I have written before about days out at the beach with your toddler and how to prepare for them, but last week was our first proper week long holiday (aside from a five day Center Parcs stay a few months ago).We spent last week on holiday in Cornwall and had the BEST time. I suppose to always expect to have a good time on a holiday in Cornwall though, it does have a reputation for being one of the most popular UK holiday destinations. However, one thing that really surprised me was how much use we got out of our National Trust memberships whilst we were there and how much they contributed to the enjoyment of our holiday. This post isn’t an ad or in anyway sponsored by National Trust by the way, I just genuinely loved using our passes during our holiday and thought this post might be useful for anyone else heading on holiday and wants to make the most of their National Trust passes in Cornwall.
We stayed in St Teath, which isn’t far from Port Isaac and every single day we ended up travelling for a few hours in the car finding all the amazing places and beaches that are part of the National Trust.
They were perfectly maintained, quiet and had free parking for members. One of the only things I dislike about Cornwall in Summer is how busy the beaches can get when there is a nice sunny day so finding these quiet, gorgeous beaches and places to visit was such a revelation.
It was like being abroad, the views were incredible. Isabelle spent the days in and out of the sea, rock pooling, burying us in the sand and just having a whale of a time.
We could relax in the knowledge that she wasn’t going to get lost in a sea of people and she could easily hear us and find us if we shouted her to come back.
So, here’s a list of my top National Trust places to visit in Cornwall:
- Northcott Mouth – near Bude. This beach was perfect for rock pooling and general exploring. Dogs are welcome, there’s a car park and some really nice walks with incredible views.
- Porth. This was our favourite. Towan beach was glorious. Again, free parking. The beach is about a five minute walk from the car park. There are toilets and a little mobile coffee shop with snacks. The beach is both sandy and rocky with lots of things to explore. Dogs are welcome, there were loads playing when we went which we loved. It was quiet even on a 26 degree day which was pretty amazing. There are some really nice coastal footpaths nearby too.
- Boscastle. Most of this general area is owned by The National Trust but there isn’t one particular bit to visit per de. It’s just such a gorgeous little coastal town. Not far from Tintagel too which is also worth a look, there are also some really nice places to wander around. Loads of nice little cafes, shops and just places to mooch about. Also, if you head to The Port William pub while you’re there you can sit in a gorgeous pub on the top of a cliff with the most incredible views over the ocean. The food was really nice, there’s free wifi and even a bit where you can clamber over the rocks to get to the sea. Just amazing. We went to The Port William a couple of times just to have a coffee and enjoy the views.
- Sandymouth – also near Bude not far from Northcott Mouth. Same kind of beach, quiet, Wild and great for rockpooling. Loads of clifftop walks, some are a bit hallenging if you’re a tad unfit like me but if you can hack it then the views would be amazing. I think you can also potentially spot dolphins and things from here too if you’re lucky!
- Carnewas at Bedruthen is last on the list for being amazing but bloody hard work. I realised how unfit I was trying to get to the sea here. You park up in the free car park and there’s a cafe and toilets etc which is great. You have to walk up and down some pretty hilly hills to get to the coast and then you climb down the worlds steepest steps that are ridiculously slippy and perilous to get to the actual base of the cliff where the sea is. It IS worth it because it is beautiful but I hate steps. I was so tired. Especially trying to carry a three year old up and down them too. Maybe only try this one if you’ve got a bit of cardio experience…
Don’t be alarmed by the size of my beach bag in the picture below. I don’t know what happened. The more stuff I put in it the more it seemed to grown until it was just ridiculously ginormous and weirdly saggy. I promise it didn’t look like that when I bought it.
Obviously there are loads of really nice houses and castles and things to visit too, but the weather was so gorgeous whilst we were there that we concentrated on beaches and things like that instead.
Are there any other gorgeous National Trust beaches in the UK we should visit? Let me know…