Down in Cornwall: Day One

In the summer I decided to finally take a visit to a place that has long been on my England bucket list, Cornwall. Always disheartened by the long drive I kept putting it off but I finally mustered up the energy and in late August we set off on our Southern adventure!

I’m the only driver between Adam and I so in order to ensure I got an adequate break on the drive between Milton Keynes and Saint Austell (approximately 5 hours of driving) we scheduled in a breakfast stop in Bristol.

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We stopped at the rather funky Ironworks Supply Co where we refueled with some delicious poached eggs before having a stroll around Castle park, where the ruins of St Peters church sits.

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Feeling stretched out and ready for our next leg we continued onto Knightor Manor where we’d booked our accommodation. The hotel was set within 4 acres of walled garden and featured an orchard and a winery. We were given a warm welcome and were delighted to discover we were the only ones checked into the hotel, giving us a lounge and kitchen all to ourselves.

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The hotel also sat less than 2 miles from our afternoon destination, the Eden project. We had pre-booked our ticket online and had chosen a deal that included tickets to the Heligan gardens too. As we chose to giftaid our ticket money we received a card that gave us unlimited visits to the park for a year.

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It was an extremely hot day, which made our visit to the Eden project quite intense. The domes looked pretty impressive, twinkling underneath the blue sky.

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There were other buildings there, aside from the domes, which contained various exhibitions and were nice to walk around. They seemed more child focused with a range of interactive exhibitions with an educational focus.

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Despite it being only 4pm most of the cafes had closed but we managed to find a stand in the gardens that sold freakshakes, I got a pretty amazing smores flavoured one! The cool drink and sit underneath the umbrella was certainly appreciated.

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We spent the next hour looking around the domes, they were full of gorgeous looking flowers and a variety of different paths to take but the heat inside them was pretty ridiculous and we had to give up sooner than we would have liked.

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Feeling pretty exhausted by our long travels and excessive heat we ended up buying some delicious (local!) food from the Eden Project gift shop and heading back to the hotel for a dinner enjoyed in bed!

Steps walked: 11,907

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