Earlier this year, a couple of the Bangarang girls & I had a weekend break down in Cornwall. Travelodge in St Austell was our base for 2 nights, and we certainly weren’t short on finding plenty to do nearby. Cornwall is best discovered by car, and luckily for us, Jasmin kindly offered to drive. Here are 6 places in Cornwall that are all easily accessible from St Austell.
Even on a cold and drizzly day a Cornish beach is well worth a visit, especially as Cornwall is known to have some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK. Caerhays has plenty to explore in the shape of rock pools and caves. A soon-to-be married couple had the right idea with setting up their reception to overlook the sand and waves. Thankfully the weather brightened up, so I’m sure they had a lovely day. You can also get some cracking views of Caerhays Castle from the road leading to the beach.
Mini Village Stop
A great advantage of driving around Cornwall is that you are free to stop whenever something takes your fancy. Whilst on our way to Caerhays we spotted some seriously adorable country houses, each one more covered in flowers than the last. We vowed to make a little photo stop after we’d hit the beach. Down this country lane was around 10 cute houses, what looked like might be a school, a quaint little church, and even a little slice of London – a red telephone box.
After seeing how close we were staying to Mevagissey, I knew we had to go. Having fallen in love with the harbour town a few months earlier on a work trip I couldn’t wait to go back. It’s a great place to grab some fish & chips, though beware of the ginormous seagulls! I loved all the cute, brightly coloured boats, as well as the quaint shops. A quick pint in the floral decorated Fountain pub is a must.
We couldn’t do a weekend trip in England without visiting a National Trust site. Lanhydrock House is a short drive away from St Austell, less than half an hour. You can buy tickets to take a wander around the house and gardens, but as we were trying to fit in as much as possible in 2 days, we just went for Garden tickets. The gardens alone gave us plenty to see. Make sure you order a traditional Cornish cream tea from the tea room. We also spotted some fellow customers settling down to an amazing afternoon tea too!
This was the closest stop to where we were staying. Some of you might recognise Charlestown from Poldark, as it’s been the location for some of the scenes. It’s another harbour town, but the boats here are bigger and more piratey looking. I’d have quite liked to have visited during the day as they’ve got a museum which looked quite good, but our visit was on a Saturday night. We ordered some drinks and watched the sunset from the harbour-side pub, before heading to Wreckers for some delicious seafood. I also found my dream front door. I’m sure you can guess which one…
Our final stop was to yet another harbour town (seriosuly, just give me all the boats!), Fowey. This town was a pastel lovers dream! We spotted a big pink pub, a mint green B&B, and plenty of baby blue doors. If you’re looking for ice cream, Daisy’s is definitely the place. Or maybe you’re after a Cornish pasty, in which case you’ll find a wide choice of bakeries down all the side streets. Next time, I’m definitely giving the aquarium a visit!
In less than 48 hours, we managed to fit all of these places in. Cornwall has lots of things to see and do, you just need to find yourself a good base. A big thanks to Travelodge for being ours, and of course a massive thank you to Jasmin for driving.
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