live in Cornwall

What’s it like to live in Cornwall?

I have written a number of blog posts recently that I want to share with you, but the problem is, I am always reluctant to actually post them on here (as you can see, I haven’t posted since June 2020!).  

As a professional content writer, I guess I should be confident in my work, but I often don’t like writing for myself. Maybe it makes me feel a little bit vulnerable? I don’t know.

But anyway, that is not the point of this post so let’s move swiftly onwards. 

In a desperate bid to punch through this pretty severe writer’s block, I thought it would be a nice idea to share with you what it’s been like to live in Cornwall these past few years.

Are you thinking about moving to Cornwall?

Well, don’t call the estate agents just yet; make sure you read this blog post first. 

Life in Cornwall is often portrayed in photographs as sunny days, quaint little fishing villages, stretches of sandy beaches and crystal clear waters that rival the Caribbean.

That’s certainly what it looks like on our Instagram account anyway! 

But is that the reality of living in Cornwall, and does it live up to these expectations?

Right off the bat, I will say this, sometimes this county genuinely takes my breath away, and I do feel extremely lucky to live here. 

However, as with so many things in life, not everything can be all good all the time, so it’s important to give an honest overview of what it’s like to live in Cornwall. 

It’s also worth saying that I have lived in other places; I am not Cornish born, so this is very much based on my experiences of living here over the last three years, not growing up here. 

So let’s get on it with it!

The pace of life is slower 

Although the commute to work, the chaotic school run or the fight to get around the busy supermarket will always be a part of everyday life, there is no denying that generally, Cornwall offers a much slower pace of life. 

This might be something you notice quite drastically when moving from a big city. It can also be a great change if you’re hoping to slow down a bit and feel more relaxed. 

That being said, with locals very much going at their own pace, you can’t always get the instant results you want, and things aren’t always open or operating to the typically 9-5 schedule.

There is something so magical about living by the sea

This one might be a more personal thing, but I think there is just something so special about living by the sea. 

I used to live in Brighton and now Cornwall, and I have just always found myself drawn to the ocean. I’m basically Moana. 

(Big love to everyone who gets that reference). 

Although this does bring with it a flurry of tourists in the summer, there is something so therapeutic about coastal walks and watching the sunset from the beach. I think it is so beneficial to your whole well being – physical and mental. 

The summer can be very busy 

Speaking of a flurry of tourists, depending on where you live in Cornwall, the summer can be a little unbearable at times. 

This is mainly because you still need to go about your normal life, shopping, getting to and from work, doing the school run, etc., and that becomes a lot harder when thousands of new people descend on the town you live in. 

In the summer, it can take as long as 40 minutes to get from one side of Newquay to the other, which is a distance of about two miles!

But a lot of places around here do rely heavily on tourism, so I am aware that it is necessary, and we absolutely love having people come down to visit us. 

You just need to be prepared that Cornwall in the winter and Cornwall in the summer are very different places. 

The winter can be very wet 

Following on from that point, the winters here are wet! And yes, you may be thinking this is Britain and everywhere is wet in the winter – but it’s different here. 

With lots of places closed during the winter months, it can feel a lot quieter. Couple that with lots of drizzly days; after a while, you can become a little bit bored or start to get a real sense of cabin fever. 

But it’s nothing that one dry day and a long cliff walk can’t fix! 

Waterfall in CornwallThere are always new places to be explored

We’ve been here almost three years now, and we’ve barely scratched the surface. There are so many wonderful little places to visit, hidden beaches to find, and caves to be explored. 

We have had to create a Cornish bucket list because there are so many things we want to do while we’re living here. 

This means that even when the weather isn’t great, you can throw on your waterproofs and go out to find something or somewhere new to enjoy. 

It’s perfect if you love to walk 

I would say our main hobby down here, apart from Danny’s surfing, is walking. We walk anywhere and everywhere, and we tend to base our weekend plans around at least one good walk. 

Between the beaches, coastal paths, sand dunes and forests, there is so much ground to cover and so much to see. 

We, of course, have some favourite walks that we do quite frequently, but the great thing is that no matter where you go, whether you’re visiting a town, village or rural area, there are plenty of paths and routes marked out for you. 

It’s certainly easy to get your 10,000 steps a day when you live in Cornwall.

Some areas are very remote 

Depending on your reason for moving here, some areas can be a little too remote – but that’s just my personal opinion. 

If you want a quiet life out in the sticks, then it’s the perfect place to live. But if you’re more accustomed to bustling nightlife, quick access to shops and restaurants and great public transport links, then you might need to think twice. 

Some areas are very quiet, and you need to be prepared and happy with that. If you have a family, you also need to consider how they might feel about living and growing up somewhere rural and quiet. 

The opportunity for work can be really good, or not so great 

If like Danny, you work outdoors, or perhaps you work in the hospitality industry or do something artsy and creative, Cornwall will afford you plenty of job opportunities.

However, unless you can work fully remotely, jobs in industries like marketing, design and IT are slightly harder to come by. 

Of course, if you can work fully remotely or for yourself as I do, it’s amazing down here. I manage my time myself, so I can go for walks to the beach during the day. Hey, in the summer I have even been known to do a day’s work from the beach! 

But if you are required to be in the office every now and then, you might struggle to find the right role down here. 

Should you live in Cornwall?

As I said, these opinions have been shared based on my own personal experiences over the last few years, and also as someone who rents a place, doesn’t have children (except my fur baby) and is able to work from home full-time. 

We absolutely love it here, life by the beach is a game-changer, and as a general rule, I believe there is something for everyone in Cornwall – you’ve just got to find it. 

It is definitely a slower pace of life which I know isn’t for everyone. So if you love the bustling big city and being able to access anything and everything 24-hours a day, then maybe think twice before you decide to live in Cornwall. 

If you love the sea, long walks, beautiful clifftop views, breathtaking gardens, walking barefoot in the sand and small friendly communities, then this is the place for you!