Before we decided to take advantage of the numerous working holiday visas available to British passport holders, Neil and I spent the summer camping around the UK. With both of us having every Sunday and Monday off work, it was easy to do. We'd leave work the Saturday night and, after a quick shower, be off in whichever direction we'd decided to that weekend.

Fuelled by cans of Monster (for him) and Relentless (for me), on this particular weekend we drove straight through to our intended destination. Usually, we stop around 2 or 3 in the morning to pop up our tent and get a bit of sleep before continuing, but having done the journey before, we knew we could make it in one drive. The benefit of this was that we had more time in Cornwall before we had to head home Monday night.






 Visiting Cornwall without a trip to the Eden Project wouldn't have been right. It wasn't as big as we'd expected it to be but we did spend a few hours wandering through the grounds. In truth, we'd heard about the dinosaur exhibition and couldn't resist, but we were too early for it. 


The Rainforest Biome was our favourite part of the Eden Project. Inside the humid bubbles, you can discover the worlds rainforest environments: Tropical Islands; Southeast Asia; West Africa; and Tropical South America. I'd highly recommend taking a (reusable) bottle of water into the Biome with you as it's a thirsty walk. You can easily spend a while exploring.



The Mediterranean Biome was pretty cool, too. It covers the drier landscapes, like South Africa, California and Western Australia. Walking around this area, it's easy to let yourself believe you're in the Mediterranean with mosaic tiles, white stone walls and even colourful chairs and tables set up throughout. It's worth taking your time here and stopping to smell the flowers - the aromas here are divine.



We made our way through the outdoor gardens fairly quickly. There didn't seem that much to see, but it was interesting seeing a display about what plants are used in what medicines. They also grow things like vanilla that you can't usually find in England, and there was a whole section dedicated to the different chilis of the world. 



We never got around to the Rainforest Canopy Walk or the Skywire, and we were disappointed by the seed sculpture, but overall it was a lovely afternoon spent walking around beautiful grounds. I'm not sure whether we visited on Sunday or Monday, but it was surprisingly quiet for such a popular place. 






Driving around, we came across the River Gannel and took the opportunity to stretch our legs. As you can see from the photos above, what started out as a bright day soon turned foggy as we walked down the river. It was almost mystical and we both spent a while trying to capture it on camera, but couldn't do it justice. Boats disappeared into the fog as it rolled towards us and we eventually returned to the car, but not until we'd gotten up close to some abandoned boats on the river bed. 





As it was the hottest weekend of the year, we spent most of our time lazing on the beaches. Crantock Beach is expansive, so even when it gets busy, it doesn't feel like there are many people around. Unfortunately for us, there were signs on the beach and red flags in the water indicating that it wasn't safe to swim, so we didn't spend long there. We had our fun on the squishy sand, making pools of water by digging our feet in, and looking in the little rockpools by the cliffs (we even saw a jellyfish) before returning to Carlyon Bay. We spent most of our time there in the water and returned home looking like an oompa loompa (me) and a freshly cooked lobster (Neil). 




Better than the Eden Project, better than the beaches, is Route 38. We returned here a number of times to get our fill of their delicious cheesy, bbq pulled pork nachos (which we replicated on a regular basis at home). We ate other food there, too, and enjoyed it, but the nachos were the main hook for us. There are Route restaurants in Cornwall and Devon, so if you find yourself in those areas, I highly recommend stopping into one of their places for lunch. 

Cornwall is a stunning place that I'd happily return to again and again, so if you're stuck for something to do at the weekend, pack up your car and spend the weekend exploring the county. 

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