CORNWALL

As crazy as it sounds, Michael and I had never been to Cornwall so on the first weekend after Michael finished university, which happened to be a bank holiday, we packed the car up and headed down the M5 in search of sandy beaches and crystal blue waters. Cornwall provided and did not disappoint!

We decided to explore the southern parts of Cornwall and camped at a little place just outside of St Ives, making good driving distance to all of the locations we wanted to check out.

Upon arrival on Friday afternoon we wandered St Ives town centre and got situated, feeling tired from our day of travel and hungry for some sea food, we happened upon the Sea Food Cafe which we are still talking about today! The food was so fresh and so delicious that we ended up going back for lunch a few days later.

We zipped open our tent to misty skies on Saturday morning but quickly got ready for a day walking along the coastal path from St Ives in the direction of Zennor. The sky began to clear as the morning went on and we enjoyed meandering the cliff tops with stunning views across the shimmering blue ocean. We were so lucky to witness a pod of dolphins swimming in the bay which just made our weekend! The coastal path got a little sketchy in places and we were not wearing suitable foot wear so decided to make our way back and spend the rest of the afternoon on a little beach.

Since we were so close, we felt we had to make a visit to Landsend. Despite the touristic nature of the place, we went late enough that everywhere was closed so we were able to walk straight through the complex and get to the tip of the land. Of course we got a photograph with the famous signpost and were glad to have made the drive down there. In search of a dinner of fish and chips, we had been recommended Porthcurno beach, so we grabbed some dinner and spent a couple of house on this beautiful, hidden cove with bright yellow sand and icey blue waters as the sun set. Michael had the urge to strip down to his pants and run in the water – he said it made him feel so alive! I, however, remained on dry land…brrr!

On Sunday, we got up bright and early and headed towards the south coast to Marazion. We arrived in time for breakfast and decided upon a little restaurant on the water’s edge overlooking St Michaels Mount. The weather was gorgeous and we stayed on the decking for some time, watching people in the water on boats, paddle boards and jet skiis. We were gutted to have not brought our wet suits with us (the water was cold!) as the water looked so tempting.

Once the tide had gone out, revealing the stone walk way to St Michaels Mount, we wandered across to the wonderful island and learnt about the history of the castle and villagers.

We headed back to St Ives that evening, for a dinner and a walk around the harbour before crashing in our cosy tent.

On Monday, we booked ourselves onto a boat trip and were lucky enough to see quite a lot of seals chilling out in the sunshine. I absolutely love being on the water so this was a perfect way to end our weekend trip.

After lunch we began to head homewards, stopping off at Hayle to check out a building and had an ice cream on the beach, watching the kite surfers do their thing.

With sand between our toes, salt in our hair and rosy cheeks and noses, we made our way back home, watching the sun set behind us and made a pact to get back to Cornwall before the summer is out.

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