JC Travels: A long weekend in Cornwall, UK
Cornwall has been on my list of places to visit for FAR too long. I’m always seeing people pop down to the Coast with the beautiful beaches, little towns and rolling hills. And I finally got to visit! As part of Travelodges #Seaandthecity campaign*, I jumped in the car with Charley, Leanne and AJ and got on the road to Cornwall.
We decided to base ourselves at St Austell, a little town near the coast and a perfect hub for the surrounds. It’s really close to The Eden Project so is a big bigger than the towns in the surrounding area. We all took a half day on the Friday so got on the road for the long drive down the Coast. The drive was actually quite enjoyable, through some really pretty countryside and with AJ providing some awesome sing along tunes.
The Travelodge is easy to find once you head off the main highway. I always like a Travelodge as it always gives you exactly what you need when you’re away – a clean, comfy place to base yourself. The rooms all have a couple of beds in them – a big double and a pull out single if you need it. The beds themselves were super comfy and along with the black out curtains, I slept really well both nights!
On Friday night, we were in planning mode – heading out for dinner to think about our action plan for the next day and a half. The weather was being a little temperamental, so we wanted a good combination of outside and inside activities!
Saturday started with us having a little drive to the beach as it was time to see the sea! Cornwall is full of cute little beaches and inlets. It did start to drizzle but that did not stop us from having a good wander down the beach, looking in all the little coves and cracks. It was like something from the Cumbrian rambler, and had a strange serenity to it. I do actually like visiting cold beaches, it reminded me a little of the wanders I had done in Scotland.
We knew where we needed to be in the afternoon, so decided to stop off somewhere on the way, and picked the little town of Mevagissey. I think one of my favourite things about Cornwall was all the small villages, dotted along the coast and filled with independent shops. We had a good wander around the docks, grabbing a proper Cornish ice cream before popping into a little cozy pub for a drink.
For the afternoon we decided to visit Lanhydrock. I do love some National Trust properties so I was keen to do some exploring in Cornwall. We went into the gardens and had a good wander around – so much green lush trees, surrounded by bright and varied flowers. The house itself was very grand, made out of stone and covered in foliage. Once there, we had to do the traditional fare and go for a Cornish afternoon tea!
I love a good afternoon tea so it was great to get one by the coast. I had a little egg sandwich followed by a delicious scone dotted with raisins, with jam first, followed by cream – of course. I could probably eat cream teas all day and it was so nice to see all the little cafes advertising it everywhere we went.
Now by this point, we had been in Cornwall for a whole day and a half and I was yet to have any seafood! Well, we were definitely going to rectify this, booking into Wreckers in Charlestown, just a short hop away from the hotel. Not only was the town super cute (the word of the day in Cornwall), filled with big sailing ships, but the food was SO good. Leanne and I devoured all of the prawns, mussels and crab (though I struggled more with that one, crab cracking is not my skill). I honestly could eat it all over again.
On Sunday morning the sun finally decided to show its face! We decided to spend the morning in Fowey, another coastal town near a river inlet. It was a lovely little town, full of little shops of which I basically wanted to buy everything nautical themed. I of course had to end the trip by getting a proper Cornish pastie from Cornwall! It was everything I hoped it would be. So good, and just the right fuel to drive us back in London just in time for tea.
I can’t wait to go back to Cornwall and would love to go and explore it further, going down the coast and to some of the bigger towns like Newquay. The Travelodge was an ideal place to stay – a lovely local base which provided us all the amenities we needed. I will be back before I know it! They also have a fabulous blog all about other things to do in Cornwall!
Have you been to Cornwall? Where do I need to go next?