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Blog Tour Guest Post by Philippa Ashley – My secret Cornwall

The Cornish landscape is a dream for a writer, giving endless opportunities for creating dramatic scenes and showing characters’ moods.
Tranquil azure seas on a calm day… Crashing waves and storms… Eerie misty moors and quirky fishing villages with narrow cobbled streets… are a gift for any author seeking inspiration.
Spectacular landmarks such as St Michael’s Mount, the Minack Theatre and Botallack tin mining country all feature in the Cornish Café series and my other Cornish set books. But today I’d like to share a few of the places that that have inspired me, if you want to venture off the beaten track a little.

Porthgwarra

I have a confession to make. I decided to seek out this pint-sized fishing cove near Land’s End because it’s where Ross skinny dips in the recent BBC Poldark series. Sadly, Aidan Turner wasn’t there that day but what I did find was a stunning gem of a cove, with jewel-like water and a gorgeous café that could almost be the ‘Demelza’s’ in the Cornish Café series. They do great cream teas and pasties.

I have a confession to make. I decided to seek out this pint-sized fishing cove near Land’s End because it’s where Ross skinny dips in the recent BBC Poldark series. Sadly, Aidan Turner wasn’t there that day but what I did find was a stunning gem of a cove, with jewel-like water and a gorgeous café that could almost be the ‘Demelza’s’ in the Cornish Café series. They do great cream teas and pasties.

Porthleven

Apologies to anyone who lives in Porthleven for including it in a list of ‘secret’ Cornish places. I think I’d describe as more ‘off the radar’ as until last spring, I’d never been there. If you love honey pot fishing villages like Padstow and St Ives, you should visit Porthleven as soon as possible. This working fishing village with its double harbour and dramatic clock tower is a stunner. It’s famous for its winter storms when gigantic waves break over the clock tower and for its spring food festival. We happened upon the food festival last April and spent all afternoon and evening sampling local fare and enjoying a glass of wine as the sun set.

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Trebarwith Strand

Tucked away in a deep valley on the rugged north coast, Trebarwith Strand is a Jekyll & Hyde cove. At high tide, the waves crash over black rocks and only daring locals venture into the seething surf but when the waters recede, a great expanse of sand is uncovered. You can watch the sunset from the old inn under the cliffs. If you’re lucky you might even see the elusive ‘green flash’ as the sun slips below the horizon.

Nanjizal and the Song of Sea

Nanjizal (also known as Mill Bay) is a truly ‘hidden’ beach between Porthcurno and Land’s End. You can reach it by a walk along the coastal path from either of those places – but beware, you need a head for heights at some points of the path. Recent storms have removed some of the sand from the beach but it may be slowly returning. If you make the effort, you’ll find a wild cove with a waterfall and at low tide, beautiful cave to wade through to a tiny tidal pool. Take a picnic as there are no facilities, just unspoiled beauty.

I hope you enjoy visiting a few of these inspiring spots, and please do share some of your own Cornish favourites so I have another excuse to visit!

BIOGRAPHY

Phillipa Ashley writes warm, funny romantic fiction for a variety of international publishers. The first two books in her best-selling Cornish Café series made the Amazon Top 20 and Top 10 chart in 2016. The final novel, Confetti at the Cornish Café, is published on May 29th 2017.
Phillipa lives in a Staffordshire village with her husband and has a grown-up daughter. When she’s not writing, she loves walking, cycling and swimming in wild places like the Lake District and of course, Cornwall.

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