Guest Post: Following in the footsteps of Malory Towers: Our Cornish adventure

Our eldest is a voracious reader. Give her a book to read and she’ll immerse herself in it for hours. And, like generations before her – including me – one of her all-time favourites is Enid Blyton’s Malory Towersseries. For months, she begged us to let her go to boarding school. Thankfully, she now seems to realise it isn’t all about midnight feasts and lashings and lashings of ginger beer. But, she was still thrilled when we told her we were heading to Cornwall, where Darrell and Co had all their adventures.
So, here are some of our own favourite adventures from our trip:

A cliff walk in St Ives

We’re not sure exactly where Malory Towers is set, but the book talks about the school sitting atop the cliffs, overlooking the breakers. And walking the cliffs at Gwithianand Godrevy, at the end of St Ives, we can just imagine the girls at school looking out on similar views. There are lots of rock pools to explore here too and we while around a couple of hours searching for sea creatures to the delight of our youngest.

Cows and cream-covered scones in Coverack
Keeping with the literary theme, Coverackis the setting for one of my own favourite novels, Wild Strawberries by Angela Thirkell, a delightfully absurd comedy set in an English country house. We visit at high tide, when there’s not much beach left at all. But, we stop for a cream tea at the Harbour Lights Café where the scones are homemade and served warm. And, just because we haven’t been unhealthy enough that day, we drive a few minutes to Roskilly’s Farmwhere we walk one of the trails that tells you all about how ice cream is made with milk from the dairy herd here, before we have Minty Moo ice cream sundaes.

A rainy day at the Eden Project
It’s hardly surprising that we had one rainy day during our Cornish adventure. And, we thank our lucky stars it was only one. Though, if it wasn’t for the inclement British weather, we might not have experienced the Eden Projectat all, which would have been a shame.  A short drive from our lodge in Newquay and we arrive. Our little ones pretend they’re monkeys – probably not too hard given their behaviour at times – as we look down on the rainforest from the newly-built aerial walkway.  

What’s in a name?
We had to visit Mouseholejust because of its charming name. If it’s not already featured in a book, then it certainly sounds as if it should be. And, when we arrive, we find it’s a picture-postcard village that’s as pretty as its name. We also discover there is a literary connection here – as Dylan Thomas spent his honeymoon here and it’s said to have been the inspiration for Under Milk Wood. After talking to locals about how much we love the name, we’re told that it’s actually pronounced ‘Mowzel’. The beach is safe and sheltered here, perfect for young children and we sit and have a lunchtime picnic.

Coast and country
Trebah Garden was one of our favourite finds. The gardens here are alive with colour when we visit in the summer and our kids love the adventure playground. But it also has its very own private beach on the Helford River, with views that stretch for miles. We hadn’t brought our buckets and spades with us, but we’re able to borrow some from the café here. We spend time skimming stones before having some creamy ice-cream, which has been supplied by the dairy farm we visited the day before.

Hi I’m Katie! Claire has very kindly let me share this post for her.  These are just a few of the places we’ve explored together in Cornwall so far. But, every time we visit this beautiful part of the world, we find more reasons to return. Thanks for having me!


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