The movement south from London is common during the summertime, students are off school and parents keen to enjoy a small portion of summer. Londoners will tell you ‘today was such a nice day!’ …. ‘Yeah, that was our summer.’ Maybe they feel trapped, perhaps they actually don’t actually want summer. Whatever the reason getting to the coastline, at least to me, is natural. For sure it seems that many others have the same wish when given the opportunity.
One week on a whim, lacking a plan other than the idea of getting salty and finding some space to whip my hair back and forth. To be sure this won’t be found in the larger towns of Cornwall. Newquay, Penzance and other ‘cities’ become wacko with people during the summer. Inflatable toys sold on every corner and the pale skinned Brits turned tomatoes every afternoon and running for anywhere they can find beers and aftersun lotion. These towns provide many activities for you to do but this comes, obviously, with a larger volume of humans. The choice for space becomes an easy one. Look for the smallest towns or bays at the furthest points of the coastline and you are sure to see some beauty in solitude.
Renting a camper will for sure make any trip in the UK more flexible and give you access to all areas you may wish to go. The race, against the sun, out of London allowed me to find Port Issac. This tiny fishing village located on the west coast of Cornwall is built around a natural cove in the coastline. The cove providing a calm little harbour for fishing vessels and the slipway a perfect beer garden for the local pub.
Hunting for the smallest of town, I was drawn to the furthest parts of the coastline. By chance, and a wrong turn, Lamorna Cove was stumbled on. A one-way road leading to a small car park, which opened into a bay of kelp covered rocks panelling around clear waters. The cove itself is in the middle of a hike spanning the coastline leading to more hidden coves and diverse cliff faces.
Skipping on down the road towards lands end I was drawn towards the old Minack theatre, hearing of the beauty held in its view. Unfortunately, rubbished with impatient people and loud screeches from children being dragged along for sight seeing which held zero importance to them. It wasn’t a long trip, however, gave me a view that seemed I had transported to somewhere more tropical. Like much of the coastline in Cornwall, there was a hike along the cliff tops that led me down to a nudist beach. It is always old men who become the most comfortable!
Aside from the extra bits, the beach was surrounded by cliffs and ice blue water. A short climb up the rocks provided some nice little jump rocks and an afternoon of sunshine.
The further south you choose to explore the smaller the roads, thicker and higher the hedges are that hug the road. But the fewer people you will see and there are endless coves, bays, walking tracks that provide some tranquillity, or adventure, away from the city.
Aside from the natural beauty of the Cornwall coastline, I did take the time to explore The Edan Project. The largest biodome in the world currently, the 2 main domes house thousands of species of plant species from different parts of the world. The two domes consist of a Rainforest and Mederteranian dome. Both made of hexagonal shapes and Inflated plastic to increase heat and humidity. The project was built from an old quarry and is a wonderful initiative to educate and spark interest in land regeneration and the importance of our natural landscapes.
Those of you looking for a weird time filled with beverages and the company of many, you can also find your niche in Cornwall. Just hit the towns. If your looking for something a little more nature filled then try to be a little more adventurous, take a few wrong turns and don’t be discouraged by the tiny roads. Sometimes the road that looks like it is going nowhere will provide passage to something incredible. Other times it literally is a dead end… but you won’t know if you don’t check it out!