Monday, 3 October 2016

Holiday to Cornwall - Day 2 - Trago Mills, St Austell's Undercover Market and Pentewan Village.

Today we decided to visit Trago Mills a retail outlet set in gardens running along the River Fowey.  It is one of those places that sells a bit of everything, the ground floor is predominantly DIY, gardening and pet supplies. Upstairs has soft furnishings, food, clothing, toys and other household items.  A very popular place, especially on a Sunday.  The gardens are mainly wooded following the path of the river with unusual statues dotted about.

On the way back we followed the signs for St Austells market, a large under cover market open weekends and Wednesday's.  It's stalls sell a variety of things from fruit and veg, cakes, oriental foods, tools, household goods, clothes, toys, dvd’s.  There are several cafes dotted around and we stopped at one for a roast pork dinner for £7 each, it was tasty and loads of it.

When we got back to Pentewan we had a walk into the village via the old lock which you used to be able to walk across.  It is still here but access across is now via a new walk way as the lock has seen better days.

There is a sign by the side of the harbour which reads:
“Pentewan Harbour was built in 1826 by Sir Christopher Hawkins, who lived at Trewithen, Probus.  Built on the site of an earlier 18th century harbour, it comprises granite quays and a double lock gate leading to a basin.  The harbour was used for exporting China clay which had been transported down the Pentewan Valley by a narrow gauge railway.  It was on of 3 harbours built by competing local squires at the time - the others being Charlestown (by Charles Rashleigh) and Par (by Treffry).

After reading about the old Pentewan it prompted me to create this set of photos:

The harbour is no longer in use.  The existing culvert channel and sluice were constructed between 1880 and 1907 and were used to flush out the entrance channel to the dock by diverting the White River.  The redundant sluice was removed from the channel in early 2012 as part of flood risk improvements by the Environment Agency following flooding in the village on the 17th November 2010.  The improvements included installation of additional twin flood relief culverts from the harbour into the channel and a new outlet into the White River.”

The old harbour area looks tidier and better kept than I remember and the Piskey Cove cafe and gift shop are still here, although the shop seems smaller than we remember.

Inside Piskey Cove cafe,

and the view from our table.

The Ship Inn seems as busy as ever with its beer garden across the road, next to the harbour.  The small surf shop was still tucked around the corner and also another one further around the corner.

We also found the cycle hire centre at the start of the Pentewan Valley Trail, I don’t remember this trail from before.  We had a little walk along it, if ww get chance we will investigate further another day.

Some people have Gnomes in their garden, here in Pentewan they have cows!  These ones were looking down at us from a garden on the side of the hill.

As you reach the junction of the road to Pentewan with the main road you come across another restaurant called Simply Judes, which again we remember from our previous trips.

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