Walking Around St Austell

February 10, 2013 6:24 pm Published by Comments Off on Walking Around St Austell

Camp Dog HarveyIt really is a Dogs life out there … (especially in Cornwall)

Well just in case you don’t already know, I am Harvey, also known as Camp Dog/Security.  On my days off I am getting out and about testing walking routes, and places to eat so that I can share this information with guests of The Meadows, touring caravan and camping park that I run with my owners.  In particular I will guide you on dog friendly places in this beautiful part of Cornwall in the UK.

I will also let you know what places my owners say are good to eat, and those are usually the ones where I don’t get any leftovers!

As I am very busy in the holiday season with my various roles around the camp site, I tend to do my proper walks at quieter times.

For all your readers out there, this latest walk is exploring the coast and countryside where Daphne du Marier got the inspiration for some of her books.  If you are not a Daphne du Marier fan already, then you may soon become one.

This particular walk started at the charming Readymoney Cove in Fowey, and this is also where we parked.  We went up Love Lane and in to the trees of Covington Woods (I love the woods). The route at this point is inland across farmers fields, and then through a tunnel which leads on to Menabilly House, although we continued along the fields and track to Tregaminion Farm.

At this point depending on the time of day, you can divert to visit the lovely dog friendly Rashleigh Inn at Polkerris. The pub has nice seats looking over to the beach of Polkerris, although the beach itself is not dog friendly in the summer months.  Sam’s On The Beach is also at Polkerris, again right on the beach, and gets rave reviews. If your owners want to take you to Sam’s then I suggest booking. The third option for your owners is The Lifeboat House Beach Shop which sells sandwiches, and the much loved Cornish pasties, which could be popped in the rucksack ready for lunchtime, snacks and dog nap time.

From Polkerris we took the South West Coastal Path, so lots of scamping over rugged cliffs.  This path is very clearly marked. You pass Gribbin Head and I found it a good walk of typical South West Coastal Path walking and then you arrive at Polridmouth.  There is a nice area for picnicking/dog napping if your owners went for food option three, being the takeaway Cornish pastie. Us dogs are welcomed on Polridmouth beach, if you fancy a stop off to rest your legs, paddle in the sea, or just take in the view.  It was this cove that was used by Daphne du Marier for the setting for the death of heroine Rebecca.

We all then continued on our walk along the coastal path, in steeply to Coombe Hawne, back in to Covington Woods, passing the Rashleigh Mausoleum.  You then arrive at St Catherines Castle and descend back down to Readymoney Cove.

I was doing this walk out of season, and before our guests arrive.  If you do this walk in Spring/Summer then you should meet the ice cream van on Readymoney Cove to finish off with a cornet.

secondmapMy owners John, and Lynn enjoyed this walk, and the refreshments along the way. They will be happy to show you this walk, on a map, or even draw a map for you.  Come and see Lynn and John at reception, or on duty around the site at The Meadows Touring Caravan and Camping Park in the Pentewan Valley, near to St Austell. Ideally you should book your stay in advance, although my owners will always endeavour to fit you in if they can. Please telephone Lynn, or John on 01726 844383/07712599745, or make an enquiry by submitting the form here.

The Meadows caters for motor homes, touring caravans and tents.