I first visited Cornwall on family holidays when I was a child. Being from the North West of England the drive there in the car seemed to take forever. Endless miles of M6, then M5 motorways. Finally you hit the end of the 3 lane motorways only to then have another hour or so on the A30. We would arrive in the holiday destination of choice, Newquay.
Newquay in the 1980’s was a busy seaside town. Famous for it’s surfing beaches and Fat Willy’s surf shack stores. As a child it seems the weather was always glorious. Hot sunny days spent on Fistral Beach or Crantock Beach. Building sandcastles and bathing in the sea. The ice cream van would park on the beach and it’s tune was like the piped piper gathering in adults and kid’s alike to buy its delicious products. I remember the bleached blond haired Aussie lifeguards in their Yellow tops and red shorts. They would patrol the shore line and ensure you stayed in between the correct colour coded flags. In the evenings Newquay high street was full of families out for a walk or visiting the bars and restaurants.
As an Adult I have returned to Cornwall many times. The exciting thing has been discovering that Newquay is just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many stunningly beautiful places to visit. My wife and I enjoy putting on our hiking boots and taking to the South West coastal path which runs for hundreds of miles around the entire coast of the county. Particular favourites are Kynance Cove which is a National Trust property. The beach here is stunning and there is a lovely little cafe where you can enjoy refreshments and take in the wonderful views.
Carbis Bay is a delight with its Caribbean style beach. On a warm sunny day you totally forget that you are in the UK. There is a lovely walk from Carbis Bay to St Ives. The railway line follows the walk which passes some lovely properties with amazing views of the ocean.
Fowey is a lovely fishing village on the south coast. Hire a kayak or motorised boat and enjoy the waters around this lovely town. The cobbled streets are full of interesting shops to browse in and of course get some fish and chips and sit near the harbour. Watch out for the seagulls though who are great at swooping down to steal the odd chip or two.
Padstow is on the North Coast of Cornwall. Situated at the head of the Camel river it has a fishing village feel but with some exclusive shops and eating establishments. Home to the world renowned chef Rick Stein it is home to one of his many restaurants. With some wonderful beaches in and around Padstow it is a real jewel in the Cornish crown.
Cornwall has miles and miles of beautiful coastline, beaches and some lovely villages and harbours. I could go on and on listing places to go. So don’t just take my word for it. Add it to your list of places to visit, you will not be disappointed. Visit www.visitcornwall.com for more details on all that is Cornwall.