In the midst of writing my PhD thesis and finalising experiments in the lab I thought it would be a fab idea to grab my best friend, jump in a car and go on a long weekend to Cornwall together. I used the BBC’s guide to Poldark filming locations (yes I may well be a middle-aged woman knitting socks in my rocking chair on a Friday night) and threw in a couple of places I’ve always wanted to see and made an itinerary for our three days there. I’m not going to attempt a description of how breathtakingly beautiful this part of the country is – I lack the vocabulary and writing skills to do it justice. The bottom line is we had an amazing time and couldn’t have asked for nicer weather. Day 1: Perranporth – insanely huge beach at low tide, not sure we could even spot the end of it. Strong winds, but warm enough to sunbathe. Surfers must have been pretty happy.

Next up was Holywell with its dunes and vast golden beach. Far fewer people here. Further up the coast, Porthcothan was practically deserted.

Padstow was our last destination where the tide was at its highest by this point in the day. We found a little cove a short walk from town and took a bazillion pictures, because why not.

 Day 2: St Ives: arguably the most touristy town in Cornwall – I can definitely see why. When we arrived the tide was out and it was quite an experience watching the harbour get filled up with water in a matter of a few hours.

On our way out of St Ives to Porthcurno, we stopped to take in an amazing view from the top of a hill – undoubtedly this was the highlight of our trip. In Porthcurno, the Minack Theatre was sadly closed for a performance, but we spent an hour watching the waves churn up the sand in the cove. On our way back to our lovely loft accommodation in Polruan we made a pit stop in Truro for some Indian food.

Day 3: Despite a 6 hour drive to London ahead of us, we decided to take a 2 hour detour to Kynance Cove and it was completely worth it. The weather had gradually warmed up and it was just the right temperature to take a dip in the sea and spend the afternoon basking in thesun.