A trip to Cornwall
It’s been a long time since I wrote a travel blog! I guess we haven’t really been traveling so much… but we did have two amazing weeks in Cornwall at the end of September which I thought would be nice to share. Especially as many of us will be avoiding air travel for the foreseeable future! Here are some highlights from our trip –
We camped just outside St. Just near Penzance at Trevaylor Caravan and Camping Park which we would definitely recommend for exploring West Cornwall. Now I have something to say about St. Just. There, I believe, we found the best Cornish Pasty in Cornwall. I know. BIG statement. The butchers in the market place have a chalkboard outside telling you what times they will be bringing their fresh pasties out of the oven. There will be a queue of locals outside five minutes before each pasty o’clock. And they are spectacular. Once you’ve secured your pasty lunch, there are some lovely coastal walks around St.Just. Many cover National Trust sites including all the old tin mines. You can even walk to Lands’ End. The great thing about the very West of Cornwall is that it’s actually very small so you can really explore! And, of course, there are some lovely beaches – Porthcurno and Sennen being our favourites. And from Porthcurno beach, you can walk up the coastal footpath steps to the Minnack Theatre.
A busy, but a very cute little town that feels like a must if you are this far over. Full of galleries and lot’s of little Cornish streets to get lost in. We had a delicious lunch of local fish curry in the beautiful back garden of 2 Fore Street!
Driving the coastal road from St Ives to St Just at sunset was actually one of the highlights of our trip. Although – I had just had two glasses of Chablis at Carbis Bay which might have helped (don’t panic – Matt was driving!). The most incredible views of the rugged coastline and countryside!
Wych Elm Glamping
We decide to break up the hardcore camping with three nights in a yurt (and thank god we did as we managed to time it during a storm which would have been pretty miserable in a tent!). I couldn’t recommend Wych Elm glamping enough if you fancy a rural retreat. Each of the 5 yurts have a wood burner inside as well as their own firepits for cooking on outside.
nearby to Wych Elm you’ll find this lovely Cornish Harbour town that has far fewer tourists than somewhere like Padstow but still has all the Cornish charm you’re after.
If you haven’t been to this magical cove it really is just breath-taking. And the café by the beach serves potatoes with local crab which is literally my dream come true.
Newquay and nearby
We always head to Newquay when in Cornwall to see our lovely friends Ben and Cass (Side note – they have recently started a gorgeous new kids clothing store called House of Margaux – Award winning, organic handmade baby clothes for toddler and kids. Unique designs, ethically and sustainably produced in the UK. Every item is hand cut and hand sewn – Check it out, I’m obsessed!). Every time we visit it seems a little bit more cool than the last time we were there and it’s starting to feel like a home away from home. (Not that I think we’re cool haha!) The bucket and spade tourist shops are slowly being replaced buy new little cafés, wine bars and trendy shops.
Now, I know croissants aren’t the first food that come to mind when you think of Cornwall, BUT legendary London bakery Pavilion opened up place in Newquay a couple of years ago and boy, do they know how to make a croissant. Often sold out by midmorning – they have lamination like I’ve never seen! Grab yourself a croissant from Pavilion and a coffee from Basket, a couple of streets up and head to the beach for an early morning stroll. Make sure you pop into Revolver while you’re in the area – a beautifully curated homeware and clothing store that I never leave empty handed.
One of my favourite towns in Cornwall. All of the cuteness and all of the pubs with a bitesize little beach. This time we stumbled upon Wheal Kitty Workshops just out of town. There you will find a new Finisterre shop – lovely ethically produced clothing that’s made to last (and they will mend it for you when it finally does wear out!). There’s also a super cool surf shop called Open, which if you’re not in the market for a surf board, then you might still be tempted by the abundance of house plants they also sell, or a fresh cup of locally roasted coffee.
The Hidden Hut
Not really that close to Newquay, but if you like food and you like beaches then the Hidden Hut should 100% be on your Cornwall agenda. Tucked into the rugged coastal path of the Roseland peninsula near Truro, it’s not exactly on the beaten path, but the dahl and chowder that await will reward you for your journey.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and you’ve maybe picked up some tips for a holiday in Cornwall!