As I mentioned before Cornwall holds a special place in my heart as it was my first holiday with Rik. He’d fallen in love with Watergate (down the coast from Newquay), famous for its watersports, some years ago and after he’d told me about the amazing sunsets, golden beaches, and warmer climates, I wanted to see for myself.
Now I’m hooked and went back early this month to re-live some memories. Only this time, we had our 20 month Labrador with us (we’d talked about getting a dog whilst in Cornwall the first time around)! Luckily, we’d gone the week before the famous Boardmaster’s Festival and as awesome as it looks, it would have been busier than usual (and that’s a whole lot of crowds I don’t do well with). I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite Cornish summer holiday memories with you…
Camping at Watergate Bay
We stayed at the family-owned Watergate Bay touring park again, just a 4-mile stroll down a meandering main road to the beach (the views are worth the walk). The campsite along with clean and well-stocked facilities, provides a free bus service should you want some help with your surf or bodyboard? The bay itself is home to a long stretch of golden sand where you can surf with our friends West Country Surf and there are numerous places to hire wetsuits, boards and whatnot for as little as £5.
Favourite thing to do at Watergate Bay: Take a coastal walk to Mawgan Porth (about 4 miles) and discover hidden coves, inky waters and the bluest of skies. Walking shoes or boots recommended as the path’s narrow, rocky in parts and is on an incline.
Favourite place to eat at Watergate Bay: After body boarding, we had lunch on the beach provided by the Venus Company. I really liked these guys because they don’t sell plastic bottles and their food packing is recycled. Plus their tofu burger and fries with skin were delish. Wax is also worth a look, dog-friendly, an evening meal with great sea views and spectacular portion sizes.
Beach Time at Dog-friendly Mawgan Porth
Either side of the winding Cornish road towards Padstow is Mawgan Porth and if you blink you’ll miss it. The beach here is one of my favourites not only is it dog-friendly but it’s super clean and there are lots of caves to climb into with warm clear rock pools to dip your feet in. The water seems especially turquoise here.
Favourite things to do at Mawgan Porth: cave explore, join up with the coastal path and paddle in the estuary leading out to the sea.
Favourite place to eat at Mawgan Porth After being tempted by the veggie menu at Catch only to find they’d stopped serving food until later on, we stopped off in the dog-friendly Merrymore – order their loaded chips – a filling snack before more beach time!
Pasties at Padstow
Padstow is a typical Cornish harbor town. Full of pastel coloured houses, winding streets (most lead to bakeries) and a load of tourist eating pasties.
My northern routes demand a good lip-smacking pastie too. There’s plenty of shops also. (I may have splurged on a pair of Sketchers and a new wetsuit…)
Favourite things to do at Padstow: get away from the harbour’s hustle and bustle and take a speedboat trip out to the deep, deep sea. It was thrilling (not too sure if the pup enjoyed it as much as me) but I loved the wind in my air, the salt in the air and the spray in my eyes (maybe not that part…) The sea safaris also looked fun, one for next time.
Favourite places to eat at Padstow: If you’re lucky you’ll get a seat by the roadside belonging to one of the many cafes available. We prefer to dangle our legs over the harbor whilst eating a pastie from the award-winning Chough bakery – a pastel coloured roundhouse which boasts long queues of pastie loving people. They also do a Vegan option here too! Be warned, come with cash as there seems to be only 1 cash machine in the whole of Padstow.
Dinner with a view at Lusty Glaze
Despite what the internet says, Lusty Glaze beach is dog-friendly all year round providing you have them on a lead. Be warned there are about 106 steps to get down to this charming cove and if you’re over-excited pup is anything like ours, hold on to the rails! Lusty Glaze Beach is one lovely community with its monthly beach events, surf hire shop, coffee bar, restaurant and even on the beach accommodation.
Favourite places to eat at Lusty Glaze: we’d set our taste buds on the Lusty Glaze restaurant the first time around but they were fully booked! This year, I booked 3 weeks in advance to ensure we’d get a table. What a treat. I loved watching the chefs make our food and they were fine with my Vegan requests. Our waitress (Hi Danny) was attentive and just beautiful.
Bel was looked after too with her own dog rug and water bowl, and we had a romantic evening watching the waves crash against the rocks.
Favourite things to do at Lusty Glaze: Bodyboard. This little cove gets the most amazing waves but keep a look out for sharp rocks! Sunsets here too are magical and the sand is white and feels extra soft on your soles.
Supplies at Newquay
We never stay in Newquay more than one day although it’s full of shops, bars, cafes and a stunning beach, it’s far too busy. We use Newquay as a place to collect some supplies. We stop off at Aldis (which doesn’t have its own car park) to stock up on breakfast supplies and there’s a great camping shop across the street since we always forget something!
Favourite places to eat at Newquay: The Warren Bakery is a must. the smell wafting out of their doors drags you in (good Vegan options too).
Favourite things to do at Newquay: pop to the Headland hotel for a spa treatment and some afternoon tea!
Where did you go on your summer holidays this year?
Disclaimer: this is not a sponsored posts. All salty chips and toes, windswept fringes, coastal walking and pastie gorging were entirely my own.