The creations of two extraordinary industrialists
- Cost: Entry fees required for some attractions
Take a boat trip or try your hand at windsurfing, at Charlestown Watersports Centre. See www.charlestownwatersports.com for more information.
In the afternoon, head to Pentawen, near Mevagissey. The Pentewan cycle trail is quite flat and provides easy walking. It is many years old but recently has been developed and extended. It begins from the village of London Apprentice, just south of St Austell and leads to Pentewan beach. Along the route pathways branch out that will take you uphill into beautiful King's Wood. If arriving by car you can park at London Apprentice at the start of the trail. Bicycles are available for hire at Pentewan village.
Travelling to Luxulyan & Charlestown
For Charlestown, head south from St Austell on the A3061. Luxulyan is a five-mile drive north east of St Austell along some narrow but well-signposted roads.
First operates several buses to St Austell (25, 26/26B, 27/27B) and the Trurorian T24 stops in Luxulyan. The nearest mainline train station is Par. See www.cornwallpublictransport.info for the latest information.
The pay car park in Charlestown is a short walk from the harbour, and parking is allowed in the lanes around Prideaux Woods and Luxulyan Valley – but please show
consideration for residents by parking safely and legally at busy times such as weekends and in high summer
There are public toilets close to the beach in Charlestown, and in Luxulyan village – as well as Luxulyan Museum and Heritage Centre (open Tuesdays to Saturdays
in the summer school holidays – or call 01726 813522 to arrange visits at other times)
Eating & drinking
Charlestown beach café, The Bosun’s Diner and The Rashleigh Arms offer snacks and light meals, while Revival Restaurant and The Pier Head Hotel, also in Charlestown, serve great meals and welcomes well-behaved children. In Luxulyan, The Kings Arms is a lovely traditional pub serving real ale and good food
Around Luxulyan, there are benches and walls that you can perch on along the various woodland walks that take in the viaduct, canal and leats. At Charlestown, you can either stop at the beach, or walk the cliff path up to Charlestown Battery, which was built by Charles Rashleigh to defend the harbour during the Napoleonic Wars. For a local picnic provider, try http://www.purelycornish.co.uk/