Exploring New Places: Cornwall, UK
England in September, a suprising place to explore
Feel like exploring somewhere new? If you live in Europe and haven’t yet visited the South West of the UK, then you should put it on your ‘to do’ list. If you live in the UK and haven’t been or at least not lately, we were massively impressed with the Cornwall experience – the scenery, the places to visit, the outdoor activities, the food and, this time, even the weather!
We managed nearly all of the Cornwall highlights in just ten days of touring. There’s plenty of good campsites, some right by the beach and some inland but all were good quality. In September many were surprisingly busy so any trip, especially during the school holidays would need planning and booking in advance.
We compiled a “top ten” from our trip.
- St Ives. About as far from London you can get in England but still with a cool vibe. Ok it’s a bit touristy but has an undoubtedly beautiful setting with beach and harbour too.
- Eating out in Padstow. Famous for its Rick Stein inspired foodie destination tag but check out Prawn on the Lawn. Simply the best fresh fish experience, period.
- Surfing on the Newquay beaches. Wide expanses of sand across several huge beaches and a constant formation of waves. Loads of keen surfers even in cool but sunny September, or just eat at Jamie Oliver’s 15 restaurant and watch!
- Pub life in Mevagissey. One of many delightful little Cornish fishing villages tucked into the coastal cliffs, with tiny lanes, little shops and always the vista of the (still working) harbour. For local pub life at its best, try the Fountain Inn. Perfect rustic food and ambiance.
- Exploring The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Not to be missed, these extraordinary gardens need most of a day. Wander in the woods, take in the views, explore the sunken valley gardens full of sub-tropical ferns and hidden statues. Our best day of the trip.
- Tropical amazement at The Eden Project. A little Disney at times but wow, be amazed by the two giant Biomes, one a tropical paradise, the other delivers the Mediterranean. Warm, welcoming and informative. A nice use of a wet day if you have one!
- Walking on water at Mount St Michael. Check the tide times and if you can take a boat out and walk back across the bay. Stunning castle and 360 views back to the mainland.
- Enjoy outdoor theatre at Minack. You’ll be swayed by the extraordinary story of this unique outdoor theatre built into the cliffs and even more stunned if you book to see a live show. Not to be missed.
- Walking the coastal path just about everywhere. Hiking just about anywhere along the extensive Cornish coast is fantastic, with stunning views. Our favourite, just north of Newquay at the Bedruthan Steps.
- Imbibing at Healey’s Cornish Cider Farm. The ultimate cider farm experience to be added to your culinary list when visiting Cornwall, alongside Cornish pasties, fish and chips and of course, Padstow.
And if you go, take a new Sun Living V65SL vehicle. Space, comfort and practicality to the max. The benefit of the flexible rear-space comes to the fore, when touring in nice but not hot weather! Extra living space if there’s a shower of rain or if you want to cook and need a break from the pub menu!