Haarkon: 48 hours in Cornish Coast


We are far from strangers to the coastline of Cornwall; located in the South-West of the UK it’s somewhere that we feel at home despite it being hundreds of miles away from our house in Yorkshire. On this particular visit we were met by the sun almost at the signpost to say we’d entered the historic county, and that sunshine continued to grace us with it’s presence for the duration of our stay although at times it was accompanied by a coastal breeze and the occasional threatening cloud.
Our favourite spots lured us in as they do year after year; the long sandy beaches of Constantine, Treyarnon and Mother Ivey’s, the crashing waves at the foot of the Bedruthan Steps and the ever-familiar sight of the lighthouse at Trevose Head.
We also revisited a place that is not so familiar to us but one that we stumbled-upon last year on a hunt to add to the Haarkon Greenhouse Tour. Potager Garden drew us in from the beginning with it’s relaxed planting style and communal approach to its day-to-day running, not to mention that there’s a cafe in the refurbished glasshouse. Volunteers help to sustain an ever-expanding vegetable plot, take care of the garden’s landscaping and just generally make sure the place ticks over – a far cry from the overgrown wilderness that once was just a few years ago when the owner’s discovered it.
Paying a visit to the Cornish coast is an opportunity that we never pass up and each time brings new discoveries; different wild flowers decorate the roadside, the colours in the slate that line the beaches and the glowing sunsets that seem to never end.