Fun Routes to Explore

Take in some fabulous sights along some amazing routes

You don’t even need to be heading to a particular place.

There are many bus routes that are just spectacular, and others that are fun filled with lots of things to see and do.

Here are some great routes to get you started on your adventure.

Fun routes for exploring

Route 93

Newquay and Truro, via Newquay Zoo, Hendra Holiday Park, Dairyland, Mitchell and Trispen & St Erme (Runs up to every hour, and up to every 30 mins in school holidays)
Go Cornwall Bus

If animals are your thing then the 93 is definitely for you. You’ve got Newquay Zoo on route which is in the heart of Newquay, a brilliant attraction where you can explore and learn all about this planet’s remarkable wildlife. Visit newquayzoo.org.uk for opening times/tickets.

Dairyland is a great place to head to too. The kids can get up close and personal with all the animals and have a go on the go-carts or a fun tractor ride. Visit dairylandfarmpark.com for opening times/tickets.

Route U4

Falmouth and Penzance via Penryn Campus, Helston, Porthleven and Marazion (Runs up to every hour)
Cornwall by Kernow

There’s lots to see along the south coast. Head to Marazion with stunning views toward the Lizard Peninsula and the fairytale castle perched on St Michael’s Mount. It’s a haven to hundreds of species of wildlife. People have spotted seals, dolphins, buzzards and sparrow hawks. Perfect for some nature watching and a picnic! You can also check out Porthleven and explore the town and take in the impressive sea walls that protect it from the winter storms. Beautiful!

Route 96

Bodmin to Wadebridge via Camelford, Delabole, Port Isaac, Polzeath and Rock (Runs every two hours)
Go Cornwall Bus

Let the 96 take you on an adventure to explore Port Isaac with its narrow streets, beautiful old cottages, and you can even get to visit Squeezy Belly Alley the narrowest thoroughfare in Britain! There’s lots to do in the village, with shops, cafés and the harbour and beach to discover. Not forgetting TV’s Doc Martin’s house.

Or, grab an ice cream and head out for a walk along the many footpaths, it’s an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so why not make the most of it!

Land’s End Coaster

Penzance, Land’s End, St Just, St Ives and Penzance via Porthcurno, Sennen, Pendeen, Carbis Bay & Marazion (Runs up to every hour)

This route is famed as one of the UK’s most spectacular open top bus rides and it’s right here in Cornwall! You’ll see rugged coastlines, mining heritage sites, harbour towns and Land’s End itself.

And if you want to take in even more than the views, there’s lots on route.

Levant Mine and Beam Engine, Trewellard (nr. St Just)
Get exploring the Levant Mine and Beam Engine which sits on the rugged cliffs of the ‘Tin Coast’, part of the Cornish Heritage World Mining Site, See the steam-powered beam engine, built in 1840 – the only one of its kind!

For prices, booking and opening times visit nationaltrust.org.uk

The Leach Pottery Museum
The Leach Pottery Museum is the original home and work place of revered potter Bernard Leach. You can explore the 100 year old pottery; the clay room, the throwing room with kick wheels and a Japanese climbing kiln. You can  learn about the history of the pottery and the many  potters that have spent time training and working at the Leach Pottery. For prices, booking and opening times visit theleachpottery.com

 

Route 11

Saltash to Padstow, via Landrake, Tideford, Liskeard, Dobwalls, Bodmin and Wadebridge (Runs up to every hour)
Go Cornwall Bus

Returning from Padstow you’ll need to change at Bodmin Parkway for your onward journey.

Head to Padstow to enjoy a fun filled day on the beach, from rock pooling at low tide, to building sandcastles. There’s lots of shops to visit full of seaside treats. There’s also fabulous walks in the countryside along the picturesque footpaths. Saltash has some great shops too, walk along the river and you can visit the Saltash Celtic cross which marks Cornwall’s boundary. And Bodmin is on route, where you can choose to spend time in Bodmin Jail! Visit bodminjail.org for opening times/tickets.

Falmouth Coaster / 67

Falmouth The Moor, National Maritime Museum, Pendennis Castle, Gyllyngdune Gardens, Gyllyngvase Beach and Swanpool Beach – Falmouth Coaster runs up to every hour (open topper) 67 runs up to every 20 mins

Falmouth Coaster: Cornwall by Kernow
67: OTS

Take in great views of the waterside, Pendennis Castle, and the pretty town of Falmouth itself. The National Maritime Museum is on route where you can discover the story of Cornwall’s incredible maritime heritage. There’s also Swanpool Beach with an outdoor café and a crazy golf course. Visit nmmc.co.uk for museum opening times/tickets.

Route 56

Newquay, Watergate Bay, Mawgan Porth, Porthcothan Bay, Constantine & Padstow (Runs up to every hour)

Porthcothan Beach
Porthcothan Beach is a beautiful sandy beach which opens out at low tide, connecting up with small coves to the north and south and at high tide the beach becomes very sheltered from swells and winds due to the cliffs.  And it’s dog friendly, just like the buses) There are shops and toilets.

Mawgan Porth
Mawgan Porth has a beautiful beach, gorgeous scenery and walks, as well as great pubs and cafés for a lovely bit of lunch. There’s loads to do, including pitch and putt, crazy golf, bowling and go karting.