Posted on May 26, 2016
After you have ensured that you are not booking in to anything other than an “adults only campsite”, (we are dog friendly too) it is time to check out the best of what is on offer for grown ups.
I have done lots of posts about walking (which I love), food (which I also love), and so for some other ideas if you are visiting soon:-
- Last year quite a number of our guests ventured out with Fowey River Hire this was for the guided canoe expeditions, and also hiring kayaks out. The feedback was excellent and indeed guests have even told us that they enjoyed it so much they have bought their own kayaks for this year. This years dates and times are out with regular expeditions and for more information prior to arriving check out their website. The Fowey Estuary really is a great place to try out kayaking and is not only beautiful, but the waters are far calmer than out on the open sea. If it is a guided tour, then my understanding is that there is usually a stop off at the pub in the pretty Golant village.
- Our guests seem to be a fit bunch, and so I am sure some of you would be up for cycling along the trail and country lanes to visit a few of the local vineyards. In one direction, there is Polmassick Vineyard and also very close by Bosue Vineyard. Both do tasting and tours, and at Polmassick cream teas are also available. A good cycle ride, but well worth it in another direction you will find Knightor Winery. As well as tasting and tours, Knightor has a lovely cafe & restaurant open in the daytime and evenings, and they host also feast nights which make for a great night out. Need a bike then contact Stuart at Pentewan Valley Cycle Hire
- Campers who venture out to Falmouth always seem to have a good day out, and Falmouth is one our favourite Cornish towns. There are lots of little independent shops, a huge choice of restaurants, and lots of little ferry crossings to the likes of St Mawes, Flushing and other boaty places. Head out there 17-19 June and you will see the Falmouth Classics Regatta. A little bit later in June 27 June-2 July it is the Pendennis Cup. Whilst out that way, it would be a good time to take a little diversion and head off to The Pandora Inn at Restronguet. This was last year voted the best pub in Cornwall and you will not be disappointed.
- My idea of a great car free day out would be an early start and catch the first ferry over to Fowey. On landing in Fowey, I would head off to Pinky Murphys for coffee. After a mooch around Fowey, I would walk round on the SWCP to Polkerris and feast outside at Sams on the Beach with a bowl of gorgeous Fowey River Mussels. Depending if time was in my favour, it would be the bus or ferry back. If time was in my favour I would walk back from Mevagissey via Lobbs Farm Shop and pick up some goodies for supper.
Not forgetting for the beer/cider lovers out there St Austell Brewery Tour, Skinners Brewery Tour, and Healeys Cider Farm. Well, I say tour, but of course it is tour and sample, as the two go hand in hand. If heading to Skinners you can catch the bus or train to Truro then nobody has to drive. St Austell Brewery is just up the road, but again on the bus route.
I don’t think I can write a post without including food!!
For the foodies out there, our regular wood fired pizza and fish & chips start in June, and also breakfasts. Also on in June locally are
18-25 June 2106 St Austell Feast Week
21-22 June Fowey Mussel Fest
News from Camp Dog Harvey (aka HRH)
For all you handbag dogs out there I have passed on the bandana feedback and hopefully a selection of smaller ones will arrive in time for Summer. Great for the forthcoming heatwave as you can wet it and keep cool, in more ways than one.
What I have learnt this week from under the desk! New answer for “can you walk to the Eden Project from here” – technically, yes you can, and around it and back as someone did from here the other day. I was well impressed but now in my more mature years, I won’t be following suit ;).
Bookings – our diary is a very busy one, with only the odd gaps here and there, and a couple of cancellations available. This is except at the moment for “proper camping” between 3-10 June. There must be something really, really exciting going on elsewhere in the Country. However, if you are a spur of the moment camper, why not take up this opportunity of lots of space and book. This could of course all change very quickly if the anticipated 90 day heatwave transpires.
The Meadows Campsite is an adult only (and dog friendly) campsite/caravan site in South Cornwall, close to Heligan, Eden, Mevagissey and Charlestown. We love campfires, bunting, all things quirky and people from all walks of life.
To book call 01726 844383, or complete the contact form and you will get a swift response.
Posted on May 16, 2016
After a fabulous first bank holiday weekend, we have been working hard to make the second just as good.
Well, using our extensive powers of charm and persuasion, we have persuaded our local pop ups to pop along over the weekend. This means there will be a way of escaping the half term madness, and you can retreat back to camp in the evening. We have new fire pits, and all of the old ones too, and our wood stacks, are still a plenty.
For all those booked in, here is what is on offer for the weekend:-
- Sunday – we have Cornish breakfast including doorstep sandwiches made with Kittows Sausage and bacon, and other delights served up by the Cornish Maid.
- Saturday evening – the Cornish Maid will be here serving up Chilli Nachos or similar.
- Sunday evening, we have Kernowforno (as recently featured in The Times 😉 ) here, cooking up their amazing wood fired pizzas fresh to order.
- To go with our pop up food Lazys (by name, but not by nature) Travelling Bar will be here. I understand that this time there will be some new cider cocktails on the menu amongst other things.
From the beginning of June, our regular nights will also be starting with pizzas on Tuesdays, and fish & chips on a Thursday. The pop up bar and Cornish Maid (breakfast) will also be making regular appearances
Our pop ups now have their own page on our website – please check this out, with some great pictures that I will add to as the season revs up a gear, or two!
Now, as for the weather, it has to be kind and the long term forecast does look that way. For long term, John and I look at the farmers’ forecast. For short term, after recent inaccurate BBC forecasting we came up with our own weather stone.
For bank holiday walking, Heligan Gardens is looking lovely. The walk up there is also lovely and hopefully the bluebells will still be out. The walkers discount offered by Heligan should be enough to get you up the hill. The SWCP is also looking fabulous as our walking guests are keeping us regularly updated.
The season so far has got off to a great start, and there has been lots of lovely guests visiting. Last week Camp Dog Harvey made a new friend called Derek. Derek has been a cavalier owner all of his life and is 94! A sole motor homer owner who had come a long way to see Cornwall once again, and certainly did not let his age stand in his way. Heligan Garden, Caerhays, Ferrying from Mevagissey to Fowey were all ticked off. With the great weather there was also plenty of time for relaxing on the campsite in a chair with a good book. Derek did lots of book swaps, and so if you pick up a Clive Cussler whilst you are here, it is probably one of his.
The wildflower meadow should be looking super by the time the bank holiday is upon us. Everything has all of a sudden gone mad, and the ragged robin and yellow flag irises are shooting up.
If John can just catch our resident moles who are giving us a daily runaround all would be fabulous. Moles are very cute creatures, but why do they like the greenest areas of the campsite.
News from Camp Dog – I am now back in the swing of everything. I am first in the office in the morning, and last out at night (very true) ! Apart from being trodden on a few times, life is good being back on duty. All of those on four legs have been extremely well behaved. With my stylish good looks I have made a few dog bandana sales and so am earning my keep.
Bookings – there is not a lot left now for hook ups until the end of August, except for the odd cancellations that come in. For “proper camping” (none electric) there are many dates where we are down to our last couple of spaces for advance booking. This means if you have us in mind, then please get in touch sooner rather than later.
Touring Cornwall the Cool Camping way – we are always worth a try if it is just for the odd night, or two. Please give us a call, or email us, or just drop in should you be passing by. The Meadows is just for adults, and very dog friendly, and a great spot if you enjoy walking/cycling and don’t mind a few hills. Situate in the Pentewan Valley, The Meadows is great for Mevagissey, Heligan and even the Eden Project.
Lynn ( on behalf of The Meadows Team)
Posted on May 3, 2016
Well, in our year one I think we had about 6 units on the campsite for the first bank holiday, and one of those was Martin Dorey with his Reporter hat on. That meant we very slowly eased our way in to the season, which was good really as we were complete novices.
This year was a completely different story and we had almost a full campsite. That made for a fantastic weekend, as with some great sunshine, as well as a frost, and with foodie/drinkie delights all was good. Being rather nesh myself, I was very impressed with the number of “proper campers” for our first weekend, especially those who woke to frozen tents. Hardy, there were as after waking to a frost, about an hour later about 30 of them were swimming in the sea in costumes NO WETSUITS !! A shout out to Pauline Barker the organiser of the wild swimming camp and what a lovely group they were. They had fire pit every night, a swim every day, and after there swim there was lots of ooh aaahing coming from the shower block at the delight of our lovely hot showers.
A lot of our campers travelled lightly for the weekend bringing, lots of layers of clothes and not leaving much too for room. Our wild swimming group, and also the rest of our guests on the campsite, were very pleased to make full advantage of the food offerings on site this weekend. These were courtesy of Kerno Fornow cooking up wood fired pizzas fresh to order, The Cornish Maid cooking up doorstep breakfast sandwiches, porridge and hot drinks and Lazy’s Travelling Bar, who did not have time to be Lazy !! I made the mistake of saying to The Cornish Maid “don’t think you will be busy so early in the season” to then watch a constant queue from her starting serving to the end of her service. Of course the brekkie had to get the swimmers from Porthpean to Charlestown & back!!
Saturday night with the pizzas and Lazy’s bar working in tandem, glorious sunshine and all our fire pits going, there was one of the best atmospheres I can remember. John & I always say that The Meadows attracts lovely like minded people from all walks of life, and some extremely cute dogs.
Despite, being a bit slow for everything natural (like grass, plants, trees etc), we did look lovely when we opened. We made up for the lack of natural colour with extra bunting and fairy lights.
It has been good walking weather, and our early guests have almost all enjoyed the Mevagissey circular walk with a stop of at The Ship (why not)!
This means next bank holiday has a lot to live up to, as the benchmark has been set high. I am working on the next one to see what I can pull out of the bag with the support of our local lovelies.
Bookings – we have very little left for high season if electricity is a must, and “proper camping” pitches are getting booked up for those we book out in advance. If you still have us in mind for your summer holiday then you can book by completing the contact form, or giving us a call. We do keep a few casual electric and “proper camping” pitches for those touring around, and those who like to book last minute.
For first time visitors, The Meadows Campsite, is an adult only quirky campsite, and we are dog friendly. We are good for camping and caravanning for Mevagissey, Heligan Gardens, and we are also close to Eden. For walkers and cyclists, we are situate directly on the Coast to Clay Trail and for walkers this links up to the SWCP. We love campfires, nature, bunting and anything on the quirky side. We also love showing our guests the food and drink delights of this local area.
Look forward to seeing all of those booked in with us soon. Next weekend is set to be another busy one, and the weather forecast is looking very good – not a frost in sight!
Posted on March 29, 2016
If you are going to be visiting this season, then you will have seen from our website and my previous blog that you are not going to go hungry.
This means you need to “walk” up an appetite and, how nice is it to combine foodie camping with walking.
Prior to your trip have a look at a fantastic website for walking in Cornwall which we use a lot – iwalkcornwall.co.uk. There are lots of very local circular walks around Pentewan, Mevagissey, and Charlestown, which can be walked straight from the campsite gates and without getting in the car. There are also walks if you are staying longer and venturing further afield.
For keen walkers it is worthwhile getting the app and then for a very modest fee (worth it not to get lost) you can download individual walks to your phone.
It is also worth looking at our own cycling & walking page for our walking highlights, of which there are so many. The location of The Meadows Campsite, (adults only & dog friendly) on the local bus route, and close to Mevagissey for the Fowey Ferry, means there are so many options to leave the car behind.
Harvey’ walking view
All you camping dog owners have got to agree that there is nothing better than a tired out pooch back at camp! Also most walks around here can include a dog friendly pub!
Just a short one for now as I need to work off all those Easter Eggs.
Posted on August 13, 2015
With only two pairs of hands, oh and four paws there is always a job to be done running a campsite. Whilst I have been quite good getting my camera out whilst out and about on the campsite, this has not followed through until today as a Blog post.
Well, before we knew it, August was here, and now we are almost half way through August too. Quite fairly, I suppose all our guests seem so far seem to be getting a mixed bag of weather. There has been lots of sunshine, a little bit of rain (well quite a lot on a couple of occasions), and some hot days, and some not so hot.
The very big up side of this summer’s weather is that it is great weather for “doing”. Our recent guests have certainly been doers, and have been out and about on land and sea. Kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding is extremely popular. We have had quite a few guests kayaking between the lovely Porthpean and Carlyon Bay. Of course Carlyon Bay has Sams on the Bay and now a fish bar too, so a great stop off place.
Walking – it has not been too hot for long walks, on a lot of days. A lot of guests are big walkers, and we agree that you see so much more on two legs. The current favourite walks are:-
1. Number 1 – the Mevagissey Circular Walk, heading there joining the trail at our gate, and then returning via the SWCP, and of course also via The Ship Inn, Pentewan and back up the River. A lovely day walk. This one I expect will always stay at number 1.
Number 2 – another great circular walk to the gorgeous Charlestown. Again this walks starts at our gate, joining the trail going in the other direction linking up to the Coast Path. The return leg is via footpaths from Porthpean, and then through the hamlet of Roseweek, and finally back down the river home. Another great, walk, but this is a workout walk as it involves a lot of climbs, but with great views and coves along the way.
Tip –take your swimmers and great spots for a dip are Hallane Beach, and Duporth Beach. Porthpean is a great stop off for a refreshing drink, and Charlestown for lunch.
Another tip – should you be flagging at Charlestown then you could hop on the bus and be dropped off just outside.
Chapel Point & Colana Beach
Number 3 – Starting off as walking 3, and then continuing on the SWCP to Gorran Haven, via Portmellon, Chapel Point (gorgeous) & Colana Beach. There is a circular route back via The Barley Sheaf, Gorran Church town through a lovely valley in to Portmellon, or you can catch the Gorran Bus back. to camp.
Number 4 – This can be car free, by either walking or busing to Mevagissey. Our guests have done a combination and a lot have borrowed one of our walking books for this walk. Catch the Ferry to Meva to Fowey Ferry, then hop on as a foot passenger to Boddinick and follow signs for the famous Hall Walk. Our walking books all add an extension on to the SWCP taking in Lantic Bay (gorgeous). The walk finishes at Polruan and The Luggar Inn is highly recommended for food, especially fish. Cross back over to Fowey on the Polruan ferry and then either bus, or ferry back to Mevagissey. Fabulous day walk, and fantastic views. Some of our guests got to see the huge Cruiser Liner in Fowey at the start of this month. There is never any shortage of boats to look at.
Other highly recommended “doing” days:-
1. Heligan Gardens, of course. At the moment it is great if you can get tickets and combine the gardens, with Kneehigh Theatre, with a pre-theatre Bar and BBQ. Bring a torch as you can walk there and back on the Trail. This show is getting extremely good reviews by all.
2. Kayaking on the Fowey Estuary to the gorgeous Golant. This is not as strenuous as kayaking on the open sea, but don’t be fooled!! All guests who have done this have loved it. We have the full programme of river expeditions in our office, and booking numbers, so go on you know you want to………….
Chris from Aquila. Actual pictures not being accepted at present!!!
3. Camp Daddy organised our first adult only Meadows eCampsite xcursion this month. This was an early evening and very successful mackerel fishing trip. The fishermen and fisherwomen thought positively as all BBQs were out on hire by pre-order that night. Thank you to Chris from Aquila as our guests thoroughly enjoyed the fishing and the fish supper. We had our fish in a red thai fish curry which was delicious.
4. Eden Project, and with the annual pass you can do it in two sessions. Tip – get there for opening time, and get out by lunchtime!
5. Regattas – we have already had Charlestown’s Regatta, and it is currently Falmouth Regatta Week, but there is still Fowey Regatta to be enjoyed.
Pictures – here are some taken over the past few weeks.
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Bunting update – a new bunting queen, and a very good one has been found. Laura came to stay with us and I particularly admired her homemade bunting, and home made windbreaks. We now have a good selection in our little shop, although it is selling fast. There is camping bunting, and campervan bunting, and nautical bunting, amongst others. The first batch sold out quicker than our Roskilly Salt Caramel Fudge, which is to the bunting Queen’s credit.
We love seeing all the bunting and other decorations including flags and fairy lights on the campsite. All the decorations and fires burning in the evenings make the campsite what it is. Our guests make a real effort, and all this enhances our campsite, so thank you for joining in!!
Foodie Events – our guests are all loving the food on offer here at The Meadows. Pizzas, fish and chips, and gourmet burgers are all well received. Anna’s cocktails are also very popular indeed, as well as the good Old Rosie Cider, which I steer well clear of with my early starts.
Of course, we also have some excellent eating places near by. The Polgooth Inn, and The Kingswood remain our guests favourites, and if you don’t mind a drive then Sams on the Beach and the Salamander (busable) are also extremely popular.
Bookings – if you are planning a late summer holiday, to tie in with our Indian Summer, then we do still have a little bit of space, although not much. For hook ups, then except for our casual pitches, we are full until the middle of September. For “proper camping” (none electric), we are full until around the 7th of September. In very good weather times, we do offer some late availability, but this is usually taken by those calling a day or so before hand, or just turning up.
We are an adult only campsite, close to Mevagissey, Pentewan and Heligan Gardens. We are a great campsite for those who like walking and cycling in the day, and campfires, relaxing, and food in the evenings. All well behaved dogs (and other pets) are welcome.
Walkers & Cyclists – just a reminder that you don’t need to advance book and you can just turn up. We will always find you a spot, and the pitch price is discounted by 25%.
News from Camp Dog Harvey – there has been a lot of temptations in my office this season, but so far I have managed to resist. I did also start to flag a little in July, but revived myself with my very short back and sides. There has been some lovely visitors to the campsite, and Wink (the one eyed pug) was one of my favourites. I was also very pleased to see the return of the trio of cavaliers who stayed last year. As well as dog, cat, parrot and tortoise visitors there has been lots of wildlife spotting on the campsite. We have had a family of hedgehogs, barn owl, very large slow worm, and so many different birds, moths and even baby bats. One of our guests was lucky enough to watch a barn owl flying over the site, as most guests only hear them.
Finally ……………..Well, for those whose holiday has been enjoyed, thank you very much indeed for choosing to stay at The Meadows. Thank you also so much for all the lovely reviews, message and pictures that you have taken the time and trouble to post/send. These are great for newbies thinking of booking to stay with us. For those who have their holiday still to look forward to, we shall see you all very soon.
Lynn (on behalf of The Meadows team of 3)
Posted on May 8, 2015
The Meadows – for camping close to Mevagissey
Most of our visitors for the 2015 season are now booked in, and counting down to their holiday. With a bit of good planning and thinking ahead, you are sure to get the most out of your jolly.
Here are our top tips for getting the most out of your Cornish camping trip, especially for all those Cornish virgins out there:-
1. First and foremost, buy a map of the local area. The ordnance survey explorer maps are great for “exploring”, and also a great tool for planning walks, cycle rides and scenic drives. For us, covering Mevaggisey, Truro, Falmouth and the Roseland, Map 105 is the best one. We do sell here the little yellow maps which are very popular and may be enough if you are just on foot/bicycle.
2. Have a look at the What’s On guide for Cornwall, and check out what is happening in the county during your stay. It is so easy to get around the county from base camp, The Meadows, and so worth the drive for something special. There are some great country fairs and vintage rallies, such as The St Ewe Country Fair and the Bocconnoc Steam Rally.
For the month of May, I have done this research for you, and here are just a few of events happening, and most of these are near by.
Helston Flora Day – today, and so one to think about for next May!
Fowey Festival of Words and Music 9-16 May
Port Elliot Dog Festival – 9/5. This has to be lots of fun.
Eden Classic Cycle Ride – 10 May. A chance to cycle around the whole of the Eden Project.
Lostfest – a one day Festival, with lots packed in with stalls, foodie, cider/cornish ale, music and just generally lots of things happening to make for a full day of fun. This is in Lostwithiel.
Not an event, but always a wonderful place, Heligan Gardens and the fabulous little piglets.
My understanding is that the film set at Portholland will be in place until around the end of this month. Good idea to park at Caerhays and walk around to it on the SWCP.
3. Check out any offers for the Gardens of Cornwall, in particular those local to us, Eden and The Lost Gardens of
Heligan. Last year Gardeners World did a great offer, and the gardens themselves had a great offer for those visiting both. You should also look at arriving at the gardens under their own steam as there is often a reward for doing so.
4. Whilst away on holiday, this is a time to check out the lovely Country pubs that a stay cation is so great for. One of our favourite books, for ensuring you are heading for a great pub is to check out those in the area in Aistair Sawday’s Special Pub Book, or the Sawday website. For those bringing their four legged friend, doggie pubs is also a great app to have on your phone, although Cornish Landlords and Landlies are far more accepting of dogs than other areas of the country, and it is unusual for a dog not to be welcome.
5. Check out your camping gear before you get here. This will avoid spending the first day of your holiday visiting the camping shops to replace, buy things you have forgotten, or that you broke last time, and intended to replace, but never got around to it.
Catch mackerel with Chris from Aquila
6. This high season we hope to be offering food on two evenings of the week, but we know our campers like to cook up their own delights. Holidays are a great time to try out new dishes, and being a fishy area Paella is a good one, and of course freshly caught (by you) mackerel on the bbq. Bring some recipes with you, and have on board all your essential ingredients. For campervanners we like the list The Campervan Cook Martin Dorey did in his book, and we have tasted his cooking, and it is good!!
Other Meadows News
We had a great turn out for May day bank holiday weekend, even though the weather was not the kindest. However, early campers are we find a hardy bunch, and they all had their bbqs and fire pits going and did not let a bit of the wet stuff spoil their first camping trip of the season. We had dogs in coats and hoodies, adults in hats and scarves one minute and tee shirts and shorts the next.
Cosy up in Mabel
Lottie and Mabel Caravans both were blessed with guests for the weekend who cozied up in them as they both have heaters, and thick duvets and so guests keep toasty warm.
The meadow flower is growing nicely, and at bank holiday a lot of the secluded pitches were occupied, and once again, those furthest in were the most popular.
Poldark – nearly all our visitors so far have made a visit to Charlestown to check out the harbour that featured in Poldark. We even had guests walk there on the SWCP on one of the blustery days, which was very well done indeed.
Following the sudden ending of the Western Greyhound busy company, we are now getting used to the new local bus services. This service First Service 24 is proving very popular and reliable John has even made a new bus stop sign as before it was a very Cornish bus stop and nobody wants to upset the bus driver by standing in the wrong spot.
It is great news that we now have a bus going to Gorran Haven, and also to Polgooth, handy for the Polgooth Inn.
Checking everything out from the bank of bluebells
News from Camp Dog Harvey –
Bank holiday was great for me, not too hot for working, and lots going on for me to look at. I also managed to fit in some nice walks along the river to the village checking out the bluebells, campion, a dipper, yellow wagtails and some swifts along the way.
My girls’ eggs were very popular over the bank holiday weekend and sold out quickly. At present I am trying to increase productively, but so far this is not going well.
It is great that we appear to be popular, and we like being on the smaller side, but this does mean we cannot accommodate all who want to stay. For the coming bank holiday, we are fully booked now on our main pitches, so all we have are our casual pitches and “proper camping” (none electric). However last bank holiday, we did have a few cancel at the 11th hour so we are always worth a try for cancellations and telephoning is best. For first time visitors, we are an adults only campsite, and dog friendly, close to Mevagissey, South Cornwall. We make a great base for a walking or cycling holiday in Cornwall.
For the rest of the season, give us a try and let us know if your dates are flexible in any way, as we try to be ourselves.
Look out for our camper van signs
You can call 01726 844383 or contact us by email .
For those who are booked to stay with us at Bank holiday, we are hoping that there will be fried eggs in the sky this time. As usual if the weather is not so kind John and I will take full responsibility as Campsite Owners.
Lynn, John & Camp Dog Harvey
Posted on May 1, 2015
Well, we are now in to day two of our third season, and the fun has already begun. For our first evening our guests enjoyed fire pits and bbqs, with campers making the most of the evening sunshine.
Our guests were so keen they were waiting outside the gates before they were open. At that point, we were still up a ladder doing the most important job that always gets left until the last minute – bunting!
We cannot be more pleased with how the campsite looks. As guests who have stayed with us previously will know, we have had a lot to do since arriving here three years ago. The last two winters, we have concentrated on major and mucky site work, and so we have always been disturbing what was already there, to get to where we are now.
This year, we have been concentrating more on general maintenance, and there is always a lot of that, wood, and general beautifying of the site.
Here are just a few pictures taken a couple of days before opening – prior to bunting and butterflies!
The new Edition is out, and what a fab book. There is a lovely new cool campsite in Cornwall featuring in it on page 34. For anyone who tours this is a great book to have on board. We keep a copy for our touring guests in our deck reading, and it has been used lots in the past.
News from Camp Dog Harvey
I love it when we open the gates, as there is always so much going on. It is just so exciting for the first few weeks, that I give up my position on the back of the settee and am usually found on the deck or in the office. My first guests are all enjoying themselves, and we have a party of 3 dogs who yesterday enjoyed my favourite circular Mevagissey walk.
Other Meadows news
This weekend does not look like a weekend of sunbathing on the beach, and so here are our spring suggestions for enjoying this part of Cornwall:-
1. Time it in between any rain showers and walk in to Mevagissey on the Pentewan Trail for a good old mooch around the harbour, followed by fish and chips at either The Fountain, or The Sharksfin. Options for the return journey back are on two feet the other way via SWCP, the good old bus, or the quicker walking route of back the way you went!
2. Head out to Caerhays and Portholland and check out the film set, as it won’t be there for too much longer.
3. The most popular place on a wet day, and so expect to share with lots of others is Eden. Better in my view to visit on a sunshine and showers day as there is lots inside, and also lots outside too. The food is great there to. You might be tempted to purchase tickets for one of the fab Eden Sessions acts and make a return journey to Cornwall in early summer as there are some fab acts lined up.
4. Be prepared in case it should rain, but head off anyway for a stunning spring walk on the SWCP to Charlestown, and if you have been watching Poldark (has any one not) then the harbour will look very familiar. There are some lovely eating places, little beaches, and caves and there is a shorter route back as this is a good walk. The SWCP is a mass of wild garlic, pink campion, primroses and cow parsley.
This weekend we should see our fair share of sunshine too this bank holiday, and the extended forecast is looking good too.
Well they are coming in thick and fast, and we cannot believe how many people are looking for “just for grown ups”. If you have not stayed with us before, then we are an adults only campsite, and dog and other pet friendly. We are a campsite close to Mevagissey and Charlestown, and we love campfires and bunting. You can book by email or telephone 01726 844383. If you like walking and/or cycling and then we are an ideal site.
Hi di hi and ho di ho from The Meadows Team – Lynn, John and Camp Dog Harvey x
Posted on April 20, 2015
Well with less than two weeks to go until opening for our third season, we are feeling very excited.
Our new pitch signs
The Meadows has never looked so smart in the weeks coming up to opening, as we have not had to recover from any major disruption this winter. With all the painting now completed, and the grass as green as can be, we are looking very colourful. The bluebells are starting to flower, and we have been adding plants, and repotting existing ones, and the leaves are all coming on the trees.
This week we have been painting by numbers, and making our new pitch signs. They are very “handmade”, but just really a better way we think than just a number. Once varnished, they will be put in place next week.
It will soon look like this
Our popular wildflower meadow is starting to grow and John has mown a pathway through it whilst he still can. We have also made a board walk for part of it, but we are still waiting to see where the flowers are going to be best before strumming out the secluded pitches. The new camper van pitches are proving popular and we have a few savvy campers who are to be operating solar style!
The bank and hedgerows are looking lovely, and there are some good signs of some lovely wild flowers starting to come. We have filled a few ton sacks of old wood to make room for the new life coming through.
The weather has been gorgeous and so it makes sense to concentrate on the outdoor jobs first. The sun just keeps shining, and so we should get all our outdoor work completed this week. Next week will be a super clean, setting up Lottie and Mabel for their first guests, and erecting bunting and butterflies.
We have got ourselves out and about quite a bit recently too and we are loving the SWCP. The flowers and colour are amazing, and you can still often have sections of the path to yourselves. You won’t find that peace and quiet at Trago Mills!!
A great walk from the campsite is a circular walk taking in Charlestown on the SWCP joining it in Pentewan off the trail, and back via Roseweek and the trail. This is a very good strenuous walk, but fab. The cafe in Porthpean made a great cool drink stop, and of course there is a choice of refreshment stops in Charlestown. The walk back is shorter so no stop needed! You should allow a good 4 hours walking for this, but a beautiful walk.
Another great section of the SWCP is parking at Carne Beach on the Roseland and walking around to Caerhays. We did this the other weekend, but we did do the walk in two halves, and made a circular walk each time. The first time we had lunch at The Ship Inn, Portloe which was very nice indeed. The second time with the leg from Portloe to Caerhays we stopped off at Portholland to check out the latest film set and had coffee at Pebbles Cafe. There was no filming as it was Sunday, but the set itself was amazing and so very real.
Today we met up with friends at Porth Farm on the Roseland and walked around St Anthony’s head with a very good wind blowing. We were lucky to see seals and again lots of lovely wildflowers along the way, and sandy bays. We stopped off at The Plume and Feathers at Portscatho for our first crab sandwich of the season, and a bowl of Cornish chips – gorgeous.
Well, as for other meadows news ……………….
Fish & Chips – this is now pretty much a definite for the season courtesy of The Atlantic Fryer. Check them out and we are sure you will agree they look good! Just need to sort out the start date, and numbers are good so hoping it could be June.
Cocktails & Cider – this is still part of the plan for this season, but we are just sorting out the finer details. This is likely to be on a pop up type of basis on sunny days (hoping there are lots of those).
The Hub Box – is now open for business on Pentewan Sands, and the early reports are very good indeed, but busy!
Buses – The Western Greyhound unfortunately closed for business. There are plenty of buses around, and so the bus is still a good and reliable way to get around. Of course you can also walk and cycle to lots of places from the campsite, which is cheaper and much healthier, but probably the bus is best when it gets dark, or for further afield.
News from HRH aka Camp Dog Harvey
I am doing very well indeed, and loving the sun, especially as I have just had a drastic pre season haircut. My haircut is a smart one so as not to let the side down, and I was even given a dash of aftershave.
The long walks during “down time” have worked wonders for my waistline. The vet weighed me this week and confirmed I had lost 10% of my body weight since we closed the gates, so handsome I am.
I have been enjoying helping out this week, checking out the wildflower meadow, and with the mulching of the flower beds. However, there has also been a few lazy afternoons where I have been caught snoozing in the shade under the tables on the deck. Of course, I do not want to peak too early in the season, as with the booking numbers, it looks to be a busy time for some.
Cornwall is so very pooch friendly, and I can highly recommend for the early visitors Caerhays. Great for garden lovers, and lovers of all sniffs like me, a fab sun trap courtyard cafe, and then a paddle in the sea afterwards. What more could a dog and his owners want. The Caerhays fete on 21 June should be a jolly affair and I would say worth a visit.
Bookings – for July and August, we are very nearly fully booked, especially for hook up pitches. There are a few odd gaps, if just a short break is the order of the day. We are once again this season keeping casual pitches, for last minute bookers, and those doing the Poldark tour of Cornwall, or similar. If you want to book then you can contact us by email, or telephone – 01726 844383. The new Cool Camping Book is out very soon, and we are looking forward to seeing our entry, as three years ago we would never have imagined featuring in that.
Posted on January 27, 2014
The Meadows Team (that is me Lynn, Camp Daddy John, and Camp Dog Harvey) enjoy nothing more than a good long walk , especially in Cornwall.
Being very busy on site with our groundwork, this year we are staying in the County, but even so we will not get to do any where near all the walks we would love to do.
John and I both love the Cornish coastline (SWCP) and the lovely little bays, and fishing villages usually with a characterful and dog friendly pub for lunch. Camp Dog Harvey does love the coast path and can be encouraged in to the sea, but loves woods and chasing squirrels and pheasants.
Last weekend we had a mixed weather bag (typical Cornwall), but most of Sunday was gorgeous and sunny. We made the most of both days, and had two lovely walks.
One of the bays we came across on our walk
The first walk was one we had wanted to do for some time, as we have seen it from over the water. The walk around St Anthony’s Head had fantastic views all the way, and lots of interesting features including the lighthouse, and observation point. We extended this walk slightly parking at the NT Towan Farm car park and walking around Porth Creek. Approaching Towan Beach at the end of our walk we were lucky to see lots of seals on the beach and swimming in the sea. This was a good walk for a walk that had seen a lot of rain, as Harvey was able to take a bathe in the sea at Towan Beach, as when we got back to the car, we headed off to our lunch spot.
This walk is another one ticked off from the book that I will be selling this year in our small camp shop. 16 circular walks all close to the campsite, and we have done quite a number now. All so far have been great, with some real gems for great views and little coves.
Favouring holidaying in the UK, and never liking to intentionally leave Harvey out we use Alistair Sawday’s Pub and Inns Book as a bit of a Bible. There is nothing worse than having a less than average lunch in a characterless pub after a good few hours walking when you are ready for some really tasty local food. Last Saturday we had a gorgeous sandwich and bowl of very home made chips in the The Roseland Inn at Philleigh. A great little pub, and so warm and cosy with the fire, and bags of character and Camp Dog Harvey was made very welcome. This pub got full marks and would be a lovely pub for the summer too as there was a lovely outside seating area.
Another pub out of the book that we recently visited was The Kings Head at Ruan High Lanes which is a good one for on the way to or from Truro. This is described in the book as a pub with a heart, and I would very much agree with that. The village itself is a beauty with a Norman font, and a creek that is a haven for waders and waterfowl. John had an open ploughman’s sandwich, and I had pan friend prawns with garlic butter and we shared a portion of homemade chips . A cracking pub with a lovely dog friendly bar, and the restaurant was also extremely popular with some lovely catch of the day dishes on the menu. Another one we shall be returning to.
Last Sunday was a great day for seeing Polperro, and we walked over to Talland Bay which was a very popular walk, again with lovely views back over to St Austell Bay. This place is full of character, with lovely Cornish cottages, little lanes, boats and of course a little beach and the sea. Had it not been for some very black clouds looming in the distance, we would have walked on to Looe, but we are saving that for another time. The return car journey was on the scenic route through the back villages, and over on the ferry to Fowey where we stopped for a swift pint at The Ship Inn before heading home for lamb shanks and winter veg cooked by John.
Next weekend we are planning to visit Lanhydrock as the snowdrops should be looking lovely by then. The Estate grounds look ideal for a good Sunday morning walk.
Meadows Campsite News
We never expected changing to a site “just for grown ups” to be so popular, and campers are searching out adult only campsites in Cornwall. The interest has been amazing, and we are looking forward to meeting so many new guests this season, and also to the guests of our first season returning to see the changes. So far, most of the bookings are for guests liking a few more of their creature comforts and opting for electric hookup so it seems we made the right decision adding another 4 hook ups for this season further “down field” and on the sunniest side.
Our first wood tower
Work on site is progressing, albeit it slower than we would like due to Cornwall taking conditions that would usually fall on the Lake District. On showery days, we are managing our wood. There has been a lot of chopping, splitting, stacking and building of log towers, a skill that John learnt on a Norfolk woodland management course. Our logs stores are full too – yes there has been a lot of showery days, and luckily we still have lots of wood to chop and stack. There is still a lot to do, but everything is in place, and this week looks to be much better. It is still only January, and this time last year, we had not even landed in Cornwall. I keep telling John that every day we must wake up with a PMA (positive mental attitude), and the rest is easy!!!
News from Camp Dog Harvey
CD taking in the view of Polperro
As much as I love my mum and dad, I am now counting down to the start of the season and seeing new faces. Getting rid of my rain coat, and putting on my cool coat cannot come soon enough for me. As much as I love lounging in the evening in front of the log burner, there is not much to see in the dark. I much prefer sprawling out on the deck keeping one eye out on my guests, whilst soaking in the sunshine, and the extra daylight hours.
My girls “our chucks” are still laying well, and my favourite every day dinner is a soft boiled egg and bakers.
I am looking quite trim at the moment and am really enjoying getting out and about exploring new places, and returning to some of my favourites. As it is only a short drive away, Caerhays seems to be a popular choice for The Meadows team when time allows for just a hour or so end of sunlight down time. There are pheasants for me, in abundance, and sand and sea to keep the other members of the team happy.
We will be soon
For all you adults out there, looking for a traditional small quiet campsite in a lovely part of Cornwall, please do give us a try. We welcome tents (all shapes and sizes) caravans, campervans, motorhomes, converted buses, ambulances, and anything “quirky”. We are dog friendly, and great as a base for visiting the gardens of Heligan and Eden, and the gorgeous Fowey and Mevagissey. You can book by contacting us, The Meadows Campsite, Pentewan here, or by telephoning 01726 844383. If you prefer camping on a more hassle free basis, then we have our caravans available for rent on a weekly, or short break basis.
Posted on January 6, 2014
The Meadows Team spent their Christmas having lots of fun “up country”, with our families and friends. Camp Dog Harvey got to meet his new cousins, Boris the spanish water spaniel, Barney the Puggle and Malcolm a very handsome and playful Jack Russell cross. We enjoyed some fabulous old walks in the Leicestershire countryside, and lots of scrumptious food, wine and laughter. Christmas day afternoon we sat down with the “Bowler” extended family and watched Carry on Camping – that was never not going to happen at some point over the Christmas Break!!
The grass protecta when first laid last year (2013)
Prior to the big storms of the New Year, we had enjoyed a very dry November and early December, and so had achieved lots before our break. At least the first stage of our ditching, and the de-silting of the stream has been put to the test as we have had a stormy start to the New Year. The stream has been very high and flowing fast, but luckily the banks did not break. Unfortunately Fowey, and Mevagissey did not fair very well, but they were extremely well prepared for damage limitation. It seems the North Coast got the biggest battering.
Our existing customers will be familiar with our “hardstanding grass pitches”. In just one season the grass protecta became very well established with a full blown lawn grown through it, and the new grass seed was for strong camping site grass which is certainly is. For a lot of the work we are doing, it has been necessary to take up a lot of the grass protecta which will then be relaid. By the time we took up the final roll last Saturday, we had just about mastered the best technique, but once relaid this year it is not coming up again! Very tough stuff though, and it is now all in rolls and looking like new, and John and I should be standing up straight again by the time we open :).
Sam’s on the beach
It has not been just storms, and in between we have had some gorgeous sunny still dry days. This was one such day, when we enjoyed another helping of mussels and chips at Sams on the Beach in Polkeris which were once again delicious, and the view is as good.
This month is going to be a very busy month starting from today, and so the improving weather picture is just what we need. Our road (posh track) extension work starts tomorrow. This and other ground work has been carefully planned from what we have learned about the land during our first year, and about what our guests want from their campsite experience. 12 weeks from purchase to opening last year, did not give us time, though we did do well with what we achieved. Indeed this is what has given us the confidence about what we can achieve this year before opening, with 5 and a half months on our side. So far, so good, and we expect to even get in lots of outings in the county.
We are very excited about the work taking place and the changes being made, and we are already looking forward to the start of our second season.
Camp Dog’s recovery position
Stormy seas at Lizard Point
Yesterday, on stormy Sunday we took a trip out to the Lizard. It was mainly a driving tour as there was not much let up with the heavy rain, but we did walk down to the point which blew away a few cobwebs. This was Camp Dog in the back of the landy in his recovery position after his cobwebs were blown away. We did the trip via Portleven and Cadgwith, and both places looked a little battered with dramatic seas.
Changing to a site “just for grown ups” was for us a big change to make, and so we did wonder what effect this would have on our enquiries. This time last year, we were still planning our move to Cornwall, and our website was being created, and so we had no other January to compare it to. We have been very pleasantly surprised and encouraged for both December and January, and our booking numbers are very healthy. It is lovely to hear from old guests of 2013, and we also look forward to meeting new guests in 2014 visiting us for the first time. It seems there are lots of grown ups out there who want to be around grown ups, both young and mature and liking a traditional small campsite, in a beautiful area.
We continue to be very dog friendly, and indeed some of you on four legs are also ahead of the game with planning your 2014 camping trips. Camp Dog Harvey is feeling energised after his Christmas over indulgence, and is getting out and about checking out some new walks, and frequenting his very places.
News from Camp Dog
Oh so Royal King Charles
Fighting fit now, but this was me in December being chauffeured around whilst recovering from a minor op on my paw. It would be unfair not to every so often reminder my parents that I am after all a “King”. I have still not got over my name change from HRH to Camp Dog.
Storm watching – most of mine has been done from the back of the settee. However I did assist Camp Daddy with the rescue of a labrador from the River Winnick when the river was at it fiercest, and we were out following a storm. That was quite a scary sight, and I did not get the labrador’s name, but he or she looked very frightened and very relieved when the humans managed to catch up with it and haul it out from the bank. Lesson to self – stay away from the raging rivers, and the raging sea, and stick with the settee, and log burner!
View on the return leg of our walk from Mevagissey on the SWCP
This was the calm before a storm. A beautiful calm sunny afternoon on Pentewan Sands. This was also the calm the day after a storm. My favourite circular walk from camp to Mevagissey on the Pentewan Trail and back on the south west coast path. Fabulous as always, and with a few plump pheasants to chase along the way.
Camping for dogs – just as a reminder for those thinking of booking a camping trip with us here. The Meadows Campsite is a very dog friendly campsite, and welcomes all well behaved dogs, together with their owners. There are excellent dog friendly walks for you from camp gates, though you can also take the bus, and the ferries as alternative means of transport. There are also some fabulous dog friendly pubs, foodie, and serving great beer.
Beaches – please take time to check out my page and whet your appetite for some fabulous beaches. My favourites are Caerhays and Hemmick Beach.
We are opening the gates at Easter, in time for wild garlic pesto, Easter eggs laid by our girls, and Easter Sunshine. If you want to book in with us for 2014 for either a caravan, campervan, motorhome, or tent pitch please contact us here, or give us a call. Lottie and Mabel Caravans are also available to rent should you wish to enjoy a more hassle free camping experience. The Meadows is a great site for visiting the gardens of Cornwall, in particular Heligan, and the Eden Project, and for a Mevagissey camping holiday.
Happy New Year from me Lynn, (Camp Mother), John (Camp Daddy), and Camp Dog Harvey – The Meadows Team. We hope to see you during our second season here at The Meadows Campsite, Pentewan, Cornwall