Well March is here, and everything crossed that this is the turning point for the weather. The weather is certainly a lot quieter, and there is a lot of lovely warmth in the sun when it is shining.
We are very well placed here at The Meadows Campsite, Pentewan for getting out and about, and no part of Cornwall is very far away. As we have had less than our fair share of sunshine recently, we like to ensure that on the occasions the sun is just with the North Coast, that we go in search of it and enjoy.
It is a half an hour drive over to the north coast, and of course the contrasting coastline is lovely to see any way. Camp Dog Harvey and I thought we would go and check out a particular area for our guests good for a day trip. It is always good to have someone do the research for you.
First stop – Crantock Beach. Camp Dog’s favourite beach in Norfolk was Holkham, and this beach did remind us of so much of the Holkham dunes. Crantock itself is a beautiful village, with lots of lovely little cottages, and a cafe, 2 pubs and a shop. For the beach there is a large NT car park right next to the beach itself. The beach is dog friendly, large, so great for a good run around, and absolutely gorgeous. Joining the SWCP there are then some lovely walks, and we set off in the direction of Holywell Bay, and the other direction would take in the River Gannel Estuary.
This walk was fantastic with lots of little diversions on the way, depending how close to the edge you like to get. It started over a grassy common area, with views over Crantock and passing by a nice bar and bistro which getting the timing right would make a good place for a stop off. On this occasion, we had taken our flask with us.
In the summer, there looks to be a super cafe accessed by a foot ferry. Check out www.fernpit.co.uk
En route we came across the most fantastic beach, and I have to say on a par with Caerhays and Hemmick. It is a much smaller beach than Crantock, dog friendly again, golden sands, rocks and caves. It was very quiet indeed, and Camp Dog had warmed up enough to appreciate a dip in the sea. We then sat on the hill at the top of the path out, and enjoyed coffee and chocolate biscuits (me) and water and boneo (CD). There is also a pub along the way, so more than one option for a stop off.
Holywell Bay was also very nice, and there is a pub, and also a car park next to the beach so the walk could be done the other way around, as Crantock is better for lunch (in my opinion). This walk is 3.5 miles, so a nice length. Returning, with the diversions on the path, you can make it a different walk, and as soon as we could, we dropped down on to Cranctock Beach, and so walked the last mile on the beach.
Marks for the walk – 10 out of 10 from both CD & I. Also CD had a bath in the sea, and then straight in the car, so no proper bath required.
Second Stop – Perranporth – lots of our guests last season talked about Perranporth. It came highly recommended as a sandy dog friendly beach with a dog friendly pub right on the beach (The Watering Hole). We did not think that much to Perranporth itself, not for any particular reason, but yes the beach is good. The pub has lots of tables outside with great views, and so I enjoyed a proper coffee after our lovely walk on the beach, and took in those views. Yes, I can see why this beach is popular and worth a ride out to.
Third stop – St Agnes. This is now a bit further down and towards Truro. Lovely large picturesque village, and the best of both. Very nice little shops, choice of eateries, galleries, and also a lovely beach, (one of 4) with a pub, fish and chip shop and great walking. We did not spend long enough here, and indeed thought it a place that warranted a full day for a good explore. However, we did head off on the St Agnes Beacon Scenic drive, before our last stop which was
Fourth and final Stop – Chapel Porth – as members of the NT Love my Outdoors, I had seen this in the guide book, and as we were so near thought I would drive down. It is a very steep narrow drive down (not my favourite), but there is a lovely cove, and a very nice cafe. There was a stream running through, and this looked to be a good place for walking that part of the SWCP, which lots were doing. Again, another place to return to, as on googling Chapel Porth on my return, it looks for scenic walking, and this is now a walk on my list www.southwestcoastpath.com/walksdb/201
All in all a great day out, and CD snored loudly all the way back to camp, in the back of the Landy
Other Meadows News
The land drainage work is now complete on site for which we breathed a huge sigh of relief. The weather was very unkind for work of this type, but now onwards and upwards. The pitches are all now getting ready for guests, and we are “beautifying” the campsite. We still have lots to do, and one job I keep trying to get to the top of the list if Mabel Caravan’s garden. Mabel is having a pitch by the stream. For the gorgeous summer on order, there is to be al fresco dining, and lots of sitting in the sunshine.
Plants and the like are now starting to grow. Primroses are on their way on our pretty stream bank, and the yellow flag irises are starting to sprout too in the meadow and wooded area.
As there is still lots to do, we always do a list at the start of the week to keep us all focused and working hard.
STILL HOT NEWS – new for 2014 – Kernowforno will be visiting weekly through the season cooking delicious wood fired pizzas for our guests. We are indeed very excited about this, as you can never eat too many homemade pizzas.
News from Camp Dog Harvey – a little q & a, to give you a little more insight in to my world
Q – My favourite sleeping spot – A – On the back of the settee
Q – My favourite treat – A -prawn crackers
Q – My favourite walk – A – a round walk on the Pentewan Valley Trail to Mevagissey, and back on the SWCP.
Q -My favourite beach A – Hemmick Beach, closely followed by Crantock Beach just discovered.
Q – My favourite haircut – A – short school boy style, and definitely not the woolly sheep look.
Bookings – we remain extremely surprised, and very pleased at the popularity of our change to “just for adults”. Indeed, my next job is to mark up some weeks where we now have limited availability for hook up pitches. If you are wanting to holiday with us here at The Meadows, especially in July and August, then please confirm your booking as early as possible so as not to be disappointed. You can book here, or by telephone – 01726 844383.