North Cornwall September 2012

Discussion in 'Cornwall' started by Red Kite, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. The day finally arrived, the alarm went off at 4:30am and we were ready to go, just a few final checks to make:
    Campervan - check
    Awning - check
    Healthy supply of sweets and music for the journey - check
    Hangover from night out with work colleagues the (that wasn't on the list) - check

    We finally hit the road at 6:15 and made our way to north Cornwall. After a relatively trouble free journey (apart from some quality time spent on the A30 waiting for the road to be opened after an accident northbound) we arrived in St Agnes where we were staying at Beacon Farm Campsite which overlooks Chapel Porth Beach:

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    Great campsite with superb and spotless facilities, only gripe was the slope on the field - must bring some wedges next time. It's only a 15 minute walk to the beach where on Sunday the World Bellyboarding Championships took place; 100's of brave souls try their best to ride their plywood boards for 10 minute sessions, by which time they have turned blue (no wet suits allowed).

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    The event is based around the use of traditional short plywood boards and attracts all kinds of vintage fancy dress, with a few classic cars on show too (no Bays though):

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    We stayed on this site for 4 nights in all and met a number of other bays that were mostly on hire and were adopted by the resident moggy who took refuge in our awning one day and didn't budge until we moved on:

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    We then moved northwards to Padstow Touring Park:

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    (you'll notice the green theme here!!)

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    The site is just off the main road between Padstow and Wadebridge and again has good facilities - only gripe here is why would you close them at 8:30 in the morning for cleaning? A series of well marked footpaths takes you downhill into Padstow where you can sample all of Mr Stein's wares - we managed to get in his chippy one night - superb fish and chips, albeit a tad expensive.

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    We hired bikes and rode to Bodmin one day via the Camel Trail and visited Camel Valley Wines the following day, where for £7.50 you can have a full tour of the facilities and sample the fruits of their labours. The vineyards are in a stunning setting - you have to negotiate some interesting lanes to find them - but well worth the effort:

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    All in all a terrific week in a beautiful part of the country, helped immensely by the weather. Woodville behaved himself impeccably and over the 675 miles covered, we averaged 22 mpg. This was our 1st "big trip" in the van and have already started planning for next year......watch this space

    ATB


    Clive, Caroline & Woodville
     
  2. some great photos there, cheers for posting them up!
     
  3. great pics and looks like you had a fab time :)
     
  4. Great pics - and great to have 1st hand info on the campsites too. Glad Woodville behaved himself. I'm very envious!
     

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