Cornwall Council has worked in partnership with other local authorities and the national LiftShare organisation. It aims to maximise people's travel options whilst also reducing the number of cars on the roads. The website is designed to assist you in contacting potential lift-sharing partners and gives you the ability to limit your search according to your own requirements. It allows people to benefit from the convenience of the car, whilst alleviating the associated problems of cost, congestion and pollution. If you have specific requirements, such as, only wishing to travel with a member of the same sex you can limit your search that way. You may also wish to use it as a member of a private group or public group. This way you can restrict your search to fellow members of your group or those linked to it.
Carplus is a pioneering transport organisation which supports the development of affordable, accessible and low-carbon car-sharing clubs and ride-sharing services. Since summer 2012 they've been working with Cornwall Council to assess the potential to develop car club services in the county.
The Penwith and Kerrier group of Conwall Ramblers covers the west of Cornwall from Portreath on the north-west coast, west to Land’s End, easterly along the south coast, around the Lizard peninsula and up to and including the Helford river estuary. The landscape is varied with the coast path, beaches, harbours, archaeological sites, old mining sites, open moors and hidden valleys. They have a walk at least once a week all year round led by local leaders.
CrossCountry Trains is Arriva's train operating company. It operates a network of express and long-distance train services between a variety of towns and cities outside London which includes the route from Aberdeen to Penzance.
The Digital Peninsula Network Centre in Penzance is open from 09:15-17:15 Monday to Friday and has full disability access. Downstairs@DPN ... there are four PC and one Mac workstations. Access to Internet Area, equipped with existing machines, broadband, MS Office and possibly open source software. Scanning, black and white printing, copying, faxing and technical Support. Upstairs@DPN ... video editing and spacious area used for training opportunities. All training and meeting spaces, the video-editing suite and equipment hire must be booked (and paid for where necessary) in advance and are subject to availability They also offer high quality printing and photocopying, faxing, laminating, binding, outgoing telephone calls and general office sundries at subsidised prices. Technical support is available at the centre from 09.30-17.00. Their technical staff also offer a computer drop-in service. If you bring in your home PC their technical support staff will run a health check for a small fee.
Eco-drive was formed to give people the choice of using Electric Vehicles. Electric vehicless are often a viable alternative for many private motorists and commercial operations but have been under-promoted in the UK. Eco-drive is not 'pro-car' but they are being realistic. People will continue to use cars so where possible these should have as low an impact as possible. The key is safe, reliable and convenient recharging. Charging Stations for EVs are the equivalent of filling station fuel pumps for conventional vehicles. Usually these will be used at the vehicle's normal 'home' or base, but may be in other locations. Eco-drive is partnering with Cornwall Council for Cornwall to become one of the UK's first 'Plugged In Places'. The aim is to provide a network of around 400 charging stations across Cornwall for, initially, a public sector fleet and subsequently private users and tourists.
Great Western Railway operates high speed, commuter, regional and branch line train services, covering London, South Wales, the West of England and Devon and Cornwall. It runs Inter City services from Penzance as well as local services to and from Carbis Bay, Hayle, Lelant, Lelant Saltings, Penzance, St Erth and St Ives.
Hayle Cycles describe themselves as a real local bike shop. They are situated in the centre of St Ives Bay and a few minutes from the Towans beaches You can buy a bicycle, hire a bicycle or have your bike serviced. They also offer spare parts and friendly advice.
The Hayle Pump is published every other month and they welcome contributions from Hayle and immediately surrounding areas. They need: articles, humour, cartoons, information, what's on, letters, adverts. They are always looking for help in the following areas: collecting advertising, delivering the printed Pump, writing, editing, proofreading, calling around to get material, desktop publishing and working with printers.
Until 1962 the Helston branch line linked Gwinear Road on the Cornish Main Line to Helston. The line was surveyed in 1994 in order to conduct a feasibility study into its reopening. It was decided that due to the amount of work needed and the possible revenue that could be generated, it was not worth the effort and the idea was eventually dropped. In 2005 volunteers from the Helston Railway Preservation Company started work on restoring a section of the line at Trevarno Gardens. By 2012 a mile of track had been completed and plans to rebuild Truthall Station were well advanced. Rides are currently available on Thursdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays between Easter and the end of November.
The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company Ltd was formed in 1920 and was set up by the inhabitants of the Islands with the aim of providing regular, cost effective and enjoyable travel between the mainland and the Isles of Scilly. It runs the Scillonian passenger ferry between May and October; year round freight services; Lands End Airport and (since 1984) the Skybus commercial passenger flights.
Lands End Cycle Hire are based in Long Rock and can provide you with a bike for use on the Penwith peninsula, anywhere west of the A30 between Penzance and St Ives all the way to Lands End. Give them some notice and they can bring the bikes to you.
PAROW was formed in 2002 and is a partnership supported by Cornwall Council. Its object is to promote and achieve wider access to public rights of way, paths and open land in Penwith, with further development of the network, in partnership with all aspects of the community. PAROW Forum meetings are held once each month. All interested in paths and rights of way are welcome to attend. PAROW employs a Paths Officer and Assistant Path Officer to work alongside the Counwall Council, Parish Councils and their agents in the improvement of the paths network.
Penwith Community Radio is a social company with a board of directors. The station has a manager who is supported by a team of volunteers who have trained in a wide range of media skills including presenting, editing, recording, office management, technical development, programme making and journalism. There is a wide range of output covering community issues, arts and specialist music programmes. The station is committed to all aspects of social inclusion and environmental sustainability. The community radio aims to encourage the personal development of volunteers and to respond to the concerns of people in the Penwith area. Broadcasting is currently via the internet but it is an aim of the directors to secure an Ofcom licence for FM coverage.
This is the Cornwall Public Transport Information website. It's designed to provide full timetable information on all bus services operating in Cornwall, as well as information on rail, coach, air and ferry services.
St Michael's Way was thought to have been used by pilgrims, missionaries and travellers, especially those from Ireland and Wales, to avoid crossing the treacherous waters around Land's End. It is thought to date back to pre-historic times (10,000BCE - 410CE). The trail stretches from Lelant to Marazion and stretches 19.5km. St Michael's Way has been developed with the guidance of the Bredereth Sen Jago (Cornish Pilgrims of St James) and the Cornish Bureau for European Relations.
Superfast Cornwall is the programme which is bringing superfast broadband to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Funded by the EU, BT and Cornwall Council, and managed by Cornwall Development Company, Superfast Cornwall is building a new superfast broadband network. This could enable individuals and businesses to work in new ways and potentially reduce the need for some physical transportation. It's a huge engineering project and will take over three years to bring superfast broadband to the whole county. Go to their website to find when the new optic fibre cabling will reach your part of Penwith.
Sustrans makes smarter travel choices possible, desirable and inevitable. They're a leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys that they make every day. Sustrans works with families, communities, policy-makers and partner organisations so that people are able to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys, with better places and spaces to move through and live in. National Route 3 of the National Cycle Network connects Land's End in Cornwall to Bristol via St Austell, Bude, Barnstaple, Taunton and Wells. The route is fully open and signed, though improvements are still planned to create more traffic-free route options along the route.
The Cornish Way is a project developed by the Cornwall Council Countryside Service, in partnership with Sustrans. Starting at the county boundary near Bude, its six inter-linking trails for cyclists and walkers pass through towns and villages as they make their way through Cornwall's distinctive countryside to Land's End. Certain off-road routes are also accessible to equestrians and the mobility-impaired. With mainly minor and rural road and traffic-free, off-road routes there are opportunities for new or novice cyclists as well as some challenging routes for the more experienced. Even if you don't have your own bike, you can hire one for the day. The Cornish Way forms a major part of National Route 3 of the National Cycle Network. Within Penwith it runs from Hayle and ends at Lands End. On the way it passes through St Erth, Crowlas, Long Rock, Penzance, Newlyn, Mousehole, Lamorna, St Buryan and Sennen Cove.
The Cycle Centre is the complete bicycle specialist. They stock a wide range of mountain bikes, road bikes, electric bikes and BMX. In addition they carry an extensive range of components, clothing and accessories: from panniers and rack bags to lights and helmets.
A location aware lift and car sharing social network. It's a place where people from West Penwith can post when they intend to travel up the line and also back in the other direction from, for instance, London or Bristol. Passengers might like to offer to share fuel costs and/or the driving.
The Phone Co-op is the only co-operative which offers phone, broadband and mobile services. They are owned by their members - a group of people united by shared values, shared ownership and democratically made decisions. You can become one of those members and then you can have a say in how the business is run. They are socially responsible and aim to be ‘good neighbours’. They are proving that it is possible to run a successful business while behaving ethically and with a sense of social responsibility - they’re thinking long-term.
West Penwith Community Bus has been in service since 1985. They mainly operate a demand and response service known as Dial-a-Ride which offers a flexible pick up and drop off point and, wherever possible, a door to door service. This service offers transport in the West Penwith area and covers nine villages in the surrounding rural area. The Association is run by a voluntary committee and employs a part-time administrator and six part-time drivers. They are a non-profit making organisation which, in the main, provides transport to people who have no access to transport, have difficulty in using public transport, are students, aged over 60 or who have difficulty in walking. Buses are equipped with wheelchair access and assistance dogs travel free of charge.