Above: Pendower beach at low tide with Nare Head in the background.
If you're coming to visit us here at Design Room for a meeting or just a catch-up over coffee, it's worth keeping in mind that we're situated in the heart of the Roseland Peninsula which is classed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We regularly make use of our proximity to this gorgeous part of Cornwall to help clear our heads after a long day at a screen - it’s good for thinking, for creativity and mental wellbeing in general.
There’s a multitude of opportunities for outdoor activities both on and off the water and of course eating and drinking. Over some upcoming blog posts, we’ll outline a few of our favourite places here on the Roseland to maybe inspire you to explore this area a little bit whilst you’re here.
Firstly, we’ll start with a short walk that starts at Pendower beach which is about a 10 minute drive from the Design Room studio. Pendower is a gorgeous beach, backed by low dunes and a tranquil wooded valley. At low tide, Pendower joins with Carne to form a huge sweep of beach that stretches around to the imposing Nare Head. It’s a stunning place and a firm favourite of ours.
Terrain: Woodland trail and beach
Footwear: Wellies, especially in winter
Parking: Cliffside parking down Rocky Lane, just past Ruan High Lanes, off the A3078
Distance: 2 miles approx
Walk down towards the beach and wind your way through the small dunes to the National Trust car park. At the back of this car park, there’s a path that leads into the lush green woods. It follows a small river and winds through pretty woodland where it opens out to a few houses. Continue walking past the houses on to a little wooden bridge and on up a steep section that brings you up out of the trees. Keep walking a little further, following the path back down again towards a quiet country lane where you’ll find Melinsey Mill. Melinsey Mill is a very pretty spot by a large pond and a great place to stop for tea and cake where you can watch the bird life in and around the water - if you’re lucky you can spot a kingfisher. Follow the trail back down the valley to Pendower and if the tide is out, you can a lovely stomp on the beach too.
Above: The woodland behind Pendower beach.... or a portal to another world?
Above: Re-entering the woods on the walk back to the beach
Above: Walking past the houses to Melinsey Mill, obey the yellow arrow!