On a last minute whim, Alex and I and our friends Niki & James managed to book one of the last camping spaces available in Cornwall!
We decided a camping trip was in order over sushi one evening, and Niki swiftly booked us the last space available at Lizard Point Holiday Park for a Friday night, with plans to find a certain secret cove in the morning.
I’m a huge fan of camping, and haven’t been in far too long, so I was incredibly excited to finally be sleeping in the outdoors! The weather for the week looked amazing too, so Niki and I took the afternoon off work to head down to The Lizard and start setting up camp.
But of course the Cornish weather had other ideas, and served us up some delightful rain and fog as we packed up the car and drove into Helston to pick up some food on the way. It got even heavier and grey-er while we were setting up the tent too! Typical, considering the weather forecast continued to insist that it was, in fact, sunny this whole time…
James arrived from work at around 3pm to help us finish setting up, and we walked around the holiday park and grabbed a coffee while we waited for the worst of the rain to die down. Thankfully, at around 6pm, the sun came out and we ran back to the tent to put out the camping chairs and lounge in the sun.
We cracked open some drinks and did what I love best about camping – lounged around in the sun with good food and drink, and set up a BBQ dinner for when Alex arrived after work too. Delicious!
As usual when camping, I got no sleep whatsoever. Despite the alcohol, I always struggle to sleep in a tent (I still enjoy it though!), but we were all up early making coffee on our camping stove by 6.30am anyway! And yes, of course we had to make a bacon and egg butty.
We packed up our stuff and checked out at around 9.30am, and headed off for a drive deep into The Lizard. If you’ve ever been or seen photos, you’ll know it’s one of the wildest places in Cornwall; stunningly beautiful, and full of hidden overgrown roads. We followed a map to nearby Coverack, and parked at the edge of a field to go and find the coast path down to a secret cove Niki had seen on Google maps and talked about with her dad.
Sure enough as we approached the cliffs we saw the incredible azur cove down below! Then we just had to find a way down…
It wasn’t the easiest descent; the last part of it involves some climbing and a rope! But if you’ve ever been to Pedn Vounder and successfully managed to scale the cliffs down to there, this won’t seem too bad. As ‘secret coves’ go, this one was only slightly dangerous on the scale of Godrevy to Pedn Vounder 😂
Despite how early we were, there were already a couple of people down there – but when you consider this was peek summer in Cornwall, it was about as quiet as you can get! The water was fantastically clear and blue, and we found a little cave to put our stuff before running into the ocean for a swim.
It was the perfect way to refresh ourselves from our hangovers, and so fun to find somewhere brand new to explore.
Thanks Niki for sussing this one out! We had the best time ever and I can’t wait to explore more of that coastline…