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Last minute booking to Falmouth

Checked the weather forecast and went for it!

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Harbour view from the old surgery

Harbour view from the old surgery

We booked this trip to Falmouth at the last minute - we found the accommodation online on the Sunday and arrived the next day! We had checked the weather forecast, which was quite favourable (except for the Friday), so we decided to just go for it. We chose the specific apartment mainly because it seemed to be ideal in terms of price (good value), location (nice views and close to the town) and facilities (much more room than we needed) and partly because it had previously been the doctor’s surgery where Keith received his childhood jabs, so it had a special connection. The photos show some of the wonderful views we enjoyed.

Our view towards Pendennis Castle

Our view towards Pendennis Castle

We had a very nice meal of scallops and razor clams on Monday evening at The Shack, a fish restaurant near the National Maritime Museum before climbing the very steep hill home (two minutes down into town, five huffing and puffing minutes back).

On Tuesday morning a shopping trip was necessary as Diane's hot air brush blew up in spectacular fashion, blue smoke and sparks as it was being used first thing. In the end, two were bought, one from Boots and an insurance model from Trago Mills, Falmouth's wonderful 'we-sell-everything' emporium. We wandered up and down the town for a bit, looking at the shops and art galleries before buying crab at the farmer's market, then whilst Diane went shopping for postcards and bread, Keith ate not one but two pasties on the windy harbour. In the afternoon sunshine we toured around Swanpool beach, Maenporth beach, Mawnan Smith and back via Penryn and then out to Pendennis Point to enjoy a clotted cream ice cream and the splendid views.

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On the Penmarric Trail

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Diane, with Porthcurno as backdrop

Diane, with Porthcurno as backdrop

On Wednesday we decided to create our version of a 'Penmarric Trail' based on the map shown in the front of Diane's crumbling paperback copy of the book circa 1980. If you haven't read the book by Susan Howatch you may remember this popular family saga from the 1979 BBC TV series. So, we headed via Helston to Penzance, where we stopped to enjoy the views of St Michaels Mount. We also strolled through the town centre and bought a bargain giant wicker picnic basket in a charity shop! Next time we want to cater a picnic for 15 people we'll be all set.

We drove through St Buryan and on to the famous Minack Theatre, which occupies a dramatic location overlooking the beautiful rocks and coves near Porthcurno. It was gloriously sunny, but with a bit of a nip in the air, so we were a little surprised to see so many people swimming in the clear water below us.

Ruin of a Cornish Enginehouse (near Morvah, on our Penmarric Trail)

Ruin of a Cornish Enginehouse (near Morvah, on our Penmarric Trail)

Next we visited Sennen Cove, followed by St Just - where we dropped in on an art gallery and then had a drink in the Kings Arms. They weren't serving any food at lunchtime, but they were happy for us to get a pasty from the bakery across the square. We sat outside the pub with drinks and pasties where it was so sunny that we burned our faces! After lunch we passed through the hamlet of Nancherrow, whose name featured in another TV drama based on 'Coming Home' by Rosamunde Pilcher (Kathryn's all time favourite book). We continued along the north coast of this western tip of Cornwall, which has wonderful sea views and lots of characterful old mining engine houses, en route to St Ives and Hayle. We returned to Falmouth by way of Helston again.

Where we stayed, as viewed from Trefusis

Where we stayed, as viewed from Trefusis

The weather was still fabulous, so we drove around to Flushing, which is a quaint little village opposite Falmouth on Penryn creek, and up as close as we could drive towards Trefusis. This is a place that Keith often visited with his mother and brother for a day on the beach with a picnic when Falmouth was full of visiting 'Grockles'. From this side of the creek we could see our little holiday home in its elevated position on the Falmouth side.

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The Southernmost point

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View of the Lizard coast towards Kynance Cove

View of the Lizard coast towards Kynance Cove


On the Thursday we pottered around town for a short while, then we drove to the Lizard (via Gweek, another Penmarric location). We had an excellent lunch at the Top House pub (scallops on hog's pudding, followed by a very sticky meringue). Then we walked down to the coast and around to the lighthouse - rather further than intended as Keith set off confidently in the wrong direction which meant that instead of a casual stoll down to the lighthouse and back we clambered all around the point! It didn't matter though as we had plenty of time and plenty of warm sunshine and the views are spectacular. Memo to self: Dust off those paints......

The Lizard lighthouse

The Lizard lighthouse

On to St Keverne, famous for having a churchyard which holds nearly as many drowned victims of the nearby Manacles rocks as it does villagers. We continued a little further, to the hamlet of Rosenithon, from where Keith had hoped to access the coast path close to the Dean Quarries (gabbro building stone) to seek out the sloe bushes which had been very bountiful in years gone by. It hasn't been a good year for sloes in the Midlands, but we hoped that Cornwall might have fared better. Unfortunately we were thwarted, as there wasn't anywhere sensible to park, although by way of consolation we did get to see the Giant's Quoits, a distinctive rock formation just by the side of the narrow lane.

So we simply returned early to Falmouth to enjoy the late afternoon sun in the garden of the old surgery. Later we enjoyed drinks at the 'Front' pub on Custom House Quay, followed by some lovely grilled mackerel at the Harbour Lights fish & chip restaurant directly over the pub, overlooking the sparkly lights of the quay and the inner harbour. Not eactly fine dining but smashing chips!

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Last day blues

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Keith enjoying a pasty on the quay

Keith enjoying a pasty on the quay

Friday morning turned out to be a bit overcast, but nothing like as bad as the weather forecast predicted before we set off. We spent a bit of time in town where we bought a souvenir print of Customs House Quay and then we enjoyed our pasties on the benches overlooking said quay, carefully protecting our lunch from marauding seagulls!

Diane on the Pandora Inn pontoon

Diane on the Pandora Inn pontoon

After lunch we had a drink at the 'Front pub chatting amiably with a couple of genuine locals. One of them had worked at The Pandora Inn which has not long re-opened after a terrible fire so we set off to look. We made a mini-tour starting at Penryn, then to Mylor Bridge, and on to Restronguet Passage, home of the Pandora. We admired the restored Inn, which looked almost brand new with its crisp yellow thatch, as well as the swans and the splendid view of Restronguet Point.

Diane on Swanpool Beach

Diane on Swanpool Beach

As it was our last afternoon, we needed a paddle so we returned to Falmouth for another visit to Swanpool Beach. This beach is mainly pebbles, unlike Gyllyngvase Beach which is golden sand, but it has a very rugged setting and is backed by the eponymous Swanpool, with lots of coots, moorhens, swans and miscellaneous ducks. Apart from paddling, there were other 'must-do's' we hadn't gotten around to, so it was back to town for a proper Cornish afternoon tea at Dolly's Te Rooms on Church Street, lovely mis-matched antique cups and saucers, thick clotted cream and a Labrador wearing a string of pearls....

For our last fish dinner..... Rick Stein's Seafood Bar...... where else?

Saturday dawned bright and sunny again, so we were very sad to have to leave Falmouth and go home! We will be back again soon, but we were more than a little pleased that it rained all day Sunday in 'Sunny Falmouth'.

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