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PostSubject: Cornish Adventures   Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:55 pm

We just got back from a very wet and windy trip to Cornwall so I thought I'd post a few pics etc.
We set off in the bright sunshine of Southampton 12 days ago and as Eddie cruised along in the direction of the West Country it occured to me how smooth he was running. Many thanks to Brand Autos for getting him in tip top shape.

1st stop Exeter and I must confess we cheated.............an overnight stop in the Holiday Inn. It split the journey up nicely and to be honest it was difficult finding a campsite around that area for one night.



The next day we headed off to Bude which was to be our home for the next 4 nights. We stayed at Widemouth Fields Caravan and Camping Park. We found it to be well run and really spacious. It was only half full but given the weather it wasn't a great suprise. Our pitch quickly became a boggy mess and with the radio turned up and quick jig you'd of thought we were in Glastonbury! Lesson learnt at this point - Place the entrance to the awning on the hard standing to try and limit the amount of mud entering the camper.


By the way the smoke is coming from a small BBQ and not the awning.

We had a good time in Bude and used it as a base to visit Padstow (yes we did have Fish and Chips at Rick Steins), a great little country show in Holsworthy and Boscastle (the Cornish fishing village that flooded in 2004)

Next stop was St Ives and it just so happened that on our route was the 26th VW Cornwall Jamboree at the Stithians showground. We went as day visitors and it just happened to be a dry day. After talking to a couple of traders it appeared that the show was almost cancelled. The day before had been non stop rain and very high winds. The campsite looked a complete mess but it didn't prevent a really good show and shine.



We stayed at Polmanter Touring Park in St Ives. What a fabulous campsite. The facilties were second to none including a large heated pool, bar, restaurant and spotless showers. I would thoroughly recommend it. At this point the weather really turned for the worse. Our first night gave us no sleep. The rain lashed down from midnight onwards and the wind got up to gale force. I spent the night looking out of Eddie's misty window wondering how the awning stayed put. At 2am our 9 year old son declared he was getting wet in the pop top. Sure enough the dome roof leak had sprung and water was dripping in. Has anyone tried sleeping 3 in a 3/4 bed? Bit squashy!! Even the pole and flag bought earlier at the Jamboree snapped in half!


We could still use the bottom half to keep the Brazilian flag flying!

Despite the wet weather we took trips into St Ives, Lands End and the beautiful fishing village of Cadgwith. Some of you may have seen the TV documentary with Monty Hall based in Cadgwith as he trained to become a fisherman. It really is a lovely spot and on the evening we were there the fisherman had a beach BBQ - proper Cornwall!



Sadly at this point it was time to come home but not before a lunch stop in Bournemouth and by sheer chance a display by the Red Arrows as part of the Air Show.

Our first long trip in Eddie and although back in the comfort of our own beds all of us are missing sleeping in the Kombi - just not in the middle of a storm!




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PostSubject: Re: Cornish Adventures   Sun Sep 02, 2012 10:22 pm

Great to see Eddie's really part of your family now. Thanks for sharing your tale and pix.

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PostSubject: Re: Cornish Adventures   Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:28 am

Even though it was wet you still seemed to enjoy your time in the Kombi Cool
We have been to some of those camp sites and can agree with your comments
FAB pics - thanks for sharing
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PostSubject: Re: Cornish Adventures   Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:41 am

Great write up and super pics - we definitely need to get to Cornwall in Absinthe some time. It must be almost 10 years since we were down there and we didn't have a camper then.

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PostSubject: Re: Cornish Adventures   Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:36 am

Absinthe wrote:
we definitely need to get to Cornwall in Absinthe some time.

You really must - so much to do and see - it is made for Campers Cool
Scooby really likes it in North Devon and Cornwall
We would say whilst it would be a long journey for you - it would be worth it
Just try to avoid Bank Holidays Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Cornish Adventures   Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:40 am

I was just wondering if heading that way at the October half term would be too late.

Will everywhere be shut and what would the weather be like?

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PostSubject: Re: Cornish Adventures   Mon Sep 03, 2012 12:03 pm

Hey Absinthe
We went to the Final Fling last year and the weather was great - Just clink the link below for some pics.

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In our experience there will be enough open (if not all) for you to have plenty to doooo, certainly at half term.
We are considering this years Final Fling but it will be weather dependant
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PostSubject: Re: Cornish Adventures   Mon Sep 03, 2012 3:36 pm

Hi Absinthe. We had a week in Cornwall last Oct in a hired camper before we bought Eddie. The weather was better than we had this summer but I guess not guaranteed. The best bit of that time of year is that it is so much quieter. We didn't even book a site as everyone said to just turn up.
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PostSubject: Re: Cornish Adventures   Mon Sep 03, 2012 3:47 pm

Very tempted - any suggestions for sites? (preferably with EHU, decent showers, etc and a cosy pub nearby that takes dogs)

I'm not a Kernow expert - should we go North or South? (or even Cornwall or Devon?)

All suggestions gratefully received.

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PostSubject: Re: Cornish Adventures   Mon Sep 03, 2012 5:25 pm

Hi Absinthe
Can suggest these sites for touring up and down the Devon & Cornish Coastline

North Devon
Would recommned a one or two night stay in the Winter
Cannot comment on other times as we have not been

Widemouth Fields
Would recommend a one or two night stay when touring
We thought the facilities were great. Would stay there again

Padstow
Facilities at the reception are the best but all are clean and tidy
Nice site that is only 20mins walk in to Padstow - Would recommend it

St Ives
You can walk in to the town from the site - as we did - and we thought the facilities were great. Would stay there again

Not sure how close an ale house would be to any - we stay with Scooby Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Cornish Adventures   Mon Sep 03, 2012 6:30 pm

Would certainly recommend Polmanter in St Ives. As Scooby says you can walk to the centre in about 20 mins. The site is excellent with lots of facilities. I'm fussy when it comes to places to eat and drink but their on site bar/restaurant was very good and you can take your dog in with you. I'm missing the St Austell brewery beers as I type!
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PostSubject: Re: Cornish Adventures   Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:58 pm

Sound like good suggestions - I'll run it past Mrs B.

Thanks guys.

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