Updated: Aug 13, 2020
There really is no place like home. It’s your sanctuary. The place that shaped you. Your childhood. We all have different ideas of what we associate with home. For some, home is a city, the hillside, and the seaside. No matter where we find ourselves around the world, there is always a calling to the place where you grew up.
Situated on the southwest of the UK, pinpricked and loosely disconnected from the rest of England lies Cornwall. The stereotype of Cornwall lies somewhere between Point Break but with Hobbits. There is some truth to this statement. There are farmers, there are surfers, and there’s everybody else in between.
This article is biased, but for all the right reasons. Cornwall is the diamond in the rough in the UK, there’s no other place as unique in experiences that this lost land offers. Equipped with historic villages, golden beaches, castles, and the opportunity to stand on the edge of the UK. It’s no secret that this slice of salvation is hounded by tourists during the holidays, but for good reason; Cornwall relies on tourism. The rich also have their marking buried deep, but for all the wrong reasons. Holiday homes, empty in winter, lived in throughout summer. Just one reason housing has become expensive.
One of the main attractions to Cornwall is surfing. With over 250 miles of coast, Cornwall has one of the most varied and beautiful coastlines in the UK with over 300 beaches. The variety in surf is also vast within such a short amount of space. There is the main hub and every tourist go-to destination; Newquay, avoid at all costs. You're better than this and seriously, Newquay is not true Cornwall. Cornwall is the sheltered coves, the hidden reefs, and the cliff climbs to score that bite of serenity.
Cornwall holds some of the most diverse scenery available within the UK. Fields, expanding miles upon miles through some of the cleanest air on planet earth. Mine houses standing the test of time and holding Cornwall’s rich history for the eye to behold. There are churches, including Church Cove where the church is on both a picturesque beach and beautiful surf break.
There’s an island with a lived-in castle and village open for tourists from March to November. Although this is a popular tourist spot, the experience is worth the crowds. It’s special. It’s precious. It’s home. Tide chooses the path for you to access the island. If the tide is in, then it’s a ferry trip to the island. If the tide is out, a footpath created by monks leads the way to one of the many treasures Cornwall offers.
Summer offers beautiful weather, scenic beaches, bars on the beach, and vivid sunsets to tempt those wanting a step back. Winter also offers a beautiful view of how you view Cornwall. There’s solitude. There’s the ambience of chasing storms. An opportunity to shut off from the rest of the world. The surf is also better in winter, but only for the dedicated. It’s brutal and unforgiving, the cold sticks to your bones, but the reward outweighs the process.
As far as locals go, it's complicated. Cornish folk are friendly and some of the most genuine people you will ever meet, however, they complain about tourists at any opportunity, the ultimate oxymoron. First, the complaints start with the amount of traffic on the roads followed by the ‘crowds’ in their local supermarket. It is not all doom and gloom; locals know the importance of tourism in their beautiful county. There’s nothing like walking into an old country pub and getting a quick death stare from the regulars, it all adds to the experience.
There is without a doubt a huge divide with local surfers and those visiting to score some waves. Cornish surfers still hold true to being both protective and territorial over their local breaks. It can get messy, especially if you are surfing what is considered a ‘locals only’ spot. The trick to get around this situation is simple; be respectful, wait your turn, and smile. Incidents involving locals are few and far in between, when in doubt, chicken out.
This biased ‘article’ could go further and further down the rabbit hole for why Cornwall should be on your travel list. In short, Cornwall is just fucking beautiful. A true slice of paradise into a world unknown. This picturesque land will surprise you, should you ever visit. It’s not all surfing, don’t be swayed away if you’re a non-surfer. It’s the laid-back lifestyle we all secretly crave to escape the madness modern life has created for us.
See you dreckly.