3 Easter breaks in the South West

Unless you’re on a diet or have an intolerance to chocolate, Easter will be one of your favourite times of the year. It’s definitely one of mine! I have fond memories of egg hunts with the family, glimpsing the Easter bunny through the window and playing monopoly with cousins, scoffing chocolate.

So I have hand-picked five places that, in my opinion, are a great place to stay for outdoorsy people, that provide a sincere ‘Easter’ theme and are Devon and Cornwall based. (I’ll get round to the rest of the country in time, I promise).

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  • Eden Project Botanical Garden, Cornwall

There are lots of lovely locations in the area where you can stay if you’re coming for the weekend. While the Eden Project has the wow factor it doesn’t take up two days and it would be a shame to be in Cornwall without seeing any of the other amazing sights it has to offer.

The picturesque Charlestown, which featured in the BBC series Poldark as Truro is just round the corner and would make a great day trip. The Eden Project has lots going on this Easter as you can see on their website: click here.

  • National Maritime Museum, Cornwall

Falmouth isn’t only a lovely seaside town, it’s also chock-a-block full of festivity. Come Easter Saturday the AberFest returns to Falmouth and the town will be in high spirits give or take the chocolate eggs. See here for more information on the AberFest.

So if you’re looking for a fun-packed weekend with the kids, Falmouth is the place! Why not take them to the National Maritime Museum for a chocolatey easter treat? Click here to book.

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  • Bovey Castle, Devon

Bovey Castle makes good use of the dramatic location and stunning rural setting of Dartmoor National Park. They offer a wide array of services ranging from the luxurious spa service to the outstanding falconry displays run by Martin (well worth the money if you choose to have a go yourself).

On Easter Sunday you can enjoy an Easter Egg scavenger hunt and egg and spoon races complimentary for guests and £5 for visitors. Click here to find out more about Bovey Castle.

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Please do share your pictures of your Easter getaways with us on twitter and facebook. We are all about getting people outdoors and active 🙂

Wishing you all a fantastic Easter break!

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Five easy Cornish rambles

Walking is one of the most popular activities in Cornwall especially during the British summer. We all want to get outside when the sun is shining so why not explore the rich mining history, stunning coastlines and breathtaking views that you can only and will only ever find in Cornwall?

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  • Walk on Gribbin Head

Situated in stunning West Fowey this is a perfect ramble for those who don’t walk often. Gribbin Head is famous for its association with the romantic novelist Daphne du Maurier who has used the area as a setting for many of her books. It offers up a rich historical experience with fabulous views of the Cornish landscape and bay.

We recommend our walking map of The Fowey Estuary which you can purchase at local retailers. Interestingly, that very same Fowey map may be featured on a show about BnBs on Channel 5 soon.

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  • The Lizard Peninsula coastal walk

Slightly longer is this stunning walk along the Lizard Peninsula. The peninsula is famous for its abundant wildlife and it’s quite often the case that you can spot seals when you’re out on a walk.

As the Lizard Peninsula is covered by several of our pocket sized maps it’s difficult to recommend just one but you can find them in local retailers around the area! If you walk the Lizard Peninsula often we advise you take advantage of our box set, which is also sold in some local retailers. It makes a great gift for those avid fans of Cornwall!

  • Tintagel to Boscastle

For those in search of more of challenge North Cornwall is calling. Although the coastal path is steep and strenuous it is well worth the effort when you see the glorious view and stand within the walls of the castle itself.

Our little yellow map of Boscastle and Tintagel is just the thing you need for your scramble.

  • Lands End to Sennen Cove

If you prefer scenic views over myth and legend then this may just be the one for you. The most challenging on the list but some would say the most stunning too. I can promise you spectacular ocean vistas and abundant wildlife throughout the year.

We recommend our Around and About Land’s End to St. Buryan walking map for this particular walk.

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  • Botallack mining walk

And I can hardly mention Cornwall without mentioning Poldark in the same sentence. If you’re a fan of either Cornish mining heritage or the BBC production then we recommend exploring the location where Levant Mine played the role of the fictional Tressiders Mill.

Our pocket-sized, little yellow map of St Just, Pendeen & Cape Cornwall is perfect for exploring the area. It’s also worth noting that if you’re a fan of Poldark then you may be interested in our Poldark Cornish Film Locations map (eight walks for the price of one). Can be found in relevant local area retailers or you can order it on our website.

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Do get outside and walk these walks, they’re beautiful come rain or shine (but we’ll keep our fingers crossed for sunshine). Keep your eyes peeled for next weeks Easter-themed blog post!

5 gift ideas for Mother’s Day

Mothers Day is creeping up early this year. At Yellow Publications we have a great selections of maps, accessories and gift ideas for the mother who loves being outdoors.

Find something special for your mother this year, doesn’t she deserve it?

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  • Dartmoor Box Set:

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Our hugely popular Dartmoor box set is a great gift idea for mothers who love the outdoors. Set at a scale of 1:25 000 we’ve divided the OS coverage of Dartmoor National Park into seven pocket-sized yellow maps, ideal for all activities and splash-proof so you can get outdoors in all kinds of weather.

“I don’t always want to do a 20 mile yomp so having a small map is quite handy if you want to just take one or two maps with you, or say, only have one map in your pocket at a time …” – Smith, Amazon review

A fantastic choice for a weeks holiday. You can find the box set on Amazon or on our website.

  • Bookmarks –

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Whether you prefer our maritime bookmarks or our ‘mapmarks’ these are the perfect gift for the lady who always has her nose in a book. This classy gift will have your mother thinking of you every time she sees her bookmark’s pretty tassle.

Unfortunately, only the maritime bookmarks are available from our website (the bookmarks are still quite a recent product). Your local bookshop may stock the ‘mapmarks’ in which case do please buy them from your local retailer. We do our best to support small businesses.

  • Poldark Film Locations guide – 

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An equally lovely mothers day gift idea if you’re a little strapped for cash is this Poldark Film Locations Guide. If your mum is a fan of the BBC production maybe a trip down to the beautiful South West coast is the answer. Explore Cornwall like never before with this bargain map of eight walks for the price of one as you discover Poldark’s stunning film locations from a completely different perspective.

By far one of our most celebrated products and definitely in-fashion at the moment (thank you Aidan Turner 😉 ). It was featured in the travel section of the Telegraph a couple of weeks ago and is available at the bargain price of £3.99 from our website.

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For more visuals on the Poldark map please have a look at our Pinterest page.

  • Bodmin Moor Box Set –

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Perfect for tourists and and the ultimate walking guide for the local. If your mum is mad about Cornwall this is the ideal gift. At a scale of 1:16 000 (the same as our iconic Around and About range) the Bodmin Moor Box Set comes with a set of four pocket-sized, splash-proof maps, a legend and a scale ruler.

At the moment you have to ring in to order this brand new product but it will soon be available off the website.

  • Forest of Dean Wall Map –

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A classy way to celebrate your mother this mothering Sunday. This wall map is made using OS data as are all our products. It makes a lovely surprise holiday souvenir and is equally wonderful for a mum to commemorate her love for the local area.

The Forest of Dean Wall Map is available for purchase on our website. We also produce a very popular wall map of Dartmoor National Park if you’re interested in something more South-Westerly.

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Even if you don’t go for any of these choices we hope you have a great day, get outside for a walk and enjoy the weather wherever you may be (fingers crossed for sunshine mother nature). You can find us on twitter, facebook, google+ and pinterest. Please follow and like us and we’ll keep you updated with the latest news.