Follow The Good Cornwall guide on Twitter follow Good Cornwall Guide on Facebook
  • Thumbnail Image

Olympic Torch Lighting up Cornwall

Close your eyes and let the iconic ivory tinkling of Vangelis Chariots of Fire guide you across sandy expanses in slow motion. Seven years in the making, the Greatest Show on Earth is almost upon us, and as part of the official build up our fine county is taking top podium in welcoming the Olympic torch on its epic journey this summer.

Perfect For:
Budding Olypians
Cornish Celebrations
Great people of Cornwall
A flame lit path through Cornwall
View On Map

The Olympic Torch Relay route has been planned so the Flame will be within ten miles of 95% of people in the UK

Saturday 19th May 2012 is Cornwall’s Olympic day in the spotlight as the torch begins its’ 30 day journey through the UK, culminating in its lighting at the Olympic opening ceremony. The actual route encompasses such iconic land marks as Lands End (the actual starting point) and St Michael Mount, Penzance. Undoubtedly though the real eye catching stop off will take place at the Eden Project. Here the Olympic torch will quite literally receive an uplifting welcome, receiving a birds eye view of the rainforest biome via their helium balloon. Chosen specifically as a unique mode of transport for the relay, here’s hoping that our Olympians can also achieve such lofty heights, including Cornwall’s very
own four time Olympic medalist Ben Ainslie.

The London 2012 Olympic Torch features 8,000 small cut-out circles, representing the 8,000 inspirational people who will carry it on its journey around the UK

Of course, it’s not all about showmanship as the Olympic Torch Relay will unite communities, providing a truly once in a lifetime opportunity to all who share in this occasion. With 20 towns and villages selected en route, spectators will share the Olympic spirit with for many this being the closest they will actually come to the Games itself. Even if you are one of the fortunate few to have got yourself a ticket in London, such an event will be something that generations will be talking about. Where were you when the Olympic flame passed by?

The Olympic Torch Relay will cover an estimated 8000 miles leading up to the Olympic Games

For many it may come somewhat of a surprise to discover that Cornwall has quite a history at the Olympic Games. Turn the clock back a century and during the 1908 London Games, Cornwall (British country champions none the less) were selected to represent Great Britain in the rugby tournament. The only other nation to enter were Australia however and unfortunately resulted in a 32-3 point loss. A Olympic silver medal is nonetheless impressive, which has been on display at St Ives RFC clubhouse ever since. In more recent times Lord Sebestian Coe was an MP for the Falmouth and Camborne constituency in 1992, twenty years on his focus will once again be on Cornwall.

So grab that bunting, deck yourself in union jack attire and cheer on our local Torch bearers. Who knows, they may be a future Olympian mongst them although we can‘t guarantee any slow motion beach scenes along the way!

The exact route will begin at Land’s End followed by Sennen, Newlyn, Penzance, Marazion, Rosudgeon, Ashton, Breage, Helston, Falmouth, Truro, Newquay, St Stephen, St Austell, Stenalees, Bugle, Lanivet, Bodmin, Liskeard, Saltash before crossing the border to Devon.

About the Author