Autumn happenings at The Meadows Campsite, Cornwall

October 24, 2013 4:43 pm Published by Comments Off on Autumn happenings at The Meadows Campsite, Cornwall

Discussing their winter “down time”

Well, we are now in to our last week of the season, before the Campsite Gates will close.

As we have been fairly quiet on site, we have all been busy getting on with jobs on and off the site.  To keep team spirit up for the hard winter work ahead, we have made time for enjoying the beautiful area we live in.

Camp Dog Harvey is always thinking about his guests, and so we have enjoyed many walks, usually including a beach, and sometimes a pub for lunch.

Here are some snapshots of our recent walks, and the places we have been checking out on behalf of our guests

Walk 1 – 

View walking down to Menabilly House

This walk was taken from the SWCP Plymouth-Falmouth SWCP Book, which we will be stocking in our shop next season.

Polridmouth Cove – Walk 1

Gribben Head – Walk 1

It was quite blowy on this walk and so pictures are not the best.  Excellent walk, with crab sandwiches & chips at The Rashleigh Arms, Polkerris.  Marks for this walk 9 out of 10.

Walk 2 –



Caerhays Beach in October


Portloe fishing village

Our next walk was on a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon.  It started and finished at Caerhays Beach.  This beach is Camp Dog’s vision of  “doggie heaven”.  The beach is sandy, with gorgeous rock pools and big waves.  Right next to the beach and all around the area are pheasants in abundance.  The walk was along the SWCP, to Portloe, a gorgeous fishing village. Lunch stop was at The Ship Inn, Portloe.  Whitebait with lovely fresh bread and a pint of the local tipple was enjoyed to ensure we had enough energy for the return section.

We did the same route back, just because the weather was so lovely and we enjoy walking the coast path so much.  Another play on the beach, skimming and chasing stones, and then back to camp.

Beach 10 out of 10

Walk 8.5 out of 10

Walk 3 –


Rock pooling at Hallane Beach

This walk started from The Meadows.  Camp Dog Harvey thought it was just his normal, but very lovely walk to the village along the river, as that is where it started.  Once in the village we picked up the coast path heading towards Black Head. The views are fabulous, and there are some big ups and downs, but a lovely walk.  We  passed Polrudden Cove, as the clamber down does not look an easy one.  Next we came to Hallane Beach, which is a gorgeous little cove with an old house right on the beach and a waterfall.  Camp Dog Harvey had a paddle and a good climb over the rockpools.  We headed back up passing through the beautiful hamlet of Trenarren, along the little Cornish lanes until back on to the Pentewan Valley Trail near to London Apprentice, where we headed back to camp.

Beach 10 out of 10 from Lynn.  7 out of 10 from Camp Dog, as not big enough for a good run, but great for rock climbing and paddling.

Walk 9 out of 10 from both, as Camp Daddy did not join in this walk.

Walk 4 –


Heading down to Hemmick Beach


Dodman Point

Making the most of our new “Love my Outdoors” NT membership, we headed off to Penare.  Parking here, we walked down to the most gorgeous Hemmick Beach. We spent a good while on the beach, before heading off on the coast path around to Dodman Point.  Great views from Dodman Point around the coastline.  It was then back over the fields, “Bull Walk”  continuing with the glorious views before arriving back at Penare car park.  On the way home we stopped off at The Rising Sun in Portmellon and had a drink outside.  Camp Dog Harvey had a stroll on the beach, and a sea bath, and then we returned home.

Walk – 9 out of 10.

Hemmick Beach – 12 out of 10 from Camp Dog, and the same from us.  We also had the beach to ourselves which was fabulous!

Walk 5 –

You won’t see that anywhere else.

We consider ourselves very lucky to live within walking distance of the Lost Gardens of Heligan.  At the moment Heligan are celebrating harvest festival and so have some wonderful displays.  The more formal gardens are always lovely to look at.  However, the more outer area where the woolly back sheep, and the lost valley is make for very interesting walks.  Camp Dog Harvey introduced himself to all of the animals, including the tamworth pigs, black turkeys and dexter cattle.  We had butternut squash soup with a cheese roll for lunch, followed by coffee, and homemade cake.  Camp Dog Harvey was very well behaved, so we took him for a run around on Port Mellon Beach before returning back to camp.

Other Meadows News

We are of course going to be an adults only site from 2014, which may be already old news.  We have had some odd questions, as to what this means, and so……………..

Being a natural quiet site with an open stream and without play facilities, we are not really suitable for children, especially younger ones. However, and I feel I do need to clarify this, “adults only” does not mean a site full of naked people playing badminton, nor does it mean a “swingers” site.  My apologies, but it had to be said although lots of the questions have made me smile!! We are not that keen on the phrase “adults only”.  However, this is the most common search term, and we need to be “google” friendly in today’s modern internet world.

We welcome “growns ups” of all ages, who want to enjoy this beautiful area of South Cornwall.  We can cater for some rallies, and we do not IMG_6820object to small group bookings, provided all are happy with our camping etiquette as we are a quieter site.  This area is ideal for walkers, cyclists, and those wanting to visit the many many places local to us with our fabulous location, in particular gardens. The Meadows Campsite, is great for camping and caravanning for Mevagissey and Pentewan Sands. We are also a great campsite close to the famous Eden Project, and we are dog friendly.

Groundwork has begun………………….

Clearing for new stream side pitches


Work “down field”

Work “down field” has begun.  The digger, and digger driver John have been working hard.  There is a large area that first has to be cleared, and this is well under way.  Lots of dead wood has been taken down over the bank, and masses of brambles pulled up.  We have recovered a couple of old Vintage Fergi Implements along the way, together with a set of windows, and 2 trailers.  There have been further sightings and so there are more finds to come.


Vintage Fergi find!

imageHere are some pictures of the work taking place, and our finds along the way.

We have put in hand our plumbing and electrical winter work.  On the list are four extra electric hook up points on the “shower block” side, and fans for the shower block. On the plumbing list is an extra sink for dishwashing, and replacement of the small basins in the shower block with bigger ones.  All quite minor work. We shall also be putting up some more shelves by the basins and hairdrying station at the request of the ladies.

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Manning the booking line

The team will be around and about on site this winter so good for those who like to book well in advance.  To book one of our pitches, or one of our gorgeous caravans that we have to rent, you can contact us here.  Alternatively please telephone 01726 844383 and we shall book you in, so you have something to look forward to.