Watch those dark clouds roll in and experience all the drama of a Cornish storm in true comfort with our choice of vantage points.
There’s a storm coming!
07 November 2018
William Shakespeare knew a thing or two about creating drama. One of his most famous devices in his plays was to use the concept of a raging storm to heighten the sense of tension – a device that’s still often used today in books and films. Why? Because it’s an extremely effective way to reflect the mood of the characters and add to the atmosphere. After all, crashing waves, great cracks of lighting and growls of thunder all have a natural, theatrical, melodramatic quality to them. And, as far as storms go, Cornwall has some of the wildest, especially when viewed right on the coast.
Now, whilst we all love basking in the glorious sunshine on a beautiful summer’s day, there’s another side to Cornwall that’s equally enthralling in its own unique way. Witnessing the occasional storm is a thrill in itself, particularly when you are tucked up somewhere warm and cosy – and safe, of course! Needless to say, while storm watching is a real spectacle, the elements can obviously be dangerous too, especially if you are on the edge of the coast. So, just follow a few simple tips to ensure a great experience that’s memorable for all the right reasons. Firstly, never venture out onto a harbour wall or pier during a storm to get a closer look, even if it seems fine. Instead, when the dark clouds start to roll in, keep indoors, undercover and away from the waves. In our opinion, there’s no better position than beside a roaring log- burner with a steaming mug of hot chocolate to warm your cockles!
Of course, a great place to start is from the comfort of your very own Charteroak lodge, whether at Southern Halt or Stonerush Lakes. You couldn’t ask for a more welcoming environment, and if you’re already at home when the storm arrives, you certainly don’t want to venture out into it! But, on the other hand, if you are already out and about exploring the county, we’ve suggested just a few ideas for taking refuge across Cornwall.Frame that view
To savour the full cinematic sensory widescreen experience, find somewhere with a great wall of glass of large, thick, contemporary glass, that is! There are many examples to be found across Cornwall, from coast to coast, so let’s start with the north. There are a collection of restaurants on Fistral Beach, Newquay that are a great place for witnessing a Cornish sunset. For the exact same reasons - namely, great food and large, floor-to-ceiling windows framing the panoramic views of the coast – Fistral is the ideal spot for storm watching too.
You have a choice of The Stable, home to tasty pizzas and pies, The Fish House, and Rick Stein’s Fish & Chip s, each offering something special to enhance the experience. If you are on the Lizard Peninsula and in need of refuge from the approaching storms, then head to The Polurrian Bay Hotel in Mullion. This grand hotel perched on the edge of the cliff also boasts huge expanses of glass to hide behind and snuggle up, all warm and cosy, as you watch the waves crashing below, sending spray high up the cliffs.
If you find yourself on the south coast in or around Falmouth, then a wonderful spot is Gylly Beach Cafe on Falmouth’s Gyllyngvase Beach, looking out towards the bay and into the English Channel.Traditional charm
If, however, you’re looking for a cosy traditional tavern in which to relax, then Cornwall has these in spades. The Ship Inn, Porthleven, just a short walk from where the fishermen still land their daily catch, is about as traditional as it gets. Sit down by the fi re, with a pint of Tribute and a packet of peanuts, and watch as the mighty waves crash against the pier on the opposite side of the harbour.
Another Ship Inn, this time in Fowey on the south coast, also boasts fantastic views over the harbour. See the boats bobbing up and down on the river, the wind whistling and howling through the rigging. Likewise, if you take the foot ferry over to neighbouring Polruan, head to the Lugger Inn to witness the views from the other side of the river. The Idle Rocks in St Mawes is one of Cornwall’s most chic and stylish places to hang out. Situated right on the waterfront, behind the harbour wall, it offers a wonderful vista out into the Carrick Roads. So, if you’re on the Roseland Peninsula when the skies open, you know where to head to.
For something a bit different, why not head to Camelot Castle in Tintagel? This Victorian mock castle is perched high up on the headland looking out towards the ruin of the original castle. Inside the stylings are decadent and ornate - you may feel like you’ve stumbled upon a Medieval banquet hall! But owing to its cliffside position, the views over the ocean are truly stunning and you’ll be guaranteed a fantastic spot for watching a thunder storm. Wherever you find yourself, remember – stay warm and safe, and most importantly enjoy the spectacle!
“Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! Rage! Blow!” William Shakespeare, King Lear