I dream of Cornwall
April 15, 2014 § 2 Comments
Rugged coast, cozy pubs, lots of sunshine. It may have taken an entire day to get there, but it was most definitely worth it. Our road trip to England began at 7:30 in the morning—that’s right, 7:30—as we pulled away from the house, stopped around the corner for croissants, and hit the open road. By evening, we had arrived at our cottage near Bude in the north of Cornwall that would be home base for the next five days. Dinner was waiting in the oven, and our lovely hosts said the kids could let the chickens out of their coop in the morning and collect fresh eggs for breakfast. There was also a playhouse in the woods, a trampoline, winding country roads for inspired runs, and beautiful views all around. It was the kind of place you didn’t want to tear yourself away from, but the delights of Cornwall awaited.
For our first day of reliably beautiful weather, we decided to bike the stunning Camel Trail, a repurposed railway that goes from Bodmin to the coastal village of Padstow. We set out to do the five or so miles from Wadebridge to Padstow. In the end, it was too ambitious for us, with Sebastian on his first substantial bike ride and on a rented bike that was a bit too big for him. I’d say we made it a little past halfway, and more importantly we made it to Treats on Trikes, which offered up a decent hot chocolate and a divine flapjack.
Since we didn’t make it to Padstow on two wheels, we decided to drive there. We arrived just a little too late to sample fish and chips at the shop owned by Rick Stein, the chef who has transformed this port town with various restaurants and shops, beginning with The Seafood Restaurant in the ’70s. We did visit his deli next door for a couple of delicious crab sandwiches as well as some local goodies for that evening.
The beach at Bude was also lovely. The surfers were out in full force. Though as a child I would swim in the frigid Pacific Ocean off of Northern California until my lips turned blue, I think nowadays I would need to come back in slightly warmer times to take a dip. I’d love to try out the natural sea pool, which fills up at high tide.
Coming soon, a few of our favorite stops along the way…