March 12, 2024

Play it Forward

Every year we ask our guests to add their steps, to PLAY IT FORWARD and suggest things that fellow traveler could do or see to enhance their Dacey tour experience. There are some great suggestions and I thank all those who submitted thus playing it forward.

  • If you like Doc Martin photos at the surgery and Mote (Crab & Lobster)
  • If you see a walking trail, take it explore.
  • Always join group dinners. It jells the group, and you get great tips and stories.
  • Make sure you walk to see Gallos at Tintagel Castle, Its worth it.
  • Try the oysters at the Seafood café St Ives.
  • By the sea restaurant St Ives excellent restaurant.
  • Ask for a Pot of Tea with Scones/Cream at Lost Gardens of Heligan
  • Eat a traditional Pasty from Lands’ End.
  • Swim in sea as much as possible (Definitely Portminster St Ives)
  • Lay on the beach in St Ives
  • Eden Project take a break in the Mediterranean dome and indulge in Cocktail.
  • IPA beer drinkers try PROPER JOB Cornish beer.
  • Take a photo of each days itinerary so you remember where you were each day.
  • Try the Cottage Pie at King Arthurs Arms Tintagel
  • Drink Dark Cornish beer.
  • Ask lots of Questions at St Micheals Mount Staff are So Friendly and Knowledgeable.
  • Walked to the church on the hill in Tintagel.
  • Order the Cherry wood Smoked Salmon Ye olde Malt House Tintagel
  • Checkout Penwith art Gallery St Ives.
  • If you have a free morning in Bodmin, Check out the Bodmin Steam Rail.
  • Enjoy Bodmin jail, very impressive hotel.
  • Try a Korev beer available in most Cornish pubs.
  • Get to know your fellow tour mates.
  • Have dinner at the old Malt house Tintagel, Great atmosphere Great food.
  • Don’t be afraid to climb to the castle on St Micheal’s Mount-You can do it!!!
  • Try Rattlers Cider.
  • Do not miss the zipline at the Eden Project. It’s Exhilarating.
  • Download WhatsApp to your phone.
  • Breathe in the air and smile.
  • Bring Binoculars.
  • Bring a Cornwall map so you can follow tour route.
  • Listen carefully to David, there will be a test.
  • Be a minimalist traveler and keep your luggage.
  • Take time to just watch the waves.
  • Hike up to the monument of Cape Cornwall.
  • Have a pasty at McFadden’s butchers St Just.
  • Try different ciders and beers.
  • If coming from the USA arrive a couple of days before the tour to adjust!
  • Talk to David about making restaurant reservations ahead of time.
  • Do not miss the Bodmin Jail tour.
  • Take the Rocky valley hike, it is so beautiful.
  • When taking the train, Soak up the views. It was a wonderful journey.
  • Make sure you practice the fine art of writing postcards.
  • Enjoy the Fresh seafood caught from local waters.
  • Do not miss the Exter walking tour, which was very interesting!
  • Enjoy a pub like the Spider Bar in Boscastle.
  • Enjoy the Scilly Isles
  • Don’t snooze on the bus, you will miss some great vistas and playful banter between David and your new friends.
  • Make sure David tells you his daily joke and PAY ATTENTION.
  • Take a boat to St Michael’s mount.
  • Bring waking sticks.
  • Take a walk by the sea as often as you can.
  • Share your experience with all your friends.
  • Enjoy the beauty of a sunset in the deck chairs at Camelot Castle
  • Trust your Guide….. he won’t steer you wrong!
  • Take advantage of the walks and talks that are offered.
  • Walk up to the King Arthur Sculpture in Tintagel
  • Explore the beauty if Lanhydrock estate.
  • Soak in the charm of Port Isaac
  • Listen to David, he knows Cornwall!
  • Order a cheese & Onion Pasty when at the Minack theatre.
  • Ask David to tell you why you should not order melon and cauliflower for the same meal in Cornwall.
  • If you get the opportunity to see a play at the Minack. Go no matter what is playing.
  • If you are a Doc Martin fan, have a drink at Crab & Lobster.
  • Be sure to walk down to the beach before the Minack play.
  • Pay attention to David’s stories.
  • Use your free time to enjoy all that is available.
  • In Exeter, visit Cote Brasserie second floor, excellent view of the cathedral.
  • Don’t think just because you are in England the weather will not be sunny. It can be hot and sunny all day. We had an awesome week of weather.
  • Get outside as much as possible and enjoy the incredible scenery and wonderful fresh air.
  • Pay attention to bus chats.
  • Walk the coastal path whenever possible.
  • Walk barefoot on St Ives beach. 
  • Have the hot chocolate at Tregenna castle in St Ives.
  • Take the guided tour at the St Ives Tate.
  • Get a pasty at Philips Top of the Hill Marazion (St Michael’s mount).
  • Discover the Red Parakeets in Hyde park, You can feed them in the late afternoon.
  • If possible, hear the organ at Truro Cathedral.
  • Watch a football game at a pub with locals.
  • Have at least one 99 ice-cream.
  • Watch a few episodes of Doc Martin and Poldark before coming.
  • Take lots of pictures.
  • Enjoy cream tea! Jam first!
  • Search for Aiden Turner.
  • Walk the street of Port Isaac searching for Doc Martin locations.
  • Do the two-mile walk with David at Lands End (well worth it).
  • Shop for local arts in the small villages.
  • Drink lots of Cornish ale.
  • Take a hike down to Port Isaac on the coast path, challenging but awesome!
  • Walk and walk in Cornwall and take David’s advice to keep walking when you get home.
  • Believe in David’s magical powers!
  • Enjoy ice cream at Ms. Tschell Pharmacy in Port Isaac.
  • Find Adam & Eve in Lanhydrock house.
  • Sample all the local seafood.
  • Sloop Inn in St Ives seafood platter for two!
  • Take time to look at the photos of the transformation of the Eden project.
  • Listen to the history about the Lost gardens of Heligan, fascinating.
  • Eat a fairy cake in Fowey.
  • Spend time on the beach in St Ives.
  • Have pint looking at the ocean in Charlestown.
  • Take a swim at Port Isaac.
  • Patisserie Valerie in Exeter for cake and tea.
  • Walk in the gardens at Tregenna castle.
  • Visit the bar at the old schoolhouse.
  • Join David for all the walks.
  • Eat dinners in the hotels.
  • Take in all the optional outings.
  • Enjoy each unique quirky hotel.
  • Enjoy Cornish salted caramel ice-cream.
  • Take a cliff top walk at Lands End, find a rock to sit on, and stare out to the sea.
  • Walk up the steep hill to sit on a bench and gaze at Port Isaac from above.
  • Just hang out in the seaside villages.
  • Enjoy the drive on Cornwall roads through tunnels or trees, peaceful and beautiful!
  • Go early to a show at the Minack so you can walk down the cliff steps to the beach and see the telegraph line to India spot.
  • Enjoy lunch at the Heligan café.
  • Drink local beers.
  • Bring supportive shoes to enable extensive walking.
  • When David says, “I’ll meet you for a walk.”- meet him for a walk
  • Paddle in the Channel.
  • Take the initial London walking tour with David.
  • Become familiar with some Cornish history.
  • Bring wash clothes
  • Absorb the messages from the Eden Project.
  • Enjoy a Cornish pasty in Marazion.
  • Learn that flat paths are never level in Cornwall.
  • Go down onto the beach and paddle, or just walk along the shore, it frees your mind!
  • Bring less luggage.
  • Visit Daphne Du Maurier centre in Fowey.
  • Visit Leach Pottery in St Ives.
  • Eat at the Seafood café in St Ives.
  • Eat at the Wreckers restaurant in Charlestown.
  • Explore the bakeries for new discoveries.
  • In Charlestown, walk the coastal path to the coast, watch for a chat with the guys volunteering.
  • Look out for local craft fairs when shopping in St Ives.
  • Check out the walled gardens at Tregenna hotel.
  • Visit the Mote House pub in Port Isaac and sit by the fire.
  • Take advantage of all David’s advice, then wander off to explore on your own.
  • Bring a raincoat and ignore the weather.
  • Have Chocolate Cornish ice-cream.
  • Visit Madeline’s tearoom in St Ives.
  • Take all the opportunities.
  • If you look, you will see magic.
  • Try clotted cream fudge.
  • Eat Scallops and Mussels at Tregenna Castle.
  • Dine in at Tregenna castle (hotel).
  • Tour the gardens at Lanhydrock.
  • Take the jungle walk at Lost Gardens of Heligan.
  • Have a drink in the Sloop inn St Ives.
  • Look for beach glass in St Ives.
  • Eat and drink at the Golden Lion in Port Isaac.
  • Pay attention to crossing roads.
  • Try to keep up with David on a stroll.
  • Take a photo in front of Doc Martins house in Port Isaac.
  • Sit in a pub and mingle with the friendly locals.
  • Watch a beautiful Cornish sunset.
  • Wear hiking shoes to St Michael’s mount.And go to the top it is worth it.
  • Stand on the stage at the Minack theatre.
  • Chat with the shopkeepers in the small shops.
  • Drink a Heligan Honey ale.
  • Walk part of the Port Issac costal path.
  • Visit St Nicholas chapel in St Ives for great views of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Have Cornish Elderflower with a sliced lemon to drink at the Eden project.
  • Attend a performance at the Minack theatre if you can.
  • Have a drink at the restaurant opposite the Tate gallery in St Ives.
  • Then go down for a paddle in the sea.
  • Try something different each day, like cream teas.
  • Come with some background knowledge of Cornwall.
  • Eat a pasty (or several) especially at the Minack.
  • Paddle at Porthcurno beach.
  • Visit the Barbara Hepworth House in St Ives.
  • Check trip Advisor for where to eat in Cornwall/London.
  • Try a Toffee Bun Muffin in Fowey.
  • Try the mussels by the lifeboat in St Ives!!! Heaven.
  • Try everything, then nap.
  • Spend time at the old library in St Ives.
  • Ignore the weather, just enjoy yourself. The sun will come out!!!!
  • Fish & Chips and then ice cream.
  • Have dinner at the Old school house in Port Isaac, wonderful!
  • Enjoy the scenery from the mini coach.
  • Take advantage of the hotel’s amenities (swimming pool, hot tub).


  1. May 29, 2019 at 8:09 am

    Kelsey Baillie


    Enjoy your fantastic trip with David & Jim.
    Look for Aiden Turner at every turn!

  2. March 8, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Karen Miller


    It was the best trip ever…enjoyed every minute and I would agree with all of the above! Would like to thank David, Harry and Jim for the super tour..I need to do it again and see more! I would also suggest waterproof shoes of some sort…Mine got so squishy and water was coming out of the sides!

  3. March 15, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Joan O'Connell


    I would add:

    Shop for Cornish fashion at Seasalt in St. Ives


    Try Cornish wine.

  4. March 18, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    LeAnn Morgan


    Included with step 22 should be that Porthcurno Beach is the opinion of some to be one of the most beautiful reclusive beaches in the world. Surrounded quietly by rocky cliffs, a true hidden beauty…And the mystery of the ancient Merry Maids…

  5. March 18, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Joshua Mead


    Great Post!

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