In May this year Joe and I took a trip to St Ives in Cornwall. I’d just bought my new Canon 100D, so this was a great opportunity to get to grips with it and have a play.
May was ages ago, you say, why are you talking about it now?
WELL, due to laptop issues and my blatant lust for paying over the odds for incompetent and borderline criminal services, I hadn’t been able to edit the footage I’d taken.
Now that I finally have my laptop back, 98 moons and 5 billion temper tantrums later, I’ve had a little time over the holidays to finish it up (as above), so I thought it would be nice to write a complementary post of what we got up to.
About Our Trip
Accommodation: Camping at Lower Penderleath Farm
Nestled away about 10 minutes drive from the centre of St Ives, or a 20 minute cycle as it was for us, Lower Penderleath provided breathtaking views and a serene nights sleep under the stars. Equipped with no thrills facilities, we had everything we needed to get away from it all – and for those who want to stay connected, there is access to charging points too. The camping spot was spacious and quiet; situated on old farm land, we were surrounded by fields and country lanes to stroll down.
Repurposed stables now house a decent block of showers, which were hot and clean, with nearby loos. Barbecue blocks were provided so you can cook where you camp, and there were two large fridges to make use of. If you’re camping savvy, you will find all the essentials are covered here. The site also boasts a hostel, though I would recommended getting stuck in and pitching up.
Bar the pig pen down the lane and the big old bull at the top of a nearby hill, the owner Russell is by far the main event here. Now, kooky isn’t quite the right word but he certainly is the kind of guy with a story for every occasion. Fascinating to listen too, he’ll be sat around a fire first thing until sun set; sipping on beers, cooking up jackets and soaking up the Cornish sun. Somewhat a household name with the locals, I found Russell to be a jack of all trades; he’s worked on a ranch in Canada, (essentially a real cowboy), has travelled the world, and apparently, so said our cab driver, once tried to bottle and sell the local spring water!
Brilliant to sit and have a chat with he had some great tips on how to make the most of our time in St Ives. If I went back to Cornwall, I wouldn’t think of staying anywhere else.
St Ives bay
We packed quite a lot into our weekend away, from cycling into town (albeit a terrible idea, as Cornwall is really very hilly), to hanging out with the local livestock. I even managed to squeeze in a daily Pizza, which alone is a simply unparalleled success in my eyes, even by the one off landmarks that surrounded me.
Cream Tea at Penderleath Tea Room
We ate cream tea for breakfast, scarpered away from glutenous gulls on St Ives Bay and took a trip down to Lands End, which was foggy as hell and therefore eerily beautiful. Obviously we smashed back a pasty in Marazion before awing at St Michael’s Mount, wandering down cobbled streets and splashing around in rock pools. Although we didn’t catch a show, we took a peek at the famous Minack Theatre before strolling along its adjoining beach. I found this to be the most beautiful view and regret not being able to spend more time there.
St Michael’s Mount, when you can travel by foot – which we didn’t…
Image copyright: Cornish Pilgramage
Things I wish I had known
Time your visit to Marazion so you can walk across the sea to the Mount! We didn’t consider this before our trip, and so ended up parking quite a distance from the beach. We hadn’t purchased enough parking to wait for the tide to go out, and thought it pointless to add more to come back again, so we viewed from afar. Absolute schoolboy error, and easily avoidable if, unlike us, you do your homework!
Cornwall is not a haven for leisure cyclists. There are hills for days and you will get very sweaty. That being said, what goes up must come down, and bombing down giant hills until you see the sea was fun, so it’s all relative.
We had a lot of fun exploring, and found three nights a good amount time to see what this part of Cornwall had to offer. By recommendation of a local we swerved Penzance, but perhaps would pay it a visit next time should the opportunity present itself.
Planning a visit to Cornwall in 2017? Did something great we missed out of our trip?
Let me know in the comments 🙂