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Thank you to those who wrote in with the following updates including Frances Trenouth, Joen Hermans, Jon Wills, Christine Evans, Lena Meyer, Andreas Niedermair, Guy De Pauw, David Mallinson, Verena & Thomas Rhyner, Philip Scriver, Chris Horn.
The information has not yet been checked by Trailblazer but it will be for the next edition.
p115, Map 18. Seaways B&B is up the main road, righthand fork, not the left fork as indicated on the map.
p244 Helford. Helford Ferry doesn't run for up to 2 hours either side of low spring tides.
p260 St Mawes. St Mawes - Place Ferry doesn't run for an hour either side of low spring tides.
p271 West and East Portholland. Cafe at Porthluney Cove now has a terrace with sea views and makes a lovely stop.
A reader commented the timings in the book can be optimistic, eg adding 20-30%. e.g. St Ives - Zennor, page 173, took the reader 3.5 hours (estimate up to 2.5). Also the Portloe - Gorran Haven estimate of 2 - 3 hours for 9 miles is short, particularly East Portholland - Dodman Point their estimate is 2 hours.
p206 Penzance. Penlee House Gallery & Museum is no longer free for all on Saturdays. The gallery is free from Mondays to Saturdays for Penzance residents with a Penzance Pass, Art Fund members and Friends of Penlee House. For everyone else, the usual admission charges apply.
p120 Padstow. South Quay Bed & Breakfast, also known as Cullinan`s Bed & Breakfast. Please note update of prices which will stand for 2017: the Harbour Suite £ 90 for the double room with breakfast, £80 for 3 nights or more. Room 2 is £75 per night or £60 for single occupancy.
Updates relating to the 4th (previous) edition
p144. Carden Cottage. The website address is now invalid. Looks like this has been turned into a holiday-let cottage instead of a B&B.
Verena and Thomas from Austria sent the following updates:
p204 Mousehole. B&B Renovelle, the owner is selling her house and moving away in the autumn so no more B&B.
p205 Mousehole. Cornish Range Seafood. The chef has closed the restaurant and now teaches young cooks.
p131 Porthcothan. Old Mc Donlads farm B&B. It’s uphill and away from the path but run by an absolutely lovely, helpful couple. Big rooms, free ride to the Pub in the evening, excellent breakfast. There is a bus up from the beach that stops right in front of it: 00441841540829.
p221 Porthleven. The laundrette has closed down and there is no substitute.
p254 Mawnan Smith. Is inland from the path and there is nowhere to stay but there is a *great* (and pricey) hotel right at the path: The Meudon Hotel. Its garden starts at Bream Cove and goes all the way up to the house and their lovely, friendly staff who know all about local history. They also serve lunch and dinner in their conservatory overlooking the garden and the sea.
p256 Swanpool Reserve/Falmouth. Some people found the path is not well posted by the Swanpool Reserve/Falmouth and missed their way.
p256 Falmouth. Star & Garter at 52 High Street has re-opened as a restaurant. It’s innovative, interesting and definitely not average pub food.
p. 111, Port Isaac. The Hathaway is no longer a guesthouse.
p244 Porthallow. Gallen-Treath Guest House, Porthallow, St Keverne, Nr Helston, Cornwall TR12 6PL. Tel: 01326 280400. Most welcoming, large guests lounge, and close to the Five Pilchards. The owners, Clive & Alicia Mundy arrange a quiz at the local as well. www.gallen-treath.com.
The village also has an art gallery, a cafe and a village hall. The beach is dog friendly all year and there are public toilets which are open all year
page 94 Crackington Haven. Trevigue B&B, Crackington Haven, Bude, Cornwall EX23 0LQ. www.trevigue.com Tel: 01840 230492. It's on the path 1.5 miles from Crackington Haven towards Boscastle. Also offers dinner.
2 March 2015
p273 East Portholland. Pebbles Café and Crafts shop, Post Office, East Portholland, St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6NA. It's on the coast path only 20 feet from the beach with wonderful sea views. Tel: 01872 501036. Is the only place in Portholland between Caerhays and Portloe to sell hot/cold drinks, cakes, snacks, Cornish pasties, ice-creams etc. Open daily all year round and sells a range of locally made Cornish crafts. Customers can warm up in the cosy, quirky café next to the wood burning stove in winter.
27 October 2014
p246. Helford. Helford Ferry running times in September are 0930hrs to 1700hrs.
30th September 2014
p58 Portloe. Bus 551 does not serve Portloe anymore, it operates directly between Tregony and Veryan. Cornwall Council have arranged a replacement connecting service from Portloe.
p219 Praa Sands. Higher Pentreath Campsite is just above 'The Old Farm'. 'The Old Farm' closes for winter (different dates for campers and caravans).
p221 Porthleven has a quite central campsite: 'Mill Lane Campsite', which is part of the 'Out of the Blue Pub'; it's basic, but the neat thing is that you have direct access to a pub.
'Penrose Campsite' is open only in the summer.
'Henry's Campsite' has also some laundry facilities
p239 Coverack. "The Lifeboat House" in Coverack is only opened seasonally and was not open in September.
p241. The Wave Cafe, Coverack, is now The Fat Makrele Restaurant.
Elizabeth's Pasties, Coverack, is a take-away pasty shop, and you have to ring the bell at the door. There are also 3 chairs and a table (if I recall correctly) - so you can even have a seat.
p244 Gillian Creek. The stepstones, to cross when low tide, are currently swept away and are not accessible. Nevertheless, one can wade through, even though I was a bit scared of the weever fish.
p248 Map 96a. One walker's feedback was Gear Farm was well worth the walk but he recommended the road route. The next day he tried to get back to Helford and used a taxi from Telstar (01326 221 007) who he recommended.
p256 Falmouth. Mountain Warehouse is moving down the road - to the junction of High Market and Killigrew.
p268 Portloe. The Ship Inn - one walker found it did not serve food the day he was there.
p278 Mevagissey. There's a ferry from Mevagissey to Fowey - a nice option for people who like to shortcut the following heavy sections
p284 Charlestown. The Orange Farm Shop is only open seasonally, it was closed for winter 2014.
19 August 2014
p222 Porthleven. Tom's Granary Barn (http://cornwall-backpackers.co.uk/) is about 3 miles north of Porthleven. Tom offers pick-ups and drop-offs, a reader paid £2.50 for a drop-off, (having discovered that walking there was along the busy road). You can camp for £5 or sleep in a dorm for £12 (showers cost £1).
p233 Lizard. Penmenner House B&B is very close to the trail with good breakfasts and rooms and recommended by a reader.
p239 Map 90. The bridge at Beagles Hole is out of use – it was swept away by a winter storm. On one reader's journey the stream was a mere trinkle that could be crossed with a small step but in rainy weather you might have to wade it.
p255 Map 98. Rosemullion Head shortcut is next to more of a wall/hedge than a fence.
p259 Map 100. Falmouth labels "Gyllyngvase Road" as "Gyllyngvase Hill" (which is the road next to it).
21 May 2014
p273 East Portholland. Seaspray Cottage B&B, East Portholland, St Austell, Cornwall PL26 6NA. Tel: 01872 501187. They also have a self-catering log cabin that sleeps 4.
Journey's End B&B, Portholland, is no longer operating.
24 April 2014
p275 Gorran Haven. Mermaid Cafe is on the beach and is open in summer. It sells tea/coffee, breakfasts, paninis, sandwiches, burgers and ice creams and is open later for evening meals which can be eaten on the beach.
3 February 2014
p257 Falmouth. Information on the town as follows: The post office is no longer next door to the library, it's by the Prince of Wales pier. Millets closed down.
p260. Xen noodle bar has shut and been replaced by KFC.
p261. Bistro de la Mer closed down.
Clarks now called Amanzi, serves African food.
We don't think the Coffee Bean Diner opened but there are plenty of new coffee shops such as Espressini and Good Vibes, both on Killigrew Street
The Front pub, opposite the Chainlocker, is recommended, winner of CAMRA awards. Also newly opened Beerwolf, a pub and bookshop in one.
12 August 2013
p179 Zennor. Trevalgan Touring Park is only about a mile out of St. Ives, and not within strolling distance of Zennor, so the hike from St. Ives to the next campsite is rather long and heavy for a single day.
p198 Porthcurno. The general store in the village has closed. You can still buy some food at Treen Farm Campsite a little further down the path.
p222 Porthleven. Campsite - there is a campsite in Porthleven and there's a sign on the Ordnance Survey map. It's basic, just a field with a shower block on the edge of the village but priced accordingly. It looks as though they are working on the building next to the field as an addition to the site, perhaps to extend services.
p233 Lizard. ATMs in the village unfortunately don't accept foreign bank cards to make cash withdrawals. To do so you need to go to the Post Office in Mullion.
p239 Coverack. There is no longer a separate post office and village shop: the post office is reduced to a counter in the village shop.
p179 Map 51, Zennor. Trevalgan Touring Park. The phone number has changed, it is now: 01736 791892. Also the Touring Park is no longer accessible by the farm trail. To access the site from the coastal path you need to leave via the footpath before, either at Hor Point if coming from St Ives or Carn Naun Point if coming from Zennor.
p129 Trevone. Mordros B&B has closed.
p244 Porthallow. Fat Appples Cafe, The Old Vineyard, Porthallow, Helston TR12 6QH, at the Half Way mark (Porthallow) SWCP. Tel: number: 01326 281559. It is a cafe, shop, gallery, has WiFi and wild camping in a beautiful quiet meadow.
9 October 2012
p329 Map 131 Plymouth The Wall of Stars and Ingot Sculpture are marked in the wrong location. They should be located 250m west of their present location - still on Millbay Rd, but at the large road junction.