Tolcarne Beach- Newquay, Cornwall
Tolcarne Beach Newquay, Cornwall is the last blog post of our Cornish holiday, where we stayed at Coombe Mill for the week.We visited the Eden Project on the Monday, had a day at the farm on the Tuesday and then Wednesday we went to Newquay.Tomorrow we go to St.Micheal’s Mount.
Wednesday 28th October
After a taxi ride from Coombe Mill to Bodmin Parkway just before 9am (neither myself or my mum drive), the journey to Newquay was just over an hour on a small train.With a bit of guesswork we headed off to find a beach, which we found quite Tolcarne Beach quickly.For the end of October it was quite warm, but there was a still a wind that swept off the mainland and onto the beach below.Our main aim of the day was to catch a crab, no matter what size.I was advised via Instagram to check out the caves whilst we were there too.We headed down the very steep steps, moving aside for the many surfers coming up from off the beach.
I’ve always wanted to capture beach huts on a sea front, the pastel front and triangle roofs are typical of many a British beach.And of course, I had to find something completely different.The girls raced off to the shore with my mum in tow, we had a change of bottom half clothing so they were looking forward to a dip in the sea.I wandered off to search out the caves and Kip went to the rock pools in search of a crab.
Unfortunately, the closest we came to finding crabs were these empty shells and a few claws left over from whatever had eaten them.There was a sighting of a very tiny crab in rock pool but it was too quick for us.We watched the surfers on the waves as the tide began slowly coming in, then we began a more intense search for a crab.
The last time we visited rock pools was when we went to Weston-Super-Mare a couple of years ago just for that, there we found spongy creatures that Kip had this thing about squishing them.The photo above is one of them that’s feeding in the water, thank goodness for Gorilla pods so I could take the photo without getting my phone wet.Sadly, I found this dead starfish as I looked under rocks and poking around the sand.Amongst the shells and pebbles on the sand mum found a very pretty piece of sea glass.Sea glass is broken bottles, usually beer or wine that has been washed up on the shore many, many times which causes the edges to smooth.Sea glass is usually green, brown or white but some from perfume or medicine bottles from sunken ships can be pink or blue.
Kip has been taking more photos recently, so whilst he messed about taking photos of his sisters I went off to search for that elusive crab.I went further up the beach to find deeper rock pools as the tide was coming in faster now .My mum and the kids soon followed me to see what they could find.
Scrambling around a large rock, Kip put his hand on something that he wasn’t sure of.We thought it maybe an octopus stuck on the rock but after a big tug he pulled off a live starfish.It was very bumpy and felt like stone.It was very slow as moved slightly on the rock, where I noticed the little purple feelers at the end of it’s arms.Kip did take it off the rock and put it back in the water quite quickly.
I have found out that it’s a spiny starfish, quite often found in Newquay.We made our way back to home which after waiting for the train, then back to Bodmin Parkway then the 20 minute taxi ride back to Coombe Mill, before our day out to Tolcarne Beach ended.It was a really lovely, feeling lucky to have had such lovely weather.
Yes, I know the film is sideways.
Linking up to Fiona of Coombe Mill’s Country Kids.We really miss being at the farm and visiting beautiful Cornwall.