So let’s face it, many of us won’t be travelling overseas anytime soon. At least, not in the way we once used to. Although Covid has completely changed the premise of travelling, it has allowed us Brit’s to explore our own landscape and find new locations that were once over-looked. My favourite example? Cornwall.
But not Cornwall as you may know it.
Yeah, St Ives is beautiful and Padstow has a great reputation but Cornwall has hundreds of hidden coves and forgotten villages that are bypassed on the way to the bigger tourist attractions. I know I’m guilty of it too, but being forced to slow down and travel within a single county is a really positive way to gain a greater understanding of a location and its culture.
My favourite example? Kynance Cove.
Off country roads that seem to go on forever, you’re greeted by farmers fields. To the naked eye, it probably doesn’t look like it’s worth even stopping for petrol, let alone making a day trip here.
But it’s one of the local’s best kept secrets. Park up and walk a kilometre across the grass to the edge of the coastline and you’ll find out why sunbathing in Kynance is far better (imo) than your typical Fistral beach.
Starting to get the idea? White sand, mesmerising blue waters, hidden caves to explore and a beachside cafe to keep you going- what more can you ask for?
Kynance has received far more press in the age of Instagram, but for good reason- photographs of the cove usually takes people by surprise, you could the Mediterranean with those waters!
“Located on the west side of the Lizard and probably the most photographed and painted location in Cornwall, the contrast between the cove’s white sand beach and the dark red and green serpentine rock produces a breathtaking sight.” – Visit Cornwall
Admittedly, I first discovered Kynance this way- but just because it’s a little more popular than previously doesn’t seem to have had an adverse environmental impact. Kynance Cove Cafe make a conscious effort to provide eco-friendly solutions reduce waste left on the cove: water bottles are sold in recyclable cans and no plastic straws in sight. Just remember to take some cash as phone signal is unreliable and contactless payments can often bounce as a result.
In these times, face masks must be worn in the cafe and outside seating has been positioned for social-distancing but this doesn’t seem to impact the popularity of the cafe as all items can also be taken down to the cove to enjoy on the sand.
The cove is a National Trust site, so official Kynance Cove parking is fairly limited. Make sure to get there before midday in peak season to get a space in the car park. If not, add an extra kilometre to your journey and park in neighbouring fields for a fiver instead.