Beautiful Cornwall is famous for it’s golden beaches, turquoise waters, pumping waves and rolling dunes. Anyone who spends time on the Cornish coast will have fond memories of bare feet in soft sand, cold water dips and ice creams overlooking the water – who wouldn’t rather be on the beach?! Here at Greens we have an equal amount of love and respect for our coastal areas, and know that to enjoy these areas of natural beauty, we must also be aware of the dangers that are here.
Know your tides! Pick up a tide timetable, ask a local or check online. It’s really important, especially when walking and exploring, to know that you aren’t going to get cut off by an incoming tide whilst you’re sunbathing in a hidden bay. The same goes if you’re out and about in a boat – you don’t want to get stranded out to sea if the estuary you set sail from has dried up!
Respect the lifeguards and swim between the flags. The guys and girls who patrol our beaches are highly trained to deal with a number of situations; whether they spot people having trouble in the water or hurting themselves on land, but the best thing to do is stay safe in the first place! The lifeguards are extremely knowledgeable about the coastal areas and will be able to answer all your questions about water safety, rips and tides. The flags are also carefully positioned for a reason, so make sure you always swim between the red and yellows, and surf between the black and whites. If you arrive at the beach and there’s a red flag flying, you shouldn’t enter the water at all.
Slip, slap, slop! Don’t let sunburn ruin your holiday. Cornwall is definitely the land of exceptionally changeable weather – so make sure you’re prepared! On days when there’s a breeze you might not even realise how hot it really is, so it’s best to make sure you apply sunscreen whenever you leave the house. Kids and dogs also feel the heat a lot more than grown ups, therefore having an umbrella or beach tent is a great way of providing shade for hot little ones.
The coast paths in Cornwall and Devon are looked after by the Southwest Coast Path organisation and the National Trust, and all routes are normally clearly marked and well trodden – you’ll spot the arrows and acorns on wooden signs all along the coast. These organisations also keep an eye on erosion, and move the paths inland when necessary to avoid any accidents. That being said, it’s really important to use your common sense and stay away from cliff edges, always carry a phone with battery in case you have an accident, and tell someone where you’re planning on wandering before you set off. By sticking to the footpaths you are taking the best care of not only yourself, but also leaving the wildlife, that call these areas their home, undisturbed.
There’s really no better feeling than relaxing on the beach on a balmy summers day in June or watching the crimson sunset sink into the ocean in September, and we wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. In these Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, thoughtful care must be taken to ensure the safety of yourselves, the wildlife and the natural spaces. Make sure you take your rubbish home with you, be respectful of the environment and truly enjoy your time in Cornwall.