s End International Airport, which means we can have a really full day over there. We will have organised a fleet of mini-busses for a tour of St Marys Island, a launch to Tresco for the world famous Abbey Gardens and other “things” to make your day to the Islands memorable. An expensive but ultimate day trip to the Scilly Isles.
A relaxed morning tour to Launceston, where we join our friends Kay and Nigel for our final “event” of the holiday. We finish with “steam and cream” at the Launceston Steam Railway. Privately chartered, great fun and certain to send us on our way home with a spring in our heels. From here it’s a short journey to Gunnislake, where we catch the famous branch line train to Plymouth crossing Calstock Viaduct and down by the Tamar. A lovely line and a lovely finale to a lovely holiday in lovely Cornwall.
Penventon Park Hotel, Redruth
Perfectly situated for our explorations, this 4 star hotel is a fine Georgian mansion boasting recently renovated and individually furnished rooms. Our evening dining here is from a table d’hote menu, changing daily, and to ensure quality of service and cuisine, will be at an agreed time according to each day’s itinerary. An added bonus is that at the end of our days one can relax, if one wishes, in the hotels spa and swimming pool – don’t forget your cozzies!