Tregonning & Gwinear: Leisure Activities

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Diverse landscapes and great houses

  • Cost: Entry fees required for some attractions

Take the First 39 bus to Helston and visit Godolphin House, a beautiful and romantic historic house and garden, where time has stood still, giving the house, garden and surrounding estate buildings a haunting air of antiquity and peace. The garden is largely unchanged since the 16th century and offer archaeologically rich estate walks. Enjoy tea, coffee, biscuits, sandwiches and cakes in the ‘Piggery’.

Travelling to Tregonning & Gwinear
Godolphin House, Trevarno and Rinsey are all within five miles of Helston.

Public transport
Buses (First 2/2a/2b) travel to Porthleven and Praa Sands (Wheal Trewavas and Prosper are between the two), and there are regular buses into Helston town centre. See www.cornwallpublictransport.info for the latest information.

Dog friendliness
Godolphin has lots of great walks around the estate, and dogs are allowed into Trevarno. Rinsey headland is grassy and popular, but the nearby cove and Praa Sands do not allow dogs from Easter Day to 1st October

Parking
Rinsey has a National Trust car park (good for access to Wheal Prosper), and there is free parking in Godolphin and Trevarno for visitors

Public toilets
Toilet facilities can be found at Praa Sands, Porthleven (near Rinsey) and on site at Trevarno for visitors

Eating & drinking
The spacious conservatory café at Trevarno is as exotic as the gardens, and Porthleven has a great deli for sandwiches and pizzas, as well as a number of welcoming pubs and restaurants. For its size, Praze-An-Beeble has a surprising number of amenities, including a pub serving food

Picnic spots
The entire stretch of coast around Rinsey is perfect for picnicking, as is the expansive grassland in and around the Tregonning and Godolphin estates. For local picnic providers, try http://gourmetpicnics.co.uk/