Cornwall is my all time favourite place to staycation in the UK and I go every summertime with my family.
And then came the Coranvirous pandemic so this years trip was looking very unlikely but my parents managed to book somewhere so I decided to tag along, although I did have my reservations.
Cornwall is always busy during the summer months and with so many people holidaying in the UK this year, I assumed it would be even busier than normal.
Luckily it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but I did avoid going to places at peak times and thought I’d share my experience with you.
I’ll be honest when walking down the streets in Cornwall it felt like everything was normal. It’s when you have to wear a mask inside shops and leave your details at bars you remember there is a pandemic.
From my location, Cornwall is around a 5/6 hour drive so we did have to stop off at service stations. I found these extremely busy, especially as the day starts to get later so if you want to avoid the crowds go really early or really late. Also masks are essential at all times.
We were staying in a self catering apartment right next to Perranporth beach which was really handy as we could avoid busy car parks and public toilets. When the weather was nice the beach and sea were packed as you would expect. We made sure to stay as far back as we could on the beach where there wasn’t as many people.
When the weather wasn’t as good we visited nearby towns like St Ives and Newquay. If you decide to go to these I recommend going as early as you can. The streets get so busy that social distancing goes completely out of the window and it’s not very pleasant.
I also spent a very sunny day in Kynance Cove. This beach is a lot smaller compared to others so not great if there’s a lot of people, but it is stunning and has a nice coastal walk.
All shops require a face covering as well as some take away cafes. We managed to get into bars and restaurants fairly easy, most of them you have to give your details for the track and trace.
Still despite all this, I had the most amazing time in Cornwall. Everything that has happened just made me appreciate how stunning the UK is.
One of my favourite things to do in the evenings was to watch the sunset from the terrace at Alcatraz bar on Perranporth beach (they do the most amazing hot chocolates).
However you spend this summer I hope you have a nice time and stay safe!