Don’t you just love it when you stumble upon somewhere you’ve never been before?
Well, I suppose we didn’t really stumble upon this. Miranda (my sister) planned and organised the whole day so credit to her, but I was very excited to head to a Cornish beach I’d never been to before – Millendreath near Looe.
We drove up to North Cornwall (somewhere I rarely go exploring if I’m honest! It’s a good hour or so away from home…) to pick our cousins (S & J) for a trip to the beach in the sun. It’s become a thing now that we take them kayaking because it’s something we all love doing when the weather is nice!
We drove through the treelined roads into Millendreath; a quirky seaside resort with a quirky bar, beachside restaurant/cafe, and a kayak/paddleboard hire place where we were hiring two double kayaks & a single for our uncle.
The weather couldn’t have been better – perfectly still and incredibly sunny (I’m currently still suffering from a sunburnt scalp from this day as I write this!), and the beach looked completely idyllic as we walked over.
I couldn’t believe how crystal clear the water was! Being near Looe, Millendreath is on Cornwall’s South coast (but in North Cornwall… confusing I know), but even for a South coast beach, it was particularly flat and glassy that day.
I’ve literally never explored around this area or around Looe before, and I had no idea what that island out to sea was called… S informed me that it’s called Looe Island, and you can visit via glass-bottom boat for the day to relax on its beaches. We all agreed that should be our next outing together!
We got into our kayaks and paddled around the coast to see if we could find any caves. I shared with S in the front of my kayak and, to be honest, I didn’t really end up doing much paddling myself. I just sat there while she did all the work… pretty strong for a 12 year old!
Meanwhile, Miranda shared with J, who is too tiny for his own paddle really, but made us all laugh by either spending the trip lounging at the front of that kayak with his feet up and head leaned back, or trying to ‘help’ by paddling with his hands.
They’re both so cute and we all never seem to stop laughing!
Once we’d finished with our kayaks, we decided the weather was just too nice to resist a swim, so we went and found some shallow lagoon areas near the rocks and spent an hour or so being mermaids in the refreshing water.
Miranda and S ended up going for quite the swim, but it was getting too cold for J and I, so we all started to head back and get dressed ready to grab a snack from the cafe.
It was such a lovely day and I’m so happy to have added another beautiful beach to my Cornwall checklist. I can’t wait for our next adventure together soon – hopefully with some more sunshine!