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St Columb Major

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St Columb Major is a town in Cornwall, England. The designation Major distinguishes it from the smaller settlement and parish of St Columb Minor, on the coast.

"Cornish hurling", or "silverball" (Cornish: Hyrlîan), is a medieval game once common throughout Cornwall but now only played in St Columb and St Ives. The game takes place first on Pancake Day (moves around in February) and then again on the Saturday eleven days later. It involves two teams of several hundred people (the 'townsmen' and the 'countrymen'), who endeavour to carry a silver ball made of apple wood to goals set roughly 2 mi (3 km) apart, making the parish the largest pitch for a ball game anywhere in the world.

Get in[edit]

Newquay International Airport is around 5 min away by car.

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

  • St Columba's Church - Patron saint after which the town is named. Has a fine organ donated by King Charles I and almost became a cathedral instead of Truro.
  • St Columba's Well - holy well 2 km out of town
  • St Austell's Brewery
  • Atlantic Coast Railway Line
  • Cornish Birds of Prey Centre
  • Cornwall's Crealy Park
  • Screech owl sanctuary
  • Springfields Fun Park
  • The Flowrider - Surf simulator at Retallick Park.


Nearby beaches:

  • Constantine Bay Beach - Padstow
  • Crantock Beach - near Newquay
  • Fistral Beach - Newquay
  • Harlyn Bay Beach - Padstow
  • Holywell - Newquay
  • Lusty Glaze Beach - Newquay
  • Mawgan Porth Beach - Newquay
  • Polzeath Beach - Wadebridge
  • Porthcothan Beach - Polzeath
  • Perranporth Beach - Perranporth
  • Porth Beach - Newquay
  • Rock Beach - near Padstow
  • Trevone Bay Beach - near Padstow
  • Treyarnon Bay Beach - Padstow
  • Watergate Bay Beach - near Newquay

Do[edit]

For walking, there is an excellent footpath to St Mawgan village, through the Vale of Lanherne. The path is suitable for all walkers and offers good scenic views and passes through some woodlands, at Carnanton.

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

  • Ellery Butchers, pasties
  • Morris Butchers, pasties
  • The Glebe House, teas and cakes

Drink[edit]

  • The Coaching Inn, old pub.
  • Red Lion, locals' pub with live music on Saturdays.
  • Ring O' Bells, character pub that has a selection of real ales and a restaurant for food, including Sunday lunches.
  • The Silver Ball, family pub, morning coffees available, with both occasional live music and, at the rear, a beer garden.

Sleep[edit]

Although there is no large hotel in the area, several self-catering and bed-and-breakfasts are in the St Columb area.

  • Middle Cottage
  • Nankivell
  • Pennatillie Farm (b&b)
  • The Bungalow
  • Trebell Barn

Get out[edit]



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