The gap between Easter and half term is one of the loveliest times to be in Cornwall. It presents a brief, peaceful lull in the middle of busy periods, and the weather (at the time of writing) is beautiful. The wild garlic is blossoming in the hedgerows, and will soon be joined by red campion, plus it’s almost bluebell season. The colours seem too beautiful to be real.
Everywhere feels calmer than it did just a few days ago, with the advantage that all attractions, eateries and shops are now open until the autumn. Anywhere you visit is sure to be quieter; however, if you want to go in search of a little tranquillity in Cornwall, here are a few suggestions:
If you don’t mind a bit of a drive, try walking the coast path way down West. That extra bit of distance can make all the difference, and it’s certainly quieter at weekends. The coastal walk from Mousehole to Lamorna is lovely, and there are footpaths back over the fields that create an idyllic circular route. Further west still, the boulder beach at St Loy’s, fringed by lush coastal woodland, is a wonderful place to perch on a rock and watch the waves. See www.southwestcoastpath.com for information and more ideas.
Continue further west, and you’ll discover a collection of colourful little coves and beaches. What used to be the peaceful Porthgwarra, is now a lot busier since Ross Poldark stripped off and went for a dip there. However, nearby Porthchapel is often more tranquil, due to its restricted access (a half mile walk from the car park and a scramble down some steep rocks). There are little old churches dotted around the area, or you could always take advantage of the shoulder-season calm to visit The Minack cliff-top theatre or Porthcurno Telegraph Museum.
As mentioned in the previous the blog post, ‘Find your own Cornwall’, heading inland is an alternative option. If you’re striding out for a walk, make sure to arm yourself with a copy of Craig Weatherhill’s Cornovia, a guide to the ancient sites of Cornwall. It gives the map reference, access details and a brief history of almost 250 monuments across the county, which enriches any walk and can lead to some fascinating discoveries. Try to spot the remains of the Iron Age cliff castle on the coast path near Pentewan (it definitely offers a challenge…).
Any beach in Cornwall is generally quieter in the evening. Head down to the coast after dinner where there may be some sunset surfing going on, and a scattering of beach barbecues, but otherwise it’s all yours. Our local Porthpean Beach is beautiful at any time of day, and just two miles away from The Cornwall.
Of course, as a guest at The Cornwall, you don’t have to venture far at all to find a bit of peace this spring. You have our 43-acre estate to explore and enjoy. Walk the woodland paths or sneak into the walled garden with a book. It’s stunning here during this time of year, with the countryside all in bloom, it’s a fantastic opportunity to see our beautiful county at its finest.