Travel: Cornwall, England

Continuing on with my England photos, I spent three days in Cornwall after staying in London for a week – it was so refreshing to take a break from the city and be surrounded by nature and so much green!

All photos shot with my Nikon D800 and Nikon 35mm f1.8 lens. If you’d like to see more you can view them on my Flickr.

Day One: I arrived in the afternoon after a six hour train ride from London, and took a long walk along the coast from Carbis Bay to St Ives. The weather was perfect, and the pathways between beaches were so green. It was so pretty!

Walking from Carbis Bay to St Ives

Walking from Carbis Bay to St Ives

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St Ives

St Ives

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Day Two: The main reason I wanted to visit Cornwall was to visit the huge (954 square km) Dartmoor National Park. It was meant to be great for nature photography opportunities – everyone said you need to hire a car to explore it properly, but I was determined to attempt it on public transport.

After spending a good few hours on the train and then a bus, I got off at a bus stop somewhere in Buckfastleigh and realised I had no idea where I was or what I was doing. I started wandering through the park anyway, hoping I’d find something cool to photograph. I found an old church that burnt down, and some really nice pathways, but there was literally no-one around and I started getting paranoid that if I got injured I’d be stuck there for days with half a bottle of water and a camera.

After walking for an hour or so, I accidentally ended up back on the main road where the bus had driven, so I took it as a sign and left the park to go and check out the Butterfly Farm and Otter Sanctuary nearby. It was a really cute place and I ended up spending nearly two hours there.

Somewhere in Dartmoor National Park

Somewhere in Dartmoor National Park

An old church that had been destroyed in a fire

An old church that had been destroyed in a fire

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Butterfly Farm and Otter Sanctuary in Buckfastleigh

Butterfly Farm and Otter Sanctuary in Buckfastleigh

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Day Three: There were so many little coastal towns that I’d read about that I wanted to visit around Cornwall that it was too hard to see them on public transport, so I booked a private tour with West Cornwall Tours which was really great. I told them I was a photographer and was looking for interesting and picturesque places to see – I’ve forgotten the names of alot of them, but some places included St Michael’s Mount, the Minack Theatre, Penberth Cove, Zennor, Mousehole and Porthcurno. The Minack Theatre was my personal highlight, I’d definitely recommend checking it out.

Private tour of Cornwall with West Cornwall Tours

Private tour of Cornwall with West Cornwall Tours

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Outside the Minack Theatre

Outside the Minack Theatre

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Minack Theatre - an open-air theatre, constructed above a gully with a rocky granite outcrop jutting into the sea.

Minack Theatre – an open-air theatre, constructed above a gully with a rocky granite outcrop jutting into the sea.

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Mousehole

Mousehole

Land's End

St Michael’s Mount

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The beach halfway between Carbis Bay and St Ives

The beach halfway between Carbis Bay and St Ives

For my last night in Cornwall I had dinner on the beach, and attempted to take some photos of the night sky for the first time at around 10pm when it was pitch black. Ideally when trying to take shots like this you need something to focus on (eg a tree, building nearby etc) but I was in the middle of the beach with nothing around, so it was just a bit of trial an error to try and get it in focus.

This was shot with a tripod, 14-24mm lens and Nikon D800. ISO 3200, F2.8, 1/10 shutter speed.

Cornwall night sky

Cornwall night sky

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Accommodation: I stayed at the Beechwood Guest House, a really cute B&B in Carbis Bay which I would definitely recommend.

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