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On Yer Bike – The Camel Trail   15 comments

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A walk on the moors, a walk on the coast, a play in the sea. We needed something else to entertain us on the last day. Some cycling was in order. The Camel Trail runs for 17 miles along the estuary and inland towards the fringes of Bodmin Moor. That would do nicely, we hired bikes, packed a picnic and headed off

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Its a supremely easy and flat ride, busy and very popular with families. There are wide and expansive views across the estuary

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After passing through Wadebridge the character changes and it becomes a wooded trail. Much quieter and in fact for large stretches, deserted

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At the far end near Wenfordbridge we came across this rather nice meadow by the river and had tea, crab sandwiches and cake. Very refined

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And then back the same way rather than a trip through the lanes. To be honest the inland stretch was a bit samey, just long stretches through the trees with not much in the way of views. I think a road return would have added some variety but there is a lot to be said for traffic free cycling

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We returned along the estuary for more fine views and and ever increasing soreness of backside (a problem I find when I don’t have any cause to ride out of the saddle on a longer ride)

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A 34 mile trip took the weekends outdoor distance covered to almost 50 miles. Not bad

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Just a final stroll through Padstow and a quiet sit on the harbour to finish off a superb weekend

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Getting older has its benefits, lets just hope I have plenty more Cornwall weekends left in me! 🙂

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Showers and Sunshine around Padstow   14 comments

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Day two of our weekend away in Devon and Cornwall and time to swap high moors for coastal cliffs and beaches. More showers were in the air so it looked like one of those days when waterproofs would be regularly on and off. We planned to repeat a circuit we’d done a few years back when staying in Trevone, cutting across the peninsula and back to Padstow around Stepper Point. The walk across the fields was actually quite pleasant. No muddy corners or overgrown stiles. The first stretch was through a waving field of young wheat or barley

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As we caught first sight of the coast we were hit by the first soaking downpour. Only lasted a few minutes but enough to dampen the spirits a little

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Just as quickly the sun came out, spirits and waterproofs were dried out as we walked down to the sea at Trevone Beach

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Walking out to the headland, we were soaked again!

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This was a short sharp shower and luckily for us the last one of the day. The flowers in the coastal meadow are always a delight in the SW

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We circled Trevone Round Hole, one of several sea caves with a collapsed roof in the area

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The coastline along this stretch is dramatic and the path twists and turns around the small headlands, revealing numerous caves and sea arches. This is Porthmissen Bridge

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This dramatic feature near Gunver Head doesn’t seem to have a name on the map although the parcel split off from the cliffs does, Middle Merope Island

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From there to Stepper Point and its abandoned lighthouse its a less dramatic but glorious walk across wild flower be-decked meadows along grassy paths. In the warming sunshine its was marvellous

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From the headland you get grand views across to Polzeath and back inland along the Camel estuary towards Padstow (hidden from sight)

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The wild flowers in the hedgerows along the path prompted me to take a photo

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We took to the beach at Harbour Cove to walk back towards Padstow.

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The sun came out in full effect and with the gentle clear waters in the sheltered estuary and the pale sand it felt almost tropical

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Without shades, the light was blindingly bright but the scene was a happy one of people strolling and enjoying the simple pleasures of playing with various dogs and kids. I enjoyed this stretch immensely

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Sadly the beach finishes among the rocks and you are forced to rejoin the crowds as you head back into Padstow. It was as busy as always but in a nice way. We enjoyed a pasty from the Chough bakery (the best in Cornwall that I’ve tried) serenaded by a half decent busker

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A pretty decent 8 miles for half a day but that day wasn’t yet over

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Time for some water based fun for TBF at least. Treyarnon Bay is one of our favourites and we headed back again. One of the reasons for visiting Cornwall for my Birthday is for me to catch some waves. Bad news was that my car was in for repairs and I had no way to carry my kayak on the roof of the loan car they gave me. I also had a bad cold and didn’t think splashing about in cold water was a good idea. Last time I was dumb enough to do that I got a nasty sinus infection that I wasn’t keen to repeat

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I took on the role of photographer and beach potterer in chief and spent a happy couple of hours poking about on the sand in the caves and watching TBF body boarding

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I took a final stroll along the path watching a newly wed couple (the bride in a backless dress) having their wedding photos taken in the strong chilly breeze. She looked very cold!

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A superb day finished off with another fine seafood meal at the excellent Prawn on the Lawn

South and West to Cornwall – Part 2   6 comments

Time to move on. We were spending the majority of our holiday down near Padstow at a place called Trethias Farm. It’s a splendid place, quiet, walking distance from the beach with stunning coastal views.

padstow, treyarnon bay, bedruthan steps, cornwall, carnewas island, sunset, digger's island, queen bess rock, red cove island, samaritan island, pendarves island

padstow, treyarnon bay, bedruthan steps, cornwall, carnewas island, sunset, digger's island, queen bess rock, red cove island, samaritan island, pendarves island

The perfect site, or so we thought until the day we left but more of that in a later post.

Our first evening treated us to a spectacular sunset, probably the best part of holiday on the west coast.

padstow, treyarnon bay, bedruthan steps, cornwall, carnewas island, sunset, digger's island, queen bess rock, red cove island, samaritan island, pendarves island

padstow, treyarnon bay, bedruthan steps, cornwall, carnewas island, sunset, digger's island, queen bess rock, red cove island, samaritan island, pendarves island

padstow, treyarnon bay, bedruthan steps, cornwall, carnewas island, sunset, digger's island, queen bess rock, red cove island, samaritan island, pendarves island

padstow, treyarnon bay, bedruthan steps, cornwall, carnewas island, sunset, digger's island, queen bess rock, red cove island, samaritan island, pendarves island

padstow, treyarnon bay, bedruthan steps, cornwall, carnewas island, sunset, digger's island, queen bess rock, red cove island, samaritan island, pendarves island

After a washout day of dreary rain, things improved and the rest of the week was mainly sunny albeit unseasonably cold with a strong northerly wind for the whole time we were there. We took the short drive to Bedruthan Steps which, as you can see is a spectacular spot.

padstow, treyarnon bay, bedruthan steps, cornwall, carnewas island, sunset, digger's island, queen bess rock, red cove island, samaritan island, pendarves island

padstow, treyarnon bay, bedruthan steps, cornwall, carnewas island, sunset, digger's island, queen bess rock, red cove island, samaritan island, pendarves island

padstow, treyarnon bay, bedruthan steps, cornwall, carnewas island, sunset, digger's island, queen bess rock, red cove island, samaritan island, pendarves island

It’s only accessible at low tide and even then only by a steep set of steps hewn into the rock. Once on the sands on a sunny day its a fabulous spot to spend a couple of hours

padstow, treyarnon bay, bedruthan steps, cornwall, carnewas island, sunset, digger's island, queen bess rock, red cove island, samaritan island, pendarves island

padstow, treyarnon bay, bedruthan steps, cornwall, carnewas island, sunset, digger's island, queen bess rock, red cove island, samaritan island, pendarves island

padstow, treyarnon bay, bedruthan steps, cornwall, carnewas island, sunset, digger's island, queen bess rock, red cove island, samaritan island, pendarves island

padstow, treyarnon bay, bedruthan steps, cornwall, carnewas island, sunset, digger's island, queen bess rock, red cove island, samaritan island, pendarves island

padstow, treyarnon bay, bedruthan steps, cornwall, carnewas island, sunset, digger's island, queen bess rock, red cove island, samaritan island, pendarves island

padstow, treyarnon bay, bedruthan steps, cornwall, carnewas island, sunset, digger's island, queen bess rock, red cove island, samaritan island, pendarves island

Strong currents mean there is no swimming here so wandering about scrambling on the rocks (and through them, there are several caves) and just enjoying the scene are the order of the day

padstow, treyarnon bay, bedruthan steps, cornwall, carnewas island, sunset, digger's island, queen bess rock, red cove island, samaritan island, pendarves island

padstow, treyarnon bay, bedruthan steps, cornwall, carnewas island, sunset, digger's island, queen bess rock, red cove island, samaritan island, pendarves island

padstow, treyarnon bay, bedruthan steps, cornwall, carnewas island, sunset, digger's island, queen bess rock, red cove island, samaritan island, pendarves island

As it’s a taxing climb and more than a 5 second walk from the car its relatively quiet by Cornwall standards padstow, treyarnon bay, bedruthan steps, cornwall, carnewas island, sunset, digger's island, queen bess rock, red cove island, samaritan island, pendarves island

padstow, treyarnon bay, bedruthan steps, cornwall, carnewas island, sunset, digger's island, queen bess rock, red cove island, samaritan island, pendarves island

padstow, treyarnon bay, bedruthan steps, cornwall, carnewas island, sunset, digger's island, queen bess rock, red cove island, samaritan island, pendarves island

padstow, treyarnon bay, bedruthan steps, cornwall, carnewas island, sunset, digger's island, queen bess rock, red cove island, samaritan island, pendarves island

The beach gets its name from the huge rock towers that stud the beach, said to be stepping-stones for the giant Bedruthan. Evocative names as well. Carnewas Island, Pendarves Island, Redcove Island, Samaritan Island, Queen Bess Rock, Diggory’s Island, They add a very photogenic attraction to this superb stretch of golden sand.

padstow, treyarnon bay, bedruthan steps, cornwall, carnewas island, sunset, digger's island, queen bess rock, red cove island, samaritan island, pendarves island

padstow, treyarnon bay, bedruthan steps, cornwall, carnewas island, sunset, digger's island, queen bess rock, red cove island, samaritan island, pendarves island

padstow, treyarnon bay, bedruthan steps, cornwall, carnewas island, sunset, digger's island, queen bess rock, red cove island, samaritan island, pendarves island

It’s pretty much the perfect beach for walking and exploring (if not water-based fun). Loads of secret little corners, and pocket coves with deep turquoise pools in the sand.

padstow, treyarnon bay, bedruthan steps, cornwall, carnewas island, sunset, digger's island, queen bess rock, red cove island, samaritan island, pendarves island

padstow, treyarnon bay, bedruthan steps, cornwall, carnewas island, sunset, digger's island, queen bess rock, red cove island, samaritan island, pendarves island

Perfect morning activity to work up an appetite for a picnic lunch back at the campsite – and a quick snooze for some

padstow, treyarnon bay, bedruthan steps, cornwall, carnewas island, sunset, digger's island, queen bess rock, red cove island, samaritan island, pendarves island

padstow, treyarnon bay, bedruthan steps, cornwall, carnewas island, sunset, digger's island, queen bess rock, red cove island, samaritan island, pendarves island

More water based fun to come

South and West to Cornwall – Part 1   10 comments

Our second holiday of the summer and just the family this time. We’d not been to Cornwall for a few years so time to re-aquaint ourselves and get some more use out of the camper. To beat the traffic of the Bank Holiday weekend we travelled down few days early and stayed a few nights near Bude as we’d never done that part of the coast. Bude was a bit down-market to be honest. Our impression not helped by a full tide and lots of scum floating in the water sea, washed from the farmers fields in recent heavy rains

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We stayed just south of Widemouth Bay, itself a few miles south of the main town. Very nice it was too. We stayed on the very welcoming and friendly Penhalt Farm campsite, high above the sea with some fine views.

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penhalt farm, bude, cornwall, crackington haven, boscastle, widemouth bay

A quiet, uneventful yet very enjoyable stay. We took a stroll along the coast down to, and across, Widemouth Bay itself

penhalt farm, bude, cornwall, crackington haven, boscastle, widemouth bay

penhalt farm, bude, cornwall, crackington haven, boscastle, widemouth bay

penhalt farm, bude, cornwall, crackington haven, boscastle, widemouth bay

penhalt farm, bude, cornwall, crackington haven, boscastle, widemouth bay

penhalt farm, bude, cornwall, crackington haven, boscastle, widemouth bay

penhalt farm, bude, cornwall, crackington haven, boscastle, widemouth bay

We also took in some body boarding while TJS went for a solo stroll from Crackington Haven back to the campsite along the spectacular coast path. The cliffs here are some of the highest in the SW

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In the afternoon we took a family stroll down to Boscastle (via an Ice Cream shop) and had a very fine early evening on the cliffs above the harbour after all the tourists had gone home

penhalt farm, bude, cornwall, crackington haven, boscastle, widemouth bay

penhalt farm, bude, cornwall, crackington haven, boscastle, widemouth bay

penhalt farm, bude, cornwall, crackington haven, boscastle, widemouth bay

penhalt farm, bude, cornwall, crackington haven, boscastle, widemouth bay

penhalt farm, bude, cornwall, crackington haven, boscastle, widemouth bay

penhalt farm, bude, cornwall, crackington haven, boscastle, widemouth bay

penhalt farm, bude, cornwall, crackington haven, boscastle, widemouth bay

Crackington Haven was revisited. Another fine spot for an evening with a cafe doing freshly baked pizzas and a BBQ – perfect for an al-fresco meal if we’d not had a BBQ ourselves at lunchtime. Noted for a return visit

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penhalt farm, bude, cornwall, crackington haven, boscastle, widemouth bay

Our stay was completed with a magnificent sunset from the campsite

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penhalt farm, bude, cornwall, crackington haven, boscastle, widemouth bay

Short post for a short but enjoyable stay before we moved on further South and West for the rest of the week

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