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St Ives walk through

A walk along one of Cornwall’s best Blue Flag beaches towards the seaside town of St Ives

Voted Best UK Holiday Destination by Coast Magazine, we visited the beautiful seaside town in the height of the summer to see what all the fuss was about…and we get it!

Firstly getting to St Ives. Our top tip for parking is to drive to the Lelant Saltings Park and Ride train station just 4 miles away, where visitors can leave their cars and hop on the St.Erth to St.Ives Bay Line for just £4 return (please note there is a small charge for parking your vehicle).

Lelant Saltings Train Station

This famous line has some of the most beautiful scenery in England and is well worth the ride down to the beach. Below is just one of the many scenes you’ll pass on your way into St Ives.

Hop off at the end of the line at Porthminster Beach, where you’ll see a large sandy bay backed by a wooded valley, with all the beach amenities you and your family will need.

Stepping off the train at St Ives

Directly in front of you on the beach you’ll see the Porthminster Beach Bar, the perfect spot for a quick bite to eat, cold drink or just some chill time from the sun. Watch out for those swooping seagulls when walking around with food.

Porthminster Beach Bar

Porthminster beach huts

Porthminster beach has a Lifeguard sevice from mid May to end of September. You will also find that there is a seasonal dog ban on this beach…but don’t worry, read on to find out where you can take your pooches!

Lifeguard beach

Head right when on the beach where you’ll find a great spot for rockpooling and you might even spot some fascinating hidden sealife under rocks and amongst the green seaweed.

Rock pools at Porthminster

In the opposite direction (our favourite one) you’ll be able to walk through shallow clear waters, jump the waves and watch the boats bobbing in the distance.

Porthminster beach St Ives

Fancy yourself as a beach artist? The golden sands with a little sea water make for a great sandcastle competition with the family. How big will you go and don’t forget to shout ‘I’m the King of the Castle’ if you win.

Sand castle Porthminster beach

As you walk the stretch of golden sand you’ll end up at St Ives Harbour Beach where well behaved dogs are more than welcome.

Don’t miss a photo stop at Smeaton’s Pier built in 1831 and the St Ives lighthouse.

Old St Ives Harbour Lighthouse

St Ives is known as a destination where famous artists flock year upon year. The piercing light, white sanded beaches, crystal clear waters and white washed fishermans cottages make for a great painting; not to mention the art galleries, quirky Cornish shops and lots of scrummy places to eat and drink.

Houses in St Ives town centre

We couldn’t help but stop at the St Ives Bakery with the smells of freshly cooked Cornish pasties and cakes coming out of the ovens. Meringue anyone?

St Ives Bakery

When walking through this pretty seaside town, you’ll come across many beautiful narrow cobbled streets, which make up a maze of new directions to take.

Narrow streets in St Ives

To end your day, whether it’s Cornish ice cream, fudge or a little clotted cream, a stop at ‘Cornish Cream’, is a must when walking through the town if you’re still feeling a little peckish from lunch. We recommend their Cornish Cream Tea pack that consists of 4 homemade scones, 4 jams and their signature clotted cream for just £5.99.

Cornish Cream

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Walk Through Prussia Cove

Coastal walk to Bessy’s Cove Beach.

Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Prussia Cove is situated on Cornwall’s south coast. Unlike the north, the south coast has many hidden sandy coves, inlets and rockpools to explore and are perfect for those dog-friendly walks.

Port En Alls Prussia Cove

Rockpools at Prussia Cove

Sandy cove Prussia Cove

Our new duplex apartment at Acton Castle offers spectacular views over Prussia Cove and out to Mount’s Bay. Starting from the private gardens of the Castle, head down the steps to join a footpath. Keep left, and on your right, there will be a stile into the open fields below. Wander down through the field, and to your left join the coast path which will take you to Cudden Point, Piskies Cove and Bessy’s Cove beach.

Private gardens at Acton Castle

Acton Castle private gardens overlooking Mount's Bay

Acton Castle overlooking Mount's Bay

Piskies Cove is reputed to be one of the places where John Carter – The King of Prussia – landed his smuggled goods. Prussia Cove is renown for smuggling activity in the late 18th Century. The coastline is suitably hidden with caves; perfect for stowing stolen treasures.

Piskies Cove

The coastal walk provides a tranquil escape: calm waters, quiet sandy coves, and uninterrupted  views. At low tide, discover hidden coves and wander down to enjoy your own private beach. In the summer, the water is just right for cooling off and splashing in the shallows.

Coastal walk from Acton Castle

You will eventually reach Cudden Point, where the sea views and horizon seem endless. The grass top cliff provides a perfect spot for a break to soak-up the breathtaking views and enjoy a bite of your sandwich.

Cudden Point, National Trust

Cudden Point

Further along, towards Piskies Cove, you’ll spot two posts on the coastal path. The posts are the remains of HMS Warspite, a destroyer built in Devonport that served in the Battle of Jutland. The ship was moored here on the way to be scrapped in Mount’s Bay in 1947, but broke it’s moorings, running aground in Prussia Cove.

Posts at Cudden Point

Over the hilltops, in the distance, you will see a sandy inlet, which is called Piskies Cove. This sheltered beach is often overlooked, however a short trek down the cliff will reward you with a Cornish secret spot.

Private beach at Prussia OCve

Further along the coast path, lined with hedgerows and flowers, you’ll end up at Bessy’s Cove. Tucked away, Bessy’s Cove is a picturesque rocky cove perfect for sunbathing, swimming, alfresco dining and snorkelling.

Archway to Bessy's Cove Port En Alls

Bee on flower

Wild flower in Cornwall

Bessy's Cove

Swimming and snorkelling at Prussia Cove

Spend a lazy summer day, away from the crowds, exploring Prussia Cove.

Discover a beach on your doorstep at Acton Castle.

The Ancient Mariner Lynmouth Food and Drink

Lynmouth, Devon.

Resting below the sea cliffs on the harbour at Lynmouth, the Ancient Mariner’s pub offers the perfect place to relax.

The Bath Hotel, Lynmouth

The award-winning bar and restaurant overlooks the pier’s shingle beach and calm waters. Picture frame windows take advantage of the beautiful scenery and light the restaurant. Maritime inspired interiors create a cool, young vibe with industrial iron tables and big leather sofas. The cosy log burner and soft furnishings create a space which feels inviting and makes dining and drinking very comfortable.

Ancient Mariner restaurant

(Image supplied by The Bath Hotel, Lynmouth)

Ancient Mariner restaurant

(Image supplied by The Bath Hotel, Lynmouth)

Located in the final stop on the Coleridge Way; a 51 mile walk in the poet’s foot steps, the Ancient Mariner is the perfect place to refuel after a hike along the moors. Named after the famous Coleridge poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, the pub offers a unique experience to dine in style.

The Ancient Mariner pub Lynmouth

(Image supplied by The Bath Hotel, Lynmouth)

The Food:

Whether you are after a light bite or a three course meal, the food is freshly prepared using local and seasonal produce. Expect traditional hearty meals with a modern twist. Try the Exmoor beef burger with black treacle and ale braised brisket or a classic rich and creamy macaroni and cheese. There is also a daily specials board with fresh seafood dishes.

Exmoor beef burger

Prawn seafood cocktail

For dessert, there is a selection of sweet and savoury dishes to choose from. The Devon cheese board platter is perfect for those looking to share.

The Ancient Mariner stocks many local ales, beers, ciders, guest ales and organic juices. The famous local crafted gin “Wicked Wolf” can also be found behind the bar, which is made on the banks of the East Lyn river.

The Ancient Mariner bar

(Image supplied by The Bath Hotel, Lynmouth)

A variety of fine liquors can be enjoyed in the Aubrey Cocktail Bar, which is adjoined to the Ancient Mariner. Experience luxurious interiors with a hygge twist and unwind with friends and family. During the day stop-off for a homemade cream tea, fresh from the oven, or indulge in an afternoon tea.

Aubrey Cocktail Bar

(Image supplied by The Bath Hotel, Lynmouth)

The Ancient Mariner and Aubrey Cocktail Bar are with 10-minutes walking distance of our self-catering holiday apartments at Tors Park.

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Walk Through Lynton and Lynmouth

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Lynmouth harbour on a blue sky day in Devon

Lynmouth encapsulates the wild beauty of north Devon, in a charming picturesque postcard village. The idyllic coastal town is often dubbed Little Switzerland, due to its spectacular landscape and tranquil waters. Flanked by high sea cliffs, Lynmouth is where Exmoor meets the sea.

Tors Park Lynmouth which overlooks the shingle beach

The high sea cliffs at Lynmouth

The Rising Sun, Lynmouth Harbour

Lynmouth village

The sheltered harbour, with its famous Rhenish Tower, nestles beneath the cliffs on north Devon’s heritage coast. On the rugged cliff top, overlooking the mooring, the Edwardian village of Lynton stands proud. A water powered funicular railway connects the two resorts. One of the most environmentally friendly tourist attractions in the country, the cliff railway is a great way to experience the magnificent rugged landscape. On a clear day, from the Cliff Top Cafe in Lynton, visitors can enjoy breathtaking views across to Wales.

The iconic Rhenish tower at Lynmouth

The Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway

Passenger cart descending from Lynton

Spectacular views from Lynton Cliff Railway

Lynmouth rugged sea cliffs

Lynton and Lynmouth offer a unique holiday experience. The twin villages are bursting with local charm and character with an array of independent shops, cafes and restaurants. In the summer at dusk, the resorts twinkle under the night sky as people wander along the pier and venture upon the cliff railway to Lynton. There is a priceless sense of nostalgia and identity in the region. The unspoilt landscape provides a sense of escape to those seeking a holiday from the busy pace of modern life.

Lynmouth harbour

Discover Exmoor.

Set in the heart of Exmoor National Park, Lynmouth is the perfect place to access the inner moor. Surrounded by magnificent wooded hills, this part of north Devon’s coastline provides plenty of walking (or for the less energetic – driving) opportunities.

Walking the south west coast path Lynmouth

Abundant with wildlife, Exmoor has more than 600 miles of marked footpaths to explore. Ponies, sheep and majestic red deer graze the moorland whereas falcons, buzzards and the rare merlin circle overhead.

Ponies grazing on the moorland at Exmoor

From Lynmouth, visitors don’t have to travel far to experience the wild scenery of Exmoor. Follow the coast two miles east to Countisbury Hill to find hill tops teeming with wildlife. On Countisbury Hill the high ground tumbles to meet the coastal cliffs which plunge into the sea. In spring, the hill tops are golden yellow from wild gorse whereas in the autumn the hedgerows are an auburn colour.

Wild Gorse in Exmoor

Exmoor hills

Further inland, discover ancient woodlands and waterfalls at Watersmeet. The East Lyn river rips through the landscape on its journey from the plateau of Exmoor to the sea and Lynmouth. Giant boulders and striking outcrops are left behind as the river carves its way through the landscape, creating one of Britain’s deepest river gorges.

East Lyn River Lynmouth

In the 19th century this wild landscape drew tourists and great Romantic poets. Southey, along with Coleridge, Wordsworth and Shelley were enchanted by Lynmouth and its hinterland, comparing Watersmeet with the Alps.

Ash bridge walk in Devon

Once a Victorian fishing lodge, Watersmeet House is a charming tearoom set within the picturesque landscape of hidden Exmoor. Enjoy a traditional Devonshire cream tea with whortleberry jam and listen to the trickling water of the East Lyn river. During the summer months, the river provides the perfect fishing spot for salmon and sea trout whereas in the quieter months, the waters are great for canoeing.

Watersmeet House Lynmouth

Whortleberry cream tea at Watersmeet

Explore the Valley of the Rocks.

Dramatic scenery encapsulates the north Devon coastline and inner countryside. The spectacular moorland at the Valley of the Rocks is less than one mile in walking distance of Lynmouth. The Valley of the Rocks is a unique dry valley that runs parallel to the coast.

The Valley of the Rocks

In the area, there are plenty of walks with striking weathered rock formations with names such as “The Devil’s Cheesewring”, “Ragged Jack” and “Castle Rock”. The sublime valley has its own population of wild goats which roam the rocks and cliff edges. Climb the rocks to experience breathtaking views across the rugged landscape and Bristol Channel.

The dry Valley at Lynmouth

Lookout point at the valley of the rocks

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Lewinnick Lodge

Pentire, Newquay.

Nestled on the cliffs at Pentire Headland, Lewinnick Lodge overlooks Fistral and out across the Atlantic to Watergate Bay. Lewinnick Lodge will welcome you with open arms, did we mention they’re dog-friendly too?

Lewinnick Lodge by Layton Bennett Photography
(Aerial view taken by Layton Bennett Photography)

The award-winning bar and restaurant has one of the best coastal views in Cornwall. Huge windows take advantage of the restaurant’s location while letting light flood into the open space. In the summer, the terrace lets you taste the salty sea spray whilst sipping cocktails. Whereas in the winter, the Lodge is a cosy haven to watch the Cornish storms roll-in from the Atlantic.

The interiors of the bar and restaurant reflect the Lodge’s spectacular position. Inspired by the wild scenery of Pentire Headland, the Lodge combines coastal interiors with country living to create a contemporary and relaxing space. It’s a world away from your everyday 9-5.

Aerial of Lewinnick Lodge by Layton Bennett Photography
(Aerial view taken by Layton Bennett Photography)

The Food:

Serving modern British food with an emphasis on fresh fish, the lodge is the perfect venue to enjoy fine Cornish fare and hospitality.

The chefs freshly prepare all meals, tailoring the menus to make the most of seasonal produce. During busy times, diners may have to wait for their food to be served. This delay however is well worth waiting for – the aromas and the flavours of the food will not leave your senses and taste buds disappointed! Treat yourself to the seasoning of Thai chicken skewers with pickled vegetables and satay sauce or savour the flavours of baked scallops cooked with chilli and ginger in a puff pastry case.

All produce is sourced locally, with most of the dishes caught from the surrounding waters of Cornwall. From net to plate to ingredients obtained from neighbouring farms, the menu is brimming with Cornish produce.

For desert, indulge in hearty favourites like sticky toffee pudding, warm chocolate brownie or boozy cherry fruit crumble.

There is also a variety of drinks, including an impressive wine selection and local ales.

Just a stone’s throw away from Fistral beach, which is becoming a vibrant foodie bolthole, Lewinnick sits within easy walking distance from our self-catering properties in Fistral.


St Eval Candle Company

Creating handmade candles on the north Cornwall coast.

St Eval Candle Company ethos

There is nothing better after a blowy coastal walk than curling-up by a roaring log fire with a good book and the warm flicker of candle light. To add to this special hygge moment, a heavenly scented candle can create the perfect atmosphere for unwinding. During the cold winter months cosy fragrances of fig, orange and cinnamon, and dewberry and bramble enlighten dark spaces. Whereas summer scents including apple and elderflower, sea salt and grapefruit and lime uplift the mood, bringing the outdoors indoors.

St Eval scented candle

In Cornwall it is easy to find scents which inspire. Country lanes bursting with the smell of wild gorse, salty sea air and wildflower meadows. Based on a traditional working farm, St Eval Candle Company sources its scents from nature. Surrounded by fields and hedgerows teeming with wildlife, the candle company is in the perfect location with the north Cornwall coast on its doorstep.

Engollan Farm, St Eval


At the candle factory visitors can watch the team make the candles from the viewing area from hand-poured pillars to traditional drawn processes. During bank and school holidays, visitors will discover a candle-dipping area, where you can create colourful candlesticks – ideal for children. The factory is a great place to explore, especially on a rainy day in Cornwall.

Pouring tin candles at St Eval candle factory
handmade pillar candles
multi wick candle making

Dinner candle, drawn candle process
traditional candle-making methods
drawing candle process

On dry days, visitors can venture to the outdoor observation area which overlooks the farm’s wildflower meadows and bee garden. The farm is home to a rare bird species called Corn Buntings that can be spotted foraging in the fields and hedgerows. At the observation area visitors can learn about the flower species and the wildlife that thrive in the fields. It is the perfect spot to sit down and have lunch, so why not pack a picnic and go alfresco!

Wildlife observation area

After visiting the candle factory and the wildlife observation area, unwind and explore the beautiful candle shop on-site. Selling popular fragrances from tin candles to dinner candlesticks, the shop is a great place to find your favourite fragrance.

Candle shop, St Eval
St Eval Candle Company shop

St Eval candle shop
St Eval lanterns

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The Falmouth Bay Seafood Cafe

Discover Truro’s top seafood restaurant.

Tucked away from the bustling streets of the city, The Falmouth Bay Seafood Café is set within a beautiful Georgian house.

Falmouth Bay Seafood Cafe in Truro

With nautical interiors, inspired by its menu, infused with feminine design flourishes, the Seafood Café offers a warm and relaxed ambience. A perfect spot for a mid-shop lunch or an intimate evening dining experience with friends and family.

Dining table in the falmouth bay seafood restaurant
Pink roses
Mussels salt and pepper shakers

Established in 1995 by a mum and daughter team, Valerie and Charlotte Thomson, the award-winning café is a place for people to sit down and enjoy eating the taste of the sea.

Valerie welcomed us into the café, where warm flickers of candle light created a cosy atmosphere. We sat on a table next to the window where we could watch the world go by.

Tea cup lamp and burning candle
candle in restaurant

With a commitment to serving only the freshest produce, the café offers a variety of sustainably sourced seafood including crab, lobster, halibut, scallops, mussels and prawns. You can also find locally procured steak on the menu. There is a separate menu for little people as well.

The Falmouth Bay Seafood cafe menu

Watch your meal be prepared in front of you by head chef Daniel Ballett. The aromas from the kitchen add to the dining experience.

Open Cornish seafood kitchen


Menu tasting:

We tried the moules mariniere with hand cut fries and lobster and crab tagliatelle in a white wine and leek sauce. The seafood flavours were fresh and creamy while the hand cut fries were crispy and well-seasoned.

Moules mariniere and hand cut fries
Cornish mussels
Lobster and Crab tagliatelle

To accompany your dish there is a good selection of wines, champagnes, spirits, beers, soft drinks and exquisite cocktails.

The Falmouth Bay Seafood bar
chalk board cocktails

For dessert, you can choose from a list of hand-picked sweets including chocolate parfait with blackberry sorbet, homemade ice-cream and a Cornish cheese board.

All the desserts were very tempting but we decided on the peanut butter mousse with flapjack, white chocolate, strawberry jam and salted caramel ice-cream.

Peanut butter ice-cream and flapjack

Dining in the restaurant, you can see that Cornwall and the way of life plays a huge part in the business. Images of Cornish fishermen, who catch the seafood for the café, hang on the walls along with contemporary artwork by a local artist. With a love for dogs in Cornwall, the café is dog-friendly offering biscuits to its canine friends.

The seafood cafe in Truro

If you have booked to see a show at the Hall For Cornwall, the café is in a perfect spot to enjoy a pre-theatre meal. They also host regular events such as a monthly Jazz and Seafood afternoon on the first weekend of every month. Keep up to date with events at the Falmouth Bay Seafood Café by following them on Facebook and Twitter.

Nautical interiors at the Falmouth Bay cafe

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5 Things to Wear on a Winter Beach Walk

Wrap up warm this winter.

Our favourite time of year to go for walks is just as Winter starts.

There is something so exhilarating about the crisp icy sea air hitting your rosy cheeks and the gales blowing your hair in every direction.

In Cornwall, we are blessed to have the beautiful, golden sandy beaches to stroll along all year round – in Winter they truly come alive.

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What to wear on a winter walk:

A good strong pair of jeans is the best foundation for any beach walk.

Classic American brand Levi Strauss is world renowned for its authenticity and integrity.

Levi’s skinny, mid rise 711 Blue Lane jeans are a must have. Crafted from quality cotton, that will last years and years, mixed with a small amount of spandex makes these jeans ridiculously easy to just pop on and go. With a good level of stretch, the jeans offer a good level of comfort for those hilly climbs.

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No winter would be complete without knitwear.

Our favourite for this season is the Alon Vanille Striped Jumper from French fashion brand Marie Sixtine.

Beautifully made from a wool and mohair mix, that wicks away moisture as well as keeping in the heat, the super feminine stripe pattern is designed so that it always looks stylish. Lilac, pale pink and warm caramel hues are the perfect shades to take you right through to Spring.

A warm winter hat shouldn’t be forgotten.

The Elgon Beanie, from Belgian accessories brand Barts, is a super cute and adds a pop of colour to any beach stroll. Hand knitted with a soft fleece lining a thick, chunky textured of the weave keeps your head protected from the winter winds.


For your feet you’ll need something sturdy and reliable, like the Sk8-Hi trainers from Vans.

At first sight the trendy green colour and moccasin-inspired fringing deter from the more sensible aspects of the shoe.

Padded collars give support and flexibility while the signature waffle rubber soles that comfortable and fuss free.

 Winter coat:

When heading out on a winter walk it helps to be prepared and rain is always a factor when planning any outing.

Beat the weather with the Frontier Parka from Californian surf brand O’Neill.

Hyper-dry repels water whilst maintaining breath-ability, this season’s coat comes in a shorter length for ease whilst out and about.

Adjustable waist ties, a slim fit and an ergonomically shaped fur hood are just a few of things that make this essential piece stylish as well as functional.

Levi’s 711 Skinny Mid Rise Blue Lane Jeans, £95

Marie Sixtine Alon Vanille Striped Jumper, £149

Barts Elgon Whisper Lilac Beanie Hat, £22.99

Vans Sk8-Hi Moc Ivy Green Trainers, £75

O’Neill Frontier Parka Deep Dark Melee, £199.99

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Visiting Cornwall in the winter? Create new traditions by the coast in our blog on our favourite things to do in winter in Cornwall.

A short coastal walk from Watergate Bay to Porth.


Coastal walk from Watergate Bay to Porth

Wrap up warm this Autumn and explore the rugged coastline around Watergate Bay by foot.

Couple on walk from Watergate Bay to Porth

With hidden coves to discover, wildlife to spot and views overlooking the Atlantic sea, this two mile walk is perfect for dog walkers, couples and families.

coastal path

The walk begins at Watergate Bay car park. From here, ascend the coastal path to the left of the car park found embedded in the cliff.

coastal path to Porth

Follow the meandering path to the top of the cliff and take a moment to look down at the beach below. With two miles of golden sand and huge swells, you’ll see why Watergate Bay is popular destination for families, dog walkers and surfers.

Autumn surf

In autumn the beach is still full of movement. Surfers are carving waves, while adventurers enjoy wild swimming and paddling in the shallows during low tide.

Watergate Bay surfer
Watergate Bay in Autumn

After taking in the fresh sea breeze, continue treading along the path where hedgerows and wild countryside are starting to turn amber.

wild countryside cornwall
North Cornwall coast

Small birds will flit across your trail as they forage for food in the earth.

Coastal walk

Out to sea, keep a look out for flocks of migrating sea birds making their way south. Some birds can be seen taking shelter in the rugged cliff face.

rugged cliffs in Porth
Headland on coastal walk
cliffs fruitful cove

Below you’ll see a hidden sandy beach known as Fruitful Cove which can be accessed at low tide walking from Watergate Bay beach.

fruitful cove
dog walking at fruitful cove

A little further along the path, as you start your descend from the cliff top, you will see a sign for Whipsiderry beach. This is a quiet a beach, boasting rock pools and caves that are worth exploring.

whipsiderry beach newquay
rock pools in cornwall
rock pooling whipsiderry

Sheltered by enormous cliffs, access to the beach can be negotiated by steep steps with railings down the cliff face.

At low tide, the rock pools are teeming with wildlife. Attached to the wave-washed rocks you will discover Cornish mussels and limpets clumping together.

mussels washed on rocks
mussels on rocks whipsiderry
cornish mussels
close up of mussels

On the beach, couples enjoy romantic walks in the shallows, while dogs play in the sand and families explore hidden caves.

Whipsiderry beach
dog at whipsiderry beach
hidden cove whipsiderry

Surfers take to the autumn swells.

hidden caves and surfer on whipsiderry
surfing at Whipsiderry

After leaving your footprints on Whipsiderry beach, make your way back up the cliff and continue wandering down the path into Porth.

Dog walking in cornwall

Before heading to the beach, venture over to Porth Island, which can be accessed by a narrow footbridge.

porth island beach

Here you’ll find the remains of an ancient settlement. At the end of the island there is a blow hole which is quite spectacular on windy days and best seen at mid-tide.

The coast path back from Porth Island will take you down to the beach.

Porth beach is a flat sandy beach perfect for families and dogs.

Walk along the beach  and head towards a row of shops. Here you will find beach inspired boutique and coffee shop Roo’s Beach.

A cosy coffee shop, Roo’s Beach offers a selection of herbal teas and ground coffee – a perfect spot after your walk to watch the world go by.

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Walk through – Mousehole

Spanish raids, star-gazey pie and even the Mousehole cat – our walk-through Mousehole in West Cornwall has it all.

Self catering holidays in Mousehole

It’s easy to fall in love with Mousehole, West Cornwall’s picture-perfect fishing village and harbour which is steeped in history, legend and – today – glorious sunshine.

Retaining its original character, charm and beauty, Mousehole remains a popular holiday spot. Located three miles from Penzance, start by getting your bearings. Park along the road between Newlyn and the village itself for views stretching out over Mounts Bay to the Lizard in the distance – England’s most southerly point.


The car park on the right hand side as you enter the village brilliantly disguises the first stop on our walk from many visitors. With 180-degree seaviews from its terrace, The Rock Pool Café is a hidden gem serving coffee, tea, cakes and light meals, plus special food evenings during the summer – keep an eye on their Facebook page.


Next door, The Old Coastguard has built a reputation for great food kept simple. This is a traditional Brasserie menu that takes good ingredients and gives them a very simple but classic treatment. On a sunny day like today, drinks on the grass terrace overlooking the sea are a must.


Down into the village itself you’ll find plenty of other places to eat and drink, including the Harbour Coffee and Café courtyard with its quaint white iron-wrought seating, Hole Foods Deli, The Ship Inn pub and 2 Fore Street, a vibrant and chic bistro-style restaurant with a secluded tropical courtyard out back.





Onwards and Mousehole’s small but perfectly formed stone harbour and surrounding cottages are simply beautiful. Families paddle in the safe turquoise waters of the harbour’s two tiny sand beaches and reel in crabs from their lines. Couples tuck in to fish and chips while dangling their legs over the harbour. One man is exploring the water by kayak. People drip in and out plenty of art galleries and craft shops, picking up treats for themselves and others. Idyllically, another man paints the scene on his easel from the water’s edge. We even spot the Mousehole cat perched on its own cushion taking everything in.

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If you’re not familiar with the children’s book, The Mousehole Cat by Antonia Barber tells the story of Mowzer the cat and its old-fisherman owner Tom who brave treacherous stormy seas to feed their fellow hungry villagers. Inspired by Cornish legend, the story still connects with readers of all ages, new and old alike. Pick up a copy in one of the craft shops. You might even discover Mousehole’s own stargazy-pie and want to give it a try with pilchards landed from one of Mousehole’s own fishing boats.


Although it’s mid-August when we visit, we can’t fail to mention Mousehole’s biggest draw – the magical Christmas lights which run in the few weeks over Christmas and New Year. Illuminated with displays floating in the harbour and strung up high in the terraces above, the village becomes ablaze with colour, wicker lanterns and the sound of carols and fisherman shanties. A sure fire way to get you in the festive spirit – best viewed with a woolly hat on and hot chocolate or mulled-wine in hand.



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