Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Par Sands Beach

With a wealth of beaches to choose from in Cornwall, it's hard to pick a favourite. But Par Sands is definitely up there with the best of them.

Despite being relatively hidden away, Par Sands beach is busy pretty much all year round. It has a stunning view out to sea as well as some picturesque views of the cliffs. It is also surrounded by gorgeous rolling dunes that are teeming with wildlife.

Par Beach's dog friendly status makes it popular with tourists and locals and it is a great place to take your dog for a run and to make some new friends. It's one of Jack's favourite places to be!

No matter where you look on Par Sands Beach you will see a beautiful view, even the holiday homes don't spoil the view, in fact they add quite a sweet element to the landscape.

The lake right next to Par Sands Beach is another view that won't disappoint, it is a place where animals and birds love to be. I think the ducks and rabbits get fed by the residents of the holiday park, it would certainly explain their size!

Par Sands Beach is a wonderful place for people of all ages, there is so much to see and I would definitely recommend it!

Up Next:Fowey

Wednesday, 24 May 2017


The Georgian Port of Charlestown is around a mile outside of St Austell, and it is uniquely remarkable in that so much of its historical character has remained after all these years. It is almost completely unspoiled and even all of the pubs and houses seem to blend into the landscape.

Despite its tiny size, Charlestown attracts thousands of visitors every year and it has been made even more popular since they started shooting Poldark scenes there. You can see the props out during filming season and if you are very quiet, you can watch them film if you happen to see them.

One of the sets for Poldark.

Charlestown has some incredible sea views, you can venture onto the beach or simply enjoy the views from the pub beer gardens. The tall ships that come in and out of the port are impressive to see, they are beautiful, well kept and remarkably complicated, it is quite a sight to see someone actually sail one, it is an incredible skill!

Charlestown's maritime charm is made even more appealing by the Shipwreck, Rescue and Heritage Centre. There you can see the history of the Charlestown Port as well as many other oceanic adventures from around Cornwall. It is worth every penny.

St Paul's Church is also another beautiful place to see, the building itself is stunning and is only about a ten minute walk from the centre of Charlestown.

Charlestown is not a big place, but it has huge character and appeal and I would definitely recommend visiting it!

One of the Charlestown residents.

Up Next: The beautiful Par Sands Beach

A New Camera!

After deciding that I definitely wanted to pursue photography as a hobby, I thought I needed a "proper" camera. And as luck would have it, I had a birthday coming up. So I asked for a new camera, and behold, a Nikon D3000 arrived in the post.

I am still learning all of the functions (there are a few of them!) so bear with me whilst I get the hang of it! I am totally new to DSLR cameras but any help or advice is always welcome.

I visit the historic port of Charlestown next!

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Carlyon Bay

There are so many places in Cornwall with beautiful clifftop views and Carlyon Bay is certainly no exception. Located just two and a half miles from the town of St Austell it has a beautiful clifftop walk, which is very popular with dog walkers, and an almost two mile long beach with some fantastic views.

The clifftop walk of Carlyon Bay runs alongside the stunning Carlyon Hotel, so whichever way you look you will some amazing sites. But walking along the edge of the cliff (there are fences so don't worry!) you can see much activity! From the swooping birds and the hundreds of rabbits, to the crashing sea below. You are guaranteed to see something to take your breath away.

The Carlyon Bay walk continues for miles and with no official end to it, if you walked far enough you could end up in in a different part of town. But on the way you will see some sights like a coastguard watch tower, a pretty golf course and some very lucky people's sea view houses.

Or if you are feeling in a sandy mood then try Carlyon beach. It is a short but steep walk from the car park. I recommend taking the slope rather than the steps, as on the way back up the steps are a killer! There you will be able to see some pretty impressive sights, from the surrounding cliffs to the hundreds of sea birds feeding on fish and insects.

The sea on Carlyon Beach is stunningly clear, and on a hot day it is heaven to walk in to keep yourself cool, but be warned, there is a sudden drop at one point!
During the holiday season, you will find pop up bars and restaurants which offer you the chance to have a stunning meal on the beach.
It may be a lesser know part of Cornwall but Carlyon Bay really is a place you should visit.

Carlyon cliff top walk is one of Jacks favourite places to go.

Coming up next: I get my new camera!

Monday, 15 May 2017


The drive on the way into Tintagel is a spectacular one, the miles of rolling green countryside promise a stunning sight at the end of it and Tintagel refuses to disappoint, in fact, even the view from the car park is incredible.

It might be a small village with a population of around 2000, but Tintagel attracts tourists from all over the world every year and it is plain to see why.

Tintagel is rich not only in history with a 14th century post office and a church built around 1080, but it is also rich is in Arthurian legend with multiple references to the King all over the village. There is even a giant bronze sculpture of the man.

14th century post office.

From the beautiful views of the clifftops to the historically charged high street, Tintagel is definitely now one of my favourite places in Cornwall.

View looking up the high street.

P.S You might ask how I can do a piece on Tintagel without visiting the castle, but I think it is so impressive it should get a post all of its own at a later date.

One of many stunning views taken from Glebe Cliff.

The walk down to the beach is a beautiful one.

Waterfall on the beach.

Close up of the waterfall.

The beach is rocky but has some beautiful views.

Light reflecting inside one of  Tintagel's caves.

It's a long way back up from the beach.

A piece of old machinery.

Foxgloves growing wild on the clifftops.

A hungry Jackdaw eyeing up our picnic. 

St Materiana Parish Church.

Graveyard of the church.

Stunning stained glass window.

One of the tourists.
Up Next: Carlyon Bay