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Family half term fun come rain or shine!

October 19, 2017 No Comments

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The October half term holiday will soon be upon us and the children are desperate for a break from school.  We’re big fans on getting outside and love rounding the children up and taking them on an adventure in the fresh air.

We know there’s no guarantee with the weather but don’t let the rain spoil your plans. A rainy day doesn’t have to mean sitting inside trying to wrestle screens from the families’ hands.

A bracing rainy coastal walk can be an exhilarating experience but may not appeal to young children or teens. So, here is our guide to Family Rainy Days Out. You’ll find inspiration for local attractions to visit and cheaper/free suggestions too.

Many museums are undercover and free to enter. Museums can provide memorable, immersive learning experiences and these days, many of them have interactive exhibits and hands-on play activities so children can take ownership of their own learning and develop and explore at their own curiosities.

Have you taken the children out on rainy days? Let us know your favourite rainy days out in a comment below!

Raze The Roof– Fantastic indoor soft play area in Penryn. http://razetheroof.co.uk/

Granite Planet – Climbing centre http://www.gpclimbing.com

Eden Project – provides many undercover places to enjoy. Roald Dahl’s Halloweden is a must visit this half-term  http://www.edenproject.com/

National Maritime Museum – Lots of summer activities & performances at the fascinating and inspiring maritime museum https://nmmc.co.uk/

Mounthawk Skatepark– Indoor skateboarding, scooting and BMX playground. https://www.mounthawkeskatepark.com/

Tate St Ives – Visit the iconic Tate St Ives gallery situated overlooking the Atlantic ocean. http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives

One to Eleven -This is a great indoor play area for one to eleven-year olds which is open 360 days of the year. http://www.one2eleven.co.uk/

Crabbing Spots– Ferry Boat Inn Pontoon, Mylor Harbour, Port Navas Quay, The Pandora Inn.

 

 

11 reasons to visit the beach in winter

February 11, 2016 1 Comment

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In winter the beach becomes a completely different environment. It becomes a great empty playground for those who enjoy cool winds and long walks. You may not be up for a swim but many of the joys of the coast are even better over the winter months, due to the lack of crowds. There are loads of reasons the winter beach is the best beach: these are just the first ones that came to mind here at Cornish Holiday Cottages..

1. The heavy winter surf
There’s nothing like the fearsome roll of the waves in the winter months. The giant swells of Porthleven during stormy weather are one of nature’s greatest spectacles, safe from a vantage point high up on the beach you can see the waves crashing over the pier and sea wall.. It’s a simply stunning experience.

2. The beach is deserted
The beach in winter means no fighting for a good spot on the sand, no sunglasses, no sunburn…it’s a completely different experience. And the best part? More often than not you have a whole stretch of beach to yourselves, so your children can run wild and you can see where they are from any vantage point.

3. Go shell collecting.
When the beach is deserted of people and the waves have been pulling up shells from the the depths of the shoreline, there’s a huge variety of new shells and sea debris to discover. Children will come back with vast swathes of potential artefacts for beachy art projects.

4. The perfect photo opportunity
You can take some amazing photos of the family. It will be less crowded and easier to take some really nice landscape shots. Kids and dogs have space to be themselves and the fact that you are one of the few people on the beach will mean that your photos are not full of sunbathers turning lobster red.

5. Drink a hot chocolate
Sitting outside a beach cafe, your hands curled around the warmth of a cream topped hot chocolate is one of the simple pleasures in life. After a windswept coastal walk.

6. Enjoy the view, eating fish and chips
Just like the warming sensation of a hot chocolate, steaming hot fish and chips are best enjoyed perched on the sand dunes, accompanied by the roar of the ocean. If it’s too cold, they’re just as great munched down inside the car, still watching the beach.

7. Beachcombing
Everything natural on the beach tells a story – so this is a great way to entertain children on a winter weekend, helping them to uncover the secrets of these botanical playgrounds, and understand more about our island’s marine heritage.

8. Getting windswept
The wind is perfect for blowing the cobwebs away after a luxurious lunch. But it’s also great for kite flying. Inevitably though, someone is bound to get wet if they get too near the surf, so bring a spare pair of clothes.

8. Birdwatching
The lack of humans also attracts types of wildlife that rarely risk the crowded beaches of summer. So maybe bring the binoculars.

10. A winter picnic
Wrap up warm, bring a flask of hot chocolate and maybe a portable BBQ to have an unseasonable hot dog. Remember to pack a blanket with a waterproof backing though.

11. Let the dog run free
A lot of beaches don’t allow dogs on them during the summer months, so winter is their time to roam free. Your dog will love running up and down the vast expanses of sand, darting in and out of the surf. It’s play time.

Living On The Beach

February 9, 2016 1 Comment

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There are many perks to Cornish living, but none are as evocative as the pull of the ocean. People travel here, move here or stay here to be as close to the beach as possible. And for most, even those of us that live here, we get the opportunity to actually plonk our houses within a stone’s throw of the beach. And there’s nothing like having the beach on your doorstep.

Even as we write this, in the post-Christmas wait for spring, we still love the beach. Wrapping up and taking a stroll along a deserted beach is a uniquely invigorating experience.

There’s no excuse to be bored either. Ever. The beach is an adventure playground for children and even if you’re just sitting on the beach, that’s a perfectly fine way of whiling away the hours.

Living by the beach awakens all the senses: there’s nothing like the sound of lapping waves. As you’re lying in bed with the window open, the reassuring sound will soothe you to sleep, it’ll be there to accompany you as you have a lazy morning coffee and it’ll be a soothing soundtrack to reading a novel in the afternoon. There’s also no better smell than fresh, salty sea air. It’s air that has been cleansed by miles of ocean, instead of towns, cities and A roads. And even if you stayed with us for a month or more, you’d never get tired of the sunsets and sunrises painting the sky different shades of pink, purple and orange, or of looking at the deep blue sea melt into the horizon.

Our cottages are all self-catering. It seems a bizarre thing to mention in a post about the beach, but what better kitchen to have than the beach itself. Every day can be a barbeque day, and with a little creativity, you can still get those greens in.

That’s why we at Cornish Holiday Cottages feel privileged to be able to offer you some fine self-catering holiday homes only a hop, skip and a jump from sandy shores. Below is just a sample of our Cornish beach side cottages.

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Little Nest
Little Nest is a romantic cottage for two perched on the edge of Maenporth beach. Despite its generous views of the beach and its open plan living space, it is a snug and well insulated cottage, even in winter. A fantastic romantic retreat after skimming stones, rock pooling or sauntering along the coastline.

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Carrick Treath
Sitting at the northern end of the Carrick Roads and boasting luxurious furnishings and ample space, Carrick Treath is perfect for large groups. If you choose the right room you can even wake with the ocean just beyond your toes. Otherwise there’s the floor to ceiling windows of the living area to admire the view of Loe Beach from.

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Ridifarne
Perched just above the beach at Helford Passage, Ridifarne is a large home that sleeps eight in its four expansive bedrooms. It’s less than a minute from a beach just perfect for launching kayaks and rowing boats from.

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Chy-An-Dour and Rose Cottages 1, 2 and 3
We love being able to offer four seperate cottages in the tiny fishing hamlet of Durgan. They are all cottages that would have been owned by working fishing families who would have dragged their boats onto the shore and practically up to their front doors. Chy-An-Dour is a large, recently refurbished cottage with open beamed ceilings and plenty of character, whilst the 3 Rose Cottages, built in an L shape, all ooze old Cornish charm and are perfect for dog loving families.

Beautiful Cornish Sunset Spots

August 19, 2015 No Comments

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There’s nothing as beautiful in its simplicity as the setting sun. In terms of the best things in life being free, you couldn’t find a better example. You just take one panoramic view, add one blanket or bench and set the timer for early evening. Then sit back and enjoy the hues of chameleonic colour blistering across the sky.

We are spoilt for choice for sunset spots here at Cornwall Holiday Cottages. It’s one of the best parts of living down here. Cornwall may have some of the most dramatic sunsets in the world, places just perfect for snuggling up under a warm blanket and watching the sun dip beneath the horizon.

Most of us only make time to watch the sun set when we’re on holiday, as if that calming, beautiful moment can only occur when we’re in an exotic place, free from everyday obligations. We really should set more time aside for the simple things as sunsets can slow down your perception of time, don’t you know. Participants in a 2012 study (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/07/120719161901.htm) found that those that opened themselves to awe inspiring situations more often felt they had more time available and were less impatient. By taking that time to watch the world go by, we are regaining control of the clock.

Below we’ve compiled a list of great sunset spots just perfect for a summer’s evening. Some of them are great barbeque or picnic spots, others would make a great place to go after a romantic dinner. We’d also like to know what your favourite sunset spots are, so drop us a message under this link on facebook.

 

Pendennis Point

With a view of the Lizard Peninsula to the west and Falmouth Bay stretching out before it, the Point is the perfect place to saunter to after an early evening meal.

 

Sennen Cove

Perched right on the tip of England, you have Cape Cornwall stretching out on one side and Land’s End on the other. In summer dolphins often play in the bay, what better place for a sunset?

 

Godolphin Hill, Helston

This conical hill offers amazing 360 degree views with no artificial light, making it perfect for stargazing on a clear night or a good place to enjoy the sunset before heading down the hill on a moonlit night walk.

 

Loe Bar

This Sand Bar near Porthleven and Helston allows you to watch the sun reflect off the cliffs of the Lizard Peninsula as it goes down behind the distant lights of Penzance and Newlyn.

 

Tremayne Quay

Set in the quiet greenery of the Helford River, Tremayne Quay is the perfect spot for an evening picnic. The sun will glisten in the calm, mirroring river waters before dipping down behind the trees.

 

Gunwalloe’s Church Cove

To the right of this beach lies a small church and above that church, one of the best sea views on the South Coast. The panoramic view, taking in everything from Porthleven to Mousehole is truly awe inspiring beneath a burnt orange sunset.

 

Portreath, Porthtowan and Perranporth

These well-known surfer’s paradises on the North Coast all offer great places to drink a cocktail or a coffee as the sunsets across the beach. You’ll be in good company as people talk about the day’s waves, relaxing in the suns waning glow.

 

Mexico Towans

This is a local best-kept-secret. Next to the mouth of the Hayle Estuary, beginning a four mile stretch of sand which doesn’t stop until Godrevy, Mexico Towans is a blissfully quiet beach backed with extensive sand dunes and a view of Carbis Bay and St Ives. Light up a barbeque, stretch out just enjoy the view.

 

Rock Pooling

June 8, 2015 No Comments

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Rock pooling is part of a quintessential Cornish beach holiday. It’s one step away from the stereotype of knotted hankies and rolled up trousers. In fact, as I get older I find myself going for the rolled up trouser look more and more on the beach. I’m also fascinated with the life that’s found in the crags and hollows that are left by the retreating tides along the Cornish coastlines.

When the tide is low it’s possible to peer into the small pools of water along the rocky shore line and find a whole manner of things lurking beneath the seaweeds. Each pool is a microcosm of marine life, teeming with shrimp, crabs, molluscs and other sea-life.

The living conditions in rock pools are ever changing, so the creatures that live there have to be pretty hardy: the water temperature is constantly fluctuating as the sun heats it through the day and high tide washes in the cold; the oxygen level of the water depletes; and then there’s the incoming tide coming in to shake the whole thing up.

All you really need to rock pool is a bucket, net, wellies and a little bit of patience. When peering into the (not so) murky (and not so deep) depths, they may at first appear empty. But I assure you star fish are clinging to the rocks, crabs are slaloming through the seaweed and transparent prawns are bobbing around the kelp forests.

There are loads of great places to go rock pooling in Cornwall. Godrevy Has an abundance of shallow waters, as does Kennack Sands down The Lizard, but one of our favourites, and one very close to a lot of our Cornish Holiday Cottages, is the wide expanse from Castle Beach, around Gyllyngvase and through to Swanpool Beach. When the tide is out there’s close to a mile of gullies, pools and puddles to explore.

Here are a few of the things to look out for as you explore:

 

Starfish

Starfish, Sea Urchins and Brittlestars – these striking creatures are symmetrical with arms radiating out from a central body

 

Sea Squirts

These creatures are characterised by their soft bodies and can be seen attached to rocks on lower shores.

 

Sea Anenomes

Another soft bodied creature which can be found attached to rocks.

 

Crustaceans

There are 4 main types of crab you may see – Shore, Hermit, Velvet Swimming and Edible crab. Also look out for shrimps and barnacles.

 

Molluscs

These include sea slugs, mussels and limpets whose shell resembles a Chinese hat!

 

Shore fish

Keep an eye out for blenny and goby, often seen darting around rockpools. You’ll have to be quick to catch one!

 

 

Kynance Cove

April 23, 2015 No Comments

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Kynance Cove is the stuff of childhood dreams: rocky, wild and raw. Golden sand is punctuated by rocky promontories and stacks that create corridors of surging and sloshing sea making for a unique swimming experience.

Probably one of the most painted and photographed points in Cornwall, due to the juxtaposition of brilliant white sand, turquoise ocean and dark red and green serpentine rock, a brief walk along the coastal path in either direction will open out completely different vistas and there are some great picnic spots overlooking the cove down below. A combination of the mild maritime climate and complex and unique geology has produced an area with a distinctive character, well known for its rare and unusual flora and where the famous call of the Cornish chough is never far away.

Down on the beach, there is a labyrinthine quality to the cove that children love – they can feel like they are explorers on a deserted island, whilst being still being within calling distance of mum and dad.

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If you can, try to make sure you are at the beach at low tide. This is when caves and paths round to other beaches are readily accessible. If you’re early you can even be the first to press your feet into the fresh, unblemished sand as the tide rolls back. You can even venture round the corner to a bank of sand that connects to a small island. On many occasion us locals at Cornish Holiday Cottages have sat and watched many an tourist get themselves sadly stranded whilst sunbathing – we do get the odd sense of schadenfreude from time to time.

Kynance Cove is managed by the National Trust and is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They’ve done some fantastic work in keeping the beach accessible, despite coastal erosion from winter storms. On the cliff tops you will see a host of coastal flowers, from relatively common species through to some of the rarest wild such as Wild Asparagus, Hairy Greenweed, Fringed Rupturewort or even Land Quillwort. This is what makes the Lizard one of the top locations to spot wildlife in Britain.

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If all that exploring gives you an appetite then fear not, Kynance Cove is served by an attentive beach side café. On the menu you will find fresh Kynance crab sandwiches, baguettes and salads. Kynance burgers, fresh ham, bacon, Cornish brie, Cornish Pasties and much more. Their homemade scones are delicious.

Please note: Dogs are welcome on this beach except between Easter Sunday and 30 September (07:00am – 07:00pm) when a seasonal dog ban is in place.

Beach Safety

April 7, 2015 No Comments

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We want all our Cornish Holiday Cottage guests to enjoy their time on our beautiful Cornish beaches. That’s why we are profiling some of our favourite beaches in the run up to the summer. But while you may have found the factor 50 at the back of a kitchen draw, dragged out from the garage and practiced sucking in your gut in front of the mirror (don’t worry, you’ve still got it), there’s still a lot to keep in mind. Especially if you’re a parent: there are the buckets and the spades and the extra clothes and the sun tent and the wind break and the sandwiches…the list goes on. But above all else there’s the safety of you and your children, both in and out of the water, to consider.

A friend, who used to spend the summer lifeguarding while we were at university, came to the pub one evening fuming. He was the angriest I think I’ve ever seen him. That day at work, on a not particularly rough day, he had to rescue two young children from a rip current that was slowly dragging them out to sea. As he told the story he made it absolutely clear how close to exhaustion these children were when he got to them. He didn’t think they’d have lasted much longer.

Once they got back to dry land, he looked for their parents. They were right at the back of the beach sunbathing. The mum was asleep with her iPod on. That is what had made my friend angry – how oblivious she was to her children’s safety. She had come incredibly close to losing both her children and wasn’t aware that anything had happened.

A little closer to home is the small scar I have on my nose. It’s been there since I was 4 or 5. On Mother’s Day my parents and I had gone out to Praa Sands for the day and we were strolling along the beach. That was it. Just walking and throwing the odd stone, when a wave lunged at us, knocking my parents over and dragging me back out with it. Apparently, it took two more waves crashing against the shore to pull me from the water. If wasn’t for good luck and quick actions, I wouldn’t be here now.

It’s not just children that need to be careful: last year three adults lost their lives trying to help some surfers who’d got into trouble on Mawnan Porth beach. Anyone can get into trouble.

There are lots of good guides to beach and water safety, including this leaflet from the RNLI. http://www.visitnewquay.org/dbimgs/Know%20Your%20Flags.pdf

But here are some of our Cornish Holiday Cottage tips to go through before heading out into the rolling waves.

  1. 1.       Know your swimming limits

If the water looks too rough for you, then you are right. Always be cautious and don’t put yourself into a dangerous situation. Take note that we’ve said ‘know’ your limits, not ‘push’ your limits.

  1. 2.       Recognise Rip Currents.

Rip currents or undertows are channels of water flowing from the beach and back out to sea. All the water that is pushed in by waves has to go somewhere and this water is pushed to the side by the next incoming wave, until it finds a passage back out. This is normally where the water is at its deepest and is made more so by the outgoing water channel.

You can usually see rip currents by watching the water for signs – are there areas where the waves aren’t breaking or where the white water vanishes? That’s where the water is pulling back out and is deeper. It might even look like the calmest, safest bit of water. Guide your children away from that area. Most probably, the Lifeguards will have spotted it before you and put up flags as guidance.

The BBC have created a handy video on rip currents: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25559412

  1. 3.       Know how to escape a rip current

If you try to swim back to shore you are going to make no progress and just exhaust yourself.  To imagine what it’s like, picture trying to swim against the current in a swimming pool’s wild river, only stronger. It’s an easy fix though, so don’t panic: swim parallel to the shore. Chances are the rip is only a few meters wide and once you are out, getting back to dry land should be easy.

  1. 4.       Make sure there’s always someone to watch your children

You can’t always watch your children: we all need a pee break. But don’t just assume that someone else is going to be watching them (this is a problem in groups). There are three other adults around, so someone’s going to be watching them, right? Everyone else is probably thinking the same thing. Ask someone to specifically keep an eye out – and threaten them with the sharp end of your plastic spade if they stop before you come back.

  1. 5.       Talk to the lifeguard and read the signs

The lifeguards know the beach and the ocean better than we ever will. In the space of one summer they might spend more time in the ocean than some people will in their entire lives. So, they may only be nineteen years old, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know what they’re doing.We don’t always know best. Some locals have even been part of surf lifesaving clubs from an early age – they’ve been training for this job for years. Say hi, ask them where the safest spots are and if you’re not a particularly strong swimmer, ask them to keep a keen eye out for your children.

  1. 6.       The difference between playing and being in trouble

Children make a lot of noise when they’re playing. They don’t when they are struggling in the water. When someone is in desperate need of help in the water, they are often struggling for breath. They cannot scream for help. When children get quiet in the water, you get to them and find out why.

  1. 7.       Be cautious in unfamiliar waters

Even if you’re a strong swimmer, make sure you know what you are getting into. I’m a big fan of coasteering, which sometimes involves jumping from 10 or more metres into the sea. I always check the depth of the water before I jump in a new place. That goes for any reason you are using the water. Ask the locals and look for potential problems. If an area is free from other swimmers, then there might be a reason. There might be rip currents, sewage run offs or something else that you are not aware of.

 

Be safe over the upcoming months. Once you know what you’re looking for, staying safe on the beach becomes second nature.

Praa Sands

February 2, 2015 No Comments

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The white sands of Praa Sands are popular amongst locals and tourists alike. Located in the sheltered bay between Penzance and the Lizard, Praa Sands is another glistening white beach. Sand dunes back the beach and there is even a crazy golf course on them.

In the summer it is a tale of two beaches: at the east end of the beach you’ll find a quiet place to stretch out and sun bathe in peace; to the east you’ll find shops, cafés and public toilets. The Sand Bar is a Praa Sands hotspot and is a great little stop off for a coffee where you can sit back and soak up the view and fun seaside vibes.

This is a great beach for the kids. If you’ve got a toddler, or a teenager, there’s plenty of entertainment. A small stream running across the sand makes a safe paddling pool while, on the right day, there can be some surprisingly large surf, all watched over by lifeguards during the summer. There is also plenty of space to fly kites, play football or run around and the beach also offers sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, slipways and surfboad hire.

The rocks to the west of the beach hold more than a few local secrets: it’s a fantastic area for coastal exploration. Don a wetsuit and put something on your feet that you don’t mind getting wet, and scramble over the rocks to find some safe areas to jump into the sea, or some hidden coves and caves.

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For the more adventurous there is the hidden Kenneggy Sands Beach. To get there you have to take a short walk west along the coastal path and climb a chained ladder down to the beach itself – this is not one for those unsteady on their feet. The beach is sandy and dog friendly, but the incoming tide can cut you off, if you are not careful.

Porthcurno Beach

January 10, 2015 No Comments

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Nestled and wind sheltered between Cornish cliffs lies Porthcurno Beach. After taking a left turn somewhere west of Penzance, you’ll definitely be feeling a little off the beaten track as lanes coil and snake around, eventually dropping you at the coast. The beach itself has a wonderfully Mediterranean feel, with delicate, fine sand leading down to crystal clear, azure waters, even on overcast days. The sand is mostly made up of broken shells; fantastic for in depth exploring and wandering eyes.

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Recommended in last years Good Beach Guide, Porthcurno is popular with families. With no cafés or ice-cream vans littering the beach, there’s just you, the sand and the sea. A stream flows down one side of the beach, which is perfect for the children to play in and at low tide there are rock pools to explore. Off to the left you can see the huge granite headland of Logan’s Rock in the distance and up to the right, at the top of a winding pathway, sits the internationally renowned Minack Theatre.

To get to the beach from the car park you take a short path past gorse bushes and the reassuringly present lifeguard hut – manned between June and September – before the path drops steeply down to the beach itself. Back at the car park itself you’ll find a café, shop and the public toilets: you’ve got all the mod-cons close to hand without your beach view being ruined.

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Around Porthcurno there’s lots more to do. Logan’s Rock and its 80 ton granite rocking stone is a 30 minute walk up the coastal path, and if ‘getting away from it all’ is what you are after there are lots of hidden coves and beaches on the way – some only bearing sand at low tide.

There’s the Minack itself, which is a unique theatrical experience and would round off a summer’s day at the beach, but there doesn’t have to be a play on for it to be explored – there are opportunities to wander round the stone seats and stage throughout the day.

Porthcurno’s other claim to fame is its importance in British international communications: the first undersea communications cable was laid here in 1870 and stretched all the way from the UK to India. The concrete cable hut, where the cable was connected to a landline is now a listed building and stands at the top of the beach. Back up, by the car park, is the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum. I know this sound a bit specialised for most tastes – including the children – but there are loads of interactive exhibitions and things to decipher and is a great way to fill a few hours.

So Porthcurno is more than just a beach experience; it can also be a historical experience, an exploratory experience, and a cultural experience all rolled into one.

 

 

 

Bedruthan Steps Beach

December 24, 2014 No Comments

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Bedruthan is one of the county’s more dramatic beaches. Having been compared to California’s Big Sur, it is dwarfed by spectacular rocky stacks, which punctuate the beach. It is said that the outcrops were put there by Bedruthan, a giant, and used as stepping-stones. At low tide the beach stretches for over a mile with plenty of nooks and crannies to explore.

The area around Bedruthan and Carnewas is ideal walking territory. Within two short miles of Bedruthan Steps there are two Iron Age hill forts and six Bronze Age burial Barrows. There are stunning cliff-top views past the stacks and at high tide you can watch the waves crash against the rocky outcrops in dramatic fashion. With this in mind, the National Trust has created ‘The Piazza’, a viewing platform on the cliff edge.

The beach gets its name from the steep steps taking you down to the shore. Carved into the cliff face, the 149 steps can be an interesting challenge; it’s worth it, but not for the faint of heart.

Next to the viewing platform sits a National Trust shop and café for refreshments, as well as parking. The food is excellent and good value; especially the Hunters Lunch. There is a second car park: the Carnanton Estate Car Park. This second car park has picnic tables, which are perfect for a lunchtime picnic, overlooking the spectacular scene below.

The huge scale of the rocks gives the beach an almost mystical feeling. You can explore the large cave next to the foot of the steps, stroll around the stacks or use the beach’s clean, pristine sands to sunbathe on.

It is worth noting though, that there is no swimming from the beach – there are strong currents, which make it a dicey prospect for all swimmers – but there are lots of sandy rock pools for the children to paddle in.

Lying between Newquay and Padstow, Bedruthan Steps is perfect as part of an exploration of the north coast. This part of the Cornish coastline is particularly beautiful with numerous small coves culminating in the spectacular steps themselves. Not as crowded as Newquay’s own beaches, it is the perfect place to experience the ‘rugged Cornish coastline’ in all its glory.