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The Coastal Village of "Pentewan" and its History

Pentewan (pen-headland and tewan-sandhills, dunes) is a small coastal village just 3 miles south of St Austell, which is situated at the north eastern corner of the tri-angular "Roseland Peninsular", with St Mawes at the southern tip.

Situated on the eastern coast of the Peninsular, the village of Pentewan has a long sandy beach, safe for swimming and all watersports, with the coastal path easily accessible from either end of the beach. The Pentewan Cycle Trail way terminates in the village and cycle hire is available from March to October.

The village has its own diving school, pub, restaurant, shops, garage and post office, as well as a lovely tea-room in the village square, selling delicious home-made cakes. It is also well served by the local bus service, with a regular service to the neighbouring village of Mevagissey, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Austell, The Eden Project, Charlstown and Fowey.

Historically, Pentewan was a busy and important harbour for local fishing vessels and cargo ships. The harbour and horse-drawn narrow gage railway, originally built by a local mine owner for the shipping of China Clay, Coal and Timber, was in 1874, rebuilt by engineer John Barraclough Fell and converted to locomotive workings, where it ran for many many years.

The harbour was also home to the "Tall Ships" which tied-up along the harbour walls trading their cargo. In fact the "Ancient Shipbrokers" Bed and Breakfast was for 50 years, home of the Shipbroker trading the cargoes of the Tall Ships.

Today the only signs left of the port is the old quay, now a freshwater haven for numerous ducks, swans and moorhens. Herons frequent the river plucking fresh water fish from the water.

Things to do:

~ The Lost Gardens of Heligan - garden restoration project as seen on the BBC.

~ The Eden Project - the worlds famous horticultural project.

~ Coastal Path - walk the coast.

~ Cycle Track - cycle hire.

~ Mevagissey - Fowey Ferry - see dolphins and basking sharks.

~ St Austell Brewery - guided tours.

~ Charlestown - tall ships and the ship wreck museum.

~ Seal sanctuary - rescued and recuperating seals.

~ River Cruises Cruise - sightseeing around Falmouth and Truro.

~ Lizard Peninsular - most southerly point of UK.

~ Lands End - a great day to be had in the area.

~ Lanhydrock House - superb National Trust house and garden.

~ Caerhays Castle - close to the sea with a great beach.

~ Goonhilly Downs - visitor telecommunications centre.

~ Wheal Martin" China Clay Museum.

~ Minack theatre - open air amphitheatre on the side of a cliff.

~ Kneehigh Theatre - open air productions.

~ St Michaels Mount - historical island.

~ Tintagel - the legendary site of King Arthur's Castle.

~ Port Isaac - where DOC MARTIN is filmed.

~ Newquay Airport - entry to Cornwall has never been eaiser.

~ Railway St Austell - connects to Plymouth, Penzance, Truro.

~ Penzance Heliport - Helicopter trips to the Scilly Isles.

Listed below is a choice of restaurants and pubs,
that serve good food in Pentewan and close by.

~ The School House
~ The Ship Inn
~ The Polgooth Inn
~ The Fountain (Mevagissey)



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