The Dad Diaries #2: William Head, Beautiful and the Feast

William Head, Beautiful and the Feast

“Within 20 minutes of leaving the house we can be sinking our toes into warm sand or hiking up haunted moorlands. It really is remarkable that such different landscapes can exist so close together.” William Head on adventures with his son in northern Cornwall…

In his first piece about life in rural Cornwall, William Head talked about long walks and eating from the land with his young son, Kobe. Today, he talks about having the seaside just a short walk from their front door…

A variety of land

At first we would do the same routes, Kobe peering over my right shoulder to see what was coming up. Stopping every now and then for a run about. But as we started meeting new friends, it became clear we were missing out on some local magic. We needed to go beyond the frontier…

I’m not sure if there’s anywhere else quite like Bude in north Cornwall. Within 20 minutes of leaving the house we can be sinking our toes into warm sand or hiking up haunted moorlands. It really is remarkable that such different landscapes can exist so close together. We don’t have a favourite, although there’s more chance of a pasty if we hit the seaside.

Kobe loves salty air and wet feet, warm rock pools. As he grows up I’ll get him in the water more and more until I can just throw him on a surfboard and paddle out with him.

The moors have a completely different effect on both of us, a much more thoughtful face is pulled by Kobe as we climb up tors and wade though ancient grasses and jump around of huge slabs of granite. You normally don’t meet anyone and there’s so much space for him to run around.

On a sunny day it’s a bloody hard call, but ultimately it’s a delight to be able to take advantage of our surroundings so regularly.

William Head runs Beautiful and the Feast – a foodie business – with his partner (Kobe’s mum), Keda. Follow them on Instagram for photos of delicious-looking food and their enviable outdoorsy life…