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Exploring Cornwall: Stress Release and the Beach

Written by Channon Gray

Last week I was stuck in a rut, I was stressed, worried and feeling super upset with myself. I wrote my previous post in floods of tears and annoyance with the lack of work I had managed to accomplish. And although, this week hasn’t been much better until the past couple of days, I am feeling just a tiny ickle bit more able to take on the world that is university, essays and revision. On Tuesday, I had a slight swing in my step as Mum and I explored a bit more of the county, that we call home, Cornwall. Exploring, storm chasing and finding lonely beaches is amongst my favourite things to do, especially with my Mum who enjoys it as much as I do. The sound of the sea alongside the fresh calming air fixes everything.

We got up early, dressed, out the door, in the car and we just drove until we found the sea. Calling into Portreath harbour, the North Cliffs, Hell’s Mouth, Godrevy, Hayle Philps pasty shop (obviously) and the last stop, a secluded local beach that has taken us months to find after Zoella posted about it at New Year. Zoe rightly called it a way to detox from the stresses of life, in quietness away from reality. And okay, it wasn’t quite a detox for me, but a temporary break away from the chaos seems more fitting. It didn’t cure, nor fix my stressful and depressing mood, but it helped; then again that might have been the giant pasty and sugary donut I had for lunch.

Portreath

Portreath

Portreath

Roadtrip around Cornwall

North Cliffs, Cornwall

North Cliffs, Cornwall

North Cliffs, Cornwall

North Cliffs, Cornwall

Hell's Mouth, Cornwall

Hell’s Mouth, Cornwall

Hell's Mouth, Cornwall

Hell’s Mouth, Cornwall

Hell's Mouth, CornwallHell's Mouth, Cornwall

Godrevy, Cornwall

The Seals at Godrevy, Cornwall

The Seals at Godrevy, Cornwall

The Seals Godrevy, Cornwall

Godrevy, CornwallGodrevy, Cornwall

Godrevy, CornwallGodrevy, Cornwall

Godrevy Lighthouse, Cornwall

Godrevy Lighthouse, Cornwall

Godrevy, Cornwall

Godrevy, CornwallGodrevy, Cornwall

Gwithian, Cornwall

Gwithian, Cornwall

Gwithian, Cornwall

Philips Pasty - Hayle, Cornwall

Philips Pasty – Hayle, Cornwall

As I mentioned above, Zoe posted about a vast sandy beach that they found on a coastal walk. Free from people, except from the local’s walking their dogs and us, looking as if we were lost, is was just sand, water and silence. Ever since, Zoe and Alfie posted photos over Christmas, I have been desperate to find it and using Zoe’s directions (plus a wee bit of Mum’s knowledge and google maps) we managed to find it! We ate our pasty in the car, and then set off along the coastal path after double checking with an ice-cream man that we were heading in the right direction. Alongside the church, through the graveyard, across a golf course, under an old rickety train track bridge, down a few steep steps and onto something that was truly breathtaking with golden sand and clear water. We walked for ages, made friends with a few dogs and picked up some unique shells that for once weren’t broken, wahoo!

St Uny Church in Lelant, Cornwall

St Uny Church in Lelant, Cornwall

St Uny Church in Lelant, CornwallSt Uny Church in Lelant, CornwallSt Uny Church in Lelant, Cornwall

St Uny Church in Lelant, Cornwall

Hayle

Hayle, Cornwall

Hayle, Cornwall

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Hayle, CornwallHayle, CornwallHayle, Cornwall

A Local person's dog who showed a lot of interest in us!

A Local person’s dog who showed a lot of interest in us!

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Let me know in the comments if you liked this post and where your happy place is, mine is most definitely the beach! 

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About the author

Channon Gray

Hi, my name is Channon and yes, it's spelt wrong, but that is interesting right? I'm 21 years young. I like to write, create art and travel. Cornish bumpkin who studied in London. I'm now a Graduate Student, Stationery Addict and all round Life Enthusiast.

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