Cornwall

Exploring Cornwall: Nanjizal Beach

I can remember going to an amazing beach when I was younger, about 12 or so (so we’re talking a good 14 years ago). It was the kind of beach that you saw on holiday programmes, with golden sand and perfectly clear water – definitely not the kind of place you think you’d find in Cornwall growing up. It had to go on my list of places to visit this summer, for nostalgic reasons if nothing else. The Guardian recently featured it in their secret beaches series and it looked as beautiful as I remembered it.

The road down is private, so you have to park up (next to a warning sign for geese!) and trek a bit.

walk to nanjizal beach

Of course, when you revisit something you love years later, it’s always going to be a bit different. Recent storm damage hasn’t helped either but it’s still a helluva view walking down.

walk to nanjizal beach

walk to nanjizal beach

walk to nanjizal beach

It seems more popular than I remembered it too. I think last time I went down we were the only ones there but there were a dozen or so people down there enjoying the water – and a few seals who kept their distance (too far for photographs).

walk to nanjizal beach

walk to nanjizal beach

walk to nanjizal beach

We took the boyfriend’s parents’ dog down with us and he made some friends.

walk to nanjizal beach

walk to nanjizal beach

walk to nanjizal beach

walk to nanjizal beach

What continues to draw photographers to the spot is the Song of the Sea Arch – rocks or no rocks, that’s still a pretty amazing sight.

song of the sea arch, nanjizal beach

song of the sea arch, nanjizal beach

nanjizal beach

And, of course, no summer weekend is complete without a BBQ! Yummers!

BBQ

I might be a bit obsessed with busting out the camera and chasing butterflies… Pretty, right?

butterfly in the garden

butterfly in the garden

butterfly in the garden

Where are your favourite ‘secret’ beaches?

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