My family and I have just come back from 12 days in Cornwall, the part of England known for scones and pasties and country land, and in the summer – you would think – blue skies. But despite it being August we all took our coats with us. This was because on most of the days it was raining/cold/windy at some point.
But there were cute little streets, beaches and working harbours where the sea was clear as glass. There were cliffs with amazing views, lots of things to do and probably the best ice cream ever (especially the salted caramel one).
These are the places we went:
We spent lots of our holiday in and around this area. We went to the Maritime Museum, where we paid once for tickets and then got free entry for a year (we went twice! It was a fun and a bit different and I would recommend it if going to Falmouth).
From the top of the Maritime Museum, you could see all the small boats, some tied up, some moving, the pale houses sitting watching the sea. (I also thought it looked like Balamory from that children’s show). Inside the Maritime Museum, there were old boats hanging from the ceiling, interactive things you could do, stories of people at sea, a tattoo exhibition. But my favourite part was at the bottom of the museum. There were two glass windows, and through them, you could see where the tide was and even fish! I saw about 7 big blue/grey fish one day when the water level was nearing the “low tide” mark painted on the wall.
Going into Falmouth’s town centre, there were little, brightly painted shops and quite a lot of people. We came there during Falmouth Week but weren’t aware of it until we walked down an alley painted with a rainbow coloured mural and saw people doing stunts on their bikes, flipping, jumping over bars; also lots of other things were occurring in the town: including music and even the Red Arrows!
St Ives was very touristy and had little beaches that recede with the tide and lots of shops. As you ventured further from the harbour (where we saw two seals in the water!) it became more busy-modern-town-like with restaurants, independent shops, places to buy postcards, etc., but the quaint and cosy feeling still remained. We also went to get a pasty, a traditional Cornish dish, but it was definitely not as good as the ones I made with some people in my family who live in Helston (around 35 minutes from St Ives by car). You had to cut the carrots, potatoes and onions up really thin, add raw beef, butter, salt and pepper, spread milk on the pastry, and seal it up (crimping). Let’s just say I wasn’t a professional when it came to the last part. But DAMN they tasted good!
From the top of the grassy cliffs, the rocks resting on the beach and the sea stretching with its blue hand to the horizon made me feel so peaceful. The beach was sandy, the water was incredibly clear when you got close to it, like the Caribbean, almost. But then you realise the cold and the image of being in a warm, tropical place is shattered instantly. Why was it cold?? Luckily the second time we went it was nice and warm, and the tumbling white waves hitting you was more of a refreshing feeling than the “OH GOD my toes are going to fall off right now” of our first visit. There were also grey rocks that the tide splashed up against which jutted into the sea; you could climb on them quite easily despite the barnacles and blobby anemones!
There were also rockpools which varied greatly in size; some were quite small and others were big enough for me to sit in. The time flew by whilst I was there. The only downside was that it was incredibly busy.
This small little town is situated next to a harbour. When the tide is out, the harbour is devoid of every last drop of water and the boats are left sitting on sand. We walked to the edge of the small pier, walked on the beach with grey stones, and went to a restaurant for one particular reason. When I was around 7 years old, I went there with my family and they sold these MASSIVE scones with clotted cream and jam. We ordered the scones, and they were a lot smaller (for shame!) but they arrived with lots of clotted cream and jam; they also sold really good fish and chips!
And that was our visit to Cornwall! Hope you enjoyed reading! 😀