Exploring Cornwall

I've been to Cornwall more times than I can count. Every year since I was about eleven, we've made the journey south to see quaint towns and stunning beaches. So writing a post named 'exploring Cornwall' seems somewhat strange when I feel I know it so well. 

But exploring is exactly what we did back in May.

I'm a creature of habit in pretty much every area of my life and so sometimes, breaking those habits can be difficult. Every time we've visited this beautiful part of the UK, we've virtually stuck to the same areas. Every. Single. Time.

But not this time! We went down and stayed with a family friend who lives in a little village just outside of Truro. It was great, because it meant we got taken to towns and spots we'd never visited before, and some we'd never even heard of.

Day One: Perranporth

Situated on Cornwall's North Coast, Perranporth is somewhere I have visited before but not for years. Unfortunately it was a super windy (at least it was dry) when we headed for a walk on the beach.... however we didn't let that ruin our day. After a wander across the long beach (being blasted by sand) and a short walk over the clifftops we hit the Wateringhole. This is a fab bar/restaurant located right in the middle of the beach! Yes, you heard me correctly, actually on the beach! It has a great vibe and stunning views. While they have an excellent selection of alcoholic beverage and food, they also serve delicious coffee and cake (my fav)!

We sat on the decking outside enjoying our snacks before having a little wander around the town itself. After departing Perranporth, we made our way to Healey's Cider Farm... I mean, what more could you want?

We looked at the animals, had a delicious afternoon tea and even sampled some tasty ciders. That's my kind of day.

On the evening, we headed into Newquay and had a quick wander around the town and beach before hitting The Stable for tea. We've been there multiple times before, because any place that specialises in pizza, pies and cider is great in my books. Day one pretty much consisted of eating... and I'm 100% ok with that!

Day Two: Porthleven

I've got to be honest.... I'd never even heard of Porthleven until this particular trip to Cornwall. Unfortunately (again) we weren't blessed with the best weather this day and so we spent our time driving between the sites sites, popping out to take in the views when the rain stopped.

Firstly we drove past St Michael's Mount and while we couldn't make out too much through the mist, it was still spectacular to see.

After, we drove down to Porthleven, situated near Helston, where the rain held off long enough for us to explore. It was such a beautiful town, with a quaint little harbour. The waves crashed against the rocks creating a rather atmospheric setting as we breathed in the fresh sea air.

Lunch time called while exploring Porthleven, and so, in true Cornish style, we indulged in the largest Cornish pasties I think I've ever see.

On the evening we visited out favourite food place, the Hubbox situated in Truro, indulging in burgers/hotdogs and fries. Afterwards we walked across the city for a drink (or several) at the quirky Old Ale House.

Day Three: Porthtowan

Our final day was a rather chilled one. After a lovely lie in we had a quick drive down to the local beach (Porthtowan) for a walk. Of course, on the day we were heading home the sunshine decided to grace us with an appearance... so we tried to make the most of it before tackling the 4.5 hour drive.

On our way to the motorway we took a little detour to see my favourite place in the country. Mawgan Porth. We've stayed in Mawgan Porth on virtually every trip to Cornwall and it holds a particularly special place in my heart. We took a stroll across the beautiful sandy beach, watching the waves roll in before heading back to the car and starting on our journey home.

It was such a lovely trip, and fantastic getting to explore some new places.

Until next time Cornwall.


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