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A jaunt around the beautiful Roseland Peninsula and Fal river area, through St Austell and up to Bodmin Beacon.

Our drive started at Trelissick. This is one of our favourite National Trust properties, being so close to home; access to the estate is free of charge, all year round, and includes a riverside beach and woodland walks. It’s incredibly popular with dog walkers. Expect to pay a fee for the house and gardens.

We then crossed the Fal by the King Harry Ferry, just down the lane, onto the beautiful Roseland peninsula. From here, St Mawes and St Just-in-Roseland are a short drive away. However, we were heading north to St Austell, so we peeled off toward the village of Philleigh. Here you will find a veritable foodie hub: The Roseland Inn, Philleigh Way cookery school and a well-stocked farm shop. This is a lush part of Cornwall – all rolling fields, beautiful gardens (Poppy Cottage) and great pubs (The Kings Head at Ruan Lanihorne).

Turn right through the village of Tregony to continue your  route to St Austell, joining the A390 near Hewas Water. Our next stop: Pinetum Park, at Holmbush on the A390. It’s open year round, there’s plenty of room for little ones to run about,plus  there’s a great café and a fabulous little farm shop too.

From old favourites to new discoveries. We struck off up the A391, though Clay Country towards Bodmin. We had never been to Bodmin Beacon, although you get a good view of it from the A30. It’s a Local Nature Reserve, 87 acres of farmland, community woodland and public amenity space owned jointly by Cornwall Council and Bodmin Town Council. In July, it was awarded the Green Flag award by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, which recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country.

For directions, Cornwall Council’s website offers comprehensive instructions from all directions. In short, from Carminow Cross, turn into the industrial estate and follow it over the Bodmin and Wenford steam railway; turn right at the T-junction, past the school, and you’ll see your first brown sign on your left, followed by the unmistakeable sight of the obelisk. The monument is hollow, and made of granite from Bodmin Moor – it commemorates the life of Walter Raleigh Gilbert, former lieutenant-general in the Bengal Army.

This huge space has long been an asset to the community; the Victorians played cricket matches on Beacon Field, and it was also used for exercises during the Second World War. A couple of thousand Americans soldiers were stationed in Bodmin before D-Day; they dug trenches on the Beacon, and comedy star Bob Hope performed at the barracks in 1943.

CITROEN C4 Cactus

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Every few years a new car is launched which moves the market on in a new direction, and Citroen’s superb C4-Cactus might be one of those. It’s a good-looking car which is the first example of Citroen’s new approach of offering smart, stylish, comfortable and affordable motoring.

A lot of thought has gone into neat, practical touches such as the “air pockets” along the bodywork, which protect the car from expensive dents and scratches. Inside, the C-Cactus has a very 21st century feel. The digital instruments consist of a very clear speedo and fuel gauge, with most other functions controlled by a simple smart-style touchscreen to access the trip computer, heating, infotainment and rear parking display.

The seats are unusually wide and comfortable, with a decent amount of room for front and rear occupants and a reasonable sized boot. There’s plenty of power, although it’s not a performance car, and the ride is comfortable. In summary, the C4 Cactus is a great piece of modern design and deserves to succeed for moving the game on. Range starts at £12,990.

Car on loan from Hawkins Motors. http://www.hawkins.co.uk/