A relaxing weekend in Falmouth, Cornwall

Why is it that as soon as you’re anywhere near London you instantly turn into a manically stressed idiot? Everyone is in a hurry, there’s so much to see, so much to do and we’re all so incredibly important that we have to be there first. We rush around like 5-year-olds on the playground but never take the time to sit back and just enjoy what’s going on around us.

I’m usually one of the most chilled out people in the world but there’s something about London that gets me stressed. The funny thing is, I don’t realized that I’m stressed until I leave. It’s not until I’m strolling through the countryside of Wales, chilling on the beach in Brighton or exploring some exotic destination that I realize that I have been rushing around like an idiot too.

Views of Falmouth from St Mawes
Views of Falmouth from St Mawes

So while I was sat on a grassy bank of a castle (like you do) in Falmouth, I suddenly realized how relaxed I was. I was enjoying the sunshine and the salty breeze from the sea while watching some fish scurrying around busily in the crystal clear water. I wanted to tell them all to chill out. “Calm down guys, just open your mouth and let the plankton come to you, you really don’t need to work so hard for a scrap of seaweed!” I think there’s a subconscious metaphor in there that isn’t too hard to find.

I was lucky enough to spend last weekend on the British shores of Falmouth. I was lucky not only because it’s absolutely incredibly beautiful but also because the sun actually came out for the entire weekend! Never before have I associated crystal clear water and warm sunshine with England and I’ve made a pledge with myself to explore more of this beautiful area.

Waters at St Mawes Falmouth

Falmouth is Cornwall’s most popular tourist destination and it isn’t difficult to see why. Look at the water in that photo above. If I didn’t know better I’d think it was somewhere in the Mediterranean.

Like most Brit’s, I’m ashamed to say that I’ve barely even scraped the surface when it comes to visiting Britain’s coastline. I’ve driven around the entire coast of Australia and visited practically every beach I could but it was the first time I’d been to Cornwall.

If you don’t know much about Cornwall, I urge you to read this beautifully written piece in Travel + Leisure, ‘The Best of Cornwall, England’. I read this before I visited Cornwall and was head over heels in love with the place before I even arrived. Sometimes, when you have such high expectations for a place it can only lead to disappointment but I can honestly say that Falmouth lived up to every expectation and more.

So while you enjoy some of these beautiful pictures from Cornwall, I’ll be busy gathering all my thoughts together to share more from my trip over the next week.

Falmouth

Falmouth Cornwall

boats in Falmouth cornwall

houses in St Mawes Falmouth

 

cottages in Falmouth

 

Massive thanks to FalRiver.co.uk for hosting my trip and showing me another beautiful area in England.

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Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a professional blogger and has travelled around the world in search of stylish adventure travel. Monica has recently had her second baby and is determined to prove that travelling with a baby is possible!

SHOWHIDE Comments (13)
  1. Love the photos, especially that bunting one and the clear water. Love British coastal towns… you should visit some of the places up North. Scarborough and Whitby are two of my favourites… oh and I suppose Hull if that counts?! 😉

    1. I used to spend my summer holidays on Hornsea beach in Hull, I loved it there! I’ve heard that Scarborough and Whitby are lovely too. The only problem is that you have to be lucky with the weather and that barely ever happens.

  2. Cornwall is a great place to go on holiday. I haven’t been that south yet, I think I have been up to Devon but thats about it. Looks fabulous. ,Love those cottages.

  3. Guess I revisited your blog at the right time. I am in the UK now and as of the moment, I’m exploring midlands. Might as well visit Cornwall by August 😀 The photos are convincing! 😀

  4. Cornwall is my favourite place in the UK! We spent a week camping near Truro and just driving around the place and we might as well have been in Europe. The air was warmer and the place had such a relaxed feel. Plus, I love good seafood so even better!

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