Right now I'm sat in my little home office and it's raining cats and dogs. The beauty of the British summertime! So to brighten the day I thought I'd look back at sunnier times and share my second and final post on our recent weeks break to the lovely Cornwall.
Yes I've managed to narrow it down to a two parter (plus a couple of additional posts about some more specific activities). Turns out most of my photos really were of the same beautiful blue skies and sandy beaches, which as fabulous as I personally think they are, may start to get a little repetitive after a while! So I begin today with the final few beach shots of the sandy shores and eager surfers of the town of Newquay, before we venture over to our final stop - the magical village of Tintagel and the legends that surround the historic Tintagel Castle.
Plus stick with me to the end for my personal selection of must have items if heading off on a similar UK holiday break.
You can see why the coast of Newquay and the surrounding areas is of such a draw for those who love to surf or partake in other water sports and seaside activities. We stopped for a while in the town of Newquay itself and whilst very friendly it wasn't really our kind of place to hang around for too long. Beautiful views though and perfect for the younger crowd looking to surf all day and party all night!
Thus we finally must venture on to Tintagel! Now this lovely village, known more fondly as King Arthur country, was on the way home for us. About an hours drive in the homeward direction, so we saved it for our departure day and it proved to be a fantastic final place to explore as we said farewell to the county of Cornwall.
There are many legends surrounding this magical little place and the Castle itself is linked with the tales of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. We kind of went mainly for the Castle having not had the chance to learn much more about the village itself but once we got there we immediately realised that time would also be needed to take a stroll around such a sweet and beautiful location. It was in the village that we sampled some of the most amazing local fudge, hot off of the cooking press as it were, at the brilliantly named Granny Wobbly's Fudge Pantry! Plus we were able to restock our home honey supplies at the fabulous local honey shop.
There are many lovely things to see and do in this quiet little part of Cornwall. We were too short on time at this point in the trip to go into Merlins Cave or to take a wander around King Arthur's Great Halls, but that's all the more reason to head back there another time and revisit the beauty of this pretty spot beside the Atlantic sea.
Visiting the site of the Castle itself and the many castle ruins dating over many years and different periods in history was fantastic. Dogs can come with you, on leads, and you can be sure of some stunning views as you trek the steep steps up and down to explore the remains of a bygone era in time.
As I mentioned, it is steep! So be prepared, wear good shoes and a wind proof coat on a blustery day. Otherwise you may leave feeling a little worse for wear and battered by this climb beside the sea. You can venture up and down to the Castle site by Land Rover, you have to pay a small fee for the pleasure. However once at the base the rest is up to you, and as I think you'll see from the photos, there's still a fair bit of steep up and down-ness that awaits. I'll leave the writing here and make way for a flurry of photos. Enjoy the views and see you at the end of the post!
Thus, like all good things, our mini family holiday did come to an end! If you're thinking you would like to explore the UK a little more then I cannot recommend Cornwall enough (have I said how much I loved it!) Of course this was just a teeny part of what there is to see down at that end of the country. I hope in the future we will return and explore much, much more.
Now as we took part in many a daily dog walk along beaches, cliffs and country roads I thought I'd put together a brief little selection of practical(ish) fashion picks for anyone wondering what they might pack on such an excursion. See my choices below - very much based on the sort of thing I took along and that worked very well for this part of the world during the first few weeks of May. With a little rain and a little sun it's best, in my experience, to be prepared for all possible occurrences in order to get the most from your trip.
Have a very lovely weekend everyone. Thank you as always for reading and hopefully see you back here soon where I will getting back to business for a bit and leaving the holiday life behind. So watch out for some more work related inspiration coming your way very soon.