I’m just back from another week in Cornwall. I’ve done well this year, totalling up a whole month in my favourite place in the world. Consequently, thanks to exploring further afield, I know a lot more places and can navigate my way round the county pretty successfully – and probably better than Sussex!
This trip didn’t involve a visit to my beloved Fowey (shockingly – but I’m saving it, maybe for October, and anyway it was Regatta Week there!), but we did venture nearby. Here are some of the highlights of the trip.
One of those places that I’ve always wanted to visit and we finally made it! This involved a long trek down the county (we were staying in Saltash, near the Tamar), but it was worth it for the beautiful drive down alone! St Michael’s Mount itself was incredible, and felt like something out of a story book and period drama. Despite all the people there, it didn’t feel too crowded (although we certainly noticed it waiting for the ferry back!). Sadly, we didn’t see it at low tide and had to get the ferry both ways. There’s a great beach overlooking the Mount too, and there were plenty of Windsurfers and Kite surfers out, which made me itch to get out too!
This was a wonderful beach, hidden away on the south coast, away from the main surfing hotspots. All the same, there were surfers out, as well as plenty of swimmers and body boarders. The beach was accessed down a steep, rocky climb, but it was well worth it for the miles of sandy beach.
Another National Trust property (St Michael’s Mount is also NT), and somewhere that caught my attention because it was used in the recent Alice in Wonderland film. This became one of my favourite properties that I’ve visited – and a strong influence for the fictional house in my current novel! It’s always good to get some real life inspiration. The house itself was lovely, and the gardens, which stretched right down to the Tamar, were breath-taking. It was one of those gardens with lots of little nooks and crannies, and it was incredibly peaceful.
The Tamar estuary
Staying in Saltash meant that we were incredibly near the Tamar and the Tamar Bridge. It was very strange walking around Saltash and seeing the bridge! It was great to get to know another estuary and as well as driving next to it, we went out on the water, and saw a beautiful evening sunset.
It had been a while since I had visited either the Lost Gardens of Heligan or the Eden Project, so it was certainly time for a revisit. It’s always great to see how these places change and develop over times, and it was lovely to revisit familiar sights. Both of these places have a different charm – Heligan has a wonderful story and the gardens are so romantic and beautiful, while Eden is a completely different sort of project, embracing the future, conservation, and education. I love both these places for their ethos and great vibe.
This was the closest to Fowey that I got – and the place where I first fell in love with windsurfing, so it’s always great to return again and revisit those memories –a s well as make me long to get out on the water again. We went to Sam’s on the Beach, somewhere I had yet to try and it was wonderfully different from its Fowey counterpart. We had a lovely table overlooking the cove, which was incredibly still and it had a great atmosphere.
As always, it was difficult to leave again – but I know that I’ll be back… and soon….