A Week On The Beach In Cornwall
Cornwall is kinda like our spiritual home; neither of us come from there, but feel more relaxed when we visit, than we do in any other place in England.
Cornwall is a total escape for us both.
I am always much more at peace when i am sat on the Crantock sands.
So off we went, onto the beach and into the tent, for a weeks break.
Somehow we got down there in one, tired piece, leaving Southampton at 5am in Taran's 'classic' car.
Luckily it waited until after the 5 hour drive to ditch it's exhaust muffler, how kind...
And so began a week of tinned food, walks, wind, beach views, more walks, cider, more tins, and some surf and sun somewhere in all that!
We once again pitched up at QuarryFields campsite near Crantock Village. It's a great spot, being a short drive/walk to the local attractions of Newquay, Perranporth and Watergate bay; we walked to local Holywell Bay, another pretty beach, just along from Crantock.
Arriving Saturday, we hit the beach the first afternoon after a power-nap and surfed the sand-dunes.
We also body-boarded for a while in the lovely waters, testing out my new wet-suit, which felt so exhilarating.
You don't think about anything other than the incoming waves and the feel of the water when your out there, its awesome. Then once we went back to surfing the dunes, Taran buried me in the sand and i had a mild claustrophobic panic; standard beach afternoon.
Lovely first day of our Holiday, but we were knackered already! So after sleep, come Sunday, supposedly the day of rest, we walked a 6-mile round trip to Holywell Bay, where we took in the views and had some cider! We then walked back, making our way through the fields as opposed to following the coastal path.
All the time the weather was all over the place; sunny then cloudy, then it seemed like it might rain, so pretty good walking weather really!
At the beginning of our walk, we also went along the caves and inlets on Crantock beach and it was super cool to discover all the little secret pools; the cave below had a mini beach inside! Needless to say we didn't traipse through, a lot of birds had made their home on the inner walls so the water was less than appealing!
Some more walks we took included walking to the edge of the hills surrounding Crantock bay, with Newquay and Fistral Beach visible on one side, and Crantock and the River on the other.
Some lush cornish ice cream on the way back was just one of the yummy treats we had that week :)
We headed to Newquay quite a few times this trip, and one of the times we went was to try and fix the space-mobil, Taran's car. While walking through to the town centre we spotted this place, we were super hungry and so thought we would stop for a bite to eat.
And we have to say, we wouldn't recommend it, the service was non existent, the food was cold and looked as though it had been sat in the kitchen for a long time.. We ended up getting some chips later on from a great little chip shop to fill our tums! :)
In the middle of our week we had a little day-trip to Perranporth, a bustling but small seaside town just 15 minute's down the road from us. I really liked this place, it had little boutique stores and cafes with pubs on the seafront and a stunning beach with a cool rock formation you could safely climb!
We had some super crazy weather toward the middle and end of our week; we were amazed our tent withstood the storm winds! Our neighbouring tent wasn't so lucky and they hot-footed it into the warmth of a caravan! We benefitted though, and got extra tent pegs to batten down the hatches with.
She really did hold up well in the end!
Unfortunately our bargain £30 tent now does have some mould and mildew stains, as we made the dumb mistake of not fully air-drying it after our last trip! Water from the groundsheet and outer-tent made for a nasty surprise three days before the trip.
We did salvage it though, with the help of some Milton sterilizer, warm water, lemon and fresh air. She's not as clean as before but she worked fine through the two nights of torrential downpour.
Some of the days started miserably thanks to this crazy storm-front but they then ended up glorious, so one night we decided to walk along the coastal path to a local pub to watch an England friendly football game (we seriously suck) and nicked some electric too to charge our phones!
The camp charges £1 a charge and takes forever, and i just love using my phone to snap pics so we had a cheeky use of the pubs plugs and they didn't mind!
Thankfully the last day of our break brought more sunshine, and we decided to hit Newquay Zoo, but then got tempted by the beach and ended up having an afternoon down there instead! It was a pretty lovely way to end our stay, the beach reminding us of Cornwall's place as a truly beautiful, must-see gem on the coast of England.
Hannah and Taran here. We hail from Southern England, where we met online and are now realizing our mutual passion for travel here at NomaderHowFar. We discuss Nomadic Living, Simplifying your Life and Long-term Travel, to empower, motivate and inspire our readers.
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