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PostSubject: Cornwall   Cornwall EmptyTue Sep 18, 2012 9:52 am

Ok guys, I've booked a week off at the end of October to take Absinthe to Cornwall for the last camping trip of the year. Whilst we've been to Cornwall quite a few times in the past, this is our first venture to the South West in C13MPR so we'd like to make it a good one. We've had cottages in Mevagissey & Polperro before and also stayed at the Lodges at Deerpark near St Austell but there must be other places we would like. We've never been to Boscastle, for instance.

Ideally, we're looking for a dog friendly site with decent views and EHU/facilities, within walking distance of a village/hostelry and a beach if possible.

I know that quite a few members are based in Kernow and others regularly visit so I'm sure you can give us some excellent suggestions. Also, does anyone have a good suggested stopping off point to break the journey down from Lancashire? We'd be driving down on the Friday and coming back on the next Friday I think.

All suggestions gratefully received and if anyone fancied meeting for a beer sometime whilst we're down that would be good too.

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PostSubject: Re: Cornwall   Cornwall EmptyTue Sep 18, 2012 10:34 am

Hi Absinthe
We offer the following which may be of interest/use . . .

Devon & Cornwall Mini Trip - our trip with links to camp sites we stayed at with Scooby

Final Fling 2011 - our trip last year - we stayed at Hidden Valley

Final Fling 2012 - this years do which you may wish to attend

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PostSubject: Re: Cornwall   Cornwall EmptyTue Sep 18, 2012 10:55 pm

If still open, Tristram Beach Camping Polzeath is pretty decent -

http://www.polzeathcamping.co.uk/
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PostSubject: Re: Cornwall   Cornwall EmptyTue Sep 18, 2012 11:10 pm

@stoneyuk wrote:
If still open, Tristram Beach Camping Polzeath is pretty decent -

http://www.polzeathcamping.co.uk/

There's no denying its a decent site with excellent beach access, but at £31.50 for a standard pitch in low season (£42 in high season and ALL school holidays) it's also very expensive AND they charge 50p to use the shower!

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PostSubject: Re: Cornwall   Cornwall EmptyWed Sep 19, 2012 7:56 am

Hah! Forgot about the not-so-good shower facilities - guess the cost reflects the site position.
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PostSubject: Re: Cornwall   Cornwall EmptyWed Sep 19, 2012 10:29 am

I see what you mean about the prices - not cheap but I guess you get what you pay for!

Any more suggestions? - So far, I'm veering towards osg's suggestion on another thread of this one: Heligan

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PostSubject: Re: Cornwall   Cornwall EmptyWed Sep 19, 2012 10:43 am

We really like Porth Beach It's a great location with a very short walk to a fabulous beach and a slightly longer walk to Newquay.

At low tide you can also walk up the steps to the Glendorgal Hotel which has a great restauraunt, you can walk to it along the coast path too but it takes a bit longer.

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PostSubject: Re: Cornwall   Cornwall EmptyWed Sep 19, 2012 1:37 pm

Spent a week in Cornwall last year. Have a look

Here - Cornwall Pt1

Here - Cornwall Pt2

Here - Cornwall Pt3

If your heading down to the Lizard then Henrys campsite is worth a vist. Very poor facilities but a very quirky site. OK for a one night stay

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PostSubject: Re: Cornwall   Cornwall EmptyWed Sep 19, 2012 2:29 pm

Thanks Steve - they look great although we may gve Henry's a miss this time (I think they may be shut when we are going anyway).

Treen Farm looks interesting - I also think we may go for a couple of sites during the week to give us a diffrent perspective.

For those in the know: should we go North or South or have a few days on each coast?

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PostSubject: Re: Cornwall   Cornwall EmptyWed Sep 19, 2012 4:53 pm

Falmouth is worth a visit. It is a working town and docks with boat trips available - up the river to city of Truro or across to St Mawes.
At one end of the town is the National Maritime Museum along with Rick Stein Fish 'n Chips and a little further past the station The Pavillion Gardens (a step back in time). On the headland is Pendennis Castle (and a swimming pool).
But also over the headland are some good beaches Castle Beach (free on road parking), Gyllynvase, Swanpool, Maenporth joined by a coastal path. You can walk through even as far as Helford Passage in a couple of hours.
http://www.falmouth.co.uk/see-and-do/beaches
We used to camp at Swanpool but the campsite has now gone. We have since stayed at Pennance Mill
http://www.caravancampingsites.co.uk/cornwall/pennancemillfarm.htm
A nice campsite recently used for a meet by Camper & Bus. Not easy to walk back into Falmouth from here (use the bus) but there is an off-road path to Maenport beach (a pub not much else there)
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PostSubject: Re: Cornwall   Cornwall EmptyWed Sep 19, 2012 4:57 pm

Thanks osg - I'll throw those into the mix.

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PostSubject: Re: Cornwall   Cornwall EmptyWed Sep 19, 2012 7:38 pm

Merrose Farm near St Mawes.....a Caravan Club site.

Bude Holiday Park.

Polmanter Touring Park at St Ives.

Trebellan Park, Cubert - 10 mins drive from us and one we tested the facilities out at a couple of weekends ago. Nice walks to Holywell Bay and over to Crantock, taking in 5 decent pubs with the terrific Smugglers Inn slap bang on your doorstep and a regular bus back from Crantock to nearby the site if you've downed a few scoops. They have a sister site actually in Crantock - Treago Farm which we haven't tried as yet but is even better positioned.

Our Collie Poppy will happily testify that all these sites have fantastic dog walks.

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PostSubject: Re: Cornwall   Cornwall EmptyWed Sep 19, 2012 10:35 pm

Hi Absinthe, I'm a bit late in the discussion, but I've been a bit pre-occupied in the last few days.

Got a book recently which is quite useful if you like walking, hidden beaches, with a pub en-route.

It covers the whole south west but it has 25 in Cornwall.

North coast beaches long and sandy generally with some smaller coves

South coast more greenery and smaller coves and harbours, but the beauty is that between coasts N to S is not too long a drive.

http://www.secretbeaches.co.uk/southwest.html (if you hover over the book, you can turn the pages to get an idea)

If I think of anything else, I'll let you know.

Just remembered if you are a member of the National Trust, these car parks are free.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/servlet/file/store5/item729574/version2/NT%20coast%20car%20park%20mid-res.pdf

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PostSubject: Re: Cornwall   Cornwall EmptyThu Sep 20, 2012 9:21 am

What a great book that is John and really good advice about the NT car parks - we are members so that will be very useful.

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PostSubject: Re: Cornwall   Cornwall EmptyThu Sep 20, 2012 10:53 am

Just received this video link in an email from VisitCornwall, thought it might be of interest.

Autumn Walks - a digital postcard from Cornwall

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PostSubject: Re: Cornwall   Cornwall EmptyFri Sep 21, 2012 5:10 pm

That video is great - here's hoping we get an Indian Summer

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PostSubject: Re: Cornwall   Cornwall EmptySun Sep 23, 2012 5:29 pm

We have spent a number of hols in St Ives but not on the campsite! Glam-hols in cottages
Great spot for people-viewing! Harbour is sandy and very pretty but watch out for the seagulls - they are after food. Seals often around - in harbour or off the beaches - have also seen dolphins in the bay.
Recommend small burger joint in "the warren", there has been a good vegetarian resturant on the harbour and good fish places. Obviously the Tate Gallery which has a fantastic entrance and views from the cafe over the surfing beach (my most favourite), other beaches also very accessible. We often park up by the swimming pool and walk downhill into town (interesting ascending later!) The swimming pool is delightful.
Plenty of shops and galleries and a good museum
Then there is Penzance and St Michaels Mount (National Trust) - you can walk across at low tide and ferry-boat at high tide.
Chapel Porth beach is near St Agnes and is National Trust. The beach is vast at low tide and disappears at high tide!! The cafe there is open all year and does the most fantastic ice creams - called hedgehogs - cone + cornish icecream dipped into cream then rolled in honeyed roasted nuts - amazing!
St Agnes also cute

Seal Sanctuary at Gweek (top of the Helford passage)

and more! - the gardens around the Helford passage are outstanding

Enjoy - most envious, trying to get there mid-October - we will see

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PostSubject: Re: Cornwall   Cornwall EmptySun Sep 23, 2012 7:21 pm

Thanks docmark - sounds great.

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PostSubject: Re: Cornwall   Cornwall EmptySun Sep 23, 2012 10:09 pm

When you visit you must take a trip to Cadgwith Cove. It's one of the last remaining Cornish fishing villages and it quite frankly beautiful. Take a trip to the pub and you can almost taste the history. It was the highlight of our Cornish adventure this summer.
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PostSubject: Re: Cornwall   Cornwall EmptyMon Sep 24, 2012 5:34 pm

Agree with you HH that Cadgwith is stunning. TV presenter Monty Hall spent 6 months there filming his excellent "The Fishermans Apprentice" series last year. Will put it on the list to re-visit.
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PostSubject: Re: Cornwall   Cornwall EmptySun Sep 30, 2012 12:46 pm

Hello Absinthe, just thought i would throw this site into your choices if you havent booked anywhere yet.
churchtown farm.
Just got back from 5 nights there. It is open till the end of oct. It backs on to the sandbanks at Gwithian beach and has a gate onto them. Very good toilet block. Very quiet other than the constant rumble of the waves in the background. Excellent pub about 2 minutes walk down the road, red river inn, which does fantastic food and is dog friendly. Convenient for getting about the bottom end of cornwall as the A30 is only a few minutes drive away. Godrevy bay, 20 minute walk, has seals basking in the sun, which you can look down on from the coast path.
We were very impressed with the site and the setting and will deffinately return there.

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PostSubject: Re: Cornwall   Cornwall EmptySun Sep 30, 2012 3:33 pm

@dizzylizard wrote:


Got a book recently which is quite useful if you like walking, hidden beaches, with a pub en-route.

It covers the whole south west but it has 25 in Cornwall.

http://www.secretbeaches.co.uk/southwest.html (if you hover over the book, you can turn the pages to get an idea)

I have this book as well. Visited a few of the bays last week.
The path down to Fishing Cove is closed at the moment due to errossion, where the book says you need a good head for heights it wasnt joking, the path is very thin and drops immidiately off the cliff face next to you.
Veor cove has no sand on it at the moment, path down to it was very over grown. Was nice all the same and had it to ourselves other than a seal swimming just off shore
Nanjizal, a must visit. A fantastic beach. Not far to walk from the parking place recomended in the book. You definately want to get your low tide times right to get there for low tide as it comes in quick and covers the bay. In 2 hours only had to share the beach with 2 sepperate dog walkers and a couple who arrived as we left, eventhough the southwest path goes rightby the stairs down to it. Couldn't believe the amount of people walking by that didnt stop at such a lovely spot.

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PostSubject: Re: Cornwall   Cornwall EmptyMon Oct 01, 2012 8:38 am

Thanks Matt - some good suggestions there.

We're going to wait until nearer the time to decide if/where we'll go. Might leave it until next year to "guarantee" some decent weather!

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PostSubject: Re: Cornwall   Cornwall EmptyMon Oct 01, 2012 9:13 am

We too shalll be waiting to see what the weather is like at the end of the month.
Considering going to North Devon for the 'Final Fling' again this year!
Lets hope it will be dry and mild - some sun like last year would be FAB
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