8 Essentials For A Cornish Road Trip

Travel ambassadors Steph and Matt aka 'Slow N Steady Livin' spend their summers in Cornwall, and their winters travelling the world with their trusy van, Ivy. We chatted to them to find out their top essentials for a good ol' Cornish road trip, here's what they had to say...


There is nothing we love more than hitting the open road in our rolling home, loaded up with surfboards. We call Cornwall our home throughout the summer months, the miles of sandy beaches, surf and stunning scenery are just some of the reasons we come back here every year. Here are the 8 essentials you will need...

Some kind of adventure mobile

Whether its camper van, car, motor or push bike - you're going to need some sort of transport to get you around to all of the nooks and crannies that make the Cornish coast such an intriguing, interesting and stunning part of the country to spend your time exploring. 

Good awareness of your vehicle width is always worth thinking about when it comes to Cornish roads, as they can be notorious for high hedges and tight crossings! We wouldn't suggest banking on Cornish buses if you have a fixed time-frame for your trip.

A morning cuppa and a surf

Our home on wheels - Ivy

National Trust Pass

One of our favourite things to do in Cornwall is exploring the many beautiful coastal paths it has to offer, and our National Trust pass was honestly one of the best investments we have ever made! Hundreds of places to explore all the while protecting our favourite beaches, wildlife and heritage sites. 

Walks along the coastal paths

Surfboards and other wave catching craft! (of course)

Longboard, shortboard, swelly, twinny, beater, single fin... Cornish waves will always be in our hearts no matter how far we roam. We're looking forward to catching the comps at Fistral this year!

Part of the quiver

Empty Bellies

Ice cream, beer, fish and chips, cream teas, (jam first remember!) pasties, saffron buns, hevva cake. After hours of surfing and camping you'll be ready to tuck in. Other places we love to eat are: Schooners -  St.Agnes, The National Trust Cafe - Godrevy (one of the best for cream teas and lunch!), Crantock farmers market - especially the cakes from 'Renaissance Cakery', and lastly the lovely ladies at Kao Hom - Newquay, for some the best Thai food in Cornwall!

Post surf cream teas

An open mind with the weather

Lets face it, this is the UK were talking about! We don't venture too far without our waterproofs, but when the weather takes a turn for the worse that usually means theres surf to be found!


There are plenty of wave options to choose from along the coastline, mostly exposed beach breaks on the north coast and some reef break action on the south coast with north wind protection! When the storms hit, there's usually always a wave to be found in the sheltered spots (but you'll have to find those for yourselves)

A Cornish pint

Is there anything better after a surf than an ice cold beer? We don't think so! There are plenty of beautifully crafted Cornish beers and ciders to choose from - you're spoilt for choice! Soul Arch.. and of course Cornish Orchards (but don't expect to be able to get up for a dawny after too many!)

Sunset beers

A plan if it's flat... or huge!

There are plenty of places to head for adventures if the waves aren't great - one of our favourite places to take friends who are visiting is the Lost Gardens of Heligan (a great alternative to the Eden Project) and we love to wander our local surf shops too - Nine Plus in Newquay is a firm favourite of ours.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Free ride

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