29/08/10 - 02/09/10
The English Mediterranean.
This was my first time in Cornwall. What a beautiful place to visit. Martijn, Anne and Abbi joined us from Holland and we met them at the apartment where they arrived a day earlier. We were combining this holiday with a long wedding celebration weekend from Thursday 2nd until Sunday the 5th of September. We were really lucky with the weather those days we were there.
On the second morning my brother and I decided to try out the 18 hole golf course visible from our balcony a stones throw away from the apartment. Newquay Golf Club straddles the dunes of Fistral beach, the surfing beach in Newquay. So as we strolled around a deserted golf course at 8.00 am in the morning, with the sun rising and the most stunning views you can imagine it felt like one of those special moments that stay with you for a long time...
The next day we visited Padstow, a lovely little seaside village with loads of lovely shops and overrun with Rick Stein restaurants and bistros. We couldn't possibly pass up the opportunity to try one of his establishments and so we decided on St Petroc's Bistro.
On the way back from Padstow we stopped at a the Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps, a National Trust heritage site along the coast. A dramatically steep set of steps cut into the rocks takes you down to Bedruthan beach, a beautiful and isolated beach. The beach is named after a mythological giant called Bedruthan, surprisingly, who is said to have used the loose rocks (stacks) on the beach as stepping stones. Sounds like Bedruthan was either afraid of water or a playful fella because let's be honest, Bedru could easily have just walked along the shore and the water wouldn't have even reached his ankle warmers.
On the last evening we watched the sun set over the north Cornwall coastline. A 5 minute walk from our apartment down to the tip of Pentire Headland lies The Lewinnick Lodge.
With a good selection of ales and stunning views it was a nice way to round off the holiday.