The Cornwall Explorer

Cornwall has been one ofBritain’s most popular tourist destinations for generations, despite its remote location and the fact that many people have to drive for hours to get there. Upon arrival, however, you are greeted by beautiful scenery, family-friendly beaches and picturesque towns and villages. Of course, most holidaymakers use their car to tour the area, but there are plenty of alternatives if you cannot face getting behind the wheel again after your long journey.

Many of the most famous locations and attractions in Cornwall are well served by local bus routes. As long as you do a bit of research before you arrive, making sure you don’t accidentally miss the last bus back to your resort, there is no reason you can’t see everything you need to see while someone else does all the driving.

This is the ideal way for the whole family to appreciate the Cornish countryside, rather than Mum or Dad being unable to enjoy the view because they are concentrating on the unfamiliar roads. Thanks to deals on day tickets, it isn’t even that expensive for a family to spend the day travelling around Cornwall’s best attractions by bus.

The Cornwall Explorer, otherwise known as First Bus’ number 300 service, is an open-top bus service through some of the most scenic countryside; perfect for a sunny summer’s day. Day tickets allow visitors to get off the bus at one of its many stops, such as Land’s End or the quaint village of Mousehole, and then get on the next bus that comes along to continue their journey.

The town ofSt Ivesis served by a tourist train line, offering fabulous views of the coastline and dramatic cliffs as it makes its way from St Erth to the town centre viaCarbisBay. Once in St Ives, it is worth spending some time in the pleasant town, which is home to many local artists.

Cornwall’s history and culture is dominated by its proximity to the sea, so it is hardly surprising to learn that one of the most popular day trips for tourists is the ferry from Megavissey to Fowey on the other side of the estuary. The short half-hour trip is just long enough to take some souvenir photos of the passing scenery, while Fowey itself is an ideal spot to have a pub lunch or enjoy a traditional Cornish cream tea.

More adventurous sailors may prefer to explore the Cornish coastline under their own steam. Sea kayaks and canoes can be rented from most seaside towns, allowing you to go wherever you want and stop off wherever you see a beach you like the look of.

One of the best ways to seeCornwallis from the air, with short tourist flights available from Perranporth or Bodmin airfields. These tiny planes are not for the faint-hearted but once you see the stunning scenery spread out below, any nerves will soon disappear. Adrenaline junkies can try their hand at extreme sports like paramotoring and paragliding from the airfield at Redruth; the perfect combination of excitement and sightseeing.