Days out // Exploring Cornwall

As you may be aware we recently loaded the car (well I did because I can pack it best, to which Dunc now agrees!) and trekked down to Cornwall for a week.

I wanted to share some snaps of our time away, mostly at the amazing views we encountered and to talk through what we did/where we went each day. Partly it’s an excuse to look through the photos again but it is also to help me and my awful memory, to remember!!

Warning, lots of photos to follow…

Day one – Sunday

We had around a 90 minute drive from Somerset to Portwrinkle where our friends were staying for a week. It is near Looe on the south coast just over the Devon border and although it was a bit grey it was beautiful and we had a lot of fun with our friends. We even managed to get out for some crabbing with the little ones in between naps/eating/rain. 

We rounded off the night with a roast dinner cooked by my friends husband (he makes a mean roast), drinks, laughing and the hot tub!

Day two – Monday

After more food and naps we loaded the car again, bid farewell to our friends and drove another 90 minutes to Porthleven, the furthest in West Cornwall I had ever ventured to. En route we stopped in Truro to pick up some essentials and feed the little man. We also stopped in Helston to grab lunch in a fab burger restaurant, Boo Koos, which seemed so out of place on the tiny high street but was amazing with excellent staff.

We then got settled into our cute airbnb cottage and had a windy walk around the harbour. I wasn’t feeling 100% (bit feverish) so we headed back to the house and had dinner before settling down to a cosy night in front of the log burner.

Day three – Tuesday

We had a slow start whilst I got back to normal and as it was a very wet day anway we decided to stick around Porthleven and have lunch in Kota Kai who had an incredible menu. We had a bit more of an explore around Porthleven but mainly hid in the house from the rain and took things easy.

Day four – Wednesday

We planned to get out exploring today, especially as the weather was looking good. We decided to catch the ‘park and ride train‘ into St Ives from Lelant Saltings which was a 30 minute drive, followed by ten minutes on the train soaking up views of the coast. I would 100% recommend this. The train is £4 and I cannot imagine how difficult it would be to drive around St Ives, let alone trying to find a parking space. The train is also a bit of an adventure and Wilf loved it. I can also highly recommend Coco Kitchen which you will pass on your walk from the station to the sea front. Amazing hot chocolate and brownies and first class service.

After a good few hours in St Ives, having a wander and grabbing lunch we made our way back to the station to get the train back as we wanted to spend the afternoon in Mousehole.

Mousehole was so cute. I don’t think it was what we expected but we are so glad we went there. We had a good stroll around the harbour and tiny streets whilst Wilf snoozed in the stroller (same as the morning in St Ives!), before taking a walk down along the coast, not that we could get very far with a buggy! So we made our way to the Rock Pool Cafe which I was very excited about. We stayed there quite a while enjoying cakes and drinks whilst soaking up the scenery. The location is stunning and there was no breeze, it really was a perfect way to round off the day. 

Day five – Thursday

This was to be the day with the best weather so off to Porthcurno we went. I had heard good things about this beach and boy it did not disapoint. The best beach I’ve been to in England hands down. I don’t want to spoil it or over hype it for those of you that have not been but if you visit one beach in Cornwall, make it this one.

I also didn’t realise that the Minack Theatre (also on our list) literally perches above tiny Porthcurno beach. We climbed the steps up the rocks and reached Minack just in time for a five minute downpoor. Luckily we clambered inside just in time and by the time we emerged to view the theatre, the sun had definitely made a reappearance. Minack took my breath away, it was so much bigger than we envisaged and I could totally picture being immersed in a performance there. It was incredible.

We then headed to the beach cafe for a Cornish pasty before making our way back to the beach. When we first arrived there were just three other people on the beach. Now there were about 30 so it lost some charm but we still had a great couple of hours letting Wilf explore the sand and sea. Dunc even went swimming and I got half drenched by an unexpected tall wave but you just have to laugh when that happens!

We dived back in the car for Wilf’s nap and as the afternoon wasn’t over and we were so close, we decided to visit Lands End. My tip. Don’t drive, just walk through/to it on the coastal path as it costs £6 to park and I can’t imagine staying for much longer than an hour. 

It has been turned into a tourist trap with kids rides a garish gift shop and overpriced snacks but the view is still pretty breathtaking. It just felt a bit too forced so I wouldn’t make a special effort to go and I’m not sure we would return.

Day six – Friday

Our last day in Porthleven! We packed up the car and said goodbye to Sunshine Cottage. We had coffee in Origin Coffee and a final walk around before grabbing breakfast and getting in the car. 

We then headed to Marazion to explore St Michaels Mount. The tide was in which meant we had to get a boat over to the Mount. The gardens and house were a little too pricey for us so we just explored the areas we could including finding a corner with lots of handsome plants for sale. St Michaels Mount felt like a really special place, but I’m not sure I could live there and it’s scary to think what the future could hold for them should water levels rise.

The afternoon saw us drive to Polzeath for the final leg of our holiday. Dunc’s family were staying in a house overlooking the beach for the week and we joined them for their first few days.

Day seven – Saturday

Our first morning in Polzeath. We have visited this area for the last two years and you can hear a bit about last year over here.

We had a lovely view of the beach upon waking and had a day full of family time, food, drink, my first ice cream of the week and a swim in the sea!

Day eight – Sunday

Our last day! Wilf went in the sea again today but it was a proper dip this time which meant we could crack out this beaut of a towel. Dunc’s family looked after Wilf so that we could have lunch by ourselves which was a lovely treat. By the time the afternoon rolled around we were back in the car on our way home.

It was such a good week. It really is so important to have some proper family time and I think we all felt so much better for it! Thanks Cornwall, until next year.


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