Unleash your inner pirate with these Cornish Treasure Trails
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of International ‘Talk Like a Pirate Day’ this weekend, on Saturday 19th September, head out on a pirate-themed Treasure Trail to discover incredible stories of buccaneering adventures.
Cornwall has close connections with pirates – the renowned ‘aargh me hearties’ phrase was attributed to the famed actor Robert Newton, who played lead roles in ‘Treasure Island’ (1950) and ‘Blackbeard the Pirate,’ (1952). Newton himself came from the Westcountry and grew up in Land’s End.
Treasure Trails are themed walking, cycling and driving trail adventure booklets (£9.99 each) that provide socially-distanced, budget-friendly discovery fun for all ages, all across the UK. There are three types of trail to choose from: Murder Mysteries, Treasure Hunts and Spy Missions.
Suitable for small groups and designed to appeal to anyone with a sense of adventure, the aim of each Treasure Trail is to solve clues by exploring landmarks, open spaces and quirky corners of villages, towns and cities.
Here’s our top pick of Cornish pirate adventure trails. Crack the codes en route to unlock pirate stories from the past, and solve the mystery at the end:
- Penzance, Cornwall – Murder Mystery, 3 hours, 2 miles
Not many people can hear ‘Penzance’ without thinking of pirates. The trail starts at the railway station and takes you to the Cenotaph, then around beautiful gardens and historic buildings. Look out for a stunning view of St Michael’s Mount and the Admiral Benbow pub, which takes its name from ‘Treasure Island’.
- Charlestown, Cornwall – Treasure Hunt, 2 hours, 1.5 miles
Charlestown is the atmospheric home of authentic tall ships, and a filming location for numerous swashbuckling films and TV programmes. This trail starts at the Charlestown Harbour car park and takes you around quaint streets, ending at the harbour and the Shipwreck Treasure Museum. On Saturday 19th September, ‘real’ pirates will be greeting visitors at the museum!
- Lizard Point – South West Coast Path, Cornwall – Treasure Hunt, 3.5 hours, 4 miles
Known as the ‘Graveyard of Ships’, Lizard Point is Britain’s most southerly point and has a rich history of smuggling and shipwrecks. This circular trail starts at Lizard Village and takes you along the scenic South West Coast Path, passing the Lizard Lifeboat Station and Lizard Lighthouse.
- Bodmin Moor, Cornwall – Murder Mystery, 4.5 hours, 2 miles
This driving trail starts at Minions Heritage Centre and takes you across Bodmin Moor to Golitha Falls, St Neot, Colliford Dam, Blisland, and Jamaica Inn – famous for being a secret storage place for wreckers and smugglers, made famous by the Daphne du Maurier novel of the same name.
This autumn Treasure Trails is partnering with the British Heart Foundation to help fight heart and circulatory disease, and will be donating £5,000 of proceeds each month to the charity.
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Treasure Trails have entertained over two million people since 2005 and are rated 4.8 out of 5 stars on Ekbom, the independent review site. Treasure Trails cost £9.99 (plus P&P as required).
Treasure Trails Covid-19 Code of Conduct:
Treasure Trails are ideally suited for everyone to re-discover what’s around them in a fun and responsible way.
- Follow social distancing rules at all times. Be prepared to skip a clue if social distancing is not possible.
- If planning a trail with people outside your household group, make sure you are still following the latest guidelines for England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland on how many other people you can meet up with outdoors.
- Avoid touching any hard surfaces such as plaques, signs, information boards, gates, walls or benches that clues may be based on.
- Don’t linger for too long – if you need to, take a photo of a plaque or sign and move to a quieter area.
- Respect others – remember that there are many vulnerable people who still need to self-isolate. While walking, keep a safe distance from residential homes, schools and other premises.