Being by the Sea in the Winter | Cornwall Coast

I love being beside the seaside in the winter. The way that the cool salty breeze whips through your hair, that the clouds darken as the sea fog rolls in and the beaches are deserted and make you feel like you have the whole place to yourself. S & I spent a glorious 5 days in Cornwall just before Christmas, as has become our tradition, we chose one morning to open presents and treat ourselves to a roast as well, and celebrate the festive season, as we always spend Christmas day separately with our families.

We finished up (most of) our work before we left, and had a complete social media/internet/phone switch off (partly because there is no wifi/phone signal which is such a blessing!). It was a blissful few days; I read multiple books, we swam most mornings (the campsite has a pool), we took long walks together and explored some new places, as well as having a few meals out (not like us at all – we eat out about 5 times a year!). and there’s nothing like the beach in the winter; it’s so wild and rugged while being peaceful too. I just love walking across the sand and then coming back inside to get warm and cosy at the end of the day.

We packed sandwiches for the day and spent our time walking amongst the cornish cliffs, to Watergate bay, Padstow (though we drove there first) and Newquay itself! The atlantic coast is so gorgeous and there are so many places to explore!

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Walking above the cliffs near Watergate Bay at Dusk. The views are stunning and as it gets dark, the water turns a beautiful milky shade of blue.

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The Christmas lights at Padstow were so pretty, with so many of them being reflected onto the water from where they hung on the boats.

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We wandered down to the beach in Padstow, stopping to admire the yellow flowers dotted all over the coast path.

newquay-16-of-64 newquay-15-of-64newquay-6-of-64 newquay-5-of-64Watching the ferry leave Padstow, taking people over to the other side of the inlet. newquay-4-of-64 newquay-1-of-64

I love all the colourful fishing boats bobbing about in the harbour. The town is really pretty too, with lots of very quaint little bakeries and shops, definitely worth a stop if you are passing through!

Have you ever visited cornwall in the winter?


5 thoughts on “Being by the Sea in the Winter | Cornwall Coast

  1. I love that reflection photo – it’s beautiful. Cornwall in winter is something most people don’t experience as it’s so touristy in the summer, but I have to agree it can’t be beat! I went for some walks I’ll never forget around Cornwall last winter. Looking forward to some more in 2017! I’ve never been up to Newquay before but it’s looking like I’ll have to pay it a visit based on this cozy story and lovely photos 🙂

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    1. Thanks for the lovely comment Sarah! Reflection photo was a lucky capture!
      You should definitely head up to the north coast – the beaches around Newquay are lovely as are places like Padstow, Bude & really any patch of coast haha!


  2. You’ve mentioned all the reasons I love the coast in the Winter 🙂 We went to Cornwall one Christmas and visited Whitsand Bay. Not another soul on the beach, it was windy and the colours in the sky and ocean were muted. Your post has made me want to grab my wellies and head for the coast.


    1. thanks for the lovely comment!
      Whitsand Bay (and Rame Head) are two of my absolute favourite places – so beautiful no matter the weather! 🙂 I need to get back down there!


  3. What lovely photography! You seem to have captured everything about Cornwall in winter in a small collection of photos 🙂 I’ve just very recently moved to Cornwall and it is the most beautiful place in winter. I lost count the amount of times people said if you love it in the winter just imagine how much you’re going to love it in the summer. But im with you on this one – beaches in the winter are the way to my heart x


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