• Ruth Towell

A Cornish Adventure

I love Cornwall - it's hands down my favourite coastal county in England. When Stuart & I decided to go to Pembrokeshire instead of Cornwall for our annual summer camping trip I was determined to find an excuse to head down to the south-west for a few days before the end of the year.

We only had a few days there, so I really wanted to explore some new spots where I hadn't been before. We booked an Airbnb between Watergate Bay & Mawgan Porth, just a few minutes walk from the coastal path.

Somehow over my previous trips to Cornwall I hadn't made it to Falmouth despite the many recommendations from friends who have visited or lived there. This time it was at the top of my list of places to go. When I arrived I was greeted by a row of cheerfully coloured houses, something I find synonymous with seaside towns.

The town itself was full of trendy little homeware stores and coffee shops with tasty looking cakes in the windows - somewhere you could easily spend hours dipping in and out of independent shops.

After a filling fish and chip lunch at Rick Stein's restaurant, we headed for a little walk along the harbour which was crammed with small yachts and fishing boats. This seafront walk was the perfect way to get some fresh air and get a feel for the heritage of the town.

After Falmouth we drove further west into the Lizard peninsula to explore the most southerly place in Britain, Lizard Point.

The perk about travelling in Cornwall in October is that it is so quiet and free from tourists - I've only been in the Summer before, so this was a refreshing change to the crowded landscape which would normally greet you.

Lizard point is a beautiful place, with a rugged rocky landscape and miles of ocean stretching out in front of you. There are also some good walking routes in the area, but sadly as we got there quite late we couldn't walk too far - it is definitely somewhere I want to head back to and explore more.

Alongside all the natural beauty of the area, Lizard point has a large lighthouse which acts as a heritage centre and YHA hostel. I've not stayed there, but I can imagine the YHA is quite a nice place to stay with all the coastline which surrounds it!

I have wanted to visit the Eden Project for a long time, so I was very excited when we booked our tickets to visit. As I previously said, October was the perfect time to go as there was barely anyone about and we got to enjoy the whole place without it feeling crowded!

The Eden Project is such a good day out, not just because of how well landscaped and put together it is, but it' full of interesting facts about the environment and biodiversity. I'm a big fan of what The Eden Project do; investing in conservation, educating people about the importance of the environment & conducting research.

After leaving the Eden Project, we decided to try and grab a Cream Tea from what sounded like an amazing little place overlooking the Camel Estuary. Sadly, after parking the car and walking 20 minutes downhill to the shop, we found out that it closed earlier than the time listed on google as it's off season, so we turned around and headed back uphill to the car with an empty stomach! Thankfully - the walk was really scenic, with views all over the camel estuary, which made it all worth it.

On our final day in Cornwall, we decided to make the most of the costal paths which were on the doorstep of our Airbnb, walking from our little village of Trevarrian to the beach cove in Mawgan Porth. The path took us along some incredible clifftop-views over the ocean and it's perfect turquoise waters.

Upon arriving in Mawgan Porth, we were greeted with views of the quaint little cove - with a few surfers out in the clear-blue waves. After grabbing a warm coffee at a beach-side cafe we explored the area a little before heading back towards our Airbnb.

The final point on our Tour-of-Cornwall, was Newquay... somewhere I haven't been before and didn't really plan on going to. I hadn't heard the most encouraging things about Newquay from friends, but as it was October and a little bit quieter we decided to head a few miles down to the Fistral Beach area. It was well worth exploring, once again, there were just a few people about and the landscape was really fab, with loads of little coves and rocky inlets to explore.

Cornwall continues to be a favourite place of mine; its mixture of beautiful landscapes, chilled culture and good food all make for a great place to spend a few days escaping and exploring.

If you haven't been to Cornwall I'd always recommend checking it out, even if it's a long drive away - it's worth it!


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