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Location: Fowey

Day 1 - 7 Aug 2020

Royal Fowey Yacht Club

Fowey, Royal Fowey Yacht Club
Fowey, Royal Fowey Yacht Club
Fowey, Royal Fowey Yacht Club

Content: In August 2020 when it was still difficult and a bit scary to travel abroad, we decided to instead explore closer to home and set off on a 10 day road trip around the coast of Cornwall, England’s version of the Mediterranean. We discovered so many beautiful places and can’t wait to go back! Our first stop was the pretty little town of Fowey in the south east of the region.

The Sun & Moon

Fowey, The Sun & Moon

Content: We stayed at the Sun and Moon B&B (although it didn’t include breakfast), which was perfect as it was right in the centre of Fowey with cheap parking right outside and the room was cosy and comfortable, plus there was a living room and really pretty terrace we could use.

The Lugger

Fowey, The Lugger

Content: We arrived in the evening so tried out a couple of local pubs for drinks! Oli enjoyed drinking Cornish beer including Tribute, which is one of his favourites and not easy to find in London.

The Ship Inn

Fowey, The Ship Inn

Content: The Ship Inn is Fowey’s oldest pub and is so cosy inside. The outside is adorned with flowers and really pretty!

Location: Fowey

Day 2 - 8 Aug 2020

Brown Sugar

Fowey, Brown Sugar

Content: This cute hipster spot in the centre of Fowey has lots of options for breakfast or lunch and good coffee.

Location: Bodelva

Day 2 - 8 Aug 2020

Eden Project, Cornwall

Bodelva, Eden Project, Cornwall
Bodelva, Eden Project, Cornwall
Bodelva, Eden Project, Cornwall
Bodelva, Eden Project, Cornwall
Bodelva, Eden Project, Cornwall
Bodelva, Eden Project, Cornwall

Content: Tickets to the Eden Project aren’t cheap but it’s a great day trip if you’re in the area. So many beautiful plants and flowers from all over the world across the gardens and in the domes and lots of places to get food and drink.

Location: St Austell

Day 2 - 8 Aug 2020

St Austell

St Austell, St Austell

Content: We drove to the nearby town of St Austell and wandered around for a bit looking for somewhere for lunch but couldn’t find anywhere we liked the look of so headed to the sea.

Location: Charlestown

Day 2 - 8 Aug 2020

Charlestown fish co

Charlestown, Charlestown fish co

Content: In nearby Charlestown we found a food truck by the harbour selling delicious fresh fish. We shared a fish taco (pictured) and a crab sandwich. Both were delicious although not cheap.

Charlestown Harbour

Charlestown, Charlestown Harbour
Charlestown, Charlestown Harbour
Charlestown, Charlestown Harbour
Charlestown, Charlestown Harbour
Charlestown, Charlestown Harbour
Charlestown, Charlestown Harbour

Content: Charlestown harbour is really pretty. We didn’t go down on to the beach but it looked lovely too.

Location: Fowey

Day 2 - 8 Aug 2020

The King of Prussia

Fowey, The King of Prussia
Fowey, The King of Prussia
Fowey, The King of Prussia

Content: We headed back to Fowey for a comforting pub dinner in the King of Prussia.

Location: Fowey

Day 3 - 9 Aug 2020

Cornish Bakery

Fowey, Cornish Bakery
Fowey, Cornish Bakery

Content: Breakfast from the Cornish Bakery including a delicious pastel de nata.

Fowey Harbour

Fowey, Fowey Harbour
Fowey, Fowey Harbour
Fowey, Fowey Harbour

Content: We wandered around Fowey harbour and took in the views.

Fowey Harbour Hotel

Fowey, Fowey Harbour Hotel
Fowey, Fowey Harbour Hotel
Fowey, Fowey Harbour Hotel
Fowey, Fowey Harbour Hotel

Content: We went to the Fowey Harbour Hotel for a drink - a cocktail for me, a coffee for Oli! The views from their balcony are beautiful.

Location: Polperro

Day 3 - 9 Aug 2020

Crumplehorn Inn & Mill

Polperro, Crumplehorn Inn & Mill

Content: Next stop was Polperro. There’s a big car park just on the edge of the town so we parked there and walked down to the harbour. We stopped on the way for a drink in this sunny pub garden.

Polperro

Polperro, Polperro
Polperro, Polperro
Polperro, Polperro
Polperro, Polperro
Polperro, Polperro

Content: Polperro is a lovely little town with mostly whitewashed houses and shops. There’s a good little sweet shop on the way to the harbour where we bought some old fashioned sweets!

Polperro Harbour

Polperro, Polperro Harbour
Polperro, Polperro Harbour
Polperro, Polperro Harbour
Polperro, Polperro Harbour

Content: It was low tide when we were there so the harbour was dry but still so pretty! We’d love to go back some time at high tide to see it in its full glory.

Blue Peter

Polperro, Blue Peter
Polperro, Blue Peter

Content: We got a late lunch/early dinner from the Blue Peter inn and sat and ate it on the edge of the harbour.

Location: Penzance

Day 3 - 9 Aug 2020

Treventon Guest House

Penzance, Treventon Guest House
Penzance, Treventon Guest House

Content: After Polperro we drove to Penzance, which would be our base for the next few days. It’s not the nicest town but it’s well situated for exploring the south west of Cornwall and the B&B we stayed in was really nice - big, clean room and decent continental breakfast buffet included.

Location: Saint Just

Day 4 - 10 Aug 2020

Crowns Engine Houses, Botallack Mine

Saint Just, Crowns Engine Houses, Botallack Mine
Saint Just, Crowns Engine Houses, Botallack Mine
Saint Just, Crowns Engine Houses, Botallack Mine
Saint Just, Crowns Engine Houses, Botallack Mine
Saint Just, Crowns Engine Houses, Botallack Mine

Content: In the morning we drove to this national trust site. There are old tin mines dotted along the cliffs with stunning views out to sea. It was apparently used as a location in the TV show Poldark. There’s a free car park right opposite so it’s easy to get to.

Location: Penzance

Day 4 - 10 Aug 2020

Land's End

Penzance, Land's End
Penzance, Land's End

Content: We couldn’t travel around Cornwall without visiting Land’s End, the westernmost tip of England! The famous sign showing the distances to other places around the world had a big queue of people and a professional photographer charging for photos so we decided to skip it… we got lunch from a place there selling fast food and pasties.

Location: Porthcurno

Day 4 - 10 Aug 2020

Porthcurno Beach

Porthcurno, Porthcurno Beach

Content: Next stop was this beautiful secluded beach! It was fairly busy but there was plenty of space for us to sunbathe and dip our toes in the cold sea water! There’s pay and display parking just above the beach that was only taking cash when we were there between lockdowns.

Location: Mousehole

Day 4 - 10 Aug 2020

Mousehole

Mousehole, Mousehole
Mousehole, Mousehole

Content: Mousehole is a lovely little town with a pretty harbour and some nice pubs and shops. We got some delicious ice cream from a place on the corner of the harbour.

The Ship Inn

Mousehole, The Ship Inn

Content: We had a tasty dinner in the Ship Inn pub in Mousehole before heading back to the B&B.

Location: St Ives

Day 5 - 11 Aug 2020

St Ives

St Ives, St Ives

Content: To celebrate our wedding anniversary we spent the day in St Ives, one of Cornwall’s prettiest and most popular coastal towns. It was unfortunately very busy and cloudy while we were there so we didn’t get to see it at its best.

St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa

St Ives, St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa
St Ives, St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa
St Ives, St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa
St Ives, St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa

Content: We had lunch in the St Ives Harbour Hotel. The food was really good but service was quite slow and we had to sit inside as there were no tables available on the terrace.

Location: Marazion

Day 5 - 11 Aug 2020

Saint Michael's Mount

Marazion, Saint Michael's Mount
Marazion, Saint Michael's Mount

Content: In the afternoon we headed to Marazion to St Michael’s Mount. At high tide the little island is surrounded by the sea and only accessible by the path from the beach. We were there at low tide so it was a bit less impressive looking but still pretty!

Location: Lizard

Day 6 - 12 Aug 2020

National Trust - Lizard Point

Lizard, National Trust - Lizard Point

Content: In the morning we drove to Lizard Point, which is a National trust area. It’s beautiful rugged coastline with views out to sea and coastal paths for walking. We actually saw a seal in the sea while we were there!

Location: Helston

Day 6 - 12 Aug 2020

Kynance Cove

Helston, Kynance Cove
Helston, Kynance Cove
Helston, Kynance Cove
Helston, Kynance Cove

Content: Not far from Lizard point you’ll find one of the most stunning beaches in Cornwall: Kynance cove. It was cloudy most of the time that we were there but the water was still a gorgeous turquoise - it must be even more striking when the sun’s shining.

Kynance Cove Cafe

Helston, Kynance Cove Cafe

Content: We had lunch at the cafe on the beach, looking out to sea.

Location: Watergate Bay

Day 6 - 12 Aug 2020

Watergate Bay Hotel

Watergate Bay, Watergate Bay Hotel
Watergate Bay, Watergate Bay Hotel
Watergate Bay, Watergate Bay Hotel
Watergate Bay, Watergate Bay Hotel

Content: Then we drove to our next destination, another beautiful beach with gorgeous sunsets: Watergate Bay. We stopped at the Watergate Bay Hotel for drinks in their bar, the Watchful Mary, with views of the sunset from their balcony. It seems like an amazing hotel, worth staying there if you can afford it.

Wax Watergate Bay

Watergate Bay, Wax Watergate Bay

Content: We stayed in a small but comfortable en-suite room above the restaurant and surf school at Wax, just a couple of minutes walk from the beach.

Location: Newquay

Day 7 - 13 Aug 2020

Fistral Beach

Newquay, Fistral Beach

Content: The next day we explored more of the Newquay area. We got a drink at a pub on Fistral Beach, which is famous for surfing.

Newquay

Newquay, Newquay

Content: We wandered around the town and saw this mural outside the Red Lion pub.

Location: St Agnes

Day 7 - 13 Aug 2020

Wheal Coates

St Agnes, Wheal Coates
St Agnes, Wheal Coates

Content: Another stunning National Trust site on the coast: Wheal Coates tin mines. The contrast of the yellow and purple flowers on the cliffs and the bright turquoise sea is just beautiful.

Location: Padstow

Day 8 - 14 Aug 2020

The Old Ship Hotel

Padstow, The Old Ship Hotel
Padstow, The Old Ship Hotel

Content: You can’t visit Cornwall without getting a cream tea! So we had it for brunch in a pub in the pretty little harbour town of Padstow.

Padstow Harbour

Padstow, Padstow Harbour

Content: The harbour was really cloudy while we were there so probably not looking at its best. It’s a lovely little town to wander around.

Stein's Fish And Chips

Padstow, Stein's Fish And Chips
Padstow, Stein's Fish And Chips
Padstow, Stein's Fish And Chips

Content: We got delicious takeaway from Rick Stein’s fish and chip shop. There’s also an eat-in restaurant and shop. We sat and ate ours out the box in our car coz it was raining! The fried oyster was really tasty too.

Location: Newquay

Day 8 - 14 Aug 2020

Watchful Mary

Newquay, Watchful Mary
Newquay, Watchful Mary
Newquay, Watchful Mary
Newquay, Watchful Mary

Content: Back to Watergate Bay for the evening, we had pizza and drinks at the Watchful Mary overlooking the beach.

Location: Wadebridge

Day 9 - 15 Aug 2020

Bedruthan Steps

Wadebridge, Bedruthan Steps
Wadebridge, Bedruthan Steps

Content: One of the most beautiful places we visited was Bedruthan Steps. The steps were closed so we couldn’t go down to the beach but the views from the top were stunning.

Location: Mawgan Porth

Day 9 - 15 Aug 2020

Mawgan Porth Beach

Mawgan Porth, Mawgan Porth Beach
Mawgan Porth, Mawgan Porth Beach

Content: We had a picnic for lunch by this beach on the way back to Watergate Bay.

Location: Newquay

Day 9 - 15 Aug 2020

Wax

Newquay, Wax

Content: For dinner we got burgers and chips from the restaurant where we were staying.

Watergate Bay

Newquay, Watergate Bay
Newquay, Watergate Bay

Content: Our last evening in Watergate Bay had the best sunset!

Location: Mawgan Porth

Day 10 - 16 Aug 2020

Merrymoor

Mawgan Porth, Merrymoor

Content: We had a tasty breakfast in this pub by the beach.

Location: Padstow

Day 10 - 16 Aug 2020

Treyarnon Bay

Padstow, Treyarnon Bay
Padstow, Treyarnon Bay

Content: It wasn’t great weather this day but we wanted to see some more of the local beaches before leaving the area so we wandered around Treyarnon Bay, which seemed a lovely, family friendly beach.

Location: Constantine Bay

Day 10 - 16 Aug 2020

Constantine Bay

Constantine Bay, Constantine Bay

Content: Nearby Constantine Bay was smaller and more rugged, really pretty.

Location: Saint Merryn

Day 10 - 16 Aug 2020

Trevose Head Lighthouse

Saint Merryn, Trevose Head Lighthouse

Content: We like lighthouses so went to see this pretty one before leaving the area.

Location: Port Isaac

Day 10 - 16 Aug 2020

The Slipway Hotel

Port Isaac, The Slipway Hotel

Content: Our last stop for the night was this B&B in Port Isaac. The room was small and old but lovely! Really comfortable bed too.

Port Isaac Harbour

Port Isaac, Port Isaac Harbour
Port Isaac, Port Isaac Harbour

Content: Port Isaac is such a pretty little harbour town, we enjoyed wandering around. We bought some cream tea kits and frozen pasties from a little shop to take home as gifts for family members. This is the town where the TV show Doc Martin is filmed.

Location: Port Isaac

Day 11 - 17 Aug 2020

The Slipway Hotel

Port Isaac, The Slipway Hotel
Port Isaac, The Slipway Hotel

Content: On our last morning we had a delicious breakfast in our hotel before starting off on our journey home.

Location: Boscastle

Day 11 - 17 Aug 2020

Boscastle Harbour

Boscastle, Boscastle Harbour
Boscastle, Boscastle Harbour
Boscastle, Boscastle Harbour
Boscastle, Boscastle Harbour
Boscastle, Boscastle Harbour

Content: On our way back home we made one last stop in Boscastle. Such a cute little town with a pretty harbour and grassy cliffs. It also has a Witchcraft museum, which was closed when we were there but is apparently an interesting visit!