Most of our time in England has included long drives to pretty villages, exploring new charm in little corners of the country. This time, our travels took us all the way to the westernmost part of the country; beautiful Cornwall. I have to say, I really wish we had gone there sooner, and we will most certainly hurry back. This place has something special in the air, and raw, natural beauty as far as they eye can see.
The golden and unpeopled bays/The shadowy cliffs and sheep-worn ways/The white unpopulated surf/The thyme-and-mushroom scented surf/The slate-hung farms, the oil-lit chapels/Thin elms and lemon-coloured apples… – Sir John Betjeman, Delectable Duchy, 1974
When you’re constantly greeted with warm smiles and friendly conversation, you’ll quickly realise that life is happy here. And why wouldn’t it be? Imagine walking through lush, unspoilt fields, and finding yourself at the top of a rocky crag looking over a never-ending turquoise ocean; breathing in the fresh air and leafy scents. Imagine listening to the water lap against the side of a long-loved sail boat, while taking in the happy scene of master and dog enjoying a walk on a long sandy beach. Imagine the taste of home-baked treats and wholesome meals, all created with local ingredients that carry the flavour and soul of the life here. Life is beautiful, life is simple, and the people are happy.
We stayed in a tiny fishing village, just west of Penzance, called Mousehole. It’s a really great location for seeing more of Cornwall – places like St. Just, Cape Cornwall and St. Ives are all just a short drive away. The attraction here is that the village has retained its original charm and historic beauty. The picturesque harbour is surrounded by beautiful stone cottages, cuddled together along narrow roads dotted with art galleries, gift shops and restaurants. And when I say narrow roads, I mean narrow roads. There were a few times where we didn’t think we’d be able to make it past the oncoming cars and through to the other side! Other than the odd hair raising driving experience though, there’s not much to stress you out here. Enjoy long walks around the area or frolick on the beach at low tide, then end it all off with a delicious meal at 2 Fore Street – a great little restaurant with the most delicious food.
The vintage camper van seems to be the locals’ choice in these parts. I’d definitely recommend getting your hands on one and doing a long drive around the coast, stopping off along the way to marvel at the most amazing views. Cape Cornwall is a must see. Honestly, it took my breath away. I’d also recommend a drive over to St. Ives, where you’ll find another harbour town with beautiful, long sandy beaches, and bustling lanes filled with a wide choice of shops and restaurants.
This was our first visit, and as it was just a short stay, we hardly scratched the surface of what Cornwall has to offer. But we will be back! I can’t wait to discover more of this special place.