This year my boyfriend and I decided to do another road trip, this time around Cornwall. I’ve been to Cornwall almost every year of my life and it is one of my favourite places in the world, so I was very excited to discover some new places and visit old favourites as well.
We were away for 10 days, from 12th-21st August. We camped the whole time in our own tent, except one night where we hired an Airbnb yurt. We found that it was actually quite hard to book campsites as it was so busy this year, but we managed it in the end. Once we were in Cornwall, it didn’t actually feel any busier than it usually does in August, and it was easy to socially distance most of the time. We visited loads of places such as St Ives, Lands End, Falmouth, Tintagel, Bude and Newquay. We also visited many gorgeous beaches such as Porthcurno and Kynance Cove. I hope you enjoy reading about our trip – I’ve split this into three parts as I want to add loads of pictures!
Day 1 – Sheffield -> Dartmoor via Cheddar Gorge
We decided to camp on the edge of Dartmoor on the first day to break up the drive from Sheffield. This took us about 6 hours, not including breaks. Cheddar Gorge was a good stopping point, as it was just over halfway and neither of us had ever visited. We parked and then managed to walk completely the wrong way, away from the village and along the road instead. We did manage to find a footpath and loop back around onto the cliff, which was stunning, though it was so warm the hundreds of steps on the hill felt horrible! We came back down into the village and it was absolutely packed, so I’m actually glad we had a more unconventional walk.
We camped at Five Wytches Farm Campsite, which was nice enough but definitely not my favourite. It was very quiet and we were allowed a fire pit (bonus!) but the composting toilets were horrible (you could see actual rats running around in them, slightly too close for comfort), and the shower was just a shed with no roof – fine if it’s hot but I’d imagine horrendous on a cold/rainy day. We also never met anyone who worked there which seemed unfriendly. We made the most of the location though, and after arriving and throwing our tent up around 5pm we went to Postbridge Clapper Bridge, in the centre of Dartmoor.
The drive was absolutely stunning, we saw loads of Dartmoor Ponies and the whole area is just beautiful.
We sat and had a picnic with our feet in the water at the bridge, then it was so hot we decided to go for a swim (it’s about hip height water so more of a wallow/float than a swim) and got some weird looks as we were fully clothed. I absolutely love wild swimming, so I didn’t care!
Day 2 – Dartmoor -> The Eden Project -> St Austell
On the second day, we packed up quickly and did the hour and a half drive to the Eden Project for our slot at 11.30am.
If you want to visit, make sure you book in advance as we booked a few weeks in advance and a few times had already sold out. The Eden Project itself was incredible, I loved both the Rainforest and Mediterranean biomes.
Only a few parts weren’t open, and the one-way system just means you definitely don’t miss anything. People were sticking to social distancing really well, and it felt like there was loads of space.
We got some really nice Tarquin’s gin in the Mediterranean biome and it honestly felt like we were sat in a garden in Spain. I’d definitely visit again.
We left the Eden Project and headed for our second campsite, Court Farm in St Austell. This was a much more manicured looking campsite, with really nice facilities but it didn’t let us have a fire (boo). On the recommendation of the owner, we picked up some chips and mushy peas from Walkers Fish Restaurants in St Austell and headed to the nearby Porthpean beach to eat these and have an evening stroll. The beach was really nice but the water was full of jellyfish – we must have seen at least 10 in the space of a few minutes. They’re not dangerous ones – around the severity of a nettle sting – but I’d still rather avoid them!
Day 3 – St Austell -> Falmouth -> Helston
We were planning to visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan on Day 3, but accidentally booked the wrong day, so just decided to switch the days. So we instead headed to Falmouth, and really enjoyed wandering around all the pretty shops on the high street. We bought some amazing gelato from Ciuri Ciuri, which had quite a few vegan options. We also got a delicious oat milk latte from Picnic and sat outside on the street, mostly watching people’s dogs walk past.
We finished the day off with vegan fish and chips from Harbour Lights and took them to Gyllyngvase Beach. It was probably the best vegan fish I’ve had, and one of the first time’s I’ve seen it in a fish and chip shop.
We then headed to our campsite for the next four nights – Wee World. We wanted to spend each night in a different campsite originally, but everywhere was so full, especially over the weekend. Therefore, we decided it was best to just find somewhere and drive more every day. This campsite was really cute, it had around 12 pitches and a variety of little glamping pods/huts. It also had a group campfire, individual fire pits, a surprisingly large bar, pigs and chickens. They had a band on and an open mic night while we were there, and it was really nice to just sit outside and watch. Helston was a good location for us because it is quite central and everything we wanted to see was within about an hour and a half drive.
Day 4 – Lost Gardens of Heligan, Mevagissey and Kynance Cove
On day 4 we headed back to spend the afternoon at The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Whilst waiting for our slot, we visited nearby Mevagissey in search of lunch. It was actually bigger than I expected, and we managed to find a pasty and some ice cream from Treleavens.
Their vegan vanilla is identical to clotted cream vanilla and so nice. I’d never usually choose vanilla, but I wish I had – I just stole a fair bit of my boyfriends instead. The harbour was gorgeous.
We then went to Heligan – the gardens are gorgeous and they also host events such as theatre productions, which I really enjoyed when I attended one a few years ago. A highlight for me was the jungle and rope bridge.
The meadow is also gorgeous. We also got to stroke some sheep and some very chaotic goats, one of which tried to eat my green t-shirt. You can spend a few hours or an entire day here depending on how far you want to walk.
We went straight to Tesco after this for barbecue supplies and headed to Kynance Cove, one of the prettiest beaches I’ve ever been to.
It’s about a 20-minute walk down from the car park, and when we arrived at around 6.30pm the tide was in so you’d have had to swim round to the other part of the beach. We had an amazing swim – the sea was crystal clear and so calm. After our swim, the tide had gone far enough out to go to the prettiest part of the beach, where the sea is on both sides of you. We had a barbecue (the Naked Glory sausages are great on a barbecue!) and a read before heading back to the campsite for a gin around the fire pit.
I hoped you enjoyed reading about the first few days of our road trip – parts 2 and 3 coming soon!