Gorran Churchtown, Cornwall
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Gorran Churchtown is a small unspoilt hamlet of 37 properties.
Part of the Roseland Heritage Coast, now designated as an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" by the Countryside Commission, it is very peaceful and attractive with a village shop/post office, a market garden for fresh fruit and vegetables and a refurbished pub (the Barley Sheaf Inn), all within easy walking distance of the cottage. (100 yards)
The village itself is centred on the Parish Church of St Goran which is a fine building of the 15th century although the foundation is Norman. Features of interest include the bench ends and the late medieval font .
A short walk from the cottage there is a play area for the children with a tennis court that is free to use. Follow the path up past the garden and then the safest route is to turn right and walk along past the school and left at the crossroads, the gravel bridleway then leads you down towards Gorran Haven. If you turn left at the end of the bridleway the play area is just up the hill, if you turn right you can carry on down to the beach at Gorran Haven.
There are several stunning beaches and secluded coves in Cornwall and Hillside is perfectly located for some of these best beaches. Ten of the eleven best 'secret beaches' are within fifteen miles and four of them are within five miles - check out the 365 secret beaches website for more information.
About a fifteen to twenty minute walk away is the harbour and sandy beach at Gorran Haven, and access to miles of stunning cliff walks and several picturesque walks along parts of the South West Coastal Path to places such as Dodman point and Chapel Point. These form part of The Harbours & Coves Route. For more information check out South West Coast Path Association on www.swcp.org.uk
Gorran Haven also has further facilities including a doctor's surgery, public house/hotel and more shops.
Also near St Austell is the harbour at Charlestown, home of a fleet of square-rigged sailing ships and location for many films including Alice in Wonderland, period dramas and even an episode of Dr Who. Here also you'll find the Shipwreck and Heritage Centre with it's Titanic exhibition and many other interesting exhibits. Don't forget to stop off for an ice cream at the Tall Ships Creamery - loads of different flavours all hand made and fresh that day.
The 14th Century village of Mevagissey is approximately 3 miles away with a popular harbour, that is still a working fishing port and plenty of excellent restaurants and pubs. It is very picturesque and is still laid out on it's medieval plan, with narrow little cobbled streets.
Also here, along the harbour edge, is the Mevagissey Sea Life Aquarium
The main town of St Austell is approximately 9 miles away, with several shops and links to the major bus and train routes. There is a regular Western Greyhound bus service to and from the village. The village also has its own community bus service called the Gorran Bus.
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