Coastal walking in Cornwall

So I have been a bad blogger. I haven’t posted for months! Why? To be honest I was after a break from being online, so I put social media & my blog on ice – just while I got some head space back. Because let’s face it, there’s a LOT of noise out there these days. Social media, and the digital world, means we’re online – like all the time – and while there’s so much to enjoy from it, there’s also a place for time without it. For doing all the things we used to do before Facebook.

The start of my digital detox was actually our last seaside holiday – a week staycationing in Cornwall. When you’re somewhere so beautiful it’s hard not to share what you’re finding on Instagram. But I decided it was time for a break – which is why I’m only getting round to writing this post now. I’m not going to feel bad for it either – as I said when I started this blog, I was only going to write when I had something to write – instead of blogging for the sake of blogging.

But the week away was amazing – we had two nights in remote Sennen, right at the end of the land, and then a further five nights in gorgeous St. Agnes. I’d never really been to the north coast before, instead sticking to the Roseland Peninsula – as that’s where my husband’s family have always gone. Both are equally beautiful, but wonderfully different.

There’s so much I could write about our week there, all the details, but you’ll find this all out if you explore both areas for yourself. I also didn’t take lots of photos, a blogger faux pas I know, but I felt my husband deserved to enjoy his breakfast, dinner or beer without me stopping him for that social media capture.

Sennen

The thing that I took away most from our time there were the coastal walks. Wow. The Cornwall coastline continues to take my breath away. We did the walk from Sennen Cove, to Land’s End, and round to Porthcurno. What stunning scenery – the purple & yellow heather on the wind ravaged cliff tops, the menacing rocks guarding the tip of Cornwall from the breaking waves, the wildlife – seals, stags, – and the beautiful beaches.

Cornwall south west coast path

Lunch on the South West Coast Path – that view!

Other highlights from our two nights in Sennen were the infamous Minack Theatre – we were lucky enough to witness last night of the proms complete with fireworks, while we picnic’d on Cornish pasties and a bottle of our wedding Champagne – the view of sunset over Porthcurno beach was just breathtaking. We also loved the coffee & cakes from Little Bo Cafe – watching the waves come in and break over the harbour wall from here was awesome.

Porthcurno beach view from the Minack Theatre

Porthcurno beach at sunset

Sennen Cove, Cornwall

Waves breaking over the harbour wall at Sennen Cove

St. Agnes

In St. Agnes we were spoilt for walks. Sophie of The Sorting Office was an absolute legend and let us know all about the best walks before we went (her cafe also does the most delicious coffee & cake!). You can walk around the St. Agnes headland to Porthchapel and, if there at low tide, along the beach to Porthtowan. This walk is simply stunning – probably my favourite walk in Cornwall to date. The stretch of beach between Porthchapel and Porthtowan is insane – angry waves breaking on ever-stretching sands backed by huge menacing cliffs – it’s so rugged & wild.

St Agnes to Porthchapel and Porthtowan - coastal walk in Cornwall

Porthchapel to Porthtowan beach at low tide

You can also head in the opposite direction from Trevaunance Cove to Perranporth.

Perranporth beach in Cornwall - coastal walk

Perranporth beach – really small & unimpressive… 🙂

I promise it’s not the Caribbean – it’s Cornwall! Perranporth beach to be exact

St. Agnes itself is gorgeous – it had such a sense of local community. Places to note were Schooners in Trevaunance Cove – literally divine food – and The Tap House in Peterville – really delicious, hearty food & great live music.

We also drove round to Watergate Bay during our stay, and were lucky enough to catch it on one of those amazing October days where it’s blue skies & warm enough to walk in t-shirts. We did the stretch of coastal path from here to Mawgan Porth and were again blown away by the views. We also loved our fresh fish & rose wine lunch at Catch restaurant – I would definitely recommend you do the same.

I promised myself I’d only share a snapshot – as sometimes you can over plan your trips. Too many recommendations stop travel being your own adventure. So I’ll leave it for there but what I can say for sure is that you will not be disappointed if you choose to spend your precious annual leave exploring this part of beautiful Cornwall.

Loving life in North Cornwall

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