It’s been awhile since I visited Cornwall, so when my cousin Mel summoned me to her 40th birthday bash in Padstow I hopped into the car and made my merry way across the Tamar Bridge.
Living in Devon, I have to admit that I see so many jaw-dropping views of unspoilt landscape that I probably don’t notice them as often as I should, but when I pulled up beside a field to stretch my legs before navigating the country lanes of St Issey to Mel’s farm, I was greeted by a view that had me reaching for my camera.
The grass fluttered in the breeze, fields rolled down to the Camel Estuary, and the only sound was the creaking of the gate beside me. You know when you reach a destination but then there’s that moment when you actually arrive? Well, I’d arrived. And it only got better.
The coastline that surrounds this corner of North Cornwall’s full of surprises, and every now and then you drive round a bend and see a great big sandy cove stretching to the sea, and the best thing is that none of them are crowded.
After the celebrations of the birthday party, the same group gathered outside the café that sits high above the golden sands of Treyarnon Bay, and while a folk band provided the afternoon’s entertainment, some sipped drinks, some danced like no one was watching and I made my way down to the sand to watch the waves crash against the shore.
It seems as though everyone who calls this part of Cornwall home has a favourite beach, and when my other cousin Nicola suggested a walk and a catch up, true to Cornish form, we slipped into our flip flops and headed to Trevone Beach. This quiet bay’s backed by country lanes and whispering corn fields, and with a surf shop right beside it, this gorgeous sandy beach is the kind of spot where you feel like you can just be.
The Trevone Beach Café has something of a reputation amongst the local foodies, and its breakfasts are so notorious that some even stop off on their way through Cornwall just to enjoy one outside on the decking. In the evening, when the sun sets behind the beach and the surfers emerge from the water, the café turns into a bistro, and next time I visit I’ll be wandering the coast path one evening to enjoy the views over a glass of something lovely.
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