After my first journey back in August, which was very short, this second journey two months on from that day was considerably longer. Travelling from London to Cornwall is fairly lengthy anyway, but its especially lengthy when you throw in a burst hose pipe in the car engine, being rescued from Reading West and towed back to Southall. Finding out you can’t get your car fixed that day, hiring a car and going to Heathrow to pick it up and it ended up being an epic 15 hours to get to Truro from London. Having set off at 8am we finally made it at 11pm.
It was all worth it the moment we arrived at our friends house in Truro to a very warm welcome and a sense of excitement at the next few days ahead.
Truro is a wonderful City. It was brilliant to be able to walk into the City along a footpath from our friends house and head for Lemon Key. I’ve always wanted to visit Truro and never have, often driving around it or bypassing it. Having walked through Lemon Key we made a beeline for Angelato’s for Ice Cream. It had a big billing and it absolutely lived up to that billing. Divine Ice Cream as we looked out onto the Cathedral. I think my Son’s face sums it up well.
We then ventured into the stunning Cathedral and took in more of the streets, sights and sounds including heading North to sit under the Viaduct and walk around lots of great looking streets. I would love to go back and take in a Coffee Shop/Cafe and also venture into a really good Pub to sample a Cornish Ale on tap. A fabulous City.
We visited Falmouth the next day in the pouring rain but our spirits and our bodies were soon lifted and warmed by tucking into a Pasty (Oggy) before heading to the excellent National Maritime Museum (well worth a visit, and if you live relatively locally once you pay to get in you get membership for the year, so well worth repeat visits). There is an instant wow factor as you get to see Ben Ainsley’s London 2012 and his Sydney 2000 boats, and of course have a laugh standing on the fake medals podium and lapping up the applause!
The interactive nature of the exhibitions is superb and really engaging, and the Vikings exhibition is very well done, including the ability to get on board a Viking ship and dress up, as well as lots of fascinating lifesize memes and artifacts. There is a lot to see and do on each of the levels, as well as the fantastic climb up to the look out tower to get some great views of Falmouth.
Having been fueled by Pasties on the way to the Museum it only seemed right to stop en route back to the car for a Cornish Cream Tea at a delightful local cafe that served excellent local tea and fabulous scones with lashings of home made jam and clotted cream. A great end to a good day.
Gwithian and Godrevy are stunning in their landscape and beauty. We initially ventured into the Dunes and rugged terrain at Gwithian to explore and play hide and seek, before taking the short trip to park at Godrevy. We then tookm the short walk to see the Seals, before heading down onto the beach for a BBQ and a brave paddle in the sea as the clouds and rain finally won out over the Sun.
3 fantastic days in beautiful Cornwall and an epic 2nd journey in my series of 10 overall.