Want to advertise on this website? Create your advert now.

The following photographs were all taken on a sunny day in July 2006 during a flight from Bodmin airfield.
You don’t have to be a member of the Cornwall Flying Club and you don’t have to have a private pilot’s licence either. These photos were taken during a one hour trial lesson. Of course, a passenger took them, and not the pilot or instructor.
The plane took off from Bodmin and headed south to Fowey. It turned east at the coast and flew along the coast past Polperro and Talland Bay to Looe. It then headed north to Liskeard, before continuing over Siblyback Reservoir, Brown Willy and Rough Tor, before reaching the north coast.
Turning west, it followed the coast to Padstow and the river Camel, before turning south and following the Camel past Wadebridge and landing once again in Bodmin.
This is a fantastic way to see the area, and great fun as well. A flight like this makes a great present for someone you love, or a great treat for yourself!

1 Fowey: Mixtow Pill

Fowey is named after the river Fowey (pronounced to rhyme with buoy). As you approach Fowey, Mixtow Pill is on the east side of the river.

2 Fowey / Bodinnick ferry

Just north of Fowey is the Fowey to Bodinnick ferry. This is the most southern point for crossing the river by car. Further south there is also a passenger ferry between Fowey and Polruan.
Fowey is a picturesque town that hosts the annual Daphne du Maurier Festival of Arts and Literature. Daphne du Maurier lived in a beautiful house besides the Boddinnick ferry. The festival lasts for ten days, with a superb mix of music, plays, poetry and a host of other activities.
Fowey Parish Church is dedicated to St. Finn Barr, who was the first Bishop of Cork (A.D. 613 - 630). The font is the only surviving part of the original Norman Church which was built about A.D. 1150.

Possibly destroyed by pirates the Church had to be rebuilt in 1328. The town was attached by the French in 1456, and the Church was partially destroyed. The work of restoration began about 1460, which was when the tower was built.

It boasts a 500 year old wagon roof over the nave and chancel, and a pulpit made in 1601.
Polruan is a small ancient fishing village across the river Fowey from the town of Fowey. It is a remote village with only one road in or out, although passengers can cross from Fowey on the ferry.

1 Lansallos Church

Lansallos is a small remote bay that can be reached by a short and pleasant walk down from Lanteglos church. The walk is not strenuous but is not suitable for wheelchairs or anyone with difficulty walking. There is parking in the village.

Sadly, a few years ago Lansallos church was severely damaged by arson. It is still in the process of being repaired.
Polperro is a beautiful fishing village that also boasts a number of excellent art galleries. Like many Cornish villages the roads were not built with cars in mind. Access is restricted with parking at the top of the village. You can either walk down to the harbour or take the famous horse drawn bus.

3 Talland Bay

Talland Bay lies between Polperro and Looe. The main attraction is its beaches, with sand, rock and of course the sea.

Access to Talland is down narrow lanes with passing places. In the summer the lanes can be quite busy, so, as with so much of Cornwall, don't go there unless you are confident reversing!
Looe is a popular holiday destination, especially in the summer. However, its delights are not restricted to the summer only. Looe harbour is the base for an important fishing fleet and the town is also the headquarters of British shark-fishing. Looe Divers, on the front at Hannafore, are a 5 star PADI diving centre offering training, shore dives and a range of wreck and other dives from their RIB.

Looe has a wide range of pubs and restaurants many of which remain open throughout the year.


Liskeard church is dedicated to St Martin of Tours.

St Martin was born in AD 316 and died in AD 397. His father was a senior officer in the Roman army and Martin also became a Roman soldier. It was during this time that he experienced a vision He was with his soldiers when he met a scantily dressed beggar at the city gates. Filled with pity he cut his own cloak in half and gave one half to the beggar. That same night he dreamed that Jesus returned and restored to him the other half of his cloak. When he awoke his cloak was restored.

St Martin's church is situated just off the Plymouth Road, which you can see here looping across the bottom left hand corner of the photo.

Church halls

St Martin's Church Centre comprises the Upper and Lower Church Halls. Leaving the church (No. 1 on the photo) by the south door, walk down the path, down the steps and turn right. The Upper Church Hall is right in front of you (No. 2 on the photo). The Lower Church Hall (No. 3 on the photo) lies behind the Upper Hall. Many of the Church activities take place in these halls.

Liskeard Business Park

Liskeard Business Park lies just off Charter Way, the eastern relief road linking the A38 to the A390 to Callington and Tavistock.

In the photo the business park is on the left, with Oak Tree doctors surgery and Vospers garage at the bottom of the picture.

Liskeard Community Hospital

The road on the left of the picture is the A390 from Callington. Travelling towards Liskeard (downwards on the picture) is Hendra Park.

The large building below it is the hospital. Continuing down the left hand side of the photo, the Liskeard Dental Centre is just below the large white building. Below and to the right is the Respite Care Centre.

The large blue building next door to the respite centre is Vospers, the Ford dealership, and across the road is the Oak Tree doctors surgery.


Morrisons sits in the centre of this photo, just of the A38, which swings past south of Liskeard. Liskeard's Homebase and Argos are in the bottom left of the corner.

The field in the top right of the photo is the playing field of St Martin's school.

St Martin's school

From the A38 follow the signposts to the town centre. Turn right into Briarwood, up the short hill and follow the road round to the left. Turn right after a couple of hundred yards and the school is ahead of you.

In the photo you can see the school field on the right hand side, with the school to the left of it.

1 Caradon Hill

Caradon Hill is an easy landmark with its television braodcasting arials on the top.

From the mid to late 19th century there was extensive mining around the Caradon Hill area, primarily mining for copper. There is a circular walk around Caradon, with plenty of evidence of the old mining works.

2 St Cleer

St Cleer lies north of Liskeard on the B3254 St Cleer Road. After about half a mile go straight on rather than following the road as it bends right. St Cleer is about a mile further on, up on the moors.

Seen in the middle of this picture is St Cleer church, which is dedicated to St Clarus.

Just before you enter the village you will find the Taste of the Westcountry farm shop.

3 Siblyback Lake Reservoir

If you continue through St Cleer the road comes to a junction after about half a mile. Turn left and then immediately right and follow the lane for another mile or so. At the end is Siblyback Lake Reservoir.

4 Colliford Lake Reservoir

Lying to the north west of Siblyback Reservoir, Colliford Lake Reservoir is considerably larger. Like Siblyback, Colliford Lake provides fresh water fishing, although permits are required. For details of how to get a fishing permit ring 01579 342366. Fishing permits can also be arranged at the Homeleigh Angling Centre, near Launceston on 01566 773147.

5 Davidstow airfield

Davidstow moor airfield was a former RAF airfield. It is still in use by micorlights and the occasional light aircraft although the runways are full of pot holes.

Perhaps the most common use is the locals giving their teenagers driving lessons, were the chance of them hitting anything else is about as remote as you can get!

6 North coast

Having crossed Bodmin Moor we arrived at the north coast.

This is a spectacular coastline with stunning cliffs and superb beaches.

1 Tintagel Church

Tintagel Church nestles on the edge of the coast, just outside the town of Tintagel. The church is dedicated to St Materiana and was built between 1080 & 1150.

2 Port Isaac

After passing Trebarwith Strand the next village is Port Isaac. Today tourism is the main activity in Port Isaac, although it still operates as a fishing village.

3 Polzeath

Polzeath is one of the best beaches in Cornwall and is about 45 minute's drive from Liskeard. It's well worth the travelling!

New Polzeath is at the bottom of the picture with Polzeath itself at the head of the beach.

4 Daymer Bay

The next beach around from Polzeath is Daymer Bay, visible here in the bottom right of the picture.

The Camel estuary runs along the bottom of the picture.

Just off the picture the 12th century St. Enodoc Church stands amongst the sand dunes behind Daymer Bay, surrounded by the links of the St. Enodoc Golf Course.

Sir John Betjeman was particularly fond of this beautiful church and was buried in the churchyard in 1994.

5 Rock

The next beach down the estuary is Rock, sometimes jokingly referred to locally as "Kensington on Sea" or "Chelsea on Sea", since Rock is said to be the home of more millionaires than any other location in Cornwall.

Across the middle of the photo is St Enodoc Golf Club.
This photo looks back up the Camel Estuary towards the sea.

The bottom right is the St Enodoc golf course, with Daymer Bay in the bottom left and Polzeath in the top right.

Running alongside the river, the Camel Trail is a 17 mile traffic free route based on an historic railway track. It starts at Blisland and goes all the way to Padstow via Bodmin and Wadebridge.

The section from Wadebridge to Padstow is particularly beautiful. Being a flat route it is easy to walk, and is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. You can also hire bikes from a number of centres in Wadebridge, cycle to Padstow where you can leave the bikes while you explore this active harbour town before returning back along the Camel Trail.

7 Wadebridge

The town in the bottom right of the picture is Wadebridge, with the new bridge over the River Camel.

From here we started our decent back into Bodmin airfield. A wonderful way to spend an hour!

This Microportal is built on the 2day Microportals platform which provides you with 3 click access to local and global information crucial both to your personal and working life. The platform provides live local data on transport, what's on, accommodation, eating out, shopping, sport, religion and weather as well as comprehensive reference and resource sections including TV, radio, online shopping, route planning, health, education and more.

We are not responsible for the content of external internet sites to which any 2day supported sites are linked. We do not share any contact information with other providers. We use cookies to make our site work efficiently. More information on privacy and cookies.

Copyright © 2004–2021 2day Microportals, East Quither Farm, Milton Abbot, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 0PZ, UK.