Family Travel: mini-hikes in Cornwall
You don’t need to travel far to have a proper adventure with kids, says our features editor Orla Thomas
WE’VE ALWAYS BEEN KEEN to explore the UK, and having three children and a limited budget now makes it a necessary reality. Cornwall has long been a favourite, and is particularly lovely off-season, when you can have the wild landscape mostly to yourself. The photo above was taken on a windy coastal walk somewhere between Sennen and Land’s End, and shows me with my sons, Freddie (7), Henry (5) and Edward (1). The walk was only about a three-mile round trip, but probably felt much longer if you’re only two feet tall. The journey was one of highs and lows, much like family life itself: we were all intrigued by the shipwreck washed up in a rocky inlet, but none of us will recall Henry’s clifftop baby-wipe bath (after he face-planted into a muddy puddle) with equal fondness. Orla’s Cornish tips 1. Cape Cornwall is appealing walking territor y for children. Half way up the short ascent is a coastguard station, offering a friendly reception to curious visitors. 2. Open- air Minack Theatre (pictured) is built into the cliffs, providing ample drama even if you don’t catch one of their child -focused productions. 3. Skip the busy, narrow lanes of St Ives and head straight for Porthmeor Beach, where you’ll find the newly renovated Tate St Ives and the lovely Porthmeor Beach Café (book one of the heated booths for all-weather alfresco dining). When we shut the front door, ready to go and travel as a family, we always make sure we have... …plenty of audiobooks loaded onto an iPhone. They’re invaluable for fostering a spirit of adventure and passing the time on long car journeys.