It feels like only a couple of months have passed since I posted about the blanket of snow that had fallen across the UK, and now we’re in the middle of a heatwave. Where does the time go?
Despite the almost unbearably hot temperatures, I’ve been having a wonderful summer. I spent most of July with my parents, who were visiting from New Zealand along with my sister and her boyfriend (hence the lack of blog posts!)
To make the most of the stunning weather, we travelled to Cornwall along with a few other members of my extended family. I’ve been meaning to explore more of the UK, so this was the perfect opportunity for a new adventure.
We stayed at the Bluff, a beautiful beach house overlooking Trebarwith Strand and situated just outside the tiny town of Tintagel.
The interior was cute and quirky, with shelves full of nautical knick-knacks lining the walls along with hundreds (and I do mean hundreds!) of books.
But the view was definitely the best part.
See that rocky cove down there? After high tide it tranforms into the most perfect little beach, dusted with golden sand and dotted with moon jellyfish.
Don’t worry, they can’t hurt you! Although I did receive a couple of nasty stings from another species when I went for a swim…
Even though moon jellyfish are harmless, it can be a little disconcerting to find yourself surrounded by them in the sea. Luckily, their sting is so mild that you can easily pick them up (although I don’t think they would like it very much!) I find them so beautiful with their purple rings, and I loved spotting them on my morning walks.
I also discovered a handful of dark, mysterious caves lining the shore. My parents took me to Cornwall a few times as a child and while most of it escapes my memory, I’ve never forgotten my excitement and fascination with the smuggler’s caves.
In hindsight, I’m sure they were just regular caves. But eight-year-old me was convinced that I would find long-forgotten treasure hidden inside, and insisted on thoroughly exploring each one. I guess some things never change!
But we didn’t just stick with the beach. There’s a surprising amount of things to see around this small village!
If you’re into history, you need to visit Tintagel Castle. Set high on the rugged Cornish cliffs with a breathtaking view of the ocean, it’s easy to see why so many writers and poets have drawn inspiration from this place.
There isn’t a whole lot left of the castle – it’s mostly ruins, but it’s fascinating to see the remains of what were once rooms and doorways. The castle wall is fairly intact, and it made for a stunning view.
I snapped this adorable photo of my parents, sitting together on a bench cut into the cliff-face. They look so cute!
Cornwall is known for its beautiful countryside, and served as the inspiration for many of the stories I read as a child. After growing up on Enid Blyton books and devouring the descriptions of windy walks across stark moors, I had always longed to experience the wild beauty of the English coast for myself.
So when my Mum suggested a stroll after lunch one day, I jumped at the chance.
It was better than I had ever imagined. We took a walk along a winding coastal path, cutting through the grassy moors, and the views were breathtaking.
I mean, just look at this.
Speaking of lunch, I was pleasantly surprised at the wide variety of vegan options along the Cornish coast. It seemed that wherever I went, there were more than enough plant-based choices on the menu. London has some catching up to do!
A quick search on Happy Cow pulled up Vega, an entirely vegan restaurant situated in the heart of Tintagel. With 50% of their profits donated to animal charities, who would have guessed that such a tiny village would boast such ethical dining?
I visited as soon as I could, and ordered the lentil and vegetable curry along with a glass of their homemade elderflower fizz (made from wild elderflowers picked along the Cornish coast!)
I wasn’t disappointed.
The curry was colourful and vibrant, and even more delicious than it looks. The elderflower fizz was the best I’ve ever tried, and the owner informed us that it was made from flowers freshly picked along the coastline.
If you’re ever lucky enough to find yourself in Tintagel, Vega is a must-visit!
I was also excited to discover that the tiny beachside cafe at the foot of the coastal path served vegan bacon and sausage sandwiches, along with a vegan burger and the tastiest plant-based sandwich. They even sold me a carton of Oatly from their own fridge! As you can imagine, I was in heaven.
Of course, I made it a priority to sample as many vegan Cornish pasties as possible. I fell in love with The Chough Bakery in Padstow, which boasts a delicious Mediterannean version. Made with locally grown vegetables and encased in golden flaky pastry, I couldn’t stop myself going back for round two!
We wanted to visit St. Nectan’s Glen before travelling back to London, but were informed that the hot weather had dried the usually cascading waterfall into a trickle. Not wanting to waste our last full day, I searched online for a fun alternative and eventually settled for a boat trip along the coast.
Keeping our fingers crossed for a puffin sighting, we made the 45-minute journey to Padstow and climbed on board.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to take any photographs, as the boat ride was extremely choppy and I didn’t want to risk dropping my phone overboard. But we were lucky enough to see two puffins along with a handful of grey seals, and I managed to get absolutely soaked by sea spray while everyone else stayed bone-dry – at least it cooled me down!
To finish off a perfect trip, our last sunset was spectacular.
I rarely get to see my family as we live on opposite sides of the world, so this trip was extremely special to me and I treasured every moment.
Elliott has only just recovered from a bout of bronchitis, so unfortunately he wasn’t able to join me on this adventure. I want to visit Cornwall again (maybe in the winter this time!) and I just know he’ll love it as much as I do.
I’m now back in hot, sticky London after saying goodbye to my family as they jet off back to New Zealand. But my favourite season is just around the corner, and I’m already getting prepared…
I hope you enjoyed this peek into my holiday on the Cornish coast! Where are you travelling to this summer?