Kernow

Written by Haydn Williams

Summer holidays came early this year, in the form of a group trip to Cornwall. We made the most of the sunshine on the first day, and headed to the harbour at Mullion Cove.

Awesome Specialized balance bike. © Haydn Williams 2013
Awesome Specialized balance bike. © Haydn Williams 2013

We arrived at low tide and so were able to explore the cave that cuts under the headland. Unfortunately no-one provided any entertainment by falling into the water.

Gareth avoiding the big puddle in the cave at Mullion Cove. © Haydn Williams 2013
Gareth avoiding the big puddle in the cave at Mullion Cove. © Haydn Williams 2013

The good weather continued over the next couple of days, and we got to explore some non-seaside areas of Cornwall too.

It's not all beaches. © Haydn Williams 2013
It’s not all beaches. © Haydn Williams 2013
You can just about see Gareth running across Stithians Dam. © Haydn Williams 2013
You can just about see Gareth running across Stithians Dam. © Haydn Williams 2013

Paul managed to add some excitement to the trip by falling over and breaking his arm, but still managed to clamber around rockpools etc. with aplomb.

Paul after his accident.
Paul after his accident.

As expected from a Cornish holiday there was a lot more beachy action, including a trip to Perranporth where we bumped into our next-door neighbours!

Caesar enjoying Nansidwell beach. © Haydn Williams 2013
Caesar enjoying Nansidwell beach. © Haydn Williams 2013

By mid-week the weather was turning, and we took a trip to St. Michael’s Mount. Walking out along the causeway was fine, but by the time we were ready for the return journey the rain had set in and even managed to obscure the top of the mount itself.

Saint Michael's Mount in reasonable weather. © Haydn Williams 2013
Saint Michael’s Mount in reasonable weather. © Haydn Williams 2013
Saint Michael's Mount after the rain has blown in. © Haydn Williams 2013
Saint Michael’s Mount after the rain has blown in. © Haydn Williams 2013

That rain proved to be the start of a big storm blowing in from the Atlantic, resulting in big swells before our scheduled coasteering trip. The company running it phoned to say that we’d have to change to a more sheltered location, but that it was otherwise going ahead as planned. On arrival at Newquay the wind was blowing massive waves onto the rocks, and lifting sand off the beach to blast the paintwork on our cars.

Seems like the perfect place for coasteering. © Haydn Williams 2013
Seems like the perfect place for coasteering. © Haydn Williams 2013

The “sheltered” side of the headland looked little better, so while other members of the group geared up anyway I bowed out through a desire not to die.

Seems like perfect conditions for coasteering. © Haydn Williams 2013
Seems like perfect conditions for coasteering. © Haydn Williams 2013

The safety briefing was given and they moved to the first jumping-in point. This was quickly deemed too dangerous, so they moved to the second. Which was also deemed too dangerous. So they moved onto the third. At which point the instructors called the whole thing off.

Abort abort abort! © Haydn Williams 2013
Abort abort abort! © Haydn Williams 2013

With the worst of the weather out of the way, we returned to Fistral Beach in more clement conditions the next day and Caesar made good use of the exposed sand.

Fistral beach - plenty of space for running around. © Haydn Williams 2013
Fistral beach – plenty of space for running around. © Haydn Williams 2013

The trip home was punctuated by a detour for a walk past the Hurlers and on to the Cheeswring on Bodmin Moor.

Atop Stowes Hill on Bodmin Moor, having visited the Cheesewring. © Haydn Williams 2013
Atop Stowes Hill on Bodmin Moor, having visited the Cheesewring. © Haydn Williams 2013

1 thought on “Kernow

  1. Little bro says:

    Definitely a cracking week had by all!

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