Piskies Cove – A Cornish Gem

Piskies Cove, is one of Cornwall’s finest hidden beaches. At low tide there is a reasonably sized section of sand for sunbathers. You should always check the local tide times before visiting. Even if the tide should happen to be in, it can still be a great place to swim, sunbathe or paddle board in the summer months. There are plenty of rocks surrounding the crystal clear blue water to lay down your towel. The cove is a simply stunning location with a very ‘Greek Island’ feel to it. The cove is mostly quiet all year round, avoiding all the usual peak season holiday crowds .

The nearest parking spot is a 15 to 20 minute walk away, so make sure you pack everything you need before you set off. There are no facilities at the beach. Dogs are allowed all year round at this beach. Please note that there are no lifeguards are on duty at Piskies Cove, even in the summer months.

For those with an interest in history, in particular the dark and mysterious chapter of Cornwall’s smuggling past. Piskies Cove is said to be the place that John Carter otherwise known as the King of Prussia, landed his contraband. From there he distributed his illegal goods all around the British Isles.

If you are planning a trip to Piskies Cove as part of a weekend break or longer holiday in Cornwall. There are variety of self catering holiday cottages to choose from in the local area.

Directions to Piskies Cove

To find Piskies Cove, take Prussia Cove turn off from main Penzance to Helston road. Park in the Prussia Cove car park, then walk down onto the South West Coastal Path. Head west and follow the path all the way to the old fisherman’s huts until you reach the cove.

Holidays in Bude

holidays in Bude

Bude is a popular seaside town located on the North coast of Cornwall near the Devon border. It has been regularly named the UK’s best costal town at the British Travel Awards. The vast spotless golden sandy beaches of Bude are popular with surfers and tourists. Holidays in Bude provide a great place to go walking and explore the North Cornish coastline’s spectacular geology.

Bude is a laid back and endearing corner of Cornwall. The town has plenty of independent restaurants, shops, bar’s and cafe’s to spend the afternoon and evening exploring. The Bude canal, shown in the image above, is also a great place to hire a pedalo and explore the mouth of the River Neet. If you are looking to visit Bude for a short getaway or a that long awaited summer holiday, there are huge variety of holiday cottages in Bude to choose from.

Historically the town of Bude became notable as a ‘safe harbour’ for ships from the winter storms that would lash the North Cornish coastline. The Bude Canal also ran all the way to Launceston. This was used to transport coastal sand and soil that are rich in sea minerals. These deposits would then be used by farmers inland to improve the yields of their crops. The real growth of the town however came during the Victorian era. When it became popular with holiday makers looking to escape the soot filled urban city streets of the industrial revolution.

Directions to Bude

To get to Bude by car via the scenic route, also know as the the ‘Atlantic Highway’. Leave the M5 at Junction 27, and follow the A39 going past Barnstaple & Bideford and then into Bude. For those in a hurry, which is definitely not the Cornish way! Drive South West down the A30 to the Okehampton turn off, then follow the signposts for Bude heading West.

Discover Port Quin

Port Quin is an almost deserted cove/inlet on the North coast of Cornwall. Not far from the popular fishing port of Port Issac. It is one of Cornwall’s hidden gems and is a great place to swim in the summer time away from the busy holiday resorts. The lush green steep hills on each side combined with the turquoise blue water look spectacular. The small beach also reveals numerous rock pools at low tide which is great for families to explore.

To get to Port Quin by car. Leave A30 at Bodmin and join A389 to Wadebridge. At Wadebridge take B3314 signed Polzeath, then follow the local signage to your destination.

If you are looking to stay in Cornwall. Within touching distance of Port Quin there is a huge selection of holidays cottages in Cornwall to choose from.

‘Rock pools are God’s looking glass. A chance for people to see a microcosm of the some of creatures that live in our vast oceans’.

The South West Coastal Path

The South West coastal path is the UK’s longest National Walking Trail. It offers a fantastic opportunity to connect to nature, relax, exercise and take time away from the stresses of every day life.  There are some great sights to see, no matter how long or short your planned walk is, especially on Cornish coastline. Find out more about the entire walking route by visiting the South West Coastal Path Association. There are also a huge number of self catering Cornish holiday properties to use as either as base or a stopping point along the coastal path.

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” John Burroughs

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