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Dog Walks in Cornwall – Cadgwith to Kennack Sands

On the first proper day of half term, that didn’t involve driving for hours, Poppy and I headed out onto the coast path. Despite the previous day being ruled by Storm Brian, Sunday turned out to be a lovely day. I didn’t want to drive anywhere, so Poppy and I went for a walk from Cadgwith to Kennack Sands. We had previously done the first part of the walk, to the Serpentine Works at Poltesco, but I really wanted to get to the beach. After checking the tide times, we headed out.Cadgwith to Kennack Sands Cornish coast path Poppydog on the Cornish coast path

It’s not an easy walk, especially as the path was incredibly muddy and there were a few places where I needed to lean on rocks to get down. Poppy is really good on these kind of paths. She now waits for me and will stop walking ahead if we’re on a particularly slippy path. The views along the walk were spectacular, which was lucky because the weather the next few days was foggy and we couldn’t see a thing!

We headed down to the old serpentine works and had a look around. The ruins there are amazing and it’s a lovely place to walk around. Then we headed on to Kennack Sands. The rest of the walk included going through a mini golf course by some static caravans and along part of the road leading down to the sands. The beach was packed and both cafes were open. There was a fair bit of surfing going on and there are plenty of rock pools to explore, much to Poppy’s delight!

Serpentine Works Serpentine mill Kennack Sands Poppydog at Kennack Sands

This walk also ticks off another part of the coast path around the Lizard, which is good as I’d like to walk around the whole of the Lizard, bit by bit. After a walk along Kennack Sands, and a sit watching the waves, we headed back to Cadgwith. Poppy and I enjoyed an afternoon of vegging on the sofa, watching Gilmore Girls. Perfection!

The Walk: As its part of the South West Coast Path, it isnโ€™t easy. There are times when the path is muddy and very thin, but then there are parts which are flat and open. If you’re leaning on things to help you get down, be careful not to lean on any gorse. It can draw blood!
Cost:ย Completely free.
Car Park: As we were staying in Cadgwith, we had a parking spot with the cottage. There is a car park in Cadgwith and there’s a car park at Kennack Sands, which you have to pay to use. There are a number of parking spots on the road down to Kennack Sands too.
Refreshments: There are two cafes at Kennack Sands, one of which selling Ann’s Pasties. I haven’t eaten from either but they were pretty busy when I was there.
Toilets: There are some public loos at Kennack Sands.

Half Term Holiday in Cadgwith

Well hello, dear blog reader. It’s been a while. My new teaching job is keeping me very busy, so a half term holiday in Cadgwith Cove, Cornwall was very welcome indeed. We didn’t plan an awful lot, as we all needed a relaxing break, with lots of rest, as the first half term of the school year has been brutal! We stayed at Rene’s Cottage, booked through Cadgwith Cove Cottages, as we have done for most of our holidays in Cadgwith, though this was our first time staying at Rene’s.

Rene's Cottage

Rene’s Cottage is adorable. It has a small, well equipped kitchen, not that we used it much, save for cooking some jacket potatoes and pizza! The lounge boasts a wood burning stove, a small TV and wifi. You can sit and watch people walking up and down the hill, which happened regularly, as Cadgwith has a fantastic inn, which draws people in after a coastal walk. Upstairs is a lovely bathroom (much better than ours at home!) and it has a generous corner bath, which is perfect for soaking in with a Lush bath bomb after getting soaked to the skin in a heavy downpour. True story. The bedroom sleeps two and has one of the comfiest beds I’ve ever slept on in a holiday let.

Rene's Cottage fish Rene's Cottage lounge Cadgwith

Rene’s Cottage is an old fisherman’s cottage, complete with a traditional thatch roof. The walls are incredibly thick, meaning that it keeps cool in the summer and holds the heat from the wood burner in the winter. We took wood and kindling with us so that we could make the most of the wood burner and it was lovely curling up on the sofa, watching Fear the Walking Dead, in front of a roaring fire. On the Sunday, there was quite a strong wind blowing about the cove and it was really snug and cosy in the cottage. While walking about the Lizard, we were talking about how we always stay in Cadgwith and whether we would stay in any of the other surrounding areas. I have to say that I love staying in Cadgwith. There’s just something about it. When I booked Rene’s, I didn’t realise that it didn’t have a garden and worried that it might be difficult with Poppy. It wasn’t at all, in fact, it was quite lovely getting up to take her on a morning loo walk before breakfast around the cove, seeing what was going on.

Cadgwith boats Cadgwith Houses Cadgwith fishing gear Cadgwith cove

The cove is very picturesque and is a great base to explore the Lizard and surrounding areas. The history of the place fascinates me, as does the fishing industry that still goes on today, despite the changes to fishing. Watching the men go out in the morning, whether they are in the larger fishing boats or just going out on their own, is to watch history. Cadgwith is one of the last fishing coves in Cornwall and this is evident everywhere. The whole cove is littered with lobster pots, some of which are now home to a few nesting birds! I love being about when the boats come back after a day on the water and they’re unloading their catch. The cove comes alive with activity. Obviously, as a vegan, I don’t eat fish, but if you are going to eat fish, then it should be caught in the way that the Cadgwith fisherman catch theirs. It has minimal impact on the environment and is one of the most sustainable types of fishing we have.

Cadgwith

During our stay, we managed to spot a pod of dolphins out in the sea, not far from the cliffs, while we were standing up on the Todden. I’d never seen dolphins in the wild before so I was really pleased we were able to watch them. We will definitely be back at Cadgwith at some point in the near future. There really is no where else like it.

Tuesday Treat – A Last Minute Holiday

Last week, we spent seven sun filled days on the South West coast. Once again we headed for Cadgwith Cove and spent the week walking the coast path, looking for dog friendly beaches and being constantly wind swept!

Cornwall

What a view! There’s nothing quite like being by the sea. The sound of the waves crashing against the shore, the smell of salt in the air and the different shades of blue are a real feast for the eyes. (Did you know my favourite colour is blue? It’s easy to see why!) We had such a fantastic week, helped by the great weather, though I’d quite happily walk around the Cornish coast path, whatever the weather. I’ve never been on a last minute holiday before, and while it did cause me some anxiety beforehand, as soon as we were packed up and in the car, heading for Cadgwith, I could feel all the stress seeping away. Ah! Cadgwith didn’t disappoint. It was amazing!

#BEDM – A Day in the Life

This isn’t really a typical day in my life, I’m afraid to say. We’ve been on holiday in the gorgeous Cadgwith Cove, spoilt by amazing weather, great food and lots of lovely walks. Here’s a day in the life of my holiday in Cornwall.

6.30am

6am

Early start, thanks to a slightly poorly Poppy. Back to bed for a bit though.

7am

7am

Time to get moving – it’s going to be another hot and sunny day.

8am

8am

Breakfast and blog reading time.

9am

9am

Getting ready for a walk to Mullion Cove. I have walked so many miles in these shoes!

10am

10am

You can some slightly odd things around Cornwall!

11am

11am

We spent some time exploring the harbour, which had taken a battering over the winter.

12pm

12pm

We decided to walk over to Polurrian Bay (only to discover they don’t allow dogs!)

1pm

1pm

Feeling a little overheated after walking in the sun for what felt like ages! Plus, all the freckles!

2pm

2pm

Ah, this made the walk worth it. Chocolate milkshake at the Chocolate Factory.

3pm

3pm

Time to cool off & pamper with my new Honey Cosmetics.

4pm

4pm

Book reading, tea drinking and snoozing in the sun.

5pm

5pm

Decided it was cool enough to venture outside – Poppy loved it.

6pm

6pm

Making the most of the sunny weather and time to relax.

7pm

7pm

Best veggie pasty EVER from Ann’s Pasties

8pm

8pmMaking progress on my scarf and enjoying a glass of rose!

9pm

9pm

Time to let Poppy out – still light!

10pm

10pm

Think it’s past Poppy’s bedtime.

11pm

11pm

Time for bed.

Almost every day of our holiday has been like this. Pretty perfect! Just wish holidays could come round more often. How about you? What’s your day been like?