Over the past year I have realised how lucky I am to constantly be surrounded by beautiful scenery, especially whilst at home in Cornwall. I come from a town with 7 beaches meaning plenty of coastal paths, lots of harbours and the sea.
Since moving away from home I have realised how ungrateful I was to be surrounded by such lovely sites. Now I don’t always have a sandy beach on my doorstep I have learnt to appreciate it more, meaning I now admire the little fishing villages rather than complain about the lack of things to do.
My mission this summer was to experience more of Cornwall, whether it be new places or places I have visited 1001 times, to surround myself with this beautiful scenery that I used to to advantage of. Unfortunately, due to work I haven’t been able to see as much of Cornwall as I had planned, but I always have many more years of visiting home to experience so much more.
Here is a list of my 4 favourite places in Cornwall, there is many more but most places in Cornwall that I love but they are all so similar and I thought I would show different aspects of Cornwall.
Port Isaac, North Cornwall
A tiny fishing village situated on the North Coast, famous for being the home of the ITV show Doc Martin, Port Isaac is the perfect day out. Due to the attention from the TV show the village have tended to tourism with official merchandise as well as village tours -for the ultimate fan- however, they have not let this ruin their traditional Cornish village. The town is full with independent shops (something which I love the most about Cornwall), ice cream and pasty shops, and of course everything is based around the sea.
Like most places in Cornwall, the town is surrounding a harbour which gives the town not only a beautiful view but the beautiful fresh air (sea water smells loads better than most of the fields around here).
Lanhydrock is one of national trusts (and Cornwall’s) treasures, a beautiful mansion with around 900 acres of land. Obviously, with this amount of ground to explore you can imagine the adventures that can be had whilst at Lanhydrock.
The house itself is filled with traditional decorative interior, giving you a real insight to how the original owners of the property used to live their life. As I was always a child during my visits I never realised how amazing it was to walk around in the time capsule of the past. Even walking around places like Lanhydrock enable you to unintentionally take a quick history lesson, looking back on my visits here I now see where my fascination of Victorian times may have stemmed from. Likewise, the exterior of the building keeps the dream alive, converting an old barn into a coffee shop- keeping the beautiful exterior the same but adding another activity (for the more sophisticated) to your day.
For me Lanhydrock housed so many of my adventures as a child, each time I visited I would discover and explore different aspect of the grounds. I loved and will forever love this place, it will always be one of my favourite places in Cornwall. I am so so so grateful for the National trust for preserving this building, as it helped enhance my childhood and I would like to think it can continues to do so for many generations to come.
Unfortunately I have no photographs of my own, but here is the National trust website : https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lanhydrock/features/discover-the-house-at-lanhydrock !!
Golitha Falls, Liskeard
In Cornwall once you have a dog you seem to be accepted into a secret society, a society where you suddenly start talking to strangers in fields and it gives you the perfect excuse to explore Cornwall’s beautiful scenery.
One day my family and I decided to venture out and travel down to Liskeard to visit Golitha Falls, my mum had heard lovely things about the dog friendly woods so (to my sister’s disgust) we packed up the car and began our adventure. I think adventure perfectly describes our day out, unlike most people there we decided to not follow the footpath, thus ending up lost- of course my dog loved every second of this.
However, before we got lost in the middle of the woods we decided to venture in and find a place to eat. Deciding on a spot in the heart of the woods, next to a river- which possibly wasn’t the best idea as my dog spent the entire time running in and out of the water covering us in the process. However, you can never beat a picnic in the heart of the woods, being amongst such wonderful scenery is so special- a massive reason I am grateful to live so close to places like this.
After lunch we decided to venture further into the woods -following my dad, which was a big mistake. We ended up climbing through the trees, I am ashamed to say I struggled with this, converse are shoes that aren’t made for climbing up muddy hills. Luckily my 9 year old sister is a pro climber and helped me find the ‘easiest’ path to the top.
I have to say though, once we made it to the top the view was incredible. You were able to see over the entire woods, you were able to see the tree tops, see the heads of people down below, hear the faint sound of the river running – it was SO peaceful.
Although there isn’t loads of activities to do, its quite easy to spend a day loosing yourself amongst literature (both figuratively and literally). Another plus is the lack of phone signal, I know this would be most peoples worst nightmares but for me being able to detach myself form the outside world is so refreshing!!
Padstow, North Cornwall
My final, and favourite, place on this list has to be Padstow. Like Port Isaac, Padstow is a small fishing village on the North Coast. However, I personally think Padstow is a lot prettier.
Although it only takes 5 minutes to walk around the whole village I feel you can spend hours there. Pottering in and out the shops, or enjoying some food from Rick Steins. Padstow is beautiful in the day and at night.
Recently I visited by getting a boat over from Rock, and the view was just incredible. There is something wonderful about being able to the sea wherever you turn. (Doing this also allows you to see two beautiful villages in one day)
Thanks for reading, Sydney x