Local details

The longest length of totality, somewhere around two minutes, five seconds, will be seen in the very south west tip of the county. The notable places are St Ives, Falmouth, Hayle, Helston and Penzanze.

In terms of the bigger towns, Truro will experience two minutes of totality, Plymouth one minute forty seconds and Torquay and one minute ten.

The actual process of eclipse, with the moon first touching the sun, will be visible at three minutes to ten. It is worth remembering that a partial eclipse will be visible all over the country, ranging in degree from a 95% eclipse in London to around 80% in Edinburgh.

Many are worried about getting to Cornwall for the eclipse, and with good reason. While the average number of visitors for early August is 250,000, surveys are already suggesting that at least half that number will travel to the county on the eleventh alone, let alone the expected ‘two-weekers’.

It is worth remembering that although the road system in Cornwall has been recently renewed they still have a capability of bringing perhaps just over 200,000 cars into the county a day, with the narrowing of the system reducing this number to around a 100,000 for the very south of the county.

Although many locals are actually reporting that bookings for accommodation are down on an average year, it should be noted that the eclipse falls within both the school and University holidays, increasing the likelihood of impulse travel. Moreover a backlash against the scare stories in the media at the beginning of the year can be expected with revelations of under-booking encouraging more visitors.