If you are joining one of my photography workshops in Cornwall, you might find the following travel information useful. Read on for details on how to reach Cornwall by car, coach, plane or train.
Reach the end of the M5 near Exeter, then it’s decision time – either take the A30, looping north of Dartmoor, and enter Cornwall just before Launceston (your best option if you’re heading for the north coast or far west), or take the A38, dipping below Dartmoor and crossing the Tamar Bridge (£1.50 toll eastbound only) into South Cornwall. If you fancy a detour through North Devon, you could also reach Cornwall by taking either the A361 or A377 to Barnstaple before picking up the A39 Atlantic Highway (breezing into Cornwall just north of Bude). You can also join the A39 at junction 27 of the M5. The A30 shoulders the heaviest load of traffic, but it is dual carriageway most of the way to Penzance.
Falmouth, Newquay, Penzance, St Austell, St Ives, Truro and most other main centres in Cornwall are served by National Express (Tel 0871 781 8181), with connecting services from Bristol, Birmingham and London.
Chain ferries shuttle back and forth across the Tamar between Devonport and Torpoint every 10 minutes at peak times. The fare – only payable eastbound – is the same as using the toll bridge (see above). Contact Tamar Crossings for more details.
Operated by Great Western (Tel 08457-000125), the direct London Paddington to Penzance service takes between five and six hours, calling at Liskeard, Bodmin, Par, St Austell, Truro, Redruth, Camborne, Hayle and St Erth.