As a child, staycations were all I knew. Befriending sheepdogs in Devon, playing in the sand in Scarborough, seeking dinosaur fossils on the Isle of Wight – I had done it all by age ten and was itching to hop on a plane like many of my school mates had done.
Fast forward twenty years and countless plane rides later, and I’m back doing staycations. Going abroad is a lot of hassle at the moment due to COVID complications and restrictions, but thankfully the UK is home to so many beautiful places to explore. I had only really been to Cornwall as a child and it was definitely time to see its beautiful coastline again. Here are my top 5 moments from my staycation.
5. Discovering private beaches
They say Cornwall is overrun with visitors this year, but you can still find hidden gems and untouched pockets to explore – if you’re willing to scramble down a dodgy rope attached to a rock, that is. This beach is one of a handful on the coastal path from Lizard Point to Kynance Cove, and although some are inaccessible to most, if you’re up for a challenge you can make like Tarzan and climb down to escape the crowds and enjoy your own private beach.
4. Befriending farm animals
This one is a bit of a cheat because the adorable farm animals we were privileged to pet were actually on a two-night stopover in Somerset. Set within the stunning Exmoor National Park on the border between Somerset and Devon, our Airbnb was home to horses, sheep, lambs and chickens, plus a semi-feral cat called Lettuce, and Wanaka, a sweet old Labrador. They were an obvious highlight for any animal lover.
3. Jumping into the sea on a coasteering adventure
2. Hiking the coastal path from Lizard Point to Kynance Cove