The husband and I jetted (or rather drove my hubs old mini-van) off to Cornwall this week for a much needed February break, having worked throughout the entire Christmas period. We were fully expecting wind, rain and fog but instead were greeted by beautiful sunshine and fresh air.
We rented a fantastic little Airbnb cottage just outside Camelford (a town we didn’t actually end up visiting) which is halfway between Bodmin and Tintagel, both areas I wanted to explore. We went to Newquay which was lovely and quiet at this time of year and had lunch overlooking the beach, visited Lanhydrock – a National Trust property, went for a walk around St Agnes where we had honeymooned and caught up with some friends who also happened to be in Cornwall the same week. I even managed to get my feet wet in the sea, although the sea was quite chilly (unsurprising for February…)!
Lanhydrock, National Trust
The highlight of the trip was our visit to Tintagel Castle which, as long as you don’t mind climbing lots of steps, is absolutely stunning and made me realise how beautiful the Cornish coastline is. We are not English Heritage members so had to pay to get in but it was more than worth it for the stunning views.
I really love the West Country moors and Bodmin was on my to-visit list for a while, especially after reading Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn set on the moor. We drove across Bodmin and found Jamaica Inn, which was extremely disappointing and very touristy so we went for a walk instead. I still think I prefer Dartmoor but I got my fix and went back to our cottage happy and with lungs full of fresh air.
Beach walks and Bodmin Moor
Do you have any recommendations for places to visit on future trips to Cornwall?
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