Salty air that blows your cheeks rosy red with its bluster; wild grasses to run in, and jagged cliffs against the sea. It’s what Cornwall is made of in Autumn. That and pasties, and fudge and ales. It’s where we go to escape the city, for a glimpse of space and breath of the wild. It replenishes what pollution takes.
Steve and I love the south-west. We spent four months in Devon last year and we’ve chosen Cornwall as the place we’ll get married. It’s a place that feels like travelling within the same island we call home.
A few weeks back, we went for the weekend. A friend was part of a play there so a group of us went down to see. We stayed in a train carriage surrounded by trees with chickens and horses for our neighbours. The shower was outside and we loved it so much, we wondered could we put one in on our garden?
We went for walks along the cliffs, put feathers in our hair, and visited magical gardens. We skipped, we played on swings, and we cooed over baby pigs. We expanded in the newfound space.
Cornwall is four hours from London by train along tracks that skim the sea. It’s in reach whenever screens and cities become too much. I take comfort in that. Space is never too far.
Here are some photos from our trip. They are all taken at the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the village / coast of Gorran Haven.
How to get to Cornwall
Cornwall has its own airport at Newquay, but if you’re already in England then the best way to get there is by train or by car. It is certainly helpful to at least hire a car once you get there as it’s difficult to get around with public transport. Be careful if you’re not used to narrow country roads! The drive from London to St.Austell where we stayed takes around 4-5 hours, and it takes the same amount of time by train (leaving from London Paddington). The train journey is beautiful as part of it runs directly beside the sea.