Cornwall Part 2: Port Issac, Watergate Bay & Rock
Welcome to part two of our Cornish adventures (hopefully you have already seen part 1).
The weather turned a bit iffy in the middle of the week, not that I'm complaining, to have five gorgeous sunny days out of seven in February was a bonus!
On Tuesday we went to Port Issac, a little village famous for being the set of the ITV show 'Doc Martin' and home of 'Fishermans Friends', a vocal group I happen to have seen live twice at Glastonbury.
It's probably more famous for being a pretty, idyllic Cornish fishing village and which is sooooo picturesque.
Unfortunately it was blowing an absolutely hoolie on the day we visited, to the point that Bella was getting blown over which was a bit of a shame. Still gorgeous though, the photo below was taken as we walked round into the bay from the carpark. Don't try to drive into the middle of the village, the roads are about as wide as your car and we made that mistake years ago - quite stressful! We then had to drive through a ford (river) and it was a lot deeper than it looked to the point the water splashed up over the bonnet - never again!
If you want a bit of light food I can recommend the 'Chapel Cafe' which is, you've guessed it: in a converted chapel. The homemade fish goujons were delicious as was the cauliflower soup from the specials board.
Later in the week the sun returned and we headed to one of our favourite spots: Watergate bay. A surfers paradise also known for good food with Jamie Oliver's '15' and The Watergate Bay Hotel which has a number of great places to eat. All situated on a 2 mile Sandy Beach between Padstow and Newquay that I think it is so spectacular.
Once again Bella was so delighted to be running free on the beach and splashing about on the shoreline.
The reins were in full swing again on the beach! Just look how far it stretches out behind us - amazing.
After a good walk on the beach we headed to the watergate bay hotel for a drink on their terrace, 'The Living Space'. If it's not too busy they open it up to non residents and it's such a gorgeous spot for a drink or a spot of lunch.
Another amazing sunny day on the north Cornwall coast.
On our last day we decided to visit Rock which is just across the estuary from Padstow. At the narrowest points it's only about 200m from the beach at Padstow, but it's about 30 minute drive away (seems ridiculous right?) as you have to go back inland and around the estuary. You can however catch a ferry across which doesn't even take 5 minutes when the tide is in you favour. On that note the tides really effect the timings and location of where you catch the ferry to and from, more information here. Oh and when I say 'ferry' I mean a pretty small boat!
Like Padstow Rock is a beautiful long stretch of sandy beach, see a picture below from last spring when we were there.
The day we visited wasn't quite as warm or sunny but still pleasant enough. Bella loved the ferry ride.
...and playing in the caves
....and running on the beach.
There are a couple of cafes you can visit but not much else, the main event it walking the beach and dunes so definitely pick a nice day to go...if you can!
We did also visit St Ives but the weather was AWFUL, I'm talking thick rain all day. It was a shame as we've been in the summer and it was so beautiful. We ended up have a bit of lunch and visited the Tate Museum which had a great craft area for children.
That concludes our Cornish adventures. Missing it so much already, we're already planning our next trip!