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A Weekend in West Cornwall

George and I have just spent the Bank Holiday weekend down in West Cornwall, and it was two and a half days of absolute bliss. So much so that I thought I’d better write a long overdue blog post!

With all that’s been going on over the last 18 months I’ve hardly written any posts! We’ve been concentrating lots of time and energy into the house instead, which has all been worth it now most rooms have been redecorated.

Anyway, back to Cornwall…

We both had Friday off work, so we set off about 7am to beat as much of the traffic as possible (although we still hit some around Perranporth).

We checked into our pretty little Bed and Breakfast in Penzanth, dumped our bags and heading straight to the nearby outdoor Jubilee Pool to cool off. We had lunch at the pool café and swam a few laps in the salty water. I had an aromatherapy massage booked at the pool treatment centre, which was absolutely amazing and the perfect start to a relaxing weekend on the coast.

Now, if you’re heading to Cornwall in high season, I highly recommend doing your homework and making some dinner reservations before your trip, otherwise you’ll struggle to get a table at any of the good spots. We had a table booked for cocktails and dinner at The Artist Residence in Penzance on Friday night, which was really good. My limoncello sour was excellent!

I’m going to do a post soon with a round up of all my favourite eating spots across Cornwall, so I’ll write more about all the restaurants and cafés we ate at over the weekend in that.

Our original plans on Saturday were to head back East up the coast to Kynance Cove, a stunning beach I’ve blogged out in the past. However, I was really concerned about how crowded Kynance might get and when I stumbled across this little gem of a book in a little shop on Friday we changed our plans.

Instead we headed out to Perranuthnoe Beach, just 10 minutes from Penzance and parked nice and early in the little beach car park. The beach was almost empty when we arrived and would have been a great place to set up camp for the day if you wanted a relaxing beach day. However, we got our trainers on and followed the coastal path in search of some smaller coves.

And they did not disappoint! From the sparkliest turquoise shallows I think I’ve ever seen, to headlands with stunning views for miles, this part of the coast really is some of the best in England.

We swam and had a picnic lunch at Piskies Cove, my favourite spot!

I sprained my ankle during this hike so didn’t think I could make it down and back again to Stackhouse Cove, but it looked stunning and was almost deserted!

We kept along the coast, all the way to Prussia Cove, another sparkling gem, but by this time a few more people were heading down to enjoy the sunshine in the shallows, so we carried on inland to loop back to Perranuthnoe for ice cream.

The ice creams at The Peppercorn Cafe were honestly about the size of my head, and there was flavour upon flavour to chose from.

On Saturday evening we headed for dinner at Mackerel Sky in Newlyn, a tapas style restaurant which doesn’t take reservations but I promise is worth the queue! I’ll write more about it soon.

We dedicated Sunday to the stunning beach town of St Ives. Again, get there early for easy parking and head straight down to the beach. My favourite time is when the tide is in, you can swim in the shallows and then bask in the sunshine to dry off.

We ate lunch at The Searoom, which is run by the St Ives Liquor Co, so you know the gin is good, before heading round to find another spot on Porthminster Beach for an afternoon of swimming and soaking up the rays.

We were so full from lunch that we skipped dinner on Sunday evening and sat out on the promenade, watching the trawler boats reel in their catches in the evening light.

A weekend well spent brings a week of content.

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