We arrived on Thursday to glorious sunshine and climbed down the craggy rocks to get a closer look at the sea.
Warm sand between my toes isn't something I'm used to experiencing in England, but the soft yellow sand at Crantock Beach is the real deal. We took a long walk down the beach and admired all the dogs dancing in the surf (Labrador! Jack Russell! New Foundland!).
These (unedited!) pictures don't do the Bedruthan Steps any justice, but the water is as turquoise as the Caribbean! I think the steps refers to the rocky outposts that line the coast, like a staircase for giants, but we also found a perilous staircase leading right down to the beach below. It looks idyllic, but the sea was incredibly rough - I wouldn't like to get any closer!
After working up an appetite, we called in at The Scarlet Hotel for a birthday afternoon tea. Excuse my smug face - I was ready to dive in! Can you see the big ice cream scoop of clotted cream? I practically had to be rolled back out to the car.
It rained all day on Saturday, but it was nice to curl up inside and listen to the wind hurl itself against the windows. The sea looked so rough, but there were actually surfers out there - probably ideal conditions for them!
We arrived back last night feeling refreshed and glad to be home, especially with our sweet bunny who was sorely missed, but thoroughly spoiled by my mum all weekend.
ADDRESS BOOK: NORTH CORNWALLPop into The Scarlet for a hot chocolate on the terrace and an amazing view over Mawgan Porth. Make use of their carpark and follow the hotel's private path down to the beach to watch the surfers.
Walk the Carnewas cliff path for a closer look at Bedruthan Steps. The staircase down to the beach is open (except in bad weather) from November to February.
Visit Crantock Beach for beautiful golden sand dunes and cross the Gannel Estuary for a cream tea with a view at the Fern Pit cafe.
Love dogs? Most of the beaches in North Cornwall welcome dogs and Watergate Bay is a big favourite - have breakfast at The Beach Hut or lunch upstairs at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen.
Spend the afternoon in Padstow, a charming harbour town with lots of cafes and restaurants.
For an unbeatable view, Lewinnic Lodge sits right on the coast's edge and the sea view rooms are a luxurious treat for special occasions.