Travelling “green” to Isles of Scilly, August 2011

by Emma Bumpus on August 5, 2011

Emma Bumpus, aka, explains how a combination of imagination, adventure and traditional family spirit can install the green traveller in all of us.

A travel specialist, researcher, interviewer and educator, Emma is keen to promote her passion for quirky and unique travel, hospitality and culture in her quest to travel the world, sharing with us her journey in bite size chunks.

When my six year old son blurted out “mum I want to live in a hotel when I grow up” I decided it was time to book another caravan break to remind ourselves that adventure lies beyond the hotel walls of bespoke luxury.

A week in West Cornwall, Sennen Cove, with a midweek helicopter flight to Tresco in the Scilly Isles was enough to wet my coastal appetite and grab my yearning rucksack. To enhance the experience I grabbed a copy of “Eco Escapes” by Laura Burgess , prompting us to ditch the car and grab the Great Western sleeper train from Paddington to Penzance, a mere nine hour journey, of which we slept seven!

Waking up to views of stunning coastline between Devon and Cornwall with a wake up call and hot breakfast was enough to revive the senses and provide a gentle reminder of Greg Anderson’s famous words “ Focus on the journey, not the destination.

Famous blue flag beaches in Sennen Cove did not disappoint our surfing ambitions, nor did the family run Seaview Holiday Park, which installed a nostalgic sense of traditional family fun and adventure; more commonly replaced with children’s clubs and amusement arcades.

Thanks to British International our “airport free” twenty minute helicopter flight from Penzance to Tresco delivered stunning “Caribbean like” views of emerald sea, which upon descent, followed a tractor ride to the New Inn!

Our time in Tresco was a twenty four hour snapshot of excellent hospitality, food and unspoilt island life, the latter captured within the freedom of hired bikes (cars are forbidden). The occasional break gave us time to walk around the famous sub tropical Abbey Garden and experience the exotic Pentle Bay, notably listed as one of Britain’s top 20 beaches.

A morning trip to Brhyer, just a five minute boat ride to yet another unique island within the Scilly Isles, gave us time to walk around the island rim, spanning two miles, and visit the Golden Eagle gig shed studio of Richard Pearce, the island artist.

With a copy of Richard’s book “Depending on the tide”, a well deserved coffee at the famous award winning Hell bay Hotel was obligatory before making our way back to the jetty.

On return to Penzance, a trip to St Ives on the open top Cornwall Explorer bus provided a breathtakingly ninety minute panoramic tour of rugged Cornish coastline , followed by a visit to the Tate Gallery on the sea front; a perfect combination of beach meets culture!

After a week of travelling by train, helicopter, bike, boat, bus and foot we had unleashed our adventurous spirits and become more connected to the environment and community culture by just living in the moment.

It would appear that green travelling brings new meaning to health, nature, education and good old fashioned family fun.

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