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  1. marksman

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    Hi,
    I already booked a flight to London in order to spend 10 days along the coastline from Cornwall and Devon. Is there a touristic infrastrutur in February and maybe you have some informations about cheap accommodations there.
    Thanks a lot
    Markus
     
  2. Ian Grant

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    There's plenty of reasonable priced Bed & Breakfast's and very good Tourist Information offices who can help you, just do a Google search. It's a quiet time of year so it should be easy finding places to stay.

    I've been in December and had no problems at all, moving around the coast, so good luck with the weather :D

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    Thanks Ian,
    good to hear that its not important to book in advance. I find also here very helpful infos about the hotspots, so I think ten days are not enough but this is always the same. I´m prepared for the weather (winter) conditions. If anybody want to join me between 9-16 Feb. feel free to contact me.
    Markus
     
  4. Steve Roberts

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    Hi Markus,

    If you want cheaper accommodation, look out for houses advertising "Bed and Breakfast" or "B & B" in windows or on signboards rather than hotels. There should be plenty in the seaside towns and villages. Unless you've picked school half-term week they should have plenty of spare space and will be glad of the custom. For a small charge, most will fix you up with a pack of sandwiches for the day!

    Steve
     
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    Bearing in mind the days are still quite short in Feb, I think I would be planning to choose say three locations over 10 days and use them as a base to check out the local area, that way you can maximise the day and minimise the travelling in between. You don't say how you are travelling, but even if you have a car Devon & Cornwall is a bit ambitious for the time you have (understatement). many of the best areas are served by very narrow roads on which you can't travel too fast.

    Assuming you want to walk/bus out each day my three places as bases would be St Ives, Looe and Porthleven. Only because I know them best, not necessarily because they are the best places. - These are all Cornwall - not spent much time in Devon.

    You definitely shouldn't have too much trouble finding somewhere to stay. Besides B&B, lots of pubs have rooms - you sometimes take your chance with pub rooms, but I have rarely had a really bad experience, and most have been good-excellent. As its not high season, you should get better attention than when the hordes descend in summer.
     
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    I agree. If yopu try to do to much, you will spend most of your time just travelling.

    My experiences are with Devon rather than Cornwall but the roads are generally similar in width (or lack of it!).


    Steve.
     
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    Ian,

    If you make it as far as West Cornwall I would be happy to have a meet up with you. Accommodation will be no problem at all at that time of the year.

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    It's Markus travelling to Cornwall :D Not me :smile:

    Hope to be there in April though.

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    Hi,
    I´m coming from Munich so I know short days, but today in the morning I though hey whats going on with all the webcams in Cornwall. There is nothing to see, is the whole area covered with snow or what. Thanks for the hint, it was to dark. :rolleyes:
    I already rented a car ( Ford Ka :D ) for the narrow winding roads, but my first station will be Klive which I hope to reach at the arrival day. Than two days at Woolacombe ( I´m only interrested in seascapes ) more two day at Constantine Bay. St. Yves, The Lizzard, Wistman´s Wood (Dartmoor), Stonehenge would also be very nice to see.
    And of course the Pubs.
     
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    There are some wonderful ammonites to be found on the beach at Kilve - Anything from 6mm to a metre or more across.

    Avebury is quite a nice place to stop - The largest neolithic stone circle with a village in the middle (with two pubs).
     
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    You must try a few pints of the St Austell Brewery "Tribute" bitter it's one of the best in the UK :D

    Meet up with Neil and he'll give you a few suggestions of where to visit.

    Ian
     
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    Ian, see you in April then :D

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    Whilst at Woolacombe make sure you visit Barricane Beach (at low tide) which is between Woolacombe and Mortehoe. This beach is renowned for its stripey rocks. Surprised you do not have the Valley of Rocks area on your list which has the best seascapes in North Devon. The Valley of Rocks is just up the road a bit from Woolacombe to the west of Lynton.

    I don't think you will find many seascapes at Wistmans Wood :D Nice place to go though for gnarled trees and rocks etc.

    When at St Ives make sure you spare some time to visit the TATE Gallery. There is always something interesting going on there.

    Ideally you would need a good few days for the Lizard but one place not to miss is Kynance Cove at low tide.

    When in Cornwall food won't be a problem - just eat the pasties :wink:

    Another thing to remember is once you are in West Cornwall your traveling distances / times between locations will come down dramatically as the land mass narrows and the place is surrounded on three sides by sea.

    Neil.
     
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    seconded!

    If you want suggestions for a couple of decent walks/seascape opportunities near The Lizard I can offer:

    Park in the car park at Lizard village and take the track almost due west down to the coast, then walk south around the coast path past lizard point the lighthouse, the lifeboat station and around as far as Church cove then walk back up to the village.

    Park in Porthleven and catch the bus to Praa Sands then walk back along the coast path past old mine engine houses on the cliffs. Decent view of Porthleven as you descend back to the town and a decent pub at the end of the harbour where the path comes down. Make sure you time it right so its open when you get there!
     
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    Trewavas Head is worth a look on the Lizard, with its derelict mine engine houses clinging to the steep cliffs.
    Have a look at: http://www.cornwallinfocus.co.uk/history/prosper.php

    Also Gunwalloe Cove is pretty special with a church amongst the sand dunes.

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    Anyone going to Kynance Cove needs to watch out for the tides sneaking up behind them.

    Its easy to get distracted by the beauty of the place and the endless photographic opportunities - only to find they are cut off by the tide coming in at unexpectedly behind them.

    The exits from the beach become submerged before most of the beach.

    Its happened to me and its happened to others I know too.

    I'm not saying don't go (its a beautiful place) but do keep an eye both on the tide and your watch.

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    If the sea is rough Porthleven is a great place to be - even if its just to watch the power of the sea

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    With Kynance Cove it is best to get there as the tide is going out and as soon as you can get on the beach / sand start shooting. As the tide goes out follow it out to get access to the various other areas / coves that will open up. But bear in mind the tide will turn and have this time fixed in your mind but don't just rely on your watch - look at the sea all the time and keep the distance to your exit route in your mind. As soon (or preferably before) you notice the tide has turned start working your way back to an area that is safe. I would also not recommend you venture too far on your own and only shoot where you can see other people in case you should slip and be left injured and on your own with an incoming tide.

    The above advice also holds good for any Cornish beach. Tide tables can be obtained at most news agents.

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    You really can't go far wrong in Cornwall with seascapes. It is worth having look at any of the beaches if you have time as there is always something to have go at. Another good beach is Gwithian / Godrevey which is our local beach. Allow at least two days for Gwithian / Godrevey and plenty of film :smile:

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    Hope you have good light

    Please post some of your work when you return

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    Markus,
    I'm based in West Cornwall and do most of my work around the St Ives and Penzance area. I might be available around the dates you mention and could show you a few locations if you fancy meeting up ?

    Bill
     
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    Markus, take Bill up on his offer, he's a great guy and it would probably help you considerably.

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    Hi Bill,
    thanks for the offer. I would be very nice to meet you up there in West Cornwall. I´m around St. Ives/Penzance during the weekend 12/13 Feb.
    Always good light
    Markus