The dreaded car journeys!
I had previously mentioned that this was something we were both dreading – fortunately it was fine! Little H basically slept the whole way there, all 4.5 hours of it (suitably broken up by stops to remove her from her car seat of course!). The way back we were a little more whingy, but overall she managed it like a trooper! We just about managed to squeeze Fern into the boot…!
Where we stayed
We stayed in a lovely little cottage called Tremorna, in the chocolate box village of Helford. Tucked away down country lanes and on the banks of Helford River, it’s a really quite idyllic little place. Being out of the way has its advantages – although it’s 5 miles on single track lanes once you’re off the main road!
Tremorna was perfect for our needs. There was enough room for the three of us, my parents and my uncle… and Fern who had come on her holidays too 😃
Just across the road (by road, single track access road – very quiet) was the terraced garden, which had steps all the way down to the river – and its own little quay! Being April the evening temperature wasn’t ideal for sitting out with a beer – although I imagine before too long it would be perfect.
Given travel days and the fact we needed to be back for a wedding, we had 5 full days to enjoy, so did plenty of adventuring.
Cliff Walk to Cadgwith
We did a lovely little 2-car cliff walk, only 3 miles or so. We started at Kennack Sands. Dog owners note – this is a dog friendly beach!!! Cornwall shuts its beaches to dogs after Easter apart from a select few it seems. The East beach here was empty and certainly big enough for Fern to have a good run around.
From there, we headed over the cliffs to Cadgwith. On the way we saw a terrific range of British wildlife; two seals, gannets, fulmars and a baby adder! Mrs Heatho is not a fan of snakes so didn’t hang around, but seeing an example of Britain’s only venomous snake was pretty cool. The Lizard peninsula is such a pretty stretch of coastline…
Cadgwith itself is a lovely little fishing village, has a charming little pub and wonderful little fisherman’s shop, where you can buy that days crab catch! 😋
Rainy days are rubbish on holiday. We opted to potter around St. Ives for the afternoon, despite the rain. We found a lovely little bakery (The Cornish Bakery) serving Cornish pasties with tea – which just hit the spot. Sadly though, they didn’t have baby change facilities, so improvisation was required to make the toilet floor as hygienic as possible. For the first time we had found somewhere with literally no changing facilities at all. The perils of having a small child I fear…
Kynance Cove will always hold a special place in the hearts of my family. It was my Granny’s favourite place in the world – and when I first visited I could see why. When we paid a visit early one morning, the tide was in and the sea was large and lively after the winds of the previous day – the power of the waves and the blue sky kept me spellbound for a few minutes. The beach here is incredible, but only exposed at low tide. Well worth the drive down The Lizard.
Little H’s first beach trip! Under blue skies Little H slept whilst I built her a sandcastle (complete with bridge and moat! 💪🏻) fuelled by my Roskilly’s Ice Cream! Fern has a wonderful hour on the beach, playing with her ball and the other dogs. Coverack is dog friendly year round & it’s a lovely little beach! However having watched the tide go out, it doesn’t get particularly dry… so I’m not sure how much space there would be if it was busy. Little H also made her first venture to the sea – admittedly it was my feet that went numb through the cold sea than hers! It was such a lovely afternoon being a big kid on the beach, damming the little streams with my Dad, building Little H sandcastles… I felt like a proper Daddy and it was awesome. This was what I imagined fatherhood to be! 😆
On our second visit to Coverack (we enjoyed it so much the first time!) we stumbled across a little coffee shop – The Harbour Lights Cafe. A terrific cream tea was served, and the cakes looked excellent. The views over the bay are gorgeous, so for a relaxing afternoon tea.. look no further!
Nine weeks old and a boat trip under her belt! Little H took the ferry across Helford River with us for a little stroll and a drink before heading back across before the low spring tide stopped the ferry. I would love to say she noticed, but the gentle rocking of the boat sent her straight off to sleep! 😂
Post Cadgwith my uncle and I were permitted to return home on our bikes! My uncle is a well seasoned endurance cyclist, so frankly puts me to shame a little bit. On this ride home we made a cheeky detour in order to tick off Lizard Point as a cycling destination – most southerly point on the UK mainland ticked off! ✅
The day after Lizard Point, the weather looked average at best, so I was issued a full day pass for the bike by Mrs Heatho. My uncle had been keen to get a long ride in, so we headed to Land’s End. Initial plans were for me to meet Mrs Heatho and my parents on the beach on the way back, but having forgotten to ask Mrs H to take some clothes, I’d have frozen with such a strong wind, so we cycled all the way back as well! My furthest (116km), highest (1641m) and longest (5hrs) cycle ride to date 💪🏻 – plus Land’s End ticked off! ✅
As a beer loving man, it did not take long to find a pub. The Shipwrights Arms in Helford is a cracking pub – it serves a terrific pint and serves really good food. We ate out there 3 times but visited every day… it helps that it was less than 100 yards down the road!
Another of the great pubs we visited was The Cadgwith Cove Inn. We were made very welcome after our cliff walk, with muddy boots and wet dog. One of the hotel rooms was offered for baby changing in the absence of other facilities, and the food was terrific. Mrs Heatho’s crab sandwich was particularly excellent!!
On our final day we took Little H on her first ever boat trip! We popped on the ferry across the Helford River to Helford Passage, where we sat in the sunshine at the front of a lovely looking pub (The Ferryboat Inn) with quite a view! Didn’t eat here but one worth remembering for next time!
Next up for Little H is her first wedding… what could possible go wrong…! 🧐