Dear Mummy, while staying at Coombe Mill Holidays in Cornwall, we braved the weather and headed to the Cornish coast. Fistral Beach is in Fistral Bay at Newquay on the north coast of Cornwall. It’s famous for being the home of British surfing with the consistency and quality of the surf that it enjoys. We’ve always wanted to visit Newquay and see what the fuss was about and it met our expectations.
We were lucky with the weather on New Year’s Eve and headed to the beach. As we neared Newquay the clouds opened up to reveal blue sky, however it was very windy! The first thing that struck us as we mounted the sand dunes was the amount of people who had taken to the shoreline to enjoy the sunshine.
Other families had joined dog walkers and surfers to frolic in the foam. Thankfully Fistral Beach has an extensive RNLI lifeguard presence in winter and we saw a couple of guards. With people in the water and huge waves crashing down it was reassuring that help was on hand should they need it.
Fistral Beach may be notorious for being the home of British surfing but there’s so much more on offer than the giant waves and golden sands. We sat awhile and enjoyed looking out to sea as the beach and the surrounding areas are home to some of the country’s most breathtaking views. It was a lovely spot to reflect on the year we’d had.
The coastal path that stretches across the beach and round Little Fistral and Cribbar is jaw dropping. The area looks straight out to the horizon and is one of Newquay’s most popular sunset watching spots. We didn’t have much time to investigate, as we stayed on the beach, but we’d love to come back during the warmer months to explore.
Of course the beach itself is utterly stunning and we spent time beach combing and looking for shells – we even found a dead fish, which I was fascinated by, spending time admiring its shiny silver scales and putting it back into the water gently. It was very breezy by the sea and we’d dressed up with hats and gloves, at one point my mummy’s hat blew off as the wind took it down towards the sand dunes.
The size of Fistral means that there is plenty of space for learners, intermediates and advanced surfers, with the north zone being cornered off for experienced surfers and the south being open to the latter. It would be silly not to splash in the waves when we were at the mecca of British surfing, so we had a little paddle! Next time I think we’ll bring wetsuits for all year round fun.
The best bit was being caught out by the tide! As my mummy was taking photos of me picking up shells when the waves came in a bit too fast and left us soaked. Luckily daddy was on hand to dry us off with warm clothes from the car and we used the hand dryers in the public toilets – which were some of the biggest and cleanest facilities we’ve ever seen! They even had shower rooms and lockers!
Afterwards we needed to warm up so we visited The Stable, Fistral Beach. There are loads of quality food and drink establishments in the surrounding area so we were spoilt for choice even in winter.
We loved the restaurant’s panoramic window of the bay and snuggled up on benches next to the log fire. We enjoyed a delicious pizza and my folks helped themselves to a jar of organic cider. It was the perfect location to watch the rolling waves come in, reflect and make plans for the year ahead…
Have you ever been to Fistral Beach before?
Love Bella x