A beach trip is a rare event for us as we’re at least 90 minutes’ drive from the nearest one. We made sure we got a beach trip in though during our recent holiday in Cornwall. Baby Bay (or Pentireglaze Haven as it’s officially known) was recommended to me by a friend who lives in the area. It’s a little sandy inlet which is separated from the main beach at Polzeath at high tide.
We originally planned to park at New Polzeath and walk across the coast path to Baby Bay. However, the car park was very busy and we were unable to find anywhere to park in New Polzeath. Instead, we parked at the Lead Mines National Trust car park at Pentire. The footpath to Pentireglaze Haven was clearly signposted. It was about a 15-minute walk down to the beach. I wasn’t sure how steep the path might be so had Thomas in the toddler carrier on my back. I think he would have coped with the walk though.
The beach itself was quieter than the main beach at Polzeath. It felt quite peaceful and secluded with the tide coming in. Sophie was soon enjoying splashing about in the sea while Thomas was happy to stay on the beach and play in the sand with Daddy.
At the moment his favourite thing is spelling out words with his wooden letters so he was very happy when Sophie returned and started writing words for him in the sand.
The children both enjoyed playing in the sand, looking for shells and pretty coloured pebbles, and making sandcastles together. Thomas wasn’t too sure about having his legs buried in the sand but Sophie enjoyed her transformation into a mermaid.
Sophie and I also had fun climbing over the rocks and looking for rock pools.
It was lovely just to spend a few hours enjoying a peaceful afternoon at the beach. We talked about how much Jessica would have enjoyed it and Sophie drew a big picture of her sister in the sand behind us. She was quite sad though at having to say goodbye to Jessica when it was time to go. I reminded her that we weren’t leaving Jessica behind on the beach though; that we carry Jessica with us wherever we go. And as bittersweet as days out like this always are, I’m always so very glad that Jessica is still very much a part of them.