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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151 Comments

  1. Sarah July 25, 2017 / 2:44 pm

    The turquoise is beautiful x

  2. Anne July 25, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    Love the orange

  3. Alexandra Watts July 25, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    I love the orange. So bright and colourful.

  4. Tracy Nixon July 25, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    I love the turquoise!

  5. laura banks July 25, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    the turquoise

  6. frances hopkins July 25, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    Love the blue

  7. Debbie B July 25, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    The orange is my favourite and yes, I’d love a follow up post on more things to do as we’re heading to North Cornwall in a few weeks

    • thelittlepip July 25, 2017 / 10:49 pm

      Thanks Debbie – anywhere particular that you are staying/interested in and I will see what I can do!

  8. Amanda July 25, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    Definitely the turquoise- makes me think of the sun on a beautiful sea

  9. Jen Walshaw July 26, 2017 / 12:05 am

    I adore the orange – I ama huge fan of these type of towels and have one.

  10. Solange July 26, 2017 / 1:55 am

    I love the turquoise.

  11. Suzy Mccullough July 26, 2017 / 6:38 am

    What a lovely giveaway. I’m not familiar with the material but it sounds really lovely. I love the turquoise

  12. anthea July 26, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    oh these are beautiful, Orange is my favourite colour but I think the turquoise wins here

  13. Ashleigh Allan July 26, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    Definately turquoise

  14. Kay Sherman July 26, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    The turquoise is beautiful

  15. Rachael Louise Taylor July 26, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    Orange gets my vote

  16. Tania Atfield July 26, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    Love them all but turquoise is my absolute fave!

  17. Ann-Marie Gould July 26, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    I Love the orange colour, perfect for a bright summers day at the beach

  18. Ailsa July 26, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    Turquoise I think, then 🍊

  19. cheryl hadfield July 26, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    Love the Blue Towel

  20. brenda heads July 26, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    I like the orange colour. We went to Cornwall (Hayle) in April and are thinking or doing the Camel trail next year.

  21. Lucy Major July 26, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    I like the orange best 🙂

  22. Kate Williams July 26, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    Love the orange towel 🙂 We were in Rock at the weekend too – the sky opened up while we were waiting for the ferry so I’ve just had a proper look at your pictures to see if we were in them!

    • Rachel July 26, 2017 / 11:02 pm

      Ah, which day were you there? I will look through my other photos 🙂 to be fair there was a lot of rain that day! (Saturday)

  23. Jodie A Green July 26, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    Sky blue and grey

  24. john prendergast July 26, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    turquoise is nice

  25. Jade Hewlett July 27, 2017 / 10:36 am

    I like the Orange one

  26. Kirsty Greer July 27, 2017 / 10:42 am

    Love the pink x

  27. Lyndsey July 27, 2017 / 11:09 am

    love the turquoise colour

  28. iain maciver July 27, 2017 / 11:52 am

    love the orange

  29. Keith Hunt July 27, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    orange looks nice

  30. Karen Barrett July 27, 2017 / 1:28 pm

    Turquoise

  31. jules eley July 27, 2017 / 1:28 pm

    The turquoise is stunning

  32. terri jenner July 27, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    My fav is the turquoise and this is my little boy lives this colour as well

  33. Michaela Smith July 27, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    I think the orange one is gorgeous but I really love them all! Great review – Thank you 🙂

  34. carole nott July 27, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    I think my favourite is the blue one

  35. Onome Sankey July 27, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    I like pink.

  36. Suzanne Jackson July 27, 2017 / 4:25 pm

    I like the orange

  37. Sue McCarthy July 27, 2017 / 4:49 pm

    I like the orange one

  38. Annabel Greaves July 27, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    Love the turquoise towel xx

  39. Kim Neville July 27, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    my favourite is the turquoise

  40. Louise Farmer July 27, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    I love the orange, so bright and summery! (Matches my red hair too!)

  41. Michelle smith July 27, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    Love the pink

  42. Rebecca Alderson July 27, 2017 / 6:42 pm

    Love the look of the orange!

  43. Alice O'Neill July 27, 2017 / 6:51 pm

    Love the orange

  44. Lorraine Kirk July 27, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    Love these, they are all such great colours. If I had to pick it would be the orange one.

  45. Andrea Fletcher July 27, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    Love the blue.

  46. Kevin000 July 27, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    Turquoise

  47. Amy July 27, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    Always enjoy your tips! Very much looking forward to many more insider suggestions now you are going to be a local.
    (I like the pink!)

  48. Iona Cornish July 27, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    Love the Orange

  49. Anthony Harrington July 27, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    I would pick the turquoise

  50. Eileen Sumner July 27, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    Would love the pink

  51. Natalie Crossan July 27, 2017 / 11:12 pm

    Turquoise

  52. Helen Stratton July 28, 2017 / 8:52 am

    The turquoise is a stunning colour and the towels themselves sound amazing.

  53. p2ffu July 28, 2017 / 9:50 am

    I love the orange one!

  54. Sheena Batey July 28, 2017 / 10:41 am

    This is such a good idea as sometimes even in Summer it gets very chilly on the beach.

  55. Emma July 28, 2017 / 2:55 pm

    The blue is lovely.

  56. Karen J Wright July 28, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    Love the orange, the colour of sunsets in Cornwall!

  57. Deb Pettit July 28, 2017 / 4:30 pm

    I love these and all things Cornish

  58. EJ Dunn July 28, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    I like the blue towel

  59. fiona waterworth July 28, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    orange for me

  60. Claire C July 28, 2017 / 9:43 pm

    I love the turquoise

  61. Samantha Brant July 29, 2017 / 8:33 am

    Everything stripes!

  62. Lynn Heath July 29, 2017 / 2:49 pm

    Love the turquoise

  63. Helen best July 30, 2017 / 10:14 am

    I love the grey & orange beautiful colours

  64. MichelleD July 30, 2017 / 4:57 pm

    They’re both lovely, I think the orange is my favourite though!

  65. julie berg July 31, 2017 / 7:27 am

    The turquoise is beautiful

  66. Ursula Hunt July 31, 2017 / 11:38 am

    I like the turquoise and white towel

  67. Patricia Dewey July 31, 2017 / 1:17 pm

    Beautiful towels. Orange is my favourite.

  68. Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog) July 31, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    I like the blue and white stripe one.

  69. Roxanne July 31, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    The red and white one is lovely

  70. Ellen Stafford July 31, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    I love the blue and white one x

  71. MM July 31, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    i like orange the best

  72. Amy Denney July 31, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    I love the blue one, Just stands out. Thanks for the chance

  73. Sheri Darby July 31, 2017 / 10:36 pm

    The turquoise is lovely

  74. Cat Williams August 1, 2017 / 12:00 am

    I love the orange colour

  75. Joanna Ford August 1, 2017 / 8:48 am

    The orange has to be my favourite!

  76. Collette Mackey August 1, 2017 / 11:24 am

    Ooh really love the blue sooooo pretty

  77. Charlotte August 1, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    my fave is turquoise! i love going to rock too! 🙂

  78. Rebecca Powell August 1, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    I love the orange colour

  79. Joanna Kasznicki August 1, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    orange is very summery

  80. Dale Dow August 1, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    The orange is lovely

  81. elaine stokes August 1, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    love the blue one

  82. sally odling August 1, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    orange every time

  83. becki gates August 1, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    blue and white

  84. Suzie W August 1, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    The turquoise towel is my favourite although I like all of the colours

  85. James Harris August 1, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    I prefer the blue, but in terms of the giveaway I prefer the orange over the pink.

  86. Rebecca Saunders August 1, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    love the orange

  87. Angela Cringle August 1, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    Love the Navy and White one lovely

  88. Emma Topp August 1, 2017 / 6:24 pm

    The orange one is lovely

  89. Kim Styles August 1, 2017 / 6:35 pm

    I love the turquoise towel its my favourite colour

  90. dana August 1, 2017 / 7:42 pm

    turquoise

  91. Debbie Burfoot August 1, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    Love the orange

  92. Melanie Burton August 1, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    Love the orange colour! Unusual and bright!

  93. Chris Fletcher August 1, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    I like the Logan Hammam Towel in Lime

  94. Terrie-Ann Wright August 1, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    It has to be the turquoise I love how bright it is.

  95. Mandy S August 1, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    Is it blue or is it turquoise? Either I would love to have as a constant reminder of Cornwall

  96. Cassandra Mayers August 1, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    Love the orange 🙂 Looks lovely

  97. Robyn Clarke August 1, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    I love the turquoise one, its my favourite colour.

  98. Lynn Woodcock August 1, 2017 / 10:07 pm

    Turquoise

  99. Zoe Graham August 1, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    turquoise its my colour

  100. lynn neal August 1, 2017 / 10:43 pm

    The blue one is my favourite!

  101. Laura Vitty August 1, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    Love the orange 🙂

  102. Katherine Parsons August 1, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    I would love the blue just right for a Cornish beach

  103. Monica Gilbert August 1, 2017 / 11:52 pm

    Turquoise is a stunning color.

  104. Paula cheadle August 2, 2017 / 12:00 am

    love the orange

  105. Alison August 2, 2017 / 7:03 am

    Love the turquoise

  106. Ali Fanstone August 2, 2017 / 7:18 am

    The blue is lovely, they look awesome thanks for the chance

  107. Emma Louise Elliott August 2, 2017 / 7:44 am

    My favourite is pink for my daughter xxx

  108. Emma Hussain August 2, 2017 / 8:03 am

    My girls would love the pink

  109. Jo Hutchings August 2, 2017 / 8:21 am

    A vote for the orange one from me.

  110. Gabrielle Powell August 2, 2017 / 9:27 am

    I like the blue turquoise one the best

  111. Avril Randall August 2, 2017 / 10:27 am

    Orange

  112. Stevie August 2, 2017 / 10:34 am

    I’d say the pink one as my niece would love it.

  113. zoe brown August 2, 2017 / 11:27 am

    light blue

  114. Jayne Townson August 2, 2017 / 11:35 am

    These towels are lovely, I love the sky blue and grey. Thanks for the giveaway.

  115. Jane Willis August 2, 2017 / 11:54 am

    The orange one, so bright and summery

  116. Chris Bull August 2, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    Love the pink 🙂

  117. Priscilla Stubbs August 2, 2017 / 12:14 pm

    I love the blue

  118. JULIE WARD August 2, 2017 / 1:11 pm

    The turquoise one, goes with the rest of my towels

  119. Louise Burgess August 2, 2017 / 2:58 pm

    The turquoise perfect for my son 🙂

  120. Tracy Read August 2, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    The turquoise is beautiful!

  121. sharon martin August 2, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    i like the turquoise one the most

  122. Clare Hubbard August 2, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    The turquoise is a lovely colour

  123. Emma Middleton August 2, 2017 / 4:03 pm

    The turquoise one is lovely

  124. Faridah BROOKER August 2, 2017 / 4:09 pm

    Love the turquoise

  125. Irene Murdoch August 2, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    The turquoise is lovely and we have just returned from our first visit to Rock, Cornwall. Loved it!

  126. Tricia cowell August 2, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    The turquoise is a beautiful colour

  127. Sarah Fielding August 2, 2017 / 6:01 pm

    My favourite colour is blue!

  128. Caroline Signey August 2, 2017 / 6:08 pm

    The orange one is lovely

  129. Joanne Heath August 2, 2017 / 6:55 pm

    Congratulations on your business these are beautiful and a fantastic space saver. I would love to try them.

  130. Simone Griffin August 2, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    I love the blue one

  131. jill dean August 2, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    Turquoise is very summery

  132. chloe brill August 2, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    the orange

  133. Alison Clifford August 2, 2017 / 7:31 pm

    The Orange one would be fab. These sound great, wish we had them last week for our camping trip!!!

  134. Rachael O'Brien August 2, 2017 / 7:50 pm

    Great review Thankyou ! I would love to win one 🙂 I’d choose pink please xx

  135. Kirsty Woods August 2, 2017 / 7:50 pm

    Love the blue

  136. Hazel Rea August 2, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    I love the turquoise (the sky blue and grey is a very, very close second).

  137. AnnaH August 2, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    I like the pink one

  138. Michaela Jennings August 2, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    Love the blue

  139. Sarah Addey August 2, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    Turqoise

  140. Katie Albury August 3, 2017 / 7:20 am

    They are so beautiful! But my fave has to be the pink! x

  141. Lucy Stendall August 3, 2017 / 7:48 am

    Oh the orange. Yes please! It would be wonderful to have a slice of cornish seaside living. I will have to invest next year. The towels/bucket and spade/picnic box mountain grows each year x

  142. Alison August 8, 2017 / 8:20 am

    These towels are SO handy for days out and holidays aren’t they?

  143. Laura August 9, 2017 / 11:41 am

    Those beach towels are absolutely gorgeous, off to have a look at their online store

    Laura x

  144. Adele @ Beautiful Tribe August 16, 2017 / 12:33 pm

    These are absolutely beautiful! I’m always happy to learn about new Cornish brands.

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