Posted on June 17, 2016
As 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.
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 free 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!
For 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
Other Meadows News
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 local 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.
News 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 who 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)
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 November 6, 2014
More wood piles required
Our last few days of the season were quiet ones, and so it got us used to the idea of being “quiet”, but it still seems strange to have the gates closed and the place to ourselves.
Making the most of the continued good weather, we have been getting stuck in to the jobs where there is a big plus sign to getting them done as soon as. The grass is growing under our feet, and we are really pleased about that. The meadow has been topped and we are making the most of Heligan’s half price plant sale and getting down to planting and further beautifying the site. We have also been “logging” as we can never have too much wood with the popularity of our fire pits, and our own love of our wood burner in the winter.
As a lot of our guests will know The Meadows Team (me, Lynn, John & Camp Dog Harvey) are very keen walkers. Some of you now know better than to ask one of us for a suggestion for a good walk, as we do sometimes get carried away wanting our guests to see as much as possible!!
Pont Pill (Hall Walk)
The Mevagissey circular walk starting right from our gate which is about 6.5 miles is one of our favourites, and we are now very used to the good climbs. It is a great walk for stop off whether it be coffee and cake at Heligan, or at the new Cafe on the Quay at Mevagissey serving proper homemade delicious cakes. Depending on the time of day it could be fish and chips, or Cornish pasty time. We usually stop for a drink in our local pub The Ship Inn, in Pentewan before setting off on the last mile home up the trail. Polstreath beach which you pass along the way between Meva and Pentewan is lovely and quiet even in the summer as the only way down is via 200 steps!!!
Lantic Bay, near Fowey
Another of our favourite walks is the Fowey Hall Walk, with an extension to include Pencarrow Head, and Lantic Bay (dog friendly). We talked ourselves in to diverting down to the bay, and we were sooooo pleased we did. We had the beach to ourselves and the sky was blue, and it was just amazing. It is a very tricky climb down, but apart from the steepness the climb back up seems somehow easier. Lunch stop was at The Luggar Inn, Polruan and the walk has two different ferry rides along the way.
To go with a very good walk, we like a good lunch and have enjoyed a few lunches out as we have really been missing those. The Sharksfin at Mevagissey is excellent for fish, and I love their crab sandwich with a bowl of chips. One of our favourite areas for walking is the Roseland Peninsula. On Sunday we had a walk around St Anthony’s Head, a paddle in the sea, and a cup of tea with Thirstea the old Citreon H Van that visited us here in the summer at Town Farm. On the way home, we stopped off at the very cosy Roseland Inn at Philleigh for lunch which was lovely, and the pub was full.
One of our other favourite pub lunches is at The Pandora Inn near Mylor on the Carrick Roads. This is a beautiful area with lovely creekside walking. The walk around to the pub from Mylor is lovely with great views of the boats and fabulous waterside properties. It was a very sunny day, but the wind was a little too chilly to brave lunch sitting on the pontoon. We opted for mussels (me) and our two friends, and John had a pulled pork sandwich with spiced apple chutney. Food was all delicious, the sandwich was huge and full of pork, and another cosy pub with log fires. Both pubs highly recommended, and both dog friendly, as of course Harvey accompanied us on both occasions.
Our guests shady walk during the many really hot days last season as the Luxulyan Valley, known as the hidden valley. This is our mizzly walk as there is lots of tree cover, although soon to be less when all the leaves are off. This walk is beautiful whatever time of year, and great if you like walking next to water. The pub in the village itself is on our list of ones to try as we have good reports.
Whilst out and about, we have been getting inspiration for our winter work at The Meadows, and we have some good ideas. As we have now uncovered the whole of the campsite, from beneath the brambles, and completed our major work, any more changes will be smaller ones. We are just as excited about this year’s work, and this is of course phase 3 for us with our second season of learning behind us.
Deer “up country”
A few days after closing we made a trip up country to visit our families. We all had a lovely time, and enjoyed lots of walks along the River Soar, and around Bradgate Park, pub lunches, and a visit to Melton Mowbray Cattle Market. Harvey enjoyed spending times with his cousins, well most of them any way (sorry Billy).
General Meadows News
Bookings – we have now opened our diary for 2015, and have booked lots of guests in already. Always good to have a holiday to look forward to and we are certainly looking forward to ours! In case any one is wondering, yes our holiday does involve camping, walking, wine, beaches and sunshine – our winter version of a camping holiday at The Meadows! If you would like to be an early booker with us for next year then you can contact us here, or call 01726 844383. For new guests, we are a quirky smallish adult only campsite in the Pentewan Valley, South Cornwall. The Meadows is also a very dog friendly campsite. We are an ideal campsite, for those who like the gardens, particularly Heligan and Eden, and those who enjoying walking the SWCP, or cycling as we are right on the Coast to Clay Trail.
We are pleased to say that Kernowforno will be here again next season cooking delicious wood fired pizzas. John will also be serving up breakfast baguettes again, although this may not be every day. We are thinking of tasty porridge for some days as we know this is popular with campers. We are also hopeful that Big Pan Parties will come again to cook up their delicious paella on site, and Sams Cocktail Van with Mojito Steve on board knows he is always very welcome here.
What a good idea
Harvey has been thinking up new ideas for his guests on four legs, whilst also getting out there finding new walks and dog friendly eating places. Harvey has also been finding life rather strange since the gates closed. He still makes his way to the french doors in the morning, but cannot understand where everyone has gone.
Hope you like the pictures, which are a bit of a mix, and I shall keep them coming over the winter as it is a good way of keeping in touch. It also answers the ? we get asked most in the summer ……… “what do you do in the winter?” :).
Lynn on behalf of The Meadows Team
Posted on September 5, 2013
The Meadows Team (me Lynn, John and Camp Dog Harvey) are so enjoying having our Lottie Caravan on the campsite. Lottie’s guests have been enjoying her too, and have all had so much fun especially with the good weather they have enjoyed.
Lottie has attracted lots of interest from passers by including caravan enthusiasts, and just fans of all things “Vintage”. Indeed, our neighbours are convinced that the recent increase in knocks to the bollard in the middle of the road, and loss of wheel trims is entirely down to Lottie gazers!
I have had great fun keep adding to Lottie’s already well kitted out interior. This week I just could not resist these gorgeous Beach Hut Lights for inside. The outside deck area is also lit up at nights with fairy lights hanging from the sail.
For a late addition to The Meadows Campsite, Lottie has had lots of guests over the summer. As it is starting to feel just a little chilly in the mornings, and evenings, I have just bought Lottie a little heater to keep her guests cosy.
The met office are still saying that September will be fairly dry on the whole, with temperatures above average, so very good for a Lottie Vintage Caravan break. We have one weekend break in September still available, and availability for the Monday to Friday breaks, starting this coming Monday.
If you would like to come and enjoy The Meadows Campsite, and this beautiful area, and camp in vintage style then Lottie Caravan is highly recommended. Please have a look at Lottie’s page for more information and pictures, and contact us by email here, or telephone 01726 844383 with any questions or should you wish to book. A fabulous place to rest your tired legs whilst enjoying a walking holiday in Cornwall.
The Meadows Campsite is a small dog friendly site, situate in the Pentewan Valley, close to Mevagissey, Charlestown, Heligan Gardens, and the Eden Project. We cater for campervans, tents (all shapes & sizes), caravans and motorhomes. September and October are great months for walking (south west coast path), cycling and having a good old mooch about. We are in a great location for exploring the south coast of Cornwall, but you can also be over in Padstow in around 30 minutes.
Note – there is only one Lottie, and we have not yet found her a sister, but we are very much looking.
Posted on March 5, 2013
I, Harvey/Camp Dog am still with my owners in our temporary abode awaiting the installation of our kitchen and bathroom.
We are staying in the lovely harbour town of Mevagissey and so have lots of lovely walks direct from the door. Our retreat is at the top of a very steep hill and so each walk finishes with a very big climb.
This walk was taken on a Sunday (our day off) and we joined the south west coast path in the harbour. We followed this passing through the picturesque Port Mellon, and the Rising Sun Inn although no pit stop there this time was it was before opening hours. My owners are early risers!!
We then followed the coastal path round with a few climbs and descents down to Gorran Haven and past the chapel of St Just. I had a run here on the beach which was very quiet and the sun was shining. Gorran Haven is a very beautiful fishing village and I shall go back in the summer when the sea is a little warmer.
As it was nearly lunchtime we headed off through the lanes and along the “school path” up to Gorran Church Town, and the Barley Sheaf Pub for a snack. This is a very smart pub with good beer, treats for us dogs, and a nice log fire. The pub has lots of events of a music type and is very welcoming.
My owners seemed to enjoy their lunch of homemade soup, and smoked mackerel pâté.
We went a different way for part of the return over some grassy fields with one very steep descent. We then rejoined the coastal path and back in to Mevagissey, and the final climb back home.
There were lovely views of Gorran, Mevagissey, and Port Mellon along the way.
A good walk which I give a score of 8 out of 10. The walk has to be a full circular walk with no doubling up on the way back to get full marks.
My owners would be delighted to show you this walk on a map. It would be possible to start this walk from The Meadows if you were feeling energetic. You would then pick up the coast path in Pentewan village.
Please do come and stay with us at The Meadows caravan and camping park this summer. We cater for caravans, motor homes tents of all sizes. You might prefer to book in advance and if so you can enquire here or telephone Lynn or John – 01726 844383/07712599745. Alternatively just turn up and we will always find you a pitch if we can.
Posted on March 1, 2013
Harvey – Camp Dog
Camp dog has been given a day off from his main role………………..
I (Camp Dog Harvey) am making the most of a Sunday off and enjoying a walk with my owners.
In this beautiful part of Cornwall, we are spoilt for choice with walks, and we are all now getting used to the climbs once you get out of the sheltered Pentewan Valley setting.
For today’s walk, we set off from our new home The Meadows down the picturesque Pentewan Trail in to the Pentewan village itself. As it was a good sunny still day, we joined the well marked south west coastal path. The views out to sea were fabulous and also the sight of the fishing boats out there. Provided I stay away from the cliff edge, coastal path walking is lead free for me and so I am happy.
The path is quite up and down in place, but with great views all the way to Mevagissey. It seems that there are seem good spots for fishing en route.
We arrived in Mevagissey in time for a lunchtime drink at The Ship Inn. Why are there so many pubs with the same name?! There is a new resident landlord and landlady and so my owners were sharing their new and exciting business stories with each other whilst I had a nap.
It was fairly quiet in Mevagissey itself and so we had a meander down the little lanes before heading back along the Pentewan Trail back to the Pentewan Valley. This was an easier walk, well signed, and some lead free.
I give this walk 8 out of 10. If there had been any pheasants or squirrels to chase on the route back it would have been 9.
My owners have lots of walking books and maps and will be happy to show you this, and other circular walks in this very picturesque area of Cornwall, UK. As I always join them on their walks then the pub lunch stop offs are Dog Friendly.
We hope you will come and stay with us at The Meadows touring park in the Pentewan Valley. Our friendly site welcomes motor homes, touring caravans and tents. We are well situated to enjoy Cornwall, and within walking distance of The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Whilst advance booking is recommended we do cater for tourers turning up on spec and will always try and find a pitch for you if we can. Please enquire here, or telephone Lynn or John on 01726 844383.”
Posted on February 10, 2013
It really is a Dogs life out there … (especially in Cornwall)
Well just in case you don’t already know, I am Harvey, also known as Camp Dog/Security. On my days off I am getting out and about testing walking routes, and places to eat so that I can share this information with guests of The Meadows, touring caravan and camping park that I run with my owners. In particular I will guide you on dog friendly places in this beautiful part of Cornwall in the UK.
I will also let you know what places my owners say are good to eat, and those are usually the ones where I don’t get any leftovers!
As I am very busy in the holiday season with my various roles around the camp site, I tend to do my proper walks at quieter times.
For all your readers out there, this latest walk is exploring the coast and countryside where Daphne du Marier got the inspiration for some of her books. If you are not a Daphne du Marier fan already, then you may soon become one.
This particular walk started at the charming Readymoney Cove in Fowey, and this is also where we parked. We went up Love Lane and in to the trees of Covington Woods (I love the woods). The route at this point is inland across farmers fields, and then through a tunnel which leads on to Menabilly House, although we continued along the fields and track to Tregaminion Farm.
At this point depending on the time of day, you can divert to visit the lovely dog friendly Rashleigh Inn at Polkerris. The pub has nice seats looking over to the beach of Polkerris, although the beach itself is not dog friendly in the summer months. Sam’s On The Beach is also at Polkerris, again right on the beach, and gets rave reviews. If your owners want to take you to Sam’s then I suggest booking. The third option for your owners is The Lifeboat House Beach Shop which sells sandwiches, and the much loved Cornish pasties, which could be popped in the rucksack ready for lunchtime, snacks and dog nap time.
From Polkerris we took the South West Coastal Path, so lots of scamping over rugged cliffs. This path is very clearly marked. You pass Gribbin Head and I found it a good walk of typical South West Coastal Path walking and then you arrive at Polridmouth. There is a nice area for picnicking/dog napping if your owners went for food option three, being the takeaway Cornish pastie. Us dogs are welcomed on Polridmouth beach, if you fancy a stop off to rest your legs, paddle in the sea, or just take in the view. It was this cove that was used by Daphne du Marier for the setting for the death of heroine Rebecca.
We all then continued on our walk along the coastal path, in steeply to Coombe Hawne, back in to Covington Woods, passing the Rashleigh Mausoleum. You then arrive at St Catherines Castle and descend back down to Readymoney Cove.
I was doing this walk out of season, and before our guests arrive. If you do this walk in Spring/Summer then you should meet the ice cream van on Readymoney Cove to finish off with a cornet.
My owners John, and Lynn enjoyed this walk, and the refreshments along the way. They will be happy to show you this walk, on a map, or even draw a map for you. Come and see Lynn and John at reception, or on duty around the site at The Meadows Touring Caravan and Camping Park in the Pentewan Valley, near to St Austell. Ideally you should book your stay in advance, although my owners will always endeavour to fit you in if they can. Please telephone Lynn, or John on 01726 844383/07712599745, or make an enquiry by submitting the form here.
The Meadows caters for motor homes, touring caravans and tents.