Sunday, 13 April 2014

Hidden corner of Cornwall

South East Cornwall is often called the " Hidden corner of Cornwall", as tourists crossing over the Tamar head further South to popular tourist destinations. For us this is a wonderful tranquil spot with beautiful vistas and villages that remind you of how quiet and simple life used to be! Would you like a peek?






The twin villages of Kingsand and Cawsand nestle on the sea shore with their ancient  mariner's cottages, narrow streets with only space for parking the boat! 


The devastating winter storms hit this area so badly and the iconic clock tower was in real danger of collapsing as the bottom half of its structure gave way. The waves slammed against the picturesque cottages. Two months later some of the damage was still evident, but visitors are now returning to give support and income to these living here.



Further along the bay is the vast sandy shore of Whitsand Bay, that stretches for miles and is always one of favourite places for a long beach walk. Where is your favourite beach walk?
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Whitsand Bay - (image taken on a previous visit.)

This time however the tide was in so instead we enjoyed a coffee with a view at a cliff top cafe. Before walking past the chalets hugging the cliff side, and imagining a holiday in one of them with these magnificent sea views. 



I prefer the rustic original chalets, but if like me you are curious to look inside, how about the luxury one with the round window in the right hand corner above (see here), that I first noticed on Pinterest.


And finally a visit to the stunning  headland of Rame Head with the remains of the 14th century chapel, where watchmen saw the first sight of the Spanish Armada. (You can see it in the distance in some of the pictures above.) Dartmoor ponies are used to keep down the grass. They did however reach the bench where we had planned to eat our picnic, before us, but we forgave them for assisting in this picture!


This is the last post from our recent holiday to Devon and Cornwall, I hope you enjoyed them - back to the shores of Dorset next time! 
Sarah x

49 comments:

  1. Two of my favourite places.....Kingsand and Whitsand Bay. I didn't realise the clock tower was in such peril - I must do some research. So pleased you had such a nice break. x

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  2. What a beautiful area! I loved the ramshackle huts the best!! Looked like you were lucky with the weather too! Heading Bridport way on Tues for a couple of days, can't wait!!

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    1. I thought you might be heading down this way during the Easter period, hope the weather stays good and you have a wonderful time! Sarah x

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  3. How beautiful! It would be lovely to stay in one of those cottages I should think, but I'm not sure that I would want to be responsible for their upkeep as they are so exposed, it must take a lot of work. Glad that you had such a good time. xx

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  4. What beautiful jaunts you go on !
    I enjoy the little chalets.
    Whenever I see a Datmoor ponies it reminds me of when I was a schoolgirl in the U.K. .
    I lived in the U.K. while dad was working 3 full years there and I use to have the pleasure of riding Dartmoor ponies.
    I loved my time living in the U.K. such great memories.

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  5. Thank you! I very much enjoyed your lovely posts, as always

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  6. Maybe not rustic, but I could happily stay at Swoon for a few days. Idyllic!

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  7. I really love those houses, they're so picturesque! It's like looking at a postcard. The stone wall with the window in it is really interesting too. Thank you for sharing your trip!

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  8. What another beautiful place to visit. I am writing down all these places for when I actually get to visit the UK.

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  9. It's absolutely beautiful, I'm so glad you had such a lovely time. It's an area I'd love to explore as well.

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  10. Wow Sarah, this is just what the doctor ordered for me today. I still am not sure what is wrong with me (severe dizziness), but the doctor said to relax and try not to stress out. So here I am, enjoying the coast of England the only way I'll probably ever see it, and I am completely mesmerized.The houses, the quaintness and especially the PONIES? How much better can it get for me. Thank you. Anita

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  11. You went to some beautiful places on your holiday Sarah. I think we've been to Cawsands too, I recognised the clock tower.

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  12. This is so beautiful and exactly what I needed to see today to take me away. I love hidden places. It tugs at my heart the damage the winter storms did to this sweet sea village. I do believe that would be my favorite beach to walk too if I lived there. But my favorite beach walk is a placed called Salmon Creek Beach on the Sonoma Coast of Northern California. Thank you for dharing your beauty with us. xxo

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  13. I had to get our OS maps out to see the area you were refering to. It's an area we've not visited, it looks lovely.

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  14. I have enjoyed your post - wonderful impressions!

    Sigrun

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  15. A tour through the English countryside is always a pleasure for all senses!These seaside towns are particularly beautiful and wish I could visit them one day!
    Have a nice week!
    Olympia

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  16. What a beautiful place Sarah. Some of those houses are almost in the water, I'm not sure I'd be comfortable living or staying there even in good weather. It must've been very scary during the storms.

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  17. Glorious coastline. I wonder whether 'whitsands' was once 'whitesands'? x

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    1. When I mentioned this to my husband he remembers seeing any ancient map showing Whitesands! Sarah x

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  18. I like to look of rustic, but Swoon would be my choice to stay - either way I can imagine the superb sunsets and sunrises - what a great spot.

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  19. Cornwall is on my wishlist. A dream I could say! but i would love to visit that area of England.
    Your photos are so beautiful and tranquil Sarah.
    I loved the little green church. Oh..my gosh and the donkey's getting to your lunch packets before you did.. lots to remember and talk about.
    Cornwall and Devon. You have had a wonderful holiday.
    Wishing you a happy Monday... val..

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  20. What a beautiful place! Someday I plan to visit Cornwall, and when I do I want to stay in one of those little chalets. Thanks for sharing your pictures with us. :-)

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  21. Those lovely houses look so vulnerable now, don't they?Some of the cabins look like they would blow away in the wind too - here's hoping for gentler weather from now on..Lovely post Sarah.

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  22. I'd love to spend a few days there!

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  23. I enjoyed your peek at the quaint little village along the shore. Your photos are always so picturesque! As for my favorite beach walk I'd have to say, since I don't have access to a beach very often, it's the very little beach on the Chesapeake Bay at the beach house we've rented for a long weekend the last two years because it's private. Nothing like having a beach all to yourself!

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  24. I don't know this part of the coast at all so thank you for sharing your pictures - love that chalet - my idea of heaven.

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  25. Sarah - thank you for sharing your part of the world, your photo and words are always so appreciated. Love these cottages by the sea. My favorite walk is what ever beach I am on. Wishing I was on one right now. xo Kim

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  26. Cornwall is really a beautiful place. I think the entire UK is gorgeous, it has so much natural beauty! Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures Sarah!

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  27. I enjoyed the wee peek into the hidden corners of Cornwall. The tower clock looks ver battered. Hopefully it can be repaired to its glory. Love the luxury cottage. I could be very happy there for a long time. Listening to the sound of the Sea especially at night would be like heaven to me. Thanks for sharing all those wonderful photos hugs Judy

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  28. Thank you for the peek - divine & wish I was there right now !

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  29. Such a lovely part of the country Sarah and your photos are stunning. I'd love to stay in that tiny hillside cottage too.
    Patricia.

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  30. Oh no Sarah you have just added another location to my ever growing list, Whitsand bay would be loved by my hubby I'm sure and it's not too far for us to go. That luxury beach hut is amazing.

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  31. Beautiful, such stunning places.

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  32. Beautiful Sarah..yes I do love that part of Cornwall too...Our favourite Cornish beaches are Hemmick and Pedower
    Happy Easter Weekend
    Thea xx

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  33. Hi Sarah..
    Goodness I bet you recharged those batteries taking a break here...
    Ooh I'm in LOVE with those cute little beach huts.. I have only visited Cornwall once and it was many, many moons ago.. Such a special place....
    I must add Whitsand bay to my wish box ASAP!
    Sending Easter blessing to you and yours and ever so pleased you will have your boy home, like me..( us Mum,s are all the same)
    Hugs Maria x

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  34. What a beautiful area....thanks for taking us along!

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  35. Lovely photos - beautiful part of the world and glad you had a good holiday. My favourite beach is Mwnt in west Wales - Ceredigion. It's absolutely magical (apart from the steps down - and then up again), overlooked by a massive 'mount' and a tiny whitewashed church nestling beneath it. I'm feeling a bit homesick just remembering! Happy Easter to you both, and Daisy. Adaliza x

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    1. I had to goggle that beach after such a wonderful description! It does look so magical. Sarah x

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  36. Happy memories of Whitsand and that part of Cornwall from holidays when our boys were young. A good bucket and spade beach then!

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  37. Fascinating - thanks for sharing. It's a little area that wasn't on my radar, even though I once went to Plymouth. It does look very like gentle Devon, being so close to the border. And that last picture looks like a mini Glastonbury Tor...
    All the best :)

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  38. Hi Sarah,
    Great pictures as always. I hope you don't mind me asking but how do you create your mosaic at the top of the page. I have Picasa but I can't seem to make an oblong mosaic for the top of my blog - hope you don't mind me asking? Enjoy the weekend.

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  39. Am I right to sense that you're feeling ever so relaxed after your break? There's something really laid back about this post.

    I have a few favourite beach walks, but Walberswick to Dunwich is the one I'd like to be tackling right now :)

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  40. Hi Elizabeth,
    I use PicMonkey collage for all my mosaics. If you have any problem using let me know and I am happy to help. Sarah x

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  41. I want to visit Cornwall for the beauty, but also because we have friends there. We met them 15 years ago in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and they have come twice to visit us. We need to return the favor.

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  42. This is a lovely area to explore, I've been here a few times but I don't know it as well as where we stay in west Cornwall. I remember the clock tower from pictures on the news about the storms. I hope this area is recovering well.

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  43. Oh you truly have ignited my desire to visit Cornwall. What beautiful scenes you have shared with us. Those cabins look adorable!

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  44. Thank you for prompting some wonderful memories of sailing out from Plymouth and anchoring at Cawsand and Kingsand where we would row ashore to explore. Many a happy summer's day on Whitsand beach. Seems like another life now as I'm now in Aberdeenshire!

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    1. I'm glad this bought back some wonderful memories of your sailing days around Plymouth and summer days on Whitsand beach. Scotland has fantastic places too. Sarah x

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