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24 hours in Southern Cornwall


Feeling a little tired from London life, Pablo and I took advantage of the bank holiday to escape to the tranquility of Southern Cornwall. Booking Edyn, a cute little shepherd’s cabin, through Airbnb we were warmly welcomed by our hosts and after a LONG drive settled down for the night with a celebratory glass of champagne.

The next day we awoke and saw the true beauty of this little haven which was placed within a huge garden, complete with tree swing, fire pit, and stream. A lovely homemade breakfast was waiting for us in a wheelbarrow underneath our little cabin. Caffeinated and full of healthy food, it was time to go exploring.

Edyn airbnb Cornwall

St Ives

One of Cornwall’s most famous destinations, St Ives, did not disappoint. A picturesque little sea side town with beautiful beaches, little winding streets filled with independent shops, cafes and, of course, pasty shops. After strolling along the cobbled streets window shopping we grabbed a coffee to keep us warm whilst we hit the beach. Though it was a typically grey British summer’s day there were plenty of people enjoying dipping their toes in the sea and playing with their families in the sand.

St Ives Southern Cornwall

Next we swung by the St Ives gallery, one of many of the places to see art in the small town.

St Ives Bakery

After working up an appetite we stopped by Surf Shack, a small vegan friendly cafe which served up simple yet good quality soups, sandwiches, and baked goods. The cafe was brightly lit, had a great friendly atmosphere and – as an added bonus – our table was perfectly positioned between two dogs, which was a major plus.

Surf Shack Cafe St Ives Cornwall

For me a trip to the seaside would not be complete without a trip to the arcades, so after wasting our money on a rigged claw machine, racing horses against one another, and getting some pictures taken it was time for the next stop on our one day tour of southern Cornwall.

Emma Inks Arcades Southern Cornwall

On the way back up the steep hill to the top car park we spotted a crowd outside one of the shops, being inquisitive we popped over to see what the fuss was about.

Pasty St Ives Cornwall

Joining in with the faces pressed up against the window we watched a baker make a tray of traditional Cornish pasties. After seeing how much work went into the savoury snack we simply had to pick one up. Luckily, Pengenna Pasties made vegan pasties so even I could join in with trying this local delicacy.

Lands End

Driving so far south we felt like we had to make the trip to see the most southern tip of the UK. Paying £5 for the car park we entered a strange kind of theme park that had no rides. There were a few attractions for children, a small petting zoo, and a couple of cafes but we went straight to the coast to look out over the cliff edge. Of course everyone wanted to get a picture at the very tip of the UK so we took our turn, ate our delicious pasty, then made our way back to the car. Though there are coastal walks and a few small attractions to explore, the weather wasn’t ideal for hiking so we ventured to our next stop instead.

Minack Theatre

This independent theatre is a unique destination perched on the edges of cliffs, high above the Atlantic ocean with beautiful gardens. Arriving too late to warrant paying for the entrance fee, Pablo and I took the steep carved out stone steps down towards the stunning beach which appeared within a cove. The water was so blue it looked like we were in the Mediterranean, not Southern England and if the weather has been a little warmer I would have been right in there for a splash. Instead Pablo and I took the drone for a bird’s eye view of the theatre and people watched those enjoying their afternoon on the beach.

Beach Southern Cornwall

Enjoying The Solitude

Cornwall has a wide variety of pubs and restaurants with great food but Pablo and I decided to enjoy our tranquil surroundings back at Edyn and had a cookout. Wrapped in a blanket beside a fire pit, stomachs full of BBQ food, beers chilling in the small stream and absolutely no distractions, we finished up our relaxing getaway just simply enjoying each other’s company.

Fire pit Edyn Cornwall

The next day we planned to explore Falmouth and check out the tattoo exhibition at the maritime museum; unfortunately, so did everyone else in Cornwall. So after giving up hope of finding a car parking space we headed back off to London feeling refreshed from our coastal getaway.

2 comments

  1. I remember, we were there on the same weekend! You were able to do so much! We’d love to book an AIrbnb next time we’re there.

    xo Jaime
    Angloyankophile

    1. Emma says:

      Yeah I am not very good at the whole relaxed weekend thing from reading your post you had the pace perfectly I came back frazzled

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