The Meadows Campsite is on the south coast of Cornwall, and one of the slimmer parts of the county. This makes us situate in a very beautiful part of Southern Cornwall with lots to explore on our doorstep, but also a great base for getting out and about in the county.
We love our girls (the chucks), but during down time, they do restrict our getting away on short breaks, so days out are ideal. We can then make sure we are back late afternoon when it is still light to give them their tin of sweetcorn, and put them to bed at dusk.
Our walking is also a little restricted just at the moment, due to Camp Dog having poorly paws, and so it is short walks only until they are better, and so we combine these with scenic drives.
Being nice and central, we can be anywhere else in Cornwall in just about an hour, and so everywhere in the county is doable for a day trip.
This weekend we had a lovely mooch around Padstow on Saturday afternoon, and it was even warm enough to sit outside on the harbour front. Padstow is never quiet even in the winter, and it even manages to have 3 pasty shops in a row, as well as lots of great eating in places, and all the very popular shops if you like a spot of shopping.
My favourite magazine is Coast, and this is where you often learn about the not so talked about places. I think this is often as these places are off the beaten track, and are beautiful just for their naturalness, and you really have to seek places out, and some of the best places you will only see if exploring on foot. On Sunday I was tour leader, and we headed off to the Rame Peninsula which is known as Cornwall’s forgotten corner. We were heading for lunch in Kingsand, and our first stop on the way was Seaton & Downderry. We parked up on the front and had a lovely walk on the sea wall, basking in lovely warm sunshine between the two villages, and back along the SWCP which runs on the village coast road where the lucky residents have the most amazing view around to Looe and beyond.
Next stop on the coast road was Portwrinkle, another gorgeous coastal village with a very popular country club and golf course. We stopped for our morning coffee at the cafe which must have one of the best views in Cornwall right on the cliff top. Portwrinkle is at the start of Whitsand Bay which is quite simply stunning , with very dramatic scenery and sandy beaches.
Still en route to Kingsand we passed three beautiful old forts and took in the view at Rame Head. The head looks a fabulous section of the SWCP, but unfortunately H would not have managed the ups and down of the coast path that day, so back on the coast road to Kingsand. By now the blue sky had changed to a more stormy setting and so we parked ourselves in The Devonport Inn in one of the window seats, and had lunch of fogey river mussels (me), and homemade Cornish pasty and a pint (Camp Daddy), and lots of treats for Harvey from the nice ladies in the pub. Kingsand and Cawsand are very beautiful villages and fabulous to wander around, but the houses there do take frequent batterings, with all houses on the front having window shutters and flood gates. We have only visited here once before and it was summer time, and we caught the Plymouth ferry over to Mount Edgecumbe and walked around. Then it was very busy, and a really hot day and we sat outside the same pub where they have trays attached to the habour railings which is a great idea as there is limited room for tables and chairs.
We took the direct route back home, but reading up about the area later, we should have stopped at a couple of places on the other side. Next time we shall take a look at St John’s lake (twitchers’ paradise), and St Germans Church. There are also the historic country properties of Anthony, Mount Edgcumbe and Port Eliot.
So for a great day hour whilst holidaying with us at The Meadows, the Rame Peninsula is highly recommended, and indeed we shall be visiting again before we open and exploring more on foot.
Other Meadows News
We have been getting on with our winter jobs, and a lot of time has been spent “doing” wood! A lot of trees have been taken down mainly random ones in our working area, and also a couple stream side. All the big stuff has been logged and we have completed our first huge log tower ready for fire pits. All the smaller stuff has been shredded and the chucks got the first lot for their pen, and we have ton sacks lined up ready for our new planting areas, along with some stumps for our new stumperry. Still lots of tree work to be done.
Next week is set to be drier and is our last good week to get our plants in, and we have lots of them. We have some lovely granite boulders, trunks and stumps to make the beds. All the planting is to be Cornish style, and informal.
We have also been collecting things on our outings, to use for our pitch name signs. Just when our guests thought they had worked out our pitch numbering system, and you did well as I often get confused, we are giving our pitches names.
On the more practical side, our very skilled Cornish digger man Frank is coming back in the next few weeks to clear out all of our ditches, to keep the land drainage system flowing. We are also going to be putting in more “grass protecta” soon on to the fore meadow to create our four none electric camper van pitches. This will enable camper vanners to mingle with the tenters and enjoy the evening sun in the meadow with a view of the Mevagissey hill.
It seems from an article published in Practical Caravan Magazine this month that The Meadows is getting known as a bit of a foodie campsite. We like this as we love food, and we do agree that there is so much wonderful food in the area, not just with Lobbs Farm Shop along the trail, and some amazing eateries, but also with wood fired pizzas, paella, breakfasts and cocktails made on site, we hope guests will continue to enjoy such delights.
Bookings – we are now taking bookings for 2015, and please do contact us by either email or telephone to book for next season. We are a smallish friendly campsite just for grown ups one mile from the sea on the south coast. We are close to Mevaggisey, Heligan Gardens, Charlestown and lots of other fabulous places. We are also an ideal campsite if you are keen walkers, or cyclists with lots of walking and cycling routes starting from the campsite gates.
Well, that’s all for now and it’s time to light the log burner…………