Mevagissey harbour  Visiting Cornwall Logo - background is part of Bodmin Moor as seen from Jamaica Inn at Altarnun. The road in the picture is the main A30 through Cornwall. Eden Project near St Austell 

General Information for Visitors to the County of Cornwall

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Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000: (2cm to 1Km or 1¼inches to the mile) Each map covers an area of 40 km by 40 km (approx. 25 miles by 25 miles)
No 190 Bude and Clovelly, covers the North coast from Bideford to Boscastle
No 200 Newquay & Bodmin, covers the North coast from Tintagel to Perranporth on the North coast and across to St Austell and Fowey on the South coast.
No 201 Plymouth & Launceston, covers the South coast from Plymouth to Polperro and across Bodmin Moor to Launceston. Includes Tavistock and the Dartmoor National Park.
No 203 Land's End & Isles of Scilly (St Ives and Lizard Point), covers the coast from Lizard point around Land's End to St Agnes plus the Isles of Scilly (inset).
No 204 Truro & Falmouth (Roseland Peninsula), covers the South coast from Fowey to Lizard Point and a small part of the north coast between Perranporth and St Agnes.
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Landranger Active maps are also available for the above areas. These have a water resistant coating to use in wet weather and for boating.

Ordnance Survey Explorer 1:25,000 (4cm to 1km or 2.5 inches to a mile)
No E101 Isles Of Scilly
No E102 Land's End, covers Land's End, St Just, St Ives and Penzance
No E103 The Lizard, Falmouth & Helston
No E104 Redruth & St Agnes, covers Camborne, Redruth, St Agnes, Newquay and the western edge of Truro
No E105 Falmouth & Mevagissey, covers Falmouth, Penryn, St Mawes and the southern edge of St Austell
No E106 Newquay & Padstow, covers Newquay, Padstow, Wadebridge and the northern part of St Austell
No E107 St Austell & Liskeard, covers St Austell, Fowey, Looe, Liskeard, Lostwithiel and Bodmin
No E108 Lower Tamar Valley & Plymouth, covers Torpoint, Saltash, Tavistock (Devon) and Plymouth (Devon)
No E109 Bodmin Moor, covers Bodmin, Liskeard, Camelford and Bodmin Moor
No E111 Bude, Boscastle & Tintagel, covers Tintagel, Boscastle, Bude and Stratton
No E112 Launceston & Holsworthy, covers Launceston and Holsworthy (Devon)
No E126 Clovelly & Hartland, covers Kilkhampton and North Devon up to Bideford
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British Geological maps, 1:50,000 scale
Sheets E307 & E308 (part), Bude
Sheet E322, Boscastle
Sheet E335 & E336 (part), Trevose Head and Camelford
Sheet E346, Newquay
Sheet E347, Bodmin
Sheet E348, Plymouth
Sheet E351, Penzance
Sheet E352, Falmouth
Sheets E353 & E354 (part), Mevagissey
Sheets E357 & E360, Isles of Scilly
Sheet E359, Lizard

Ordnance Survey Touring Map of Cornwall Scale: 1:100 000
(1 cm to 1 km or 1 inch to 1.6 miles)

Ordnance Survey Road Map 7 1:250 000 scale
Covers Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and most of Dorset (released March 21, 2003)

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Weatherall (Devon & Cornwall) Tel: 0891 500404
Surfcall (Southwest) Tel: 0891 333080
Surfline (Hayle Area) Tel: 01208 862162
Surfline (Bude - Zumma Jays) Tel: 01288 354956
See also the surf links from the main surfing beaches on the Visiting Cornwall Beach Guide.
BBC Weather for Cornwall webpage
The Destination Cornwall weather website includes high and low tides around the Cornish coast
Met Office forecasts for Devon and Cornwall
Tide Times for Devon and Cornwall from the BBC
Marinecall is the UK's leading provider of telephony-based weather information for coastal, inshore and offshore UK sea areas. For the area from Lyme Regis (south Devon coast) to Hartland Point (north Devon coast):
Telephone 09014 737 468 for 6-hour coastal location & 5-day outlook forecasts
Fax: 09060 100 458 for a 48-hour outlook
Fax: 09065 300 258 for 6-hour coastal location & 48-hour outlook forecasts
Surf Forecast for North Devon and Cornwall courtesy of Big G's
Make your own forecast with the latest Met Office Satellite Photograph

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National and Local Weather Forecasts
The Weather in Newquay The Weather in Penzance

Cornish Dialling Codes

Town / VillageDialling Code
Carbis Bay01736
Isles of Scilly01720
Otterham Station01840
St Agnes01872
St Austell01726
St Buryan01736
St Columb01637
St Day01209
St Gennys01840
St Germans01503
St Keverne01326
St Ives01736
St Mabyn01208
St Mawgan01637
St Mawes01326
Stoke Climsland01579
The Lizard01326
Week St Mary01288
Widemouth Bay01288

Local Authority Links

The County of Cornwall is administered by Cornwall Council
Cornwall Council,
County Hall,
Treyew Road,
Truro, TR1 3AY
Telephone +44(0)1872 322000
Fax +44(0)1872 270340
E-mail -

Cornwall is now a unitary authority. Previously there were six local authorities within the county:

Caradon in South East Cornwall covered 256 square miles between the Rivers Fowey and Tamar on the south coast and north to Bodmin Moor.

Carrick was in the middle of the county from Perranporth on the north coast via the city of Truro to the port of Falmouth on the south coast.

Kerrier was to the west of Carrick. It stretched from Godrevy Head on the north coast to Lizard Point on the south coast.

North Cornwall was, as it's name suggests, in the north of the county. It stretched from the Devon border near Bude nearly down to Newquay on the north coast and covered the northern part of Bodmin Moor.

Penwith was at the western end of Cornwall and included St Ives, Penzance, Lands End and St Michael's Mount.

Restormel lay across the centre of the county from Newquay to Fowey and St Austell. The name was taken from the Norman castle at Restormel on the edge of Lostwithiel.

From 1st April 2009 the single Unitary Authority for Cornwall took over the responsibilities of the County Council and the six Local Authorities.

In addition, the Isles of Scilly, which is not part of the county of Cornwall, has it's own local authority. This group of over 100 islands is situated 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall to the west of Lands End.

Cornish Fishing Boat Registration Codes

How many can you spot during your holiday in Cornwall?
FH Falmouth
FY Fowey
PW Padstow
  PZ Penzance
SC Isles of Scilly
SS St Ives
TO Truro
Other nearby registrations
(Some boats in Cornwall were registered in Devon)
BD Bideford
BM Brixham
DH Dartmouth
E Exeter
PH Plymouth
SE Salcombe
TH Teignmouth

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