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Sunny Days on the Beach in England - Cornwall, St Ives, Plymouth & more - CIE Tours

Sunny Days on the Beach in England

CIE TOURS - July 26, 2018

Sunny Days on the Beach in England

Believe it or not, there are days when the weather in England is warm and sunny! Read on to discover where you can catch some rays and spend time on a beach, and visit an iconic English destination where the causeway access road is covered at high tide every day!

I admit that warm, sunny beach days are not the first thing that come to mind when I think of England. But that’s exactly what we had here on the CIE Tour “Scenic Britain”! In fact, England had a dry spell recently this summer with the warmest, driest climate the country has seen since the summer of 1976.

Plymouth

Our “beach vacation” started Day 3 with our visit to Plymouth, England. Our small group of eleven people got our very own private boat tour around the harbor getting a beautiful view of where the Puritans set out for America in 1630, Royal William Yard, Smeaton’s Tower, and even a Royal Navy cruiser.

 

Guests aboard the “Silver Crest” in Plymouth, England.
Guests aboard the “Silver Crest” in Plymouth, England.

After our hour-long ride, we had time to stroll around the town, buy a few souvenirs, and find something tasty for dinner. Many of us ate at “The Harbor” which offered fresh seafood, a view of the water, and was conveniently located close to our bus drop off/pick up point. Back in the day, men out drinking at late hours of the night had to take heed in the streets so as not to be knocked out and “pressed” (forced) into the Royal Navy. Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about this anymore so relax and feel free to order a beer, glass of wine, or some cider before heading back to the hotel.

St Michael’s Mount

The following day the weather was even nicer (a feat I didn’t know possible in England)! After our complimentary breakfast we set out for Saint Michael’s Mount in Cornwall, a small island accessible during low tide. If the water is low enough, you can stroll along the beach or walk the causeway to cross into this island world full of myth and history.

 

Walking along the causeway to St Michael’s Mount in Mount’s Bay, England.
Walking along the causeway to St Michael’s Mount in Mount’s Bay, England.

St Ives

Our day’s explorations concluded with the town of St Ives, originally settled as early as the 6th century.  The town was once a major pilgrimage site and later one of the most important ports in Cornwall. Today, visitors come to take in the views and the thriving art scene. After lunch I wandered into the Crypt Gallery. I also visited a handful of others to view beautiful, free exhibitions. St Ives is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy the fresh air. If the weather cooperates, maybe even kick off your shoes and put your toes in the water.

 

Beach umbrellas in St Ives, England.
Beach umbrellas in St Ives, England.!

By Evelyn Adams

Evelyn was one of our 2018 Social Media Concierges. 

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