Now that we’re finished with our Norfolk mini series, I’m going to do an even shorter series, this time closer to home. As mentioned, we are National Trust members, and even though we’ve lived here in Cornwall for almost a decade, there are still places, especially beaches where we haven’t visited yet. Shameful really. Like I’ve mentioned in the past, when you live here, there are moments, when you take the place for granted and only remember when we have visitors down and wonder where to take them.
Last summer, gasp, do I really dare speak of it in past tense? Whatever happened to my hope of an Indian summer? I think that’s all a dream now especially since the temperature seems to be going nowhere but down. I digress, last summer indeed. When a friend visited, we decided to explore three of the National Trust beaches which we haven’t been to, considering they are not a long drive from where we live.
The first is the Nortcott Mouth Beach in Bude, the nearest town to us, about a 30-minute drive from our house. We went there the last week of August. Families were getting read to wind down from their summer holidays and go back to the routine of work and doing the school run. But that day on the beach, no one really thought about it, or maybe, tried not to think about it, especially since it was one of those perfect days on the beach. The sky was blue and the temperature was just right – a good combination of not too warm and not too cold.
And there she is, T the Cornish mouse, very rare and absolutely local to Cornwall. You’ll find her mostly on the beach with her orange net, either in her swimsuit or wet-suit with bedraggled hair. She loves going crab-hunting with her dad.
Catch of the day: a very sad looking crab. I don’t think it was pleased to be caught by little T.
And when she got tired of looking for poor crabs and fish, she decided that the water beckoned her.
Yes, it was indeed one perfect day beach day.
And after a turn on her bodyboard and letting her catch go, it was time to pack up and leave. Click here for directions on how to get to Northcott Mouth Beach. Parking is free for National Trust members. This beach has a cafe nearby, and seasonal lifeguards and of course, lovely headland walks too. This is after all Cornwall 🙂
If you’ve missed our Norfolk Mini-Series, click here for a little read.
Have you ever been to a National Trust beach?