Explore Gunwalloe, Dollar and Poldhu Coves

Gunwalloe and Dollar coves from the cliff topWe’ve made the most of the balmy autumn days to explore some of the pretty coves and villages and made a visit to The Lizard on a beautiful autumn day to seek out the intriguingly named Gunwalloe Cove and Dollar Cove that are  separated by the romantically named “The church of Storms” before travelling on to the popular beach of Poldhu just around the point.

This AONB (the area of outstanding natural beauty) that has the same protection as a national park and flanks the Helford River and it encompasses The Lizard Peninsular as well as the coastline all the way through Perranuthnoe to St Michael’s Mount near Penzance.

I had another reason to visit too because the ley lines cross at Gunwalloe as they do at St Michael’s Mount and so it has a very special place in local heritage. Continue reading “Explore Gunwalloe, Dollar and Poldhu Coves” »


Our local beach at Perranuthnoe

The broad sandy beach at Perranuthnoe at low tideWe often over look our local beach at Perranuthnoe for a walk on the sands but with a unexpected late October day of sunshine  “lent” from summer and the car in the garage, we walked down to the village and our own familiar local haunt.

Perran beach is a tempting tidal expanse of soft sands flanked by warm terracotta cliffs softened by tamarisk and so popular with locals and visitor and passing walkers in the summer months. Continue reading “Our local beach at Perranuthnoe” »


Simply Breathtaking views over Godrevy and Gwinear beach

The long expanse of sands seems endless at low tide at GodrevyMy heart always leaps when I see the sand dunes at the bottom of the A30 on the way home and recently we took a look behind the dune at the three miles of golden sands.

I must say my first sight of Godrevy beach was simply breathtaking, with pale silky soft sands stretching away as far as the eye could see and a hint of sea vapour hanging in the air from the surging waves as they arrived on the shore. Continue reading “Simply Breathtaking views over Godrevy and Gwinear beach” »


Kennegy Beach – a secret sandy bay beyond Prussia Cove

Kennegy beach at low tide with the sea still glistening on the sandsThis autumn we’ve set out to explore the beautiful hidden beaches of West Cornwall that are within easy reach of Ednovean Farm. This week we visited the secret sandy bay just beyond Prussia cove, known as Kennegy Beach a beautiful cove of pristine golden sands framed by heathland with farmland dipping down to the cliffs edge

As we scrambled across the rock to the great sweep of golden sands, ours were the only footprints on the beach and our only company the seagulls preening at the waters edge. Continue reading “Kennegy Beach – a secret sandy bay beyond Prussia Cove” »


High tide at Rinsey beach

We watched the last of the sandy beach vanish under the high tide with the imposing cliffs flanking the coveMaybe we should have checked the tide table before we set out because it was high tide when we reached Rinsey beach but we enjoyed watching the first big waves of autumn rolling across the cove for the afternoon anyway.

This September I want to show you some of the less publicised beaches in west Cornwall that are a little bit off of the beaten track so perfect for a quiet day beside the sea and so this week we went to the hidden gem that is  Rinsey Beach that is about a ten minute drive from us at Ednovean Farm. The breaking waves make this secluded unspoilt beach a popular spot for local surfers but there is also a great tidal pool – Ray Pool – to the east of the beach for less arduous bathing! Continue reading “High tide at Rinsey beach” »


Discover Porth Chapel Beach in West Cornwall

Porth Chapel beach below St Levan in West CornwallPorth Chapel beach is idyllically set below tall granite cliffs, with sands of broken shells dipping to the sea – it’s just a short walk from St Levan, tucked between Porthcurno and Porthgwarra and quite near to Land’s End. It is just a perfect spot for an afternoon away form the tourist’s hot spots of Cornwall for a few hours of peace and near solitude.

With soft summer days still before us this September, we still have time to discover some of the secret less know spot of Cornwall and this week we visited Port Chapel beach. Continue reading “Discover Porth Chapel Beach in West Cornwall” »


The Lizard and Kennack Sands

Kennack Sands on the Lizard Peninsular in CornwallWe made a pilgrimage to The Lizard Peninsular yesterday to visit Kennack Sands – a sandy beach that held fond memories for Charles as the scene of many of boyhood adventures – although yesterday it might have been said to be a little more crowded than it was fifty-four yeas ago!

Still with the house and the horses settled we set off with our usual picnic turning right at the crossroads to follow the winding road along to Helston and then fork out passed the big navel station at Culdrose. Finally we reached the endless flat heathland with a horizon broken by the iconic, yet redundant, deep space facility of giant satellite dishes, joined now by the latest craze – the big white wind turbines in tidy lines – I wonder which will stay the longest?! Continue reading “The Lizard and Kennack Sands” »


5 suggestions for a wet day in West Cornwall

Wet weather suggestions from Spud and Louis for wet days in CornwallSpud and Louis have a “wet day routine” of a cosy duvet day snuggled up in the Garden room but for non-feline readers here are a few suggestions for Galleries and Museums for the odd wet day that comes along every now and again.

Over the years I’ve built up quite a bank of suggestions about days out in Cornwall with little titbits of info brought back daily by our guests to top up the “library”! So if you should see a mornings rain in the forecast try one of these until the clouds roll away as surely they will, or as a local Cornish bard that used to say “Penwith moors in the rain – Marvellous!!” and stay with your plan! Continue reading “5 suggestions for a wet day in West Cornwall” »


Two days in Penzance

Penzance harbour full of pleasure craft backed by the lovley old buildings of the townI spent two days in Penzance this week and just as the UK revelled in the heat wave I was attending a computer course at dpn, tucked away in the mix of granite buildings and courtyards that form the working hub of the town. But in the lunch hour I spent my time visiting the town and exploring the side streets down the harbour, to pick up the glorious cooling breeze from the sea. I had time to explore the sub tropical Morrab gardens, on the way to the sea front with the iconic Jubilee Pool set on Penzance’s broad promenade. Penzance was expecting a very famous visitor on the first morning in the shape of Prince Charles and so the whole town had its best bib and tucker on ready for the royal visit. Continue reading “Two days in Penzance” »


A visit to Penzance Harbour

The long expanse of the granite Albert pier at Penzance Haarbour

Albert Pier part of Penzance Harbour

With an hour to spare in Penzance the other day I headed down towards the harbour to take a few elusive photos for my blog – in my last walk around Penzance I explored more of the streets, notable Chapel Street but didn’t quite reach the water, so today I set off to visit the sea! The trouble was of course the tide was out and the light a little, shall we say challenging but this is how holiday days can look too sometimes, so I carried on in search of snaps.

As I reached the dry dock I had to pause for a moment as car drivers vied to take the narrow cobbled lane up into Chapel Street and I could see all that was left was a few desultory mounds in the silt bottom, that told of bait diggers at work before they went fishing and the other side of the road the smaller pleasure boats lying on their sides. Still I had an hours lunch break from an SEO course and believe me the fresh air was a treat after a morning indoors so I walked on over the Ross bridge and felt the rhythmic vibration of the passing cars through my feet as I walked accompanied by the audible clatter from the road before crossing to the larger working harbour. Some passers by heading for the Promenade paused smiling, for me to take photos. Continue reading “A visit to Penzance Harbour” »