“Not To Miss” Cornwall Villages

March 17, 2014

England, Travel

The landscape changed dramatically on the four hour drive from London to Cornwall. When we had to stop the car to wait patiently for a chicken crossing the narrow road ahead, I knew we had arrived. I couldn’t wait for a relaxing, peaceful vacation in the Cornish countryside, and to explore the towns I heard so much about… RoosterWeather wasn’t exactly in our favor – the majority of our six day visit would prove to be a miserable combination of cold temperatures, windy conditions, and lots of rain. But it did not stop us from experiencing the beauty of the area and getting acquainted with some serene, charming Cornish villages, and it was a wonderful last trip in the UK for Jim and I before we moved back home to the United States. Here’s the villages I especially enjoyed –


Still a working fishing port, the town of Looe is a pure picture of serenity. The town offers a pleasant day out filled with scenic walks, browsing through the small independent shops in town, and resting at a pub or a coffee shop (We loved Larsson’s Coffee House).

shopping street in Looe

LooeView from outside of town_new


I loved that we had to park our car at a designated lot a half mile or so outside of the town and then weave our way in on foot. This town was one of my favorites! It was almost surreal. It felt like we had traveled back in time to see old England.

MillHouse_newWe spent an hour watching a fishing boat enter the port, and we weren’t the only ones observing. Everyone around us stopped to watch the fishing boat, too. It was great to watch how the town functioned and went about daily life. I especially loved the Four Wheeler ATVs that operated as “taxis” which transported people and luggage through the town to get to their homes.

Transporting luggage


We spent a morning in Padstow sitting at a bench overlooking the harbor, people-watching and feasting on a Cornish pasty.

Cornish pasties in Padstow

Padstow Harbor

From there we took a much needed walk through Padstow’s town centre and through a gorgeous park next to a memorial dedicated to men from Padstow who lost their lives in World War I.  From the top of the hill you have spectacular views everywhere you look.

Walk around Padstow_new St. Ives

From Padstow, we drove to St. Ives where we spent the remainder of the afternoon.  The Sloop Inn (a rather old building believed to be around since 1312 or so!) was the perfect place to sit outside and have a pint while we watched the rest of the people enjoying the rare glimpse of December sun.

Sloop Inn_St Ives_new

Walking through the narrow old streets of the town centre was an ideal way to observe the people around us and take in the shopping scene.

St Ives town centre_newWe stayed in St. Ives until the sun went down. As we walked back up the hill, the sun was setting and we captured some of the best pictures of the entire trip.



The Cornwall area was always on our list of places to check out, but the two years we lived abroad went by so quick that we almost missed our opportunity to visit.  That would have been a huge mistake! It ranks high up there on my list of “not to miss” spots  in the UK…




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About Tanya

I’m a freelance travel and beer writer and a passionate and energetic 30 something - determined to enjoy life and see as much as possible along the way. Recently I lived abroad in London and traveled to 20+ countries within two years! As of January 2014, I'm back in the USA, and currently living in Charlotte, NC. But before all of that, my roots were set in small town America, where I spent the first 23 years of my life living, going to school, and working in the state of Pennsylvania.

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One Response to ““Not To Miss” Cornwall Villages”

  1. Robert Says:

    I really enjoyed your comments on Cornwall. My wife is British and grew up in Cornwall. I was stationed at RAF St Mawgan in the US Navy when I met her in Newquay. Ive been to all the places you have mentioned and a lot more. Cornwall is really beautiful. Mevagissey is my favorite a small fishing village. When we go back she will visit her family and I jump on a bus and visit one of the small towns and have a pasty and pint for lunch, and take in the sights. Thanks


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