Top 3 Places to Visit on the North Coast of Cornwall
UK lifestyle blogger, Hayley Bisofsky, began her blog stovesincoves.com when she moved down to Cornwall from Central London. Initially set up as a way of telling her parents what she was getting up to, she now has over 16,000 people frequently visiting her blog for Cornish holiday and lifestyle inspiration. A local to Newquay, we asked Hayley to share with us the top places to visit on the North Coast of beautiful Cornwall…you won’t want to miss this….
Whenever anyone asks me my favourite places to go in Cornwall I feel a pang of anxiety rise in my chest. I desperately want to give an honest answer but as soon as I settle on one location being ‘my favourite’, a memory from another fabulous day at a different location will pop into my mind and cause an inner conflict. If nature is art, when the powerful forces of nature worked together to create Cornwall, they created a series of long sweeping beaches, hidden coves, cliff tops, islands and harbours that are all fit for exhibition in the world’s finest of galleries
Every bay has its own unique beauty but ultimately it’s the memories you will make in each of these places that will decide which ones will become your favourites.
Crantock is my number one go to place and it’s probably the beach I visit most often. I can see the Gannel Estuary from my bedroom window as it winds through the valley and pours out into Crantock bay. In my opinion this beach has everything, steep golden sand dunes that you can hide away in when the beach is packed on a bank holiday weekend. Long sweeping beaches, rolling waves for surfers and bodyboarders alike, crystal blue water and an estuary that provides a haven for swimmers, kayakers and paddleboarders. Stay on the beach past dinner time and you will be treated to a sunset to rival all sunsets as the sky lights up bright red and the golden hue spreads out far across the Atlantic Ocean. The coastal path around this bay also provides foragers delight with a bounty of gorse flowers, mushrooms, damsons, samphire, sloes and much more if you take the time to pay attention to your environment.
Ten minutes down the coast from Newquay and you’ll come to Holywell Bay. The Piece de resistance of this beach is certainly the island that is just offshore. It adds a memorable feature that keeps bringing people back each year. Much like Crantock it too has sand dunes to hide away in, a long sweeping beach and a shallow stream that children can play safely for hours in.
If you want to experience Poldarks Cornwall head down to Wheal Coates and walk the coastal path to Chapel Porth Beach. The old tin mine looking out to sea provides a time capsule into the past and gives you a feel for what Cornwall was built upon, the mining industry. In June/ July the whole cliff side is lit up bright purple as the coverage of heather blooms making Wheal Coates a truly spectacular coastal cliff walk.
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