Obviously the only way to fully enjoy this incredible weather is to head to the beach!
This 26/27 degree heat is totally unheard of here in Cornwall (and the UK generally!). I’m currently sat at my laptop drinking ice water with a fan blasting in my face, debating whether to skip working again to dip in the sea… I’m not sure many of us will be getting much work done this week!
On Sunday I got back from a wedding at around 3pm, and decided to take myself on a road trip down to Porthcurno beach to make the most of the late afternoon heat (it was still a steady 23 degrees by the time I got back home at 8pm!).
I’ve only been to Porthcurno once, around age 10, on a school trip where we also saw a matinee performance at the Minack Theatre – an epic outdoor stone theatre carved into the cliffs above Porthcurno… you’ve probably heard of it/seen pics of it as it’s one of Cornwall’s most famous landmarks!
All I remember about the beach was the amazing soft white sand and crystal clear waters that appeared the most stunning shade of aqua/turquoise. I added it to my Cornish Bucket List for this Summer and I knew I had to go before the masses arrives in July and August (the tiny one-car-wide country roads to the bay are a nightmare at that time of year!), so a hot Sunday evening in June seemed the perfect peaceful way to enjoy it.
There were still people there, of course! It’s one of Cornwall’s most popular beaches. But 4:30pm was definitely the perfect time to visit, as people were starting to leave as I arrived, but the sun was still high enough in the sky for me to fit some sunbathing in (and of course, some photos!).
After an hour or so of lounging in the sun, taking in the breathtaking colours of the ocean in front of me, I gathered my stuff and went for a walk up the cliffs to the right-hand side (the Minack Theatre side).
Sadly the theatre was closed so I wasn’t able to go in and take any pictures, but I continued my walk along the coast path until I reached the headland that gave me some incredible panoramic views of the bay to my left and land’s end to my right. All I could say to myself was ‘wow’!
This definitely would be the best place to take some ‘edge of the world’ photos perched on the boulders at the edge of the cliffs, but alas, I was on my own without a tripod, so I did my best with what I had.
Looking down at the sea, I couldn’t believe how clear it was. Literally you could just see the sand at the bottom – no wonder this is often a fantastic place to spot dolphins and basking sharks! Sadly I saw now, but I had my camera at the ready just in case. I just had some on-land nature instead…
As the sun began to set, the light was just perfect and I sat there in awe for a little while, at the edge of the country staring out over the Atlantic. Just thinking about how lucky it is to have this within an hour of my home.
I did take the GoPro with me and take a few clips of the beach and cliffs, but it’s hard to give it the justice it deserves. I was too busy enjoying myself anyway! Below is the quick 2 minute video:
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