I’ll let you into a little secret, I’ve never watched Poldark but I’m thinking it might be about time with autumn just around the corner. On our jolly little road trip around Cornwall I decided it would be a good idea to pootle around a certain area of Cornwall rather than try and “do” all of Cornwall in a few days and not enjoy the experience. Travel shouldn’t be just about ticking off all the world’s must dos but enjoying the experience and visiting places of interest to you. A visit to Charlestown was high on my wish list as I actually really like Maritime history…Greenwich was one of the first places I visited when I moved to London.
I’ve worked in the shipping industry for quite a few years (however I work in a completely different field at the moment which is more air based…and no I don’t work for a travel company even though I’m based close to Luton) so I find ports really interesting so I added Charlestown to my Cornwall bucket list which included Port Isaac and the Eden Project.
We had initially tried to visit Charlestown on the Sunday however it was heaving due to the regatta…it’s not a quiet spot to visit when the regatta is on (trust me!) but we visited the following day and I was so pleased we did as I loved this gorgeous little spot in Cornwall.
G and I had a little wander around the old port…
…admiring the tall ships…
…I really liked this photo but couldn’t work out if I liked the photo in or out of focus…and since it’s my blog, you can suffer with both of them <insert evil laugh>…
…and the colourful houses which overlook Charlestown…
…mind the blown over chair!
I may have found myself a pretty door or two…
…I don’t find them on purpose…okay maybe in Wroclaw I did thanks to Pinterest!
We wandered down to the marina and people watched…let’s just say that kids really don’t have any fear…there were so many squeals of delight and I will be very honest and say it looks like Charlestown has bought so many happy memories to many families over the years…
…I may have taken a shoefie while working my inner core muscles (let’s just say there aren’t any…the only crunches I like are crunchie bars!)….
…look at how clear that water is, that water was calling my name; I may have dipped in a toe if the mercury was in the 30’s but you know…this is still England…(the only time I’ve ever swam in the UK is in Loch Ness in April… never at a beach).
The views around the coastline are absolutely gorgeous and totally worth a few moments (or more) staring into the distance…
…G and a number of other folks are were all watching the RNLI attempt a rescue of two teenagers that got stuck on the rocks as the tide came in which was a bit of excitement on our visit to Charlestown.
I also found a little fudge shop that had pre-packaged gluten free options of cakes at the top end of Charlestown so I stocked up on some fudge for G and I…I may have eaten most of it without sharing…have you ever enjoyed selfish flavoured fudge before…if not, it’s the best…I’m blaming the hormones again.
Feeling a tad peckish we went to find some food and stopped off at Wreckers and sat outside….G ended up eating his dinner wrapped up in a blanket and a lovely New Zealand born lady told me she hoped he felt better soon. I laughed this off and told her he wasn’t sick, just a big English wimp and couldn’t deal with some cooler temperatures…she laughed and said she understood that problem well.
^^The English Wimp!
^^To prove we both visited Charlestown…I’m super wonderful at this selfie business…totally know my best angles and G loves to smile…NOT! If you want to know how to get that wonderful soft focus photo…place your finger accidentally over the camera and hey presto…rub camera with breton top to take sharper photos.
G and I left as the sun was setting and bathing Charlestown is a blanket of gold…
…golden hour is one of my favourite times to be holding a camera…anyone else agree?
Would I recommend a visit to Charlestown…most definitely, it is rather beautiful little spot with a few great shops, nice restaurants and a gorgeous beach and I’m so glad that we visited as it didn’t feel touristy or tacky…it was actually a rather relaxing little spot and made me think, Cornwall is rather pretty but you need to visit spots that interest you and not follow the hordes.
Travel Tips For Your Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall
- There is a small car park however you can park on the road for free and walk in which only takes a few moments
- There are a few shops at the top end of Charlestown which includes a really good antique shop and a few galleries if you are that way inclined. I’m saving up my pennies to buy a piece from this art gallery…I love bright colours…one day!
- Wreckers offers a great selection of gluten free options which are clearly marked out on the menu which makes life A LOAD easier and they also have blankets available if you decide to sit outside.
- Charlestown offers a week long regatta during July so if you want to avoid it then check the dates…we ended up visiting during the regatta and there was live music served with cups of tea (how very English!) which was right up our alley.
- If you are a Poldark fan then there is an exhibition / tourist attraction you can visit at the Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre…I didn’t as it was closed.
- The beach looks absolutely stunning and would be a perfect picnic spot…it was the first beach in England where I thought I wouldn’t mind popping in for a little doggie paddle.
- If you have never watched Poldark then here is a link to the series on Amazon so you can.
- If you fancy reading more posts on Cornwall then way not take a gander at these puppies – Our Road Trip Around Cornwall, Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50pp Entrance Fee and Port Isaac: A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans