Friday, 30 May 2014

Bunking off to the beach

Porthtowan beach

The beauty of living in Cornwall is that you are never far from the sea.  I never fail to feel refreshed, happy, positive and so alive after a walk along the beach whatever the weather.  In fact now we more often go to the beach in the winter, when the waves are huge and it's blowing a gale it can be thrilling. There's nothing like a walk on the beach on Xmas Day to work up an appetite.  In the summer we usually go in the evening when the beaches are quiet and watch the sun go down.  When the boys were younger I would pick them up from school and head down to the beach for a bbq, they would play on the beach until it was getting dark. If it rained they carried on playing in the water as they were wet anyway and we would have the beach to ourselves.

Today was one of those days when I couldn't resist getting down to the sea even if it was only for an hour and the weather was unpredictable.  There is a saying in Cornwall, if you don't like the weather, drive a few miles and it will be completely different.  It worked against me today, the sun came out here so I set off to the coast to find huge black clouds and rain.  I expected it to be quiet, but the hardy holiday makers were determined to go to the beach even tho it was raining.

These beautiful pink flowers cover the cliffs

I walked up the cliff and realised just how unfit I am now, but the view is worth it, you can see for miles along the coast. There is a coastal path that follows the whole coastline around Cornwall, it is one of the most beautiful walks in the country. We have done bits of the path but I would like to walk the whole coastal path and have added it to my 60 by 60 list.

The lifeguards do an amazing job and save many lives throughout the summer.  They are on duty whatever the weather, they were looking pretty fed up today tho.

Surf schools have become a popular activity for holiday makers who want to have a go at surfing.  The waves were small today so ideal for the beginners.  Some of them managed to stand up on the boards for a few minutes before they started wobbling and disappeared under the waves.

As I left, the clouds were getting even darker creating an eerie light.  It felt like there was a storm approaching so I hightailed it back to the car.  Of course I didn't take a coat with me!

In the far distance is Godrevy lighthouse, and beyond that St Ives


  1. I was on the other coast. Went to Diane's for rag rugging. Lovely weather and lovely time altogether. I love cornwall! X

  2. I'm looking forward to seeing your rug when it's finished, glad you had a lovely day. Both coasts are beautiful we are spoilt here in Cornwall x


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