Rainbow Lodge Guest House in Plymouth


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29 Athenaeum Street, The Hoe, Plymouth PL1 2RQ

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'A very lovely introduction to a fascinating city'

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Look no car! Day Trips around Plymouth just using public transport

Plymouth is surrounded by Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It also has a very good public transport system featuring buses, ferries and water taxis so you can combine the two to make an almost limitless number of Day Trips. Here are a just three suggestions.

In all cases we advise you to plan your trip to make sure it can be completed in time and to take information like train and bus times with you. We can help you do this.

Trip One: the Cornish Coast to Cawsand and Rame Head

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Cawsand is a very picturesque and friendly Cornish village. Its beach fronts Plymouth Sound and Cawsand is joined to its twin village Kingsand by a narrow street. Both places have interesting shops, pubs and other places to eat. This is a fascinating place for a wander taking in the varying perspectives of the village and the sea with the Great Mew Stone looming in the distance across the waves.

The deepwater of Cawsand Bay was once the anchorage for giant transatlantic liners on their way to Southampton and sometimes a modern vessel drops anchor in exactly the same place as they did. The liners stopped here to give their VIP's an express journey to London using the Great Western Railway, cutting several hours from this last part of the journey.

The best way to get to Cawsand from Rainbow Lodge is to stroll down to the Barbican Landing Stage and catch the Cawsand Ferry. Then enjoy a superb 30 minute crossing of Plymouth Sound in a ferry made from one of the SS Canberra's lifeboats.

The ferry operates 4 times a day from Easter to October and at other times the trip can easily be done by bus instead.

At the southern edge of Cawsand the South West Coast Path climbs past houses and into a wood, emerging into the open at Penlee Point, which "guards" the western entrance to Plymouth Sound. Here is Queen Adelaide's Folly, a remarkable little building with arched windows carved from the outcrop of stone.

At Penlee you can look along the coast to beautiful Rame Head with the remains of a centuries old Chapel on top of it. The walk there is quite easy and takes about 30-40 minutes. Climbing to the Chapel and standing inside it is a magical experience and you are also rewarded for the walk by views of the impressive coastal scenery of Whitsand Bay and Southern Cornwall.

Return by the same route or if you are still feeling energetic walk on past Cawsand on the Coastal Path to reach Mt Edgcumbe Park and take the Cremyll Ferry home.

Trip Two: Totnes and the South Devon Steam Railway

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The South Devon Railway is one of the region's best steam railways featuring beautifully maintained Great Western locomotives and carriages in a delightful country setting.

Start your trip by making the short walk from Rainbow Lodge to Plymouth Rail Station and catch an Eastbound train which has Totnes as its first (or second) stop.

The Totnes end of the South Devon Railway starts nearby but we recommend exploring Totnes first with its rising High Street of independent shops and absolutely superb castle.

After a short walk back towards the station you easily find Totnes Littlehempston, the start of the South Devon railway. Your magical steam train journey takes half an hour in either direction and you should plan to stay a while at Buckfastleigh, the other end of the line, which features a fascinating and usually busy locomotive engineering shed at, a model shop and a butterfly farm.

Return to Rainbow Lodge by rail via Totnes.

Trip Three - the Cornish Coast to Looe and Polperro

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Visit a thriving Cornish seaside resort and a traditional fishing village all in one day trip!

Once again start at Plymouth Rail Station but this time catch a Westbound train which will take you across the River Tamar on Brunel's famous "double coat-hanger", the Royal Albert Bridge.

Get off at Liskeard and follow the signs for trains to Looe. You'll travel along the beautiful Looe Valley Line. At Looe catch the 573 bus to Polperro, a really wonderful fishing village that is about as unspoilt as you can get today. It's full of interest and surrounded by vantage points to get superb views of the harbour.

There may be a chance to travel back to Looe by sea on a local fishing boat. If so you will get a fantastic introduction to it by sailing right into its midst.

Looe is split into East and West joined together by a bridge. Its striking harbour is surrounded by steep slopes and East Looe has a substantial shopping centre and a fish market.

Return to Rainbow Lodge by rail via Liskeard.