PLACES OF INTEREST
There are many places of interest for non-participating partners to visit, or even for you if you wish to extend your stay after your course has finished.
Launceston was once the capital of Cornwall and it is easy to see why especially when you catch sight of the Norman Castle dominating the skyline as you approach the town. Situated close to the Devon border and within the picturesque Tamar Valley this once strategic stronghold has retained much of its ancient origins.
Set amidst rolling countryside Launceston is conveniently situated between Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor and within easy reach of the north and south Cornish coasts. It’s the perfect location from which to explore the rest of Cornwall as well as nearby north and west Devon.
The Eden Project
Bude & the North Cornwall Coast
Dartmoor National Park is a vast moorland in the county of Devon, in southwest England. Dartmoor ponies roam its craggy landscape, defined by forests, rivers, wetlands and tors (rock formations). Trails wind through valleys with Neolithic tombs, Bronze Age stone circles and abandoned medieval farmhouses. Dartmoor is a photographers and artists paradise!
Dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World by some, the Eden Project is a dramatic global garden housed in tropical biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football pitches. Experience the sights, smells and scale of the rainforests in the Rainforest Biome - the world's largest greenhouse - and discover the tropical plants that are used to produce everyday products. Travel to South Africa and California, as you amble amongst the orange and lemon trees, olive groves and gnarled vines of the Mediterranean Biome, and in the 30-acre Outdoor Garden see hemp, sunflowers and other plants that could change your future, flourishing under the Cornish sun.
Bude is Cornwall's most northern town and has been a popular seaside resort from Victorian times. In the l9th Century, the town was notorious for wreckers who plundered ships wrecked off the coast - over 80 vessels in the fifty year up to 1874. The Bude Canal was built in 1823 when it ran for 35 miles on different levels. It was designed to carry beach sand, used as fertiliser, to Launceston, 20 miles away. It was also used to transport local produce. Crossgate where the Studio Barn is located was the end of the Bude Canal.
The Atlantic coast of North Cornwall stretches for over forty miles from Bude to Perranporth along a wildly beautiful landscape where towns and villages huddle in the cliffs for protection against the sea. Places to visit include: Boscastle; Bude; Camelford; Crackington Haven; Delabole; Mawgan Porth; Newquay; Padstow; Polzeath; Port Isaac; Perranporth; Rock; St. Agnes; Tintagel; Wadebridge; Watergate Bay.