Something different:

Saltash has one of Cornwall’s more unusual attractions – Elliott’s Store, closed in the 1970s but preserved as a time capsule of the way we used to live and shop.

Travel the branch railway line between Liskeard and Looe for sensational views and a great town and beach day out. Try the Tamar Valley line, too, connecting Gunnislake and Calstock to the city of Plymouth.

Wild Futures’ Monkey Sanctuary, on the hills above Looe, is an international centre for the protection and conservation of primates. Meet them and watch their antics in this fun and educational centre.

The mouth of the river between Fowey and Polruan was protected in the 15th century by a heavy chain on the seabed raised in times of attack; the remains of the small fortification built to house the gear – and the raisers – can still be seen at Fowey.

Carnglaze Slate Caverns at St Neot was once an underground store housing the Navy’s rum – and protected the Crown Jewels during World War Two.

Something weird:

Walk from The Hurlers at Minions to the strange rock formation of The Cheesewring and you’ll come across the cave of Daniel Gumb, an 18th century man who lived there with his family. Entirely self-taught, he carved mathematical formulae and astronomical symbols on his humble home, and became known as the ‘mountain philosopher.’

Take the woodland walk from Cotehele to Calstock in the Tamar Valley, and you’ll come across a tiny chapel. It was built to commemorate Sir Richard Edgcumbe’s escape from Yorkist pursuers during the Wars of the Roses; he threw his hat into the water far below and hid while his pursuers concluded that he had drowned.

Meet the beast: Bodmin Moor has been home to the fabled ‘Beast of Bodmin’ for years. Many local people will tell you they have seen the beast, or evidence of its presence. It, or rather they, are thought to be escaped big cats, probably pumas, fending for themselves in the wild.

Insider’s tips:

On rare occasions in the year, Looe Island stops being an island – it’s possible to walk to it when the tide’s low. Cornwall Wildlife Trust care for the island; keep an eye on its website and you might get lucky and walk, nearly, on water!

The Tamar Valley stately home of Cotehele has become famous for something unusual: its garland of dried flowers from the estate that stretches round the Great Hall every Christmas.

East Cornwall is full of great walks: escape the most familiar and try Golitha Falls, not far from St Cleer, where the River Fowey tumbles from moor to sea in a series of spectacular rapids.

Carnglaze Caverns, photo Peter Levers

Bodmin Town Museum Mount Folly, Bodmin Tel: 01208 77067

Visit Bodmin Town Museum for well displayed local & social history, from earliest times to the 1950s.

Victoriana, Working Life, Railways, World Wars I & II

Open Easter to September Mon-Fri 10.30-4.30; Sat 10.30-2.30 October 10.30-2.30. Closed Bank Holidays

Amy from The Monkey Sanctuary Fowey Golitha Falls ADMISSION FREE

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