Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Cornwall 2013 - Newquay

It was a bit misty and drizzly when we got up on Thursday morning but there was no way we were wasting our last full day away so we togged up in waterproofs and walked into Newquay.  We had a short wander around the town and harbour before having lunch in the new Wetherspoons near the harbour.

After lunch we strolled back to the campsite where we spent the afternoon relaxing.  That evening we had a fabulous Indian takeaway delivered to the site - highly recommended!

We headed home on Friday morning, with the intention of going to the motorhome show in Shepton Mallet on Saturday but decided against it due to heavy rain.  It was probably a bit dangerous looking at new motorhomes anyway!

It's not long until our next booked trip.  We're off to Ilfracombe, North Devon in a few weeks time for a long weekend.

Cornwall September 2013 - Porth Beach, Newquay

After just one night at Carnon Downs it was time to move on.  Again we hadn't booked anywhere but had decided to try and stay at one of our favourite Cornish sites at Porth Beach.  On arrival it was packed.  They had 3 separate rallies on site but managed to offer us a choice of just 2 pitches.  We chose a large hardstanding tucked away in the corner and booked 2 nights.  We set up and walked into Newquay where we had a picnic lunch sat on the headland near Lusty Glaze.  

When we got back to the site we had a neighbour.  I think it was the smallest tent we'd ever seen.  Paddy had his eye on kipping in it!

That evening we had a meal in the Mermaid Inn (the pub right on Porth Beach) and lovely it was too!

Cornwall September 2013 - Carnon Downs

On Tuesday morning we decided to leave the campsite on the Lizard a day early, as it really wasn't for us, although the area is absolutely stunning.  We had no idea where we would end up but after a little bit of research and map reading we decided to head to Carnon Downs near Truro in the hope that the campsite would have a pitch free.  We were lucky!  Although they were almost full we had the choice of 2 pitches.  We had to opt for grass again but it wasn't a problem as it had stayed dry and the ground was hard and level.   What a complete difference to the last campsite, 5* and absolutely spotless.  We had stayed there a few times before so we knew what to expect.

After setting up and having a quick bite to eat we got the bikes out and had a ride from the site along the beautiful creek at Penpol along to Loe Beach (a 17% gradient road down hill - it was hard going on the way back up!).

From there we rode through the pretty village of Feock, famous for its church having the church tower separate from the actual church building.  We biked back along the tiny lanes beside the creek to Devoran and then back to the site where we spent the evening in the camper.

Cornwall September 2013 - The Lizard, Cadgwith

On Monday morning we awoke to sunshine so decided to get the walking boots out again for a walk along the South West Coastal Path along to the pretty fishing village of Cadgwith.

From the site we took the tiny lanes (proper Cornish lanes with grass growing in the middle!) down to a small cove called Poltesco where we found a dis-used tin mine and a pebbly beach all to ourselves!

From there we headed back up onto the coastal path towards Cadgwith.  The Lizard really is a stunning and much undiscovered part of Cornwall.

On arrival in Cadgwith we wandered around the small, but pretty fishing village and sat up on the headland overlooking the boats on the beach.   We then had a short shower so went for a coffee and then had lunch in the Cadgwith Cove Inn, before heading back uphill to the campsite, via Ruan Minor.