One sunny day in October myself and the girls headed for a day out at the beach. The weather was gorgeous and we felt so lucky to be there. I couldn’t believe that it was October and we went for a dip in the sea!
Polzeath is a fair way away from us but I love going there as you just park up on the beach. When I’m on my own with the girls it can be difficult getting us and all our stuff down on to the beach especially as it isn’t exactly easy to push a buggy over sand! There are so many lovely cafes around Polzeath but my personal favourite has to be the one made out of a shipping container just by the car park!
Last weekend we took advantage of the absolutely gorgeous weather and headed to Holywell bay. To be honest we didn’t actually know that the weather was going to be so nice and we didn’t pack any swimming stuff or anything! Luckily the girls had their wetsuits on so that was something at least!
I think Holywell bay has gotta be up there with one of my favourite beaches in Cornwall. It is just utterly stunning! It’s such a vast beach too, meaning it never feels particularly busy.
Day 4 was the day that we decided to head down to Kynance Cove. You have probably seen it on social media a lot recently with a post saying “is this really England”. Well let me tell you, it did not disappoint!
You park at the top at a National Trust car park (free to members). The car park is huge but in the summer I imagine it would get full very quickly as it is so popular there. You then have to walk down to the cove which is not for the faint hearted. The walk itself isn’t too hairy but it is very long and tiring and I would definitely recommend taking carriers rather than push chairs. I wore flip flops as well which really wasn’t ideal – definitely a walk for trainers!
The walk does boast INCREDIBLE views of the cove, though. And as they say, nothing good comes easy!
The beach was just dreamy. The water was clear and gorgeous and had the most stunning turquoise colour to it. There was a cafe and toilet facilities which were built in to the rock so as not to lose the aesthetic. Once the tide comes in there really isn’t much beach at all so choose your time wisely. It’s a must see for anyone visiting West Cornwall!
After the walk back up we were knackered and Josh decided to spend the evening in the caravan with the girls whilst I went off to Gunwalloe and visited some of the beaches there and took in the scenery. It was stunning and Poldark fans will recognise it from the ship wreck scene.
If you don’t already know, I am doing a series of blog posts about our holiday in Cornwall. I’ve had a few messages about it on Instagram so I thought I’d do a blog post on each day so as not to make it too long. You can read about day 1 here.
So, originally we had planned to go to St Michael’s Mount on this day but instead we opted for a more chilled day. We headed to Poldhu beach. It was recommended to me as an easy, safe beach and it definitely was. We arrived and we were a bit disappointed because although it was a national trust beach, it wasn’t a national trust car park! Meaning we had to pay! However on that day the machine happened to be out of order meaning a free park for us… result!
It was a little walk down to the beach but it was one of those beaches that there was a little stream running down which was perfect for us. Although the girls adore the beach, the waves often scare them and they much prefer playing with still water.
Of course we popped to the cafe and grabbed a coffee which was lovely. The cafe was gorgeous too and a highly recommend eating there if you want a few days not packing a picnic. Unfortunately it was super windy when we were there. It was a bit annoying but it kept it nice and cool – we have a wind break which kept it a lot less annoying!
It was an absolutely lovely time on the beach!
That night we decided to go for fish and chips in Mullion. Mullion only has one fish and chip shop and honestly I seriously do not recommend – it was so disappointing. The fish was over cooked and the chips were soggy.
The harbour itself was absolutely stunning and so warm. We walked up to the harbour wall and honestly the view took my breath away – I’d never seen anything like it!
We then headed to the supermarket quickly as Dotty’s shoes had broken and the cheeky monkeys tried to hijack the car!
I have decided to write up a bit of a holiday diary of what we got up to whilst we were away on our holiday to West Cornwall. I had a lot of people actually request me to do this so I thought I’d take it day by day so I can share some of my lovely photos.
So, on the first day we got up fairly early and packed up the car. With kids of course it takes forever and we ended up leaving around 10am.
We arrived at 11.30am and since it was quite late there was nowhere to park! Eventually we found a spot and Trenwith car park. I’d recommend it to anyone with kids as it is really big and I reckon as long as you get there before 10, even in the holidays there will be spaces. It’s a long old walk to town but there is a park and ride bus for £2 return (under 4s free) and it didn’t take very long – the buses run every 10 minutes so they’re very frequent!
Once we got dropped off we walked to the harbour. Oh my word, it was like nothing I’ve ever seen before! It was absolutely stunning – the water was completely turquoise and it absolutely took my breath away.
We wanted to grab some food and eat it on the beach but as it was getting later and later so we ended up just getting some sausage rolls from Warren’s Bakery. We decided to sit on a bench on the harbour to eat the sausage rolls buta seagull grabbed mine off me! I definitely wouldn’t recommend eating outside as so many people got hurt by the seagulls. I would recommend the cafe “the scoff troff” – I wanted to go there but we couldn’t find it in time. You can get a picnic from there and take it to the beach (if you want to brave the seagulls)
Next we went down to the beach. It wasn’t very big particularly as it was high tide but my goodness was the water clear! The girls absolutely loved splashing around in the water- there was no waves and it was very calm.
After that we wandered in to the town and had a look round some of the gorgeously cute shops. We had the girls on our backs in some carriers. I got the carriers off Amazon and I’ll do a review of them soon!
After this we headed to our campsite and checked in. We then decided to go and get fish and chips but sadly it was shut! So instead we went to Sainsburys to get our shop and picked something to eat there!
Even though we absolutely loved our day in St Ives, a few hours wasn’t really long enough! I think we will go down again on a sunny September weekend so we can explore more when it’s not as busy.
You may notice that we go to Lanhydrock quite a lot! Being National Trust members it’s always great to have a cheap day out and Lanhydrock is our closest property. They have a pretty gorgeous bluebell wood that is stunning at this time of year and we headed there during the gorgeous weather last weekend!
One thing that really bothered me, though, was how trodden down some Bluebells were! People had clearly gone off the path to get the perfect Instagram photo but it just ruins it for everyone else!
Anyway, here are some photos of us in and amongst the gorgeous flowers! (On the paths haha)
Last weekend we headed to Watergate Bay to make the most of the mini heatwave we had. The weather was incredible!
When we got there we were horrified that we had to pay £8 to park all day. It might not seem like a lot for a one off but living in Cornwall means we visit the beach most weekends and it quickly adds up!
We started off with a little walk on the beach followed by lunch at The Beach Hut. We didn’t book given that it was only April but they said it was mega busy and they just managed to squeeze us in! We sat facing the beach which was lovely and the food was fantastic.
We then went on to the beach. The weather was so lovely that the girls were in their swimsuits and absolutely loving it. They love the beach so so much.
Last week when Josh got home from work we headed to Looe to have a chippy tea. Looe is probably our closest seaside town and whilst the beach isn’t anything special (just a standard beach) it has some lovely shops etc. And was close by enough for us to go there when Josh finished work. It was a stunning day, really warm and sunny so we thought we’d make the most of it. Looe is normally pretty busy but as it was the evening it had quieted down on the beach quite a lot which meant we could let the girls run around and not worry too much.
We went to Catch which is on the quay side and I would highly recommend. The food was incredible. It was one of those evenings when I just felt so content and happy and so glad we have moved to such a beautiful part of the world.
This weekend it was beautifully sunny and we headed to Trerice near Newquay. When we first arrived there we had a picnic lunch – as we are trying to save money at the moment we always pack a picnic! It’s so expensive eating out and it’s just not something we can afford right now.
As we have National Trust memberships it’s effectively free for us to go to Trerice which is great.
After our lunch we went for a wander round the gardens. We really enjoyed playing the lawn games which they had there and the girls enjoyed rolling around on the grass for some reason!
There was a room in which you could try on some traditional clothing which, to be honest, I think I enjoyed more than the girls! You could also do some craft activities but the girls were a bit too young for that.
We then wandered around the house which was lovely. The girls were allowed to hold a big sword which was a bit scary!
We then decided that we couldn’t resist the delicious looking lemon meringue pie, so we bought 1 piece to share between all 4 of us! It was actually nearly £5 for a piece so I’m glad we only went for 1! It was as delicious as it looked though.
Finally we had a bit more of a wander around the gardens which the girls absolutely loved. They love anything which gives them a chance to have a run round!
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Trerice. It was much smaller than Lanhydrock but it was also way less crowded and had a much more chilled out atmosphere. The sun definitely helped the day be such a success.
Last weekend we packed our lunches and got up early to head down to Land’s End. Although we have now live in Cornwall 9 months, we had yet to have seen it’s most famous land mark! We live in East Cornwall, around 40 minutes from Cornwall. With the roads in Cornwall being very windy rather than fast it takes a good while for us to get to West Cornwall, in fact it took nearly 2 hours to get to the most westerly point.
As last weekend was set to be nice weather we decided, along with my sisters to head there. Because we are locals we get free parking which is great – quite a lot of places in Cornwall do locals discounts or passes which is really good since the prices are hiked up for tourists, leaving locals with not much to do on their doorstep. The land mark itself was at the end of a sort of promenade and it was literally just a fenced off sign. Honestly I was less than impressed, especially oven that we would have had to pay £10 for the privilege of standing next to it! We decided to get a photo from the other side of the fence.
That being said there was something special about having stood on the most South westerly point of Britain but I shan’t be hurrying back there again. The promenade had all sorts of amusements and activities but all were extra money. There was definitely scope to make a day of it if you wanted to.
After this we decided to walk to Sennen Cove which I had read was beautiful. The walk was along the coastal path but it isn’t suitable for buggies so we opted for the public bridalway which is also used by cyclists (we didn’t see a single other person on our walk).
When we approached Sennen we realised it was about to get awkward. We couldn’t not find a way down to the beach except down a busy road with no pavement. There was also a place join the coastal path but there was no way we would be able to do that with the double buggy. On the way down we opted for the road but I felt awful taking the girls on that. So on the way back me and my sister carried the girls and my other sister and Josh carried the buggy between them – it was hard work!
Sennen itself was absolutely beautiful. It was a nice big beach with lots of streams and rock pools. We started off in coats and finished with the girls stripping off and paddling – it was so lovely and warm!
The walk back up was hard but had some spectacular views!
So that was our little day trip over! I hope you enjoyed this post!