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 5 and the final instalment of my series on our holiday in West Cornwall!
We packed up our caravan and headed to Falmouth as it was on the way back home. As soon as we arrived I fell in love. I know it sounds dorky but Falmouth is just so cool. I would absolutely love to live there and we had a look at houses but sadly they are WAY out of our league!
We headed to gyllyngvase beach to start with and the water was gorgeous. The beach cafe there is so great and Josh and I enjoyed chips from there … definitely would recommend.
After this we headed in to the town via the harbour. It was really gorgeous and all of us enjoyed having a look around … apart from.Dotty who slept through the whole thing!
After this we headed in to the town and got an iced coffee from Espressini which I would highly recommend. The town was gorgeous too and there were so many nice bars, restaurants and cafés dotted around. Unfortunately we’d massively blown our budget by this point and decided to head home.
What an amazing week we had!
Thanks for reading and I hope this gave you some inspo for future cornish trips!
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.
Day 3 was our busiest day. We got up fairly early and headed to the minack theatre. It was a long trip from where we were staying but well worth it. It was really like something from another country. Built in to the cliff overlooking the stunning sea of Porthcurno. It only costs a few quid to get in and little ones are free so it’s well worth it. Definitely take babies and toddlers in carriers though as it’s very steep and could be slippy on wet days.
We headed to Porthcurno after this and went to the beach cafe there. Honestly I wouldn’t recommend this cafe, the food was average at best and the coffee really wasn’t very nice.
Porthcurno is a fantastic beach though. The waves were crazy and the sea was so clear. I went for a swim and it was throwing me around so much – fun but I could barely breathe! We kept the girls on the sand as it definitely wasn’t paddling waves!
We then headed back to our caravan and had some dinner before heading out again! We decided to go for a “golden hour” walk along the lizard peninsula. We went to church cove and walked across the headland and found the RNLI lifeboat station.
It was a gorgeous walk with some fantastic views!
After that we headed back to our caravan. Stay tuned for day 4!
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!
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.
A couple of weekends a go we headed to Holywell Bay which is on the North coast of Cornwall near Newquay.
It is a national trust beach which is why we decided to go there. The car park is free for national trust members which is really good. The beach is so huge and vast that even in the height of summer you aren’t too close by to anyone else! The sand dunes are absolutely amazing it looks like a dessert. It has amazing waves so is fab for surfers.
Last week we headed to Polzeath beach. It was a lovely day out and the girls absolutely loved it. The only problem was that at the end of our time there, Dotty decided to pick up dog poo! It made me so angry that people let their dogs poo on the beach and don’t pick it up. It spoilt the day for us.
At Polzeath you can park right on the beach. In low season it’s not too busy but I imagine in high season it’s hard to get parked. There are plenty of other car parks further away though. There is also tonnes of facilities; cafés, restaurants and surf hire shops too. I would definitely recommend it for anyone with young kids. I’m looking forward to going back in the summer. The surf is also pretty good there if you’re that way inclined!
Last weekend we decided to head to Portwrinkle Beach on the recommendation of our friends. It’s about 35 minutes from us. To many people reading this that probably seems like a long drive… however, in Cornwall pretty much everywhere is a long drive! Especially since we live in the middle of nowhere and have to drive down windy country lanes for at least 15 minutes before we even reach a good road!
Anyway, the weather was pretty nice and not raining so we decided that after church we’d head straight there. We packed our lunch to save some pennies and off we headed.
The beach itself is perfect for a winter walk, it’s very stony so not sure what it’d be like for summer swims!
We headed up the slope to the Jolly Roger cafe which was lovely and had such a cute look and atmosphere. You could sit at the bar and look out at the sea and they also had binoculars to have a look out.
Last Saturday we went to the Eden Project in Cornwall with our 17 month old twins. We are so lucky to live in Cornwall and because of that we were able to get a locals pass to the Eden project. It cost £20 for the year, which is amazing because for just one day’s admission it costs around £30 and we can now go back whenever we want. It was an amazing day and we also bought food from there which was fantastically well priced!
It’s definitely a great place to take toddlers although if I’m being honest I didn’t get to see much of the place! I’d definitely recommend it though if you’re ever in Cornwall.