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Essential beach towels from Ebb + Flow Cornwall & a walk on the beach at Rock to Daymer Bay, North Cornwall {Giveaway!}

A couple of weeks ago, a fellow blogger was asking for travel tips with children and whether it was ever possible to pack light for a summer holiday. My response was that it was definitely possible – we’ve done it many times. One of my top tips is to get yourself some Turkish/Hammam towels as most places whilst supplying bathroom towels specify that they don’t include beach or pool towels. Traditional beach towels are bulky to pack, slow to dry and not terribly versatile, but Turkish towels can be everything from a towel, wrap, blanket, scarf, sunshade, or even a feeding coverup if you’ve a baby.

Over the years I’ve had a few hammam towels, picked up on my travels and when my sister was in Turkey she bought one back for me but with an imminent move to the seaside on the cards, and seeking to work with local brands, I was delighted to discover Ebb + Flow Cornwall. It is a business I am pleased to champion, from being run by women who also have children, to being based in West Cornwall with ethical working practices, Ebb + Flow Cornwall echoes my endeavour to embrace a “less is more” lifestyle. They say:

Inspired by life in the wilds of the west Cornish peninsula, we source beautiful, handmade Hammam towels direct from the Turkish loom. With an endless number of uses, our 100% cotton towels are quick drying, lightweight and the perfect compliment to our ‘less is more’ attitude to life. Beautiful, functional and incredibly versatile, they are an essential companion for people who live and love a life on the move.

Set up by Anna Cornwall and Alice Thomas, the brand was inspired by days at the beach in Cornwall with their young children – they have 4 between them – particularly those days when you feel like you have to take the kitchen sink to the beach and need a rucksack dedicated just to beach towels! They sourced hand-made hammam towels from Turkey, which have all the properties you want in a beach towel –  lightweight, absorbent, versatile and stylish. From there the brand was born and they are in the process of developing more products which offer a practical and yet stylish solution to outdoor life, inspired by their own experiences on the Cornish coast.

We were down in Cornwall again last weekend, unpacking our first van load at the house. We opted to do the move over several weekends so that we could move gently and also spend time with the children at the beach. On Saturday we followed the blue skies that appeared out of the rain clouds and headed to the north coast, to our old holiday stomping ground at Rock, where we managed an excellent walk and paddle on the beach in sunshine, using the striped towels as somewhere to sit, to dry off the salt water, then keep the kids warm and after the heavens opened and we dashed back to the car, to dry off the deluge of rain water!

Ebb + Flow were kind enough to give me two more towels to give away to you – if you’re headed anywhere near water of any kind this summer, you need one of these. I have one orange and one pink Ebb + Flow Cornwall Chappie Hamman Towel to give away – to enter all you need to do is visit the website and leave me a comment below telling me which you like best. Then use the widget below to leave your details (and there are some other options there for extra entries) and next week I will randomly select 2 winners…

Ebb + Flow Cornwall Turkish Hammam Towel

Walk on Daymer Beach from Rock

If you want to replicate this walk – park at the beach car park at Rock. Drive all the way through the village and past the sailing club until the very end of the road where you’ll find a carpark. You can pay to park using your phone, or bring cash for the ticket machine. Then you can either climb over the sand dunes from the car park following a path by the toilet block, or back out onto the road and walk through the boat park to reach the beach. If the tide is in, you can walk along the coast path, or walk along the beach leaving the sea on your left, and you’ll come out onto Daymer Bay. There are some shops and cafes at Rock – we had a cream tea in the Blue Tomato – or you can get the ferry from the beach across to Padstow.

If anyone is interested, I can do a follow up post on more things to do in North Cornwall?

Thanks to Ebb + Flow for the towels – basket, swimsuit and Saltwaters our own.

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