|Trevose Head round to Booby's Bay and Constantine
(2) Padstow walk
|Walk the war memorial and beyond
Once we were treated to a multi-agency rescue training exercise almost at head height here. It's a wonderful place to sit and have a picnic, or just watch the (sea) world go by. It's a quick and easy walk out to the monument and back, but one year we walked further. We visited Tregirls beach and had a fabulous time exploring old brick ruins. If you carry on past the old lifeboat station, you can walk uphill toward Lellizzick B&B for a cream tea with amazing views. There are options to continue on the coastal path or make your way back down into Padstow. A speedboat trip is an exhilarating way to see the whole of the estuary.
(3) Bedruthan Steps
|Triangles, triangles, triangles
(4) Mother Ivey's Bay
|No lifeguard but a lot of fun
(5) St Michael's Mount
|It's all about the views
The walk felt similar to walking out to Looe Island, but not quite as good. There was a huge queue for the castle, but once you started climbing up, it all evened out. They put on storytelling performances on the way up on the grass - I thought my son wouldn't be interested at 12, but he was and we didn't manage to catch a whole one. The views are stunning from the castle, even when you're winding round waiting to enter the actual castle. It's hard to believe it's still occupied, and that they still entertain from time to time in the 900 year old dining hall. The gardens were closed that day, but you did get a good view of them from the battlements. My son's favourite artifact from the house was an Egyptian mummified cat which he said looked like a burrito. It did. We ate in the Sail Loft restaurant. They messed up our order but the food was delicious. The queue was long again for the boat trip home; we managed to skip more than half the queue when they shouted out for a "three" - there's something to gain from having only one child I guess. I will definitely return.
(6) Treyarnon to Porthcothan circular walk
|Don't get too close to the edge!
(7) Trevone Bay
(8) Treyarnon Bay
|Saving the best til last - my absolute favourite
Typical day here:
- Swim/surf in the sea
- Sit for a bit
- Walk around the left side of the beach, finding the rapids and the plunge pool (these are natural - Centreparcs eat your heart out) and climb a few rocks
- Back up for a cuppa
- Swim/surf and visit to the pool (tide dependent of course) - find out the best way to climb up depending on how the sand has settled this year; watch your son climb the hardest way, just because ...
- Lose sight of your son then relocate him climbing down a completely different rock face
- Wander back up via the rock pools
- Ice cream
- Decide whether to play boules or bat'n'ball
- Last swim
- When you've packed up your car, take a walk along the headland to Constantine, at sundown if possible to get the best views, watching the pool fill in and the holes in the rocks blow the water up!
See, it really does have it all.
(9) Walk to Harlyn Bay from Mother Ivey's Bay
|Different views this time from a different angle