While we’ve been in lockdown, we’ve had time to look more closely at what’s on our doorstep. Admittedly, the Pandora is blessed has a stunning ‘doorstep’ being right on the edge of Restronguet Creek! Apart from gazing at the view, there are lots of other attractions around and, lockdown permitting, we hope they’ll be up and running again this summer…
- Take a hike
The most obvious choice is to stretch your legs and explore the coast. The Pandora Inn is right on the famous South West Coast path that snakes around the coast for 630 miles. We have produced our own walks leaflet with four circular walks, ranging from 3.5 to 5.5 miles in length – plus two linking routes from alternative start points, so you have plenty of options to choose from! You can pick up a free copy from the bar, when we are open, or click here to see all the information online.
- Get on the water!
Don’t just look at it – get on it! There are plenty of local businesses offering kayak, dinghy, and yacht hire. Mylor Boat Hire offers self-drive motor and sailboats, while St Mawes Kayaks have single or double sit-on kayaks for lots of paddling fun! At Loe Beach Watersports you can hire kayaks, paddleboards, motorboats, rowing-boats, and sailing dinghies!
- Smell the flowers
As Cornwall enjoys a relatively mild climate (by UK standards!) there are lots of wonderful gardens in the area. Just a short stroll from The Pandora is Lanterns Gardens, a valley garden with a lovely mix of plants, from shrubs to herbaceous perennials to greenhouse plants. Dogs on leads are welcome. Two further favourites on the Helford river estuary are the spectacular Trebah Gardens (dogs welcome) and the National Trust’s Glendurgan. (8.5 miles from The Pandora Inn)
- Nature and history
Take a trip to beautiful Kennall Vale near Ponsanooth, a Cornwall Wildlife Trust nature reserve with fascinating remnants of its industrial past as a gunpowder factory. Located between Redruth and Penryn, the woods around the River Kennall are dotted with old granite ruins. As with many of Cornwall’s most beautiful sites, Kennall Vale is a place that is somewhere between a natural attraction and industrial heritage. It is a great reserve for wildlife, such as the pipistrelle bat, as well as an abundance of birdlife. (4.5 miles from The Pandora Inn)
- Ahoy there!
There’s no escaping the importance of the sea when you visit Cornwall. Take a voyage of discovery around the fascinating National Maritime Museum in Falmouth. With 15 galleries, over five floors you’ll be able to explore the influence of the sea on history and culture. The museum is located on the aptly named Discovery Quay and is a vast, iconic building custom designed and built on land that was once covered in the sheds of boat builders. These sheds inspired the design of the building which is covered in green oak. The building has the most fantastic, breathtaking views over Falmouth harbour. (5.5 miles from The Pandora Inn)