Located on a forgotten corner of South East Cornwall and with a name that makes us chuckle every time we say it, there is plenty to smile about when it comes to small and sleepy village of Portwrinkle – our latest self catering holiday destination.
As you travel through the Rame Peninsula and its landscape of tidal creeks, lush farmland, sandy beaches and country parks, it’s hard not to slow down a gear. It’s the perfect precursor to life in Portwrinkle – a winding-down and chilled out kind of self-catering holiday destination.
Portwrinkle’s history stretches back to Medieval times and wandering around the tranquil coastline here feels a little like stepping back in time – in a very good way. It’s gloriously quiet and unspoilt.
We start our walk down the footpath and onto the grey sand of Finnygook beach – another curiously named place. Children play cricket, paddle in the sea and wait for the tide to recede to explore the plentiful rockpools. The silver sea is eerily calm today, but when the swell picks up Finnygook is popular with experienced surfers making the most of some of the best surf this side of the coast.
From here, a popular stretch of the South West Coast Path snakes off into greenery towards Whitsand Bay, a dramatic four-mile stretch of coastline and golden sand leading all the way to Rame Head in the distance.
Heading back up the path and in the other direction, it’s easy to glimpse Portwrinkle’s Medieval past. We pass old pilchard processing buildings as we make our way to the rough and ready Medieval stone harbour where a single boat has moored up for the day.
To the right-hand side is a small curved bay called Hoodny Cove. With a kayak store at the bottom of the slipway, Hoodny Cove and the harbour are ideal for exploring the coastline from on top of the water.