Marco Polo Launch New Devon & Cornwall Pocket Guide

Marco Polo Launch New Devon & Cornwall Pocket Guide


Marco Polo burst onto the scene way back in 2012 with 30 insider travel guides covering overseas destinations both in Europe and beyond. Their compact, colourful guides packed with top tips soon became best sellers and were particularly geared towards the younger generation of traveller who wanted low budget options alongside regular destination information. Marco Polo now also produce phrasebooks, e-books and even their very own touring app, growing their business in a direction to suit their trusty travellers.

2018 has seen even more growth with Marco Polo launching 6 new destination guides, in addition to relaunching 40 of their most popular titles. With more people taking stay-cations than ever before, Devon and Cornwall now have their very own pocket guide to join the other best selling books.

Living right on the Cornwall Devon border, I was lucky enough to receive the Marco Polo Devon Cornwall Pocket Guide to review and we decided to give it a little road test over the bank holiday weekend!

The guide is split into 4 sections including West Cornwall, East Cornwall (where I live), North Devon and South Devon. Each section gives a brief but informative overview of the main settlements in that area as well as recommendations for places to stay, eating out and things to do.

East Cornwall section of guide
Sightseeing options are also listed under the main towns. We took a drive to one of our favourite places on Bank Holiday Monday - Rosemoor, just outside the historic market town of Great Torrington in North Devon.

The kids love running about in their extensive gardens and I love getting idea's for my own garden at home. It's a Royal Horticultural Society garden, so if you're an RHS member, you get in free of charge! During the school holidays they also run child friendly craft workshops as well as den building and mini bug hunts. You can easily spend a whole day here and unlike some formal gardens, the kids are really well catered for.

There's a handy section on travelling with kids towards the back of the guide, with recommendations on child friendly attractions in each of the four areas.

The Big Sheep
We visited The Big Sheep, just outside Bideford during the bank holiday weekend. We've been regular visitors for years (I used to go myself as a child!) and we just love it's family friendly vibe. There's plenty for the kids to do, including soft play, a petting barn and outdoor fairground rides. There's even a new rollerocaster and on site brewery for bigger 'kids' and I hear a gin distillery is on the cards later this year too!


The guide contains 4 specifically tailored tours helping readers get off the beaten track. Each tour has an overview box detailing the start and end points, distance, timing and approximate cost involved.

Discovery Tours Page
Each tour is plotted on an overview map, making orientation easy, with a detailed flow chart with pictograms clearly showing the way.

Discovery Tours Page
We picked up the 'Devon and Cornwall at a glance' tour on Day 4, starting at the Eden Project. We have an annual locals pass so try and get here as often as we can. There are always new exhibitions and things to see. These are some sculptures inside the Mediterranean Biome.

Eden Project
We ended our day in Truro with a visit to the Cathedral and a bit of shopping. We tend to go to Plymouth or Exeter more as they are closer, so it was nice visiting our county capital for a change.

The discovery tours are also available to download as an app. All you need to do is scan the QR code within the guide. This should stop any map reading arguments from occurring!!


We very much live an outdoorsy lifestyle down here, whether it be walking on the Tors of Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor (the photo below is from the top of Roughtor)...

...or surfing at our local beaches in Bude (our favourite is Widemouth, just south of Bude).

Widemouth Beach
The Devon and Cornwall Pocket Guide reflects this lifestyle, with a whole section devoted to sports and outdoor activities. The opportunities to discover hidden gems on the south west coast path, which takes in the whole perimeter of Devon and Cornwall, is referenced frequently (one of the discovery tours actually focuses on a stretch near Newquay). We love walking the coast path near our home in North Cornwall but the guide has given me some new ideas on routes to try with the kids.


It's very family focused, containing lots of useful hints and tips on things to do with children. The 'Great Places for Free' section of the guide gave me some new idea's for free days out and free activities to try - always handy as 3 children can equal a lot of money!

The guide contains a large pull out map as well as several road maps in the back of the guide, making orientation easy. 

As a food blogger I'm always drawn to food and drink elements of guidebooks. Marco Polo didn't let me down, with a comprehensive section on 'local delicacies' including stargazy pie, pasties and of course the famous cream tea - jam first obviously! Throughout the guide there are also insider tips on lovely cafe's and restaurants to try. I love the fact they picked up on Woods Cafe in Cardinham Woods. They sell the most amazing homemade cakes...and pulled pork rolls too. Another one of our favourite family days out.
Woods Cafe
Sometimes in this part of the country though (like at times during this bank holiday weekend), the sea mist can scupper your best laid travel plans! You'll have to take my word for it that there's a beautiful wooded valley there somewhere!
Sea Mist
All in all the guide has been well researched and I really like it's bright and vivid style. The perfect companion to your Devon and Cornwall holiday this summer, retailing currently at £7.99.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored (paid) post. All thoughts are my own.
Beth Sachs (Jam & Clotted Cream)

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