It's that week between Christmas and New Year and this year, we've decided the best thing to do is look forward to some of our favourite things to do.
Apparently we're now in what some of you know as Crimbo-Limbo, or Betwixtmas - that time between Christmas and New Year - a time when we're not really sure what day of the week it is - and that's in a normal year!
Of course, 2020 has not been normal for any of us, so we really can be excused for not being entirely sure of the day of the week, whether we're supposed to be working or not, particularly when we've been at home working for most of the year anyway! See the selection of superb properties at West Country Beach Holidays, and use this week to focus on the prospect of longer days, warmer weather and some of the things we love to do when in Cornwall and Devon. If you're planning a last minute break, check our late availability offers here.
That all important day at the beach
Think of the West Country and thoughts of golden sands, sweeping bays and sheltered coves won’t be far behind. With miles of coastline and over 350 beaches in Cornwall and Devon to choose from you’ll soon find your favourites, whether for family days out, swimming, surfing or simply relaxing by the sea.
Polzeath Beach is a sandy, Blue Flag beach that’s perfect for families and surfers, with lifeguard cover throughout the summer months.
Mill Bay Beach near Salcombe is a sheltered, sandy beach in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that’s perfect for swimming and rock pooling.
Try delicious local food
With an abundance of fresh fish, delicious bakes and top-quality beverages from across Cornwall and Devon, it’s no wonder that we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out in the West Country. Choose from beach side bars or vineyard restaurants, cosy pubs and cafes, you’ll find all kinds of wonderful food on offer across the counties.
- Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen in Port Isaac is an excellent small seafood restaurant in a 15th century fisherman’s cottage by the harbour.
- The Winking Prawn in Salcombe is a family run and family friendly beach side cafe serving good food and ice creams throughout the day.
- The Mariners in Rock offers homemade pub food, local ales and spectacular views across the Camel Estuary.
Take to the water
Regardless of your experience or passion, from surfing to sailing, coasteering to kayaking the West Country won’t disappoint! With equipment available to hire and excellent local instructors offering a huge range of courses to suit all abilities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
- Sea’n’Shore in Salcombe is a fantastic family run business offering all kinds of water activities from RIB rides to wakeboarding and water-skiing.
- Wavehunters in Polzeath provide surfing and stand up paddle boarding lessons for all abilities along the stunning north Cornwall coast.
- Cornish Rock Tors in Port Isaac are the perfect guides for those seeking adventure, offering coasteering tours, wild swimming trips and much more.
Explore the South West Coast Path
Strolling along the South West Coast Path is wonderful whatever the season, from the first cliff-top flowers of spring through to the stormy seas in winter. The views are spectacular and there’s often plenty of wildlife to spot, including seals, gannets, dolphins or even iconic choughs. Plan a circular route and stop for lunch at a village pub or catch a bus (this might need a bit of planning!) to the start and walk back, taking a picnic for along the way.
Port Isaac to Polzeath. The Coast Path rises and falls dramatically along this part of the coastline, and there is a lot of steep ascent and descent, much of which is up and down winding flights of steps. Categorised as moderate on the South West Coast Path website. Walk to Polzeath and catch the bus back.
- Hope Cove to Salcombe - This walk takes in some of the most beautiful and remote countryside of the South West Coast path through the unpopulated and unspoilt South Hams area. With a bit of planning, you can get a bus to the start and walk back to Salcombe. There are numerous good sandy beaches on the route.
- A circular walk from Polzeath to Rock following the Greenaway path to Rock, passing Trebetherick Point, sand dunes and small coves - you might be lucky to find some tiny cowrie shells. The return route follows the dunes to Rock, on to St Enodoc church, crossing the golf course to Polzeath.
Find out more about the South West Coast Path here.
Enjoy a traditional cream tea
Any holiday in the West Country wouldn’t be complete without indulging in a delicious cream tea! Served at tea shops, cafes and restaurants across the counties, you’ll never be far away from fresh scones, homemade jam and local clotted cream.
- South Sands Hotel Restaurant in Salcombe serves traditional cream teas and luxurious afternoon tea daily.
- Cafe Cloud in Newquay offers a whole range of free-from cakes and snacks, including a gluten free and vegan cream tea.
- Charlie’s in Tintagel is a cafe and deli in a pretty 14th century cottage serving fresh Cornish cream teas with gluten free and savoury options.
What are your favourite things to do in the West Country? Get in touch or tag us @westcountrybeachholidays to let us know!
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