Two weeks ago I travelled from the North East coast of Scotland down to the South East coast of England with the parentals, meeting up with my sister and her family for a weeks’ holiday in Cornwall. It’s been about 18 years since I was last in Cornwall and I came home vowing that I will return in a shorter amount of time. What a beautiful place!
The landscape has quite a different feel from up North, not just in terms of the blue, luminescent seas but also in the way everything feels perched up on high. In Scotland we make our way through glens and lowlands with the mountains hovering ominously above us. In Cornwall, people travel over the top of the landscape, dropping down into wooded valleys only to come up the other side just as quickly, and villages cling to rooftops with the sea crashing below. It means that you can see quite far and wide but the landscape conceals hidden treasures in its depths that require to be sought out. Oh and the roads are pretty windy and narrow which makes for scary driving at times!
Anyway, we covered most of the usual tourist sites in the week. The first day consisted of the Eden Project and then Restormel Castle in the late afternoon.
The Eden Project was amazing and we intended to revisit it but it turns out there are too many other fantastic things to do in the region so it will have to wait for another time. I tried to get photos in the Rainforest Biome but it was too steamy most of the time so here’s one of the Mediterranean dome which gives you an idea of scale.
Restormel Castle was an unplanned visit but actually it was definitely worth it. I found it quite spooky though the weather had turned by this point so it was pretty bleak up there.
Next day we headed to Tintagel. This was a slightly doomed trip as the weather was still not quite playing ball. Typically, in the afternoon in Padstow, it had calmed down but in the morning it was blowing Gale Force 8 and they were evacuating people off the rock! Still the waves below it were pretty impressive with their force and the water had a vibrancy that we just don’t see in the North Sea.
Lost Gardens of Heligan next and this was a real treat! Extensive grounds to walk through and amazing plants to look at. We all really enjoyed this trip and there were plenty of Easter activities to entertain the children.
We also packed in the National Trust property Lanhydrock which had 53 rooms to look at. By the end of the day a scone with cream and jam was required!
St.Ives and St Michael’s Mount were next. I loved St. Ives on my first trip and it was still as special. If I’m being honest the Tate gallery was a bit of a disappointment; the most exciting thing was seeing Andrew Lincoln from Waking Dead in the cafe. The Penwith Gallery however, just along from the Tate had a super abstract art exhibition on and the town itself was lovely to wander through!
St. Michael’s Mount should always be seen and again the weather had turned slightly. We found a lovely hotel with views over the bay for tea and cake (we were getting pretty good at seeking out quality cake by this point)! By the time we were leaving the causeway was beginning to emerge from the salty depths of the sea so I went out on it for some photos.
Finally, we spent the last day in Newquay. The town itself is a bit run down and not much to look at, though the children loved the aquarium. It is surrounded however by amazing beaches, cliffs and views; Fistral Beach was just stunning. I spent the late afternoon sitting on a rock just watching the waves crash down below and the surfers attempting to ride them and it was lovely.
We flew from Edinburgh to Exeter and then hired a car which made the whole trip so easy. It is such a beautiful place and I think spring was the right time to visit; the weather see-sawed between cold, grey, windy moments to warm, sunny periods, and the number of visitors was relatively minimal. I can see why many people want to holiday there in the summer through I am not sure I would want to visit while the landscape is besieged by people. A spring break was ideal!