8 essentials for a Cornish road-trip!

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There is nothing we love more than hitting the open road in our rolling home, loaded up with surfboards. We call Cornwall our home throughout the summer months, the miles of sandy beaches, surf and stunning scenery are just some of the reasons we come back here every year. 

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Some kind of adventure mobile

Whether its camper van, car, motor or push bike your going to need some sort of transport to get you around to all of the nooks and crannies which make the Cornish coast such an intriguing, interesting and almost always stunning part of the country to spend time exploring. 

Good awareness of your vehicle width is always worth thinking about when it comes to Cornish roads, they can be notorious for high hedges and tight crossings! We wouldn't suggest banking on Cornish buses if you have a fixed timeframe for your trip.

 A morning cuppa and a surf

A morning cuppa and a surf

 Our home on wheels Ivy

Our home on wheels Ivy

National Trust Pass

One of our favourite things to do in Cornwall is exploring the many beautiful coastal paths it has to offer, our national trust pass was honestly one of the best investments we have ever made! Hundreds of places to explore while protecting our favourite beaches, wildlife and heritage sites. 

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 Walks along the coastal paths

Walks along the coastal paths

Surfboards and other wave catching craft! (of course)

Longboard, shortboard, swelly, twinny, beater, single fin... Cornish waves will always be in our hearts no matter how far we roam.

 Part of the quiver

Part of the quiver

Empty Bellies

Ice cream, beer, fish and chips, cream teas, (jam first remember!) pastys, saffron buns, hevva cake. After hours of surfing and camping you'll be ready to tuck in. Other places we love to eat are: Schooners -  St.Agnes, The National Trust Cafe - Godrevy (one of the best for cream teas and lunch!), Crantock farmers market - especially the cakes from 'Renaissance cakery', and lastly the lovely ladies at Kao Hom - Newquay, for some the best Thai food in Cornwall!

 Post surf cream teas

Post surf cream teas

An open mind with the weather!

Lets face it, this is the UK were talking about! We don't venture too far without our waterproofs, but when the weather takes a turn for the worse that usually means theres surf to be found!

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Waves

There are plenty of wave options to choose from along the coastline, mostly exposed beach breaks on the north coast and some reef break action on the south coast with north wind protection! When the storms hit theres usually always a wave to be found in the sheltered spots (you'll have to find those for yourselves).

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A Cornish pint

Is there anything better after a surf than a ice cold beer? We don't think so! There are plenty of beautifully crafted Cornish beers to choose from your spoilt for choice, 'Doombar' or 'offshore' - Sharps brewery, 'Tribute' or 'Proper Job' - St. Austell brewery, 'Porthleven' or 'Hops and Honey' - Skinners.. and of course Rattler (but don't expect to be able to get up for a dawny after too many!)

 Sunset beers

Sunset beers

A plan if its flat.. or huge!

Theres plenty to see when the waves aren't great, one of our favourite places to take our friends who are visiting is the lost gardens of Heligan (a great alternative to the eden project). We love to wander our local surf shops too, Nine Plus in Newquay is a firm favourite of ours.

 The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

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Slow 'n steady livin' Moroccan wonderland

Living on wheels enables us to move with the seasons and sleep and rise with the rhythm of the sun. We follow the push of the swell along the coastline and venture into the mountains when it's hiding away. We feel a part of the landscape like the roads are mapped on our hands all the way to our fingertips.

This is a glimpse of our life on wheels travelling through Morocco in North west Africa. We hope you enjoy it, more videos are in the pipeline!

Lower Atlas mountains

We decided to take a break from the coast of Morocco and head inland to the Lower Atlas mountains. As we approached we knew we heading somewhere special.. 

 Ivy winding down a mountain road

Ivy winding down a mountain road

The air became fresher, more crisp and cool.. we drove through remote rural communities and pretty much every individual we passed would greet us with a wave, big smile or both! However we weren't prepared for the sheer beauty and atmosphere that this part of Morocco possessed.. it really blew us away as we slowly and steadily made our way up the winding roads passing herds of sheep and goats, their shepherds weathered and seasoned from the rocky undulating terrain. Almond trees in blossom were a real treat to witness and gave a delicate touch to the views on offer from our windows, adding to the pastel palette of pinks, purples, oranges and blues with hints of green from Argan trees. 

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There were too many photo opportunities to count, at every turn we were greeted by a whole new vista, Matt would say to Steph "hop out and I'll drive down here, it would make an epic photo" or Steph would travel with our friends behind for a while to capture the van in the landscape.

A definite highlight of our trip down to Africa we would love to spend more time there in the mountain air, satisfying our souls.

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Australia cruisin' on 35mm - I

A collection of film snaps whilst travelling the east coast of Australia with my best mate Alex who was trippin' along in our van for a couple of weeks. This was after venturing over from the west, we hit the east coast during the winter.. a un popular time to go many would say but it was perfect for us! Enjoy 

The golden hour - Central Portugal

On the evening before the first of the winter storms hit, with rain clouds looming overhead, the conditions turned on to produce some beautiful waves for the lucky few, everyone in the water was scoring and the stoke was high.

The irish crew I shared the waves with said they were the best waves they had witnessed on their winter road trip to portugal shores.

It has to go down as the session on the winter 

Matt

 

Northern Spain Secrets

Every time we step off the ferry in Santander after a 24 hour crossing from Portsmouth we have one thing on our minds: Cantabria beach breaks! They're always our first and last stop before starting a new adventure or heading home.

Victoria and the great ocean road

On our Australia travels, we shad to stop off on the great Ocean road to not only surf some of the world famous quality groomed point breaks but to also visit friends.

It will always be a memorable area of Australia for us with its beautiful coastline acting as an epic backdrop for surf sessions and an array of waterfalls and forests to explore, from pine to rainforest, when the surf was flat.

We arrived on the cusp of an aussie winter to catch some good sized swells hitting the coast, and then returned again after a quick trip up the east coast. The water was a little on the cold side but nothing to complain about coming from the uk!

Matt