April’s been a busy month! I’ve had a lot of client work on which is fantastic, especially as I’m still in the early days of building up my freelance content writing and copywriting business. I’m stoked with the response so far, and to be working with some lovely clients!
Building up a business means putting in the extra hours and days but I took a week off to coincide with my mum’s visit. Lack of time beforehand meant that I still hadn’t managed a surf and wasn’t massively feeling it. So I went with the flow and turned my attention to another love of mine – walking.
Thankfully my mum loves to walk too and during her week’s stay we racked up a fair few miles! That coupled with exploring meant I ticked some more things off my Cornwall bucket list and added a new, very big goal to the list.
To walk the entire Cornwall section of the South West Coast Path.
It’s going to take a while but if I do little bits here and there, I’ll soon join up the dots on the map!
Here’s where I explored during my week off;
Trebarwith Strand to Tintagel – South West Coast Path
I love this part of Cornwall. There’s something magical and mystical about it and with friends living in Boscastle, I wanted to explore the area a bit more. I’d never been to Trebarwith Strand so we started there and walked the 2 miles up to Tintagel Castle.
With steep cliffs, giant rock stacks from a disused quarry and lots of lush greenery, gorse and wildflowers, this was one of my favourite parts of the path to date. It may have been a dull day but it didn’t make the views any less spectacular!
Trevaunance Cove to Perranporth – South West Coast Path
This 4 mile stretch on one of the hottest days in April was a challenge but amazing! It’s pretty steep in parts, the landscape’s barren but the panoramic views over the Atlantic rival no other part of the path I’ve done. Some bits are also pretty hairy, especially those sheer cliff drops at Cligga Head and the steep climb in and out of the valley at Trevellas. Worth it? 100% per cent! Especially when you reach Droskyn Point high above Perranporth.
Tempted to catch the bus back at one point, but that’s cheating! Besides, my 73 year old mum was having none of it!
Port Issac and Port Gaverne
Port Isaac’s one of those quintessential Cornish fishing villages and a favourite of mine. Postcard pretty and quaint with narrow winding streets. It’s also famous thanks to the TV series Doc Martin.
We didn’t do much of a coast path walk here, but heading out of the harbour towards Port Quin are some gorgeous views. We’re saving the hike to Port Quin for next time!
Port Gaverne’s down the road from Port Isaac. Literally! It’s a tiny hamlet with a narrow sheltered cove and home to Cornish Rock Tors who run coasteering and sea kayaking tours. I really want to go kayaking and I reckon Port Gaverne on a beautiful sunny day would be the perfect place to dip my oars in the water!
Porth Joke to Holywell Bay – South West Coast Path
This short walk is ideal if you don’t have a lot of time. Porth Joke is a secluded beach full of rock pools and a favourite with the local seals! It’s pretty quiet cos you have to walk half a mile from the car park to get to it which is why I love it. It’s also one of my favourite places to escape to if I want some switch off time.
Porth Joke is just over a mile from Holywell Bay – a beautiful sandy beach backed by sand dunes. The walk into Holywell has amazing views over the Atlantic and of the iconic Gul Rock. It looks a bit like Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach in Oregon, where the 1985 film The Goonies was filmed. Thanks to my friend Kelly for pointing this out and nicknaming, Holywell ‘The Goonies Beach’.
Ironically, I have a photo that my dad took of Haystack Rock when he visited the States. When I eventually get to America, it would be cool to visit and get a similar shot!
Finally ticked this one off my Cornwall bucket list! Really loved Mevagissey – another quaint and pretty Cornish fishing village with a twin harbour packed with boats. Lots of cute shops, galleries and eateries, it reminded me of Padstow but in a much less commercialised way.
We sat on a bench high above the harbour and watched the world go.
Yes, I finally got back in the sea! During my week off, I snuck in a surf at Watergate on a super clean, sunny day. Did I get my stoke back? Not fully. It’s still not 100% firing but I’m not giving myself a hard time over it. I need to take surfing as it comes and stop striving so hard to get decent at it. I’m not giving up but I’m taking a much more balanced approach.
Its been really flat lately and I haven’t surfed for 3 weeks. But that’s about to change. I’ve been chatting boards with a local shaper and I’ve got a beautiful surfboard on loan that’s putting a big smile on my face everytime I look at it.
The stoke’s calling and a change is as good as a rest. A new board could be just the thing I need to really kick start my surfing….