The strong pull of the strings.
The surprising speed of the kite.
The inevitable fall to earth.
Kite flying is a pastime too few people have experienced.
All you need is a kite (obviously), a wide open space and a bit of wind is always useful.
Crantock is the perfect place for kite flying but we’d advise you to stick to the beach rather than the headland… running around near a cliff with a kite wouldn’t be the most sensible thing to do.
Now we won’t lie to you, the first time isn’t easy. The second time isn’t either come to think of it, but once you’ve managed to get it into the air and watched as it responds to your pulls on strings you’ll have to admit that flying a kite is fun.
Yes, you’ll spend most of your time untangling strings or running as fast as you can whilst the kite drags in the sand behind you, but once it lifts off the ground you will feel like the Orwell brothers or Howard Hughes. With a whoosh it will climb in seconds and the power will almost pull you off your feet.
As you lean back against the strength of it and watch your kite dance overhead you will feel like an Overlord; the master of the universe. We find that an evil laugh is appropriate at this point. We sometimes recite a scene from ‘Game of Thrones’ too, but that’s just us.
Then afterwards with tired legs, rosy cheeks and friction burns from the string on your fingers you can come to The Bowgie Inn, Crantock and tell us all about your kite flying tales. Then you can order a drink and we will all sing the Mary Poppins classic as the sun sets on a fun filled day.
Altogether now: “Let’s go fly a kite
Up to the highest height!
Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
– Oh, let’s go fly a kite!”