The Meadows Team welcomes SWCP walkers

Posted on June 17, 2016 by Comments Off on The Meadows Team welcomes SWCP walkers

S7000004As most of our guests know when they get talking to us, John, CD Harvey and I are very keen walkers. For us walking the SWCP is hard to beat for a long distance walk.  Indeed just walking sections, around this area, using the bus, or circular walks can make for a fantastic walking holiday in Cornwall.

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Always happy to lend a hand

It is always a pleasure to put up hikers and also cyclists for the night who are on a personal walking, or cycling challenge and want to lay their head down for the evening. Our “park & pitch” is ideal for this and with the Pentewan Valley Trail linking up to the SWCP both in Mevagissey, and also Pentewan, The Meadows is an ideal stop.  Our guests who arrive under their own steam usually choose a spot out of the way and in our car free zones,  with a pitch in the wildflower meadow often being the chosen spot.

Once set up, which is usually a well oil machine when they reach us, time for one of our hot powerful showers, a S7004656free charge of the phone, and if timed well a feast of wood fired pizzas, fish & chips or chilli nachos with a cocktail or cider!  In our little store around the back, there is an assortment of chairs that we keep to loan out to our guests who arrive with just a pack on their back for a comfier evening. If the bar is open the green stripey deckchairs will be out!

S7000010For anyone planning on walking the SWCP, we have now signed up and are a Business Member to support the Association and to help walkers find our Campsite. The best point of exit is in Pentewan, and you will find us then 1 mile up the Pentewan Valley Trail walking alongside the river which is nice and flat!! If exiting at Mevagissey you can either walk on the Trail to us (50 minutes), or hop on the bus.

This week a group of four walkers stayed with us, and after hearing what was on offer, their words were – “you really have thought of everything, and so what time is breakfast”!  They were lost for words when our response was 8am courtesy of The Cornish Maid!!  With a doorstep sandwich and filter coffee  on our sunny deck, a catch up on wifi, off they went on their way to Charlestown.

So for you walkers and cyclists out there – The Meadows Campsite welcomes both, and will always find you a spot (advance booking not required).  You will get discounted pitch fees (25% off), and a very warm welcome indeed.  Being adults only (and dog friendly), the campsite is generally relaxing, being just what you want after a day of walking, or cycling. You can also enjoy a Campfire experience should you wish as part of your stop over.

Having walked ourselves all Coastal Sections of the 105 Ordnance Map, and the majority of the Fowey 107, one of us will always be happy to pass on our knowledge of things not to miss along the way, and how much fuel you need for the next section ahead!

For a walling holiday in Cornwall – I cannot recommend enough www.iwalkcornwall.co.uk for excellent walks, local to us and further afield

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Our “pop ups” are going down a storm already this season.  The last visit made by Kernow Forno saw 70 plus pizzas consumed, and our biggest concern was them running out before getting ours! They served topless once again as despite a little bit of a showery week, the sun shone on the righteous as it always does!

Judging by the queues I saw whilst on duty in the office, as many (or may be more) cocktails and ciders were served too.

Breakfasts courtesy of The Cornish Maid are being well received, now that word has got around that The Meadows once again does breakfast, even if this time they do not cook it themselves. This

Being a small business ourselves, the “pop ups” are a great opportunity for us to support other equally “small’ and themeadows-camping-food-and-drink-fish-and-chipslocal businesses. The combination works well and they team up together to do food and drink on an evening, which is ideal for our campers, who often like to spend the evening at camp. This evening we have Chilli Nachos, washed down with Mojitos.

Newspapers – this is something we have been toying with for a while now, and is something a lot of guests enjoy.   For any one visiting from this point onwards, Newspapers are available but on an order by 7pm the night before basis.  It will also mean more newspapers in the recycling which will get used by John for the fire pits, so that will be a bonus!

For those arriving with us this season for the first time, if you have not already done so please check out our facilities page, and also our FAQ page on our website should you have ??s.  You will find lots of  information that is felt to be useful to you before you arrive.

S7000534News from Camp Dog – thank you for all your lovely comments (sarcastic and otherwise) with regard to my new sign.  It is indeed a very true likeness as was painted from an actual photograph of me.  It seems to be working well, and there has not been any incidents  and all dogs have been very well behaved. Still counting down the days to my high season haircut, as am sure many dogs are doing similar for their holiday haircut!

Weather – after an unsettled week, the barometer is moving well, and fingers crossed more settled weather is on its way. Even with the showery weather, there has been good spells of very warm sunshine in between.  It has been a case of lucky with the showers, one day, and unlucky the next!!

Bookings – Introduced to our home page is a new section for late availability/cancellations and those IMG_7102who plan to just turn up and take a chance.  You can always call too to check what we have, or drop an email detailing any flexibility on your dates.

Look forward to seeing many of you soon.

Lynn ( on behalf of the meadows team)

 

 

 

 

Our campers have been getting in the water…….

Posted on June 11, 2016 by Comments Off on Our campers have been getting in the water…….

We have had a super couple of weeks of very warm and sunny weather, and with lovely warm evenings too.

Our guests have certainly been making the most of the fabulous weather, and getting out and on, and in the water.  A number of our guests have taken up my recommendation of kayaking down the Fowey Estuary, and have thoroughly enjoyed this.  Kingfishers and all sorts of wildlife have been spotted, and the less experienced guests have not found it too difficult. Have a look at Fowey River Hire for more information.

DSC_6727The sea must also have warmed up since we opened, and our Wild Swimmers had their first swim camp.  There has been lots of sea dipping, and swimming both by dogs and humans. Our most popular coves for swimming seem to be Caerhays, Gorran Haven and Duporth.

Also out on the water Mackerel fishing trips are also very popular already, and we have smelt them cooking on the BBQ, so campers are being very lucky and getting a good catch.

Lazys picJohn and I find every week to be a completely different week on the campsite, with a new group of campers.  Our guests always seem to be a friendly bunch, and this is probably one of the most commented upon points about our campsite.  With our pop ups, and our lovely sunny seated deck, guests love to share their experiences and enjoy a cocktail and fire pit together! There has been some impromptu (always the best), singing and guitar playing, and even The Cornish Maid gave us a lovely tune one evening.

The green stripy deckchairs are becoming the most used “communal” deckchairs out, being used for breakfast, pre-dinner beer and cocktails, and even for devouring pizzas and fish and chips around the fire pit.  I have even joined in with my outdoor office, when my little shed was just a tad on the warm side, and so Harv and I moved outdoors.

Now so far, based upon guests’ feedback, these are the most popular places so far this season:-

  1. Caerhays Beach  – for swimming and sunbathing, with a gorgeous cafe for drinks, ice and lunch. This cover Caerhaysis also popular for parking up with your campervan, with a sea view on a showery day, ready to make a sharp exit and put the kettle on !
  2. Duporth beach (close to Charlestown) – in recent fab weather times, it is like being in paradise.
  3. Knightor Winery – for wine tours, and lunch outside in the lovely terraced courtyard.
  4. Kayaking – for novices, the most popular is a trip down the Fowey Estuary to Golant with Fowey River Hire. Our more experienced kayakers, like Porthpean and have been seal spotting from here, and Pentewan and Polkerris are also popular.
  5. All our pop ups are going down a treat so far this season as already mentioned.  Our campers feel very lucky themeadows-camping-food-and-drink-pizzato be able to sample one of top ten pizzas in the Country (as featured in The Times).
  6. S7000414Homemade (not by me) dog bandanas and bunting. Ours campers love getting in the spirit of things. In one day, I sold 13 bandanas, and so The Meadows must have the best dressed dogs in Cornwall.
  7. For food, our guests are loving The Hub Box, Sams on the Beach, The Kingswood Restaurant, and The Polgooth when there isn’t any food on offer at the Campsite.
  8. Heligan Gardens and Trewithen Gardens are looking fabulous at the moment as reported by our guests. The majority of our guests are enjoying walking up to Heligan and the £3.50 pp discount for doing so is Henry Cav - Ferrygetting them up the hill.
  9. As always the Mevagissey to Fowey has been on a lot of our guests must do things, and the welcome cooler air out at sea has gone down a treat.
  10. Walking – we have a new favourite. Our guests are all enjoying a circular walk from Mevaggisey to Gorran Haven SWCP, and then back via footpaths taking in a lovely wooded valley bringing you back out at Portmellon.  If you want to do this walk, just ask us the way. Of course the Mevagissey circular walk remains as popular as ever, picking up Lobbs Farm Treats, and fish from Mevagissey harbour on route.
  11. Even during the heatwave,  our fire pits have been very popular.  Some days, delivery has required the use of the tractor and trailer with all fire pits, bbq and wood deliveries as the legs and wheelbarrow did just not cut it.

NEWS from Camp Dog Harvey –  If I was on commission for bandana sales, I would be holidaying inS7000534 Barbados this winter! Am always happy to pass my opinion on colour and style, and  whether it makes your bum look big ;).  I am counting down the days at the moment to my high season haircut, as I am starting to resemble a woolly sheep.

One of our regular guests arrived this week, with a new sign for me, and it is nice to see how seriously my role here is taken.

Arriving with us this week? – Falmouth is the place to visit.  Between 17-19 June there is the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, and the Falmouth Classics Regatta. Our pop ups will all be popping up too!

S7000293BOOKINGS – we are at present pretty full for both hook ups and “proper camping” from now really well in to August.   For late availability, you are best to give us a call to see what we can do.  Our booking system is a flexible one, so we have people coming and going every day, which means we do have the odd gaps here and there, and cancellations do come about.

 

For those who don’t know, we are a smallish adult only campsite in South Cornwall, close to Pentewan and Mevagissey.  We are a good campsite for walkers and cyclists and those who want to enjoy the gardens of Heligan and Eden. We are campfire and dog friendly, and we have visiting pop ups throughout the season.

Lynn x