My husband and I belong to a small group of ramblers in our hometown. We meet up every few weeks and walk for two or three hours and usually plan our routes to finish at a country Inn for Sunday lunch.
Last year at one of these convivial lunches the group thought that it would be nice to have a change of scene for our walks. After much discussion it was agreed that the coastal path that circles the Cornish coast would be an exciting prospect. We would rent some country cottages in Cornwall and would have a week combining walking with a survey of the numerous local ales and delicious food in the region.
We agreed upon the dates we would want to rent the country cottages in Cornwall and thought it would be best if one person were to co-ordinate the search and bookings for the country cottages in Cornwallto ensure that we were all in close proximity. Yes you’ve guessed it ! It would all be up to me. We reached home mid-afternoon and I couldn’t wait to start my search for country cottages in Cornwall.
Firstly I did some research on the coastal path. We obviously couldn’t walk the entire 258 miles in one week, so I chose the Newquay to Lands End section as a starting point for my search for country cottages in Cornwall.
Portreath and Hayle seemed to be approximately halfway along this section and if our country cottages in Cornwall were based in that area we could choose to walk in the Newquay direction one day and the Lands End direction another.
Never having visited either place, I decided to find out a little about them on the Internet before deciding on our country cottages in Cornwall.
Hayle is situated beside three miles of golden sands which sounds nice. I found an excellent website and on its homepage the legend ‘Hayle Welcomes Walkers’ which seemed to be a good start. It also offered a free ‘Hayle Walkers Guide’ and a map of Hayle both of which could be collected from the Tourist Information office in the town. They also had a local bus timetable which would be a real boon if we felt too tired to walk back to our country cottages in Cornwall.
Portreath is a small resort with a pretty sand beach which is cleaned daily during the season. There are several shops and cafes, but worryingly I could find no mention of a pub – absolutely essential for a stay in country cottages in Cornwall.
On balance I think we should concentrate the search for country cottages in Cornwall in the Hayle area.
By the time our group met again, I had compiled a shortlist of country cottages in Cornwall for them to look at. We finally decided on four holiday cottages sited on a farm slightly inland from Hayle. As an additional bonus the farm had a large dining room and would provide dinner if requested in advance.
I booked the cottages and ordered dinner for the night of our arrival – it seemed a good idea after the long journey.
We set off on a sunny morning in July and arrived at our country cottages in Cornwall in plenty of time for dinner –good homemade food.
After dinner we settled down in one of the country cottages in Cornwall to choose our route for the following day. We thought we would keep it fairly short for the first day and decided to do the Hayle to Lands End stretch of the coastal path.
In the morning we set off in high spirits and followed the path for two miles to Lelant Halt and then followed the railway tracks for a couple of miles, passing the 15th century church of St. Uny. Then the path crossed the cliffs above Carbis Bay before dropping down to St.Ives harbour.
St.Ives is a very pretty town and we stopped for lunch and a couple of pints of Cornish ale. We had actually stayed in country cottages near here the last time we came to Cornwall.
The next leg of our walk was a fairly strenuous six miles to Zennor where we took a quick look inside the Wayside Museum – very interesting. Then we stopped at the Tinner’s Arms for refreshments. Whilst at the Tinner’s Arms we admitted to each other that we had probably overestimated our stamina and decided to call it a day and return to our country cottages in Cornwall forthwith. A long soak in a warm bath would be most welcome!
We had a chat with the landlord and found out that during the first world war D.H. Lawrence had stayed at the Inn with his German wife. He also told us the legend about a mermaid who had lured the squire’s son to his death at sea many years ago and can still be heard singing in the bay.
Country Cottages In Cornwall – Don’t Forget To Sample The Local Ales!
The friendly landlord arranged taxis for us and we returned to our country cottages in Cornwall for a short nap before heading out for dinner. The following morning we left our country cottages in Cornwall and drove to Zennor where we left the cars and set off to walk to St.Just – a distance of approximately 10 miles.
After several hours we arrived at St. Just (the nearest town to Lands End) and headed straight to the New Inn – an old stone pub. Unfortunately, there was no food available but this was more than made up for by the huge collection of Cornish ales – including ‘Proper Job’, ‘Black Prince’ and ‘Trelawny’. After sampling a selection we strolled along the main street and found a café which strangely also sold secondhand books. We had a lovely lunch and bought a book about Cornish myths and legends – something to scare us to death when we returned to our country cottages in Cornwall!