Long Weekend in Newlyn, Cornwall

Hello! Long time no blog. Life has been rather busy, and though I’ve been ‘gramming a lot over here, it’s been the longest in 8 years that I haven’t touched the blog! Starting a new job, moving home and planning a wedding are all pretty demanding of time. That’s all about to change and I have lots planned, but firstly I wanted to share the photos from a long weekend in Newlyn, Cornwall last month.It also might be useful for if you are planning your own weekend trip within the UK, as we found it the perfect mix of relaxing and exploring.

Growing up, I spent many school holidays driving down to Cornwall to swim in the sea, walk up and down cliffs, and build dams in freezing streams. Cornwall is my happy place; although I love the convenience and energy of a city, I feel happiest in the open air. April is the most stunning time of year to go in my opinion – the yellow gorse flowers are out, the heather is multi-coloured, and the sun is (hopefully!) shining. Armed with a stack of walk and pub recommendations from my Cornish friend, Alex and I drove down on Good Friday to our Airbnb in the village of Newlyn. It was the perfect spot in which to stay as it had all the essentials of ice cream, pubs, and the sea. The cottage was really lovely so we actually ended up buying wine and cooking at home every night as well.

Newlyn, Cornwall
Newlyn Cornwall

Newlyn Cornwall

After walking to Mousehole for a delicious lunch by the water we visited St Michael’s Mount, a National Trust castle on an island. We ended up getting trapped on the island when the tide went up and we had no money for a boat, which was a bit embarrassing. Luckily the kind boat captain delivered us back to shore for free.

St Ives Cornwall
St Ives Cornwall
St Ives Cornwall
St Ives Cornwall
St Ives Cornwall

On Saturday we walked to Penzance and took the train to St. Ives (I sang the song the whole walk there, much to Alex’s annoyance). Getting the train was the best way to go as it went all along the coast which was seriously stunning, and we avoided the long weekend traffic. I love St Ives for all the independent makers and designers, alongside amazing food. We went on a walk along the coast fuelled by salted caramel fudge. I made sure we got all the main Cornish food groups over the course of the weekend: scones, pasties, clotted cream, ice cream, and fudge.

Our kind Airbnb host had left croissants for us, including gluten free ones for me! So on Easter morning we whipped up croissant French toast and then attempted to walk it all off at Zennor Head. We could not get over how breathtaking the views and colours were, and it was all completely empty.

Croissant French Toast

We squeezed in one last pub drink and one last cream tea that day – lucky we did so much walking! Have you been to Cornwall? I’m keen to explore more parts of the UK but I’m worried they just won’t match this!

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  • Reply
    June 5, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Cornwall is really something special! I love going on coastal walks there and exploring the cute little villages! I’m not from here but currently based in Plymouth so weekend day trips to Cornwall are so easy and lovely! I feel the same about exploring more of the UK! What could match these colours? Though, I do love the North Norfolk Coast equally as well as parts of Suffolk (Aldeburgh & Southwold), and I’d love to go up north and visit the lake and peak district!
    Loved that the captain gave you a free ride! So lovely!

    • Reply
      Polly Rowan
      June 8, 2017 at 6:46 am

      Ah I would love to be able to nip down to Cornwall for the weekend – London is just sliiightly too far away to do that! Ohh Southwold is lovely. Yes I need to expand my UK travel spots too – I’ve heard the coast of Wales can be stunning. x

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