Adventure 1: We went to Lands End!

Following on from my last blog post, where I decided I wanted to have more adventures, I spent a little bit of time figuring out how I was going to make this happen. In the end I made a list of different adventures, wrote them up, cut the list into separate pieces, folded them and put them in a small box ready to draw like a raffle.

The first adventure to be drawn was a trip to Lands End, so with two days off together, my husband and I packed up our camper van and off we went.

Our first stop was Tre, Pol and Pen, a farm shop just outside Launceston, it was a little out of the way but we had wanted to go for a while. We bought some fresh eggs and bacon and also stocked up on cheese and some local beer; if this was going to be our last weekend away for a while, (damn you Covid-19), we were going to make the most of it!

En route towards Land’s End we started looking for a campsite and found a car park in nearby Treen. For just £5 a night, payable at a nearby address, we could park until 11am the next day and it was perfect, plus the view was lovely. Once we parked and were settled we decided to walk down to Porthcurno via the South West Coast Path. It was a nice walk and once we were there we had the beach to ourselves. I can’t remember the last time I felt so relaxed and free from anxiety.

Porthcurno

We ran around, we played with the dog, we watched the waves and climbed the rocks, it was bliss.

Playing around on the beach at Porthcurno

After walking back, we fed Barley and then took off to the local pub, The Logan Rock Inn. They were having a curry night but we ordered off the bar menu and we would highly recommend. I went for the fish pie with veg followed by some sticky toffee pudding and it was delicious, it tasted home cooked and fresh and was perfect after a wet and windy walk. Matt had fish and chips then a brownie and I have never known him to be so full, he could barely walk back to the camper van!

It was a stormy night and the rain was heavy on the roof of the van, however we woke up feeling refreshed and the sun was shining brightly. We enjoyed our eggs and bacon then set off to that popular destination, The Telegraph Museum at Porthcurno. I wasn’t really sure what to expect but Matt (an engineer), was keen to go and in the spirit of fairness I went along with enthusiasm- I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve dragged him along to a museum he wasn’t interested in. In truth it was very good, interactive with lots to see, do and think about, especially the World War Two information, and the chance to explore the escape tunnels built into the cliff. It was crazy to think that the beach we were playing on yesterday was home to 14 cables that connect us to the rest of the world, and ironic that the phone in my pocket had no signal at all, whilst I read and learned about the development of mobile communications and the internet.

Matt climbing the 100 stairs in the Escape Tunnels

After the museum we drove the short distance to Land’s End, took the obligatory photo and had a wonder around.

When someone offers to take your photo but the only one who’s looking at the camera is the dog.

We didn’t have change for the car park so we kept it short and drove further along the coast to Sennan Cove for a nice walk along the beach. There was a beautiful rainbow as we drove down, the tide was out and the beach was golden, it was another glorious, relaxing day- I felt so chilled.

A rainbow at Sennan Cove

On our way home we stopped at Carn Galver and had a picnic overlooking the coast as the sun was setting. We couldn’t have had a more perfect two days.

Carn Galver Engine House

For the first adventure in my personal little challenge, I couldn’t have asked for better; good food, interesting sites, great company, nice weather, amazing scenery. There were a couple of times I felt anxious, I wasn’t sure where we paid the money for the camping, would they be friendly? Would they reject us? What if we can’t get to the beach? What if the walk is too hard? What if the pub is full of locals and they chase us out with pitchforks?! Seriously, having anxiety is so exhausting!! My hope is that after 42 adventures, the voice in me that says “you can’t do this,” instead says, “Yes, lets do this!”