One of our favourite jaunts here on our side of England, especially when the weather is good is a place called Widemouth Back, if you’ve been following my blog, you’ve probably heard me mention the name in past posts. It’s a place where we like to go to, especially since it’s only about a 20-minute drive from where we live. Why do we keep coming back, you may ask? Here are a number of reasons:
A Long Beach
Perfect for walking the dog and for little ones to run around like loonies since it has a long stretch of beach, regardless of whether it is low tide or high tide. You see, there are some beaches here in Cornwall that disappear as soon as the tide comes in. You’ll need perfect timing to visit those beaches.
Here at Widemouth, it doesn’t really matter what time of the day you come. You’re guaranteed to have nice long walk in the sand.
And when it is low tide, it has the most interesting and massive area of rock pools to explore, not just for children, but for rock pool aficionados just like my husband. He and little T can spend hours and hours exploring every nook and cranny much to the annoyance of the little creatures who call it home. I can imagine an emergency siren going through all the rock pools announcing T and her Dad’s presence. Ugh. Them again! Apologies creatures of the sea…
Once you get tired of mucking about in the beach, there is also a headland nearby to walk the dog or do a little bit of hiking. The views up there are breathtaking. And there are a few dotted benches around, where you can just sit, rest and take in the lovely picture-perfect view of the ocean like this couple I spied on our walk:
The last time we were here, this touching memorial bench wasn’t even around:
I can imagine why her mother loved this spot. One can just spend hours staring out to sea, provided of course you’re dressed for strong winds, especially when the weather isn’t cooperating.
And if that isn’t enough reasons, there is also a nearby cafe where one can order delicious hot chocolate, ice-cream and other snacks like this yummy waffle T had fun devouring. A great place to seek refuge especially since the Cornish (or should I say English weather) drastically changes from good to bad within minutes.
And lastly, all parents with young children will understand why I included this on the list: Widemouth Bay has a nearby public toilet! Perfect for those emergencies that often come with spending long times on the beach. There are loads of lovely beaches here in Cornwall, but sadly most of them have toilets that are very far from the beach and when you’re running with your child about to do a number two, a nearby toilet is heaven-sent!
So if you’re visiting down here in North Cornwall and want a little bit of everything, chances are Widemouth bay might just foot the bill.
Have you been to North Cornwall?
What’s your favourite jaunt in the area? Do share.