We moved on from Devon to Cornwall, where we stayed in Mevagissey. We saw the Eden Project, which was really great, and had a nice trip over to Perranporth so that I could get in the sea in the sunshine.

On the was we found the Nine Maidens standing stones, so I had to add these to my megalithic visits.

Nine Maidens standing stones south of Padstow

We tried to visit Port Isaac but the car park outside the village was full to bursting, even in mid September – apparently it’s the “Doc Martin” TV series effect increasing visitor numbers. Goodness knows what it’s like in the summer. We called in at Mawgan Porth instead, but the weather was a bit cool and dull for swimming.

Mawgan Porth beach

In the evening it was time to try out some local brews before getting some fish and chips to take back to our accommodation.

Proper Job, St Austell Brewery

The day after we had our trip to the Eden Project in the morning, followed by a visit to Perranporth to chase the sun. My swimming was well protected by the RNLI lifeguards – not something I’m used to when swimming at empty Scottish beaches!

Perranporth lifeguards

In the evening some more ale was sampled in the Fountain Inn, before a good night’s sleep in preparation for a long journey back.

Tribute Cornish pale ale – St Austell brewery

At least the pubs were not too crowded in the evenings!

Fountain Inn, Mevagissey

Mevagissey harbour is lovely in the evening light.

Mevagissey Harbour

I don’t think we will need to visit Cornwall again – the huge amount of traffic even in mid September is offputting, so we won’t add to it in the future.