Thursday, 17 January 2019

A Fortnight in Cornwall #8 - Cafe Stopping & Beach Hopping

Hi there everyone 😀

I am really loving the fact that I am tucked up in the warm on a cold and wet January day, reminiscing about the last day of our two weeks holiday in Cornwall last September.

I know it seems like a long time ago but it is lovely looking back at blue skies and sunshine ... I can just imagine the warmth of the sun and the feel of the sand between my toes. It is making me long to be beside the sea but, as it will be May before we get to visit the coast again, I will have to make do with my memories.

It was Thursday, our last day, and Mum and dad and David, Alison and bobby were all heading home today.

The weather was glorious and we really wanted to make the most of it. We decided to take a bit of a drive north up along the coast to see what we could find. Beach and tea room hopping was pretty much the order of the day.

We started back at Crooklets, which has become a real favourite, for a big breakfast eaten sitting looking at the view, neither of which I think I will ever tire of ...
From here we had a short drive, through narrow country lanes to the National Trust car park at Northcott Mouth, where we were aiming to set up camp on the beach for an hour or so ...
The beach is absolutely stunning. It was lovely and warm and there was plenty of bright sunshine and blue skies ...


We found a nice spot tucked up against the rocks and set up camp ...
Whilst it was pretty quiet we were not totally alone ...

I really wanted to dip my feet in the sea for one last time and we wandered down to the waves ...
... where I got fabulously caught out by the waves for the sake of a photo opportunity ...

We wandered back to our spot by the rocks stopping to admire the natural beauty of the beach along the way ...


It was soon time to move on so we gathered up our bits and pieces and said good bye to Northcott for this year ...
From Northcott it was a short hop further north to Sandymouth where we availed ourselves of the facilities and had a quick refreshment stop at the tea room ...
... under the watchful eye of this cheery little fellow ...
Sandymouth is another beautiful beach, though we didn't take the walk down today ... we just admired the view from the top ...

Refreshed and raring to go we carried on with our gentle meanderings northward, along the coast through more narrow lanes and up past GCHQ, which didn't look at all sinister in the bright sunshine, against a backdrop of the blue sea and sky ...


Our next stop was Duckpool, where it is a bit of an effort to scramble over the rocks to the beach ...

We made do with another sit in the sun, which was absolutely scorching, and I just had to dip my feet in the river as it wended it’s way to the sea. It truly was just blissful ...
After soaking up the sun and cooling off our feet our next and last stop was the tea room at Morwenstowe ...

... where we couldn't leave without sneaking in one last cream tea, sat under the shade of the umbrella in the flower garden ...

We would have loved to have had a walk out to Hawkers Hut, but time was getting on and, as we were off home on Friday, we needed to get back to make a start on the packing.

We made our way back down the coast for our last drive back to West Holm along Marine Drive for one last look at Widemouth Bay early evening ...
It had been the best of days to end what had been a lovely holiday. We both love Bude and the surrounding area ... we won't leave it so long until the next time.

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I have to say that writing this post has made me more than a little wistful 😍
I think I need to start looking for a cottage for this year!

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