We often go away with our good friends for New Year and this year was no exception. Al had found us a superb place by the seafront in a place called Cawsand in Cornwall. It is a small village on the other side of the River Taymar to Plymouth.
The four storey town house was ideal for the eight of us who went down (a pity there wasn’t a few more) and a great base for a few excursions in the five days we had down there (unfortunately we had to come back a couple of days early for school for Rebecca and Jamie).
We arrived early evening on Friday 28th and after a quick unload of the car at the front door (you block the whole narrow street whilst emptying the boot), and once rooms were sorted, we dumped the stuff and hot footed it around to the nearest pub with a few spaces and still serving food – the Half Way House. We settled in for the evening drinking the local (Korev) lager and bitter. I also remembered I loved Cornish cider brand rattler so tried one of those too, but it wasn’t quite as good as my memory thought. Korev though was the default selection for further pub visits. The pub team were very friendly and we had a variety of food, I chose the sea food pie and it was delicious.
The next day, Saturday, once we had finally arisen, we just did a local walk up to Penlee, a steep walk, but the reward were some stunning views across the Atlantic and coastline. There was also an abandoned building right at the tip of where we walked to. It is also the site where The Coronation was wrecked in 1691 and is a protected wreck site.
We wandered back into the village and indulged Molly with some more swimming in the sea. She absolutely loves it and wanted to carry on fetching a stick from the water even though she was shivering. The best thing about the five days away for Molly was just how clean she is now after daily swimming. She was also very tired each evening when we were settling down to a dinner.
Run round the Rame Coastline
On the Sunday, I wanted to do the whole of the peninsular and do the full circular walk, so went out for a run with Molly and just loved the stunning views. The run was a bit tough, both after the night before and also the elevation. I’m also still trying to get my fitness back after so many months out with my achilles problems.
Circular Walk from Whitsand Bay / Crafthole / Whitsand Golf Club
Post run we all went out and did a scenic walk starting just before the military firing base at Whitsand Bay. The first part along the coast line was scenic, but we were only a few yards from the road. The next section was along a busy road until we turned off down a beautiful country lane before eventually picking up a footpath. The footpath took us past a disused reservoir and eventually to the village of Crafthole and then across the footpaths of the Whitsand Bay Golf Club which took us back to the car via the Military practice battery.
After the walk, we left the kids at home and went to the Devonshire Arms pubs for some cream teas. Oh my goodness, they were absolutely delicious, warm, soft scones (or scones depending on how you pronounce it) with lashings of clotted cream and jam. I’m afraid I over indulged and had 2 1/2 scones piled high with toppings. I was too busy indulging to take a photo of them washed down Prosecco and Korev.
Cotehele / Calstock / River Tamar Walk
The following day just the four of us wandered out for a further afield walk around the River Tamar for about six miles starting at the National Trust’s Cotehele. It was another stunning walk around the former mining pits of silver / arsenic and lead, the railway line that supported the mines and now connects with Plymouth. The viaduct carrying the railway was particularly stunning and we had a quick stop there for another Korev and some nibbles to sustain us (cheesy chips in my case!). This walk really was a beauty and highly recommended and put us in a fine fettle for the evening’s celebrations to welcome in 2019. Roast Lamb was cooked and it was delicious. The odd bottle of Prosecco and Port was also consumed in a great evening. Molly was again fairly subdued after the day’s walking and early evening sea swimming trying to help Jamie catch some fish.
Cawsand New Year in Style – Fireworks and Swimming
As I said at the top, we’ve been to a few places for New Year and this has to be one of the best, though we were staying in the centre of the village which is unusual for us too. Just before Midnight we noticed a lot of people wandering past our house, so we joined the throngs and wandered down and found a spot high up over looking the bay and proceeded to watch some fabulous fireworks for 10 minutes or so. A very pleasant surprise.
Fast forward twelve hours and the local villagers led by the village bell ringing mayor held a fancy dress swim in the bay. There were plenty of participants who took the icy plunge (though it was a very pleasant sunny day) and all seemed to enjoy with a few drinks and food afterwards.
New Year’s Day to Whitsand Bay
After finally emerging from the NYE celebrations, the party split up and we decided to explore Whitsand Bay beach more fully as a family and we were treated to some spectacular views and fabulous memories. It is a steep walk down from the military base but well worth it. Molly loved chasing a tennis ball in and out of the sea whilst we appreciated the sunset. R & J both had wet feet so think they’d enjoyed it too.
So a quick walk on Wednesday which I should really have run and gone round the other side of the villages and round and we were off back home again. I did keep on top of a lot of work over the Christmas break, but I have a mountain to get through to start the year with. All of it is good, interesting work and I’m looking forward to it. I might work from home a lot to try and keep my focus. I’m also looking to 2019 overall and I’m hoping to make some interesting changes to my life.
Happy New Year to all my avid readers – both of you.