Last week I was lucky enough to go on a short break to Cornwall, in the south west of England. If you’ve ever dreamt about quintessential English countryside, Cornwall has just that in abundance!
The journey to your accommodation in Cornwall can be a little hair raising! Here’s a snap of a typical road down to a rural spot where the space between overgrown hedges is just about big enough for one car, but is indeed two-way and has plenty of blind bends, hills and ditches to keep you on the edge of your seat! My advice? If you use a sat nav, make sure you manually set it to take you via the most main roads possible – not like I did! Needless to say, the road trip down to Cornwall was thoroughly enjoyable, especially in the sunshine!
The first place I visited was the Eden Project – well worth a detour if you’re in the area! I’m not sure there are places like it anywhere in the world. You can see tropical flora in real rainforest conditions in one dome, and Mediterranean plants and flowers in another. Kids love it, especially with so many exotic plants, waterfalls and the younger ones can enjoy an enchanting setting for a story telling session too.
If you get out and about, I highly recommend you visit one of the many beautifully historic harbour villages in Cornwall. Polperro was well preserved, partly due to the fact you simply can’t drive there; you park up and then have a choice between walking down, taking a very cheap tram or enjoying a ride on a cart pulled by a shire horse!
Once in the village, there are plenty of places to stop for a cream tea, some souvenir shopping or to enjoy the views with a pint and some local seafood. Naturally, boat trips are on offer in good weather and lots of delightful spots for some photography.
I stayed in a lovely little village on the south coast of Cornwall, which had a shop, church, an extremely good restaurant called the Blue Plate, and a little pub on the shore appropriately called ‘Inn on the Shore’.
The beach was partly stones, but still provided an idea place to go running and for a stroll. The other visitors on the beach had a fantastic time, children and dogs especially!
Cornwall offers stunning sunsets, but these not unique to the south coast. Make sure you bring a good camera! My iPhone camera was surprisingly good, as was the app Hipstamatic I had installed on it which provided great effects for capturing quaint villages and sea views alike.
Keep an eye out for the rainbows! With the hilly backdrop you’ll find a mix of weather (typical English weather, yes!) so it can frequently form patches of rain and patches of bright sunshine. Combine that with a sunset and you have an idyllic setting to relax in.
Other activities you can enjoy in Cornwall include horse riding, hiking, surfing and plenty of wildlife centres to keep the kids entertained! It’s also a perfect place to enjoy a spot of camping.