The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Cornwall Edition

Category: Beaches

Five islands, five days: Muddy visits Scilly

21 Dec 2016

I made the mistake of going on my summer holidays at the beginning of July before most of the schools broke out – I felt very smug at the time, but as I sit here shivering in my indoor hat (yes I have one) and my two pairs of socks, that seems an age ago and I am in dire need of something to look forward to.

If you’re needing some inspiration for 2017 too, voila mes braves, I’ve got it going on right here and you wont even need a passport.

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Muddy beach walk Hannafore to St George’s Island

16 Sep 2016

I know I’ve set the bar high for wow factor walks – but I think you’ll agree I’ve out done myself (smugness overload) on this recommendation! How about a submarine walk from Hannafore in Looe to St George’s Island? Yes, I did say submarine. Ok, ok the only bit sous-la mer  is likely to be your knees (at the deepest points),  so you’re a shorty like me, welly boots aren’t going to make a jot of difference.

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Akaw! 5 cranking Cornish surf spots

19 Aug 2016

Hello! Muddy Cornwall applebottom here, just taking ma pink board for a splash! Waddaya mean that’s not me? Ok its a fair cop. So I don’t actually know the difference between a backside and a bombora; but whether you’re a seasoned pro, or just bitten by the bug at Boardmasters, we’ve got some of the best surfing beaches in the world on our doorstep, so what are you waiting for? Channel your inner Blue Crush and zip yourself into that oh so flattering wetsuit (sigh), and catch yourself the perfect wave on one of my top five.

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Muddy tries: six weeks of beach bootcamp

15 Aug 2016

So with the Olympics looming, I made myself a promise that this summer (just as soon as I stop mainlining Sauv) I’d swap my flip flops for trainers, waddle out there and finally get back in shape. I’d become semi-sedentary, I’m ashamed to say, even here in Cornwall. Being a journo is not a particularly physical, and coupled with those restaurant reviews I selflessly bring you, I was definitely not feeling beach bootylicious.

Imagine my joy when I came across the answer to my blancmange botty on East Looe beach. 

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Muddy tries: Snorkelling with seals (squeak!)

31 Jul 2016

One of my new favourite places in the world is Par Beach on St Martin’s in the Isles of Scilly.  White sand to rival Malé, and home to Scilly Seal Snorkelling who run two adventure trips a day from a shack opposite Higher Town Quay. If you’ve been before – how dare you not tell me about it??? St Martin’s is just 30ish miles from the mainland. No passport required, just hop on a skybus, or the Scillonian and you’ll be there by lunchtime.

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5 pop-up outdoor cinemas you won’t want to miss

25 Jul 2016

As well as David Bowie in goblin king mode, my other weird teen crush was Roy Scheider. Well not R- Shy, but Chief Brody – sunglass-wearing-fish-out-of-water-badass-shark-catcher (in 70’s tennis shorts) ooh la la,  where am I going with this? Oh yes – date night. Mr MC and I  took in a popup open air screening of fishy horror fave Jaws at Tinside Lido in Plymouth last night. It was brilliant – the sounds and smells of the sea really adding to the jaw-dropping (sorry) jump scares.

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What’s on guide: Thurs 7 – Weds 13 July

6 Jul 2016

Ping Coombes Malaysian Cookery Course, River Cottage Thurs 7 July

Over the border in Devon on Thursday, MasterChef winner 2014 Ping Coombes will take you on a journey through her Malaysian childhood and life in Britain through the prism of her fantastic recipes. You will spend the day mastering Malaysian cooking using ingredients that are both local and seasonal. Set against the beautiful rural backdrop of Park Farm, your day will be a mix of practical lessons, demonstrations and chances to taste the fruits of your labour

£240, 9:30am – 5pm River Cottage, Park Farm, Trinity Hill Rd, Axminster EX13 8TB


Schools Will Rock You, St Joseph’s School, Launceston Thurs 7/8/9 July

Everywhere, the kids watch the same movies, wear the same fashions and think the same thoughts.

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5 awesome tide pools and lidos

2 Jun 2016

Fancy a spot of wild swimming that’s more er well tame? Shielded from the dangers open ocean current and crashing waves, tidal pools are ideal for families and those less adventurous. Spurred on by the gorgeous weather we’ve just had (I have a proper British tan to prove it), here’s my round up of my favourite places to cool off. Always remember kids – check the tides though or you might not find some of these at all.

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