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

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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.

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