Just got back from Little Orchard Village in St Agnes and I am so glad to be home. We booked a holiday chalet but we actually got a shed with a bed. This is a very tired and dated site and the Manager, Jon, is not very helpful at all. On the other hand, his brother Pete is brilliant but he is treated like a skivvy.
The bed was damp and the mattress was far too old to be acceptable to any star rating. The shower is dangerous. I got scalded twice because it either runs hot (very hot) or cold (very cold). Internet access is available but only if you sit outside the office in your car.
The 'games room' include a table tennis table, some old damp books and a few 1970s original sofas. It is dark and miserable in there.
I have to say, the gardens are lovely but to do any washing, you have to trek up a large amount of very slippery steps to another shed that is called the laundry room.
The kitchenette is poorly stocked. The chance of doing any cooking is limited because the pans are very old and EVERYthing sticks.
It is close to a beautiful beach that you can walk to (downhill) but beware! you then have to walk all the way back up a very very steep hill to get back to your shed.
The village of St Agnes is about a mile walk away but well worth it. It has good shops and friendly people. There are a couple of good pubs that sell excellent food at a reasonable price. There is also a pub/restaurant near the beach that is very expensive but it does serve wonderful food.
Overall, the are is great but this particular 'holiday village' is overpriced and poorly fitted. If you compare prices between this resort and a caravan in Perranporth (just up the road), you would be better going for the caravan for the same price.
Little Orchard holiday village Rocky Lane St Agnes.......
A whole lot better than camping!
Yes its a bit basic...but for the price (equivalent to a camping pitch) you get a whole lot more for your money.
A roof, a shower (if you plump for one of the larger cabins!) a loo of your own...kitchenette ...bed......fridge and tv! Its amazing they've managed to fit it all in as the cabins are not really much bigger than a tent! They are set in a very pretty and peaceful, well tended valley with plenty of space for the kids to run around. And there arent too many of them either, un-like those soulless fields of caravans run by big companies. It's Just a 5 minute trot downhill to the sand and rockpools, and a similar trot uphill to the small town of St Agnes. (2 mini-markets a baker, butcher and fish and chips maker!)
Yes it's so old fashioned it'll probably be the height of fashion one of these days, and it has a games room with a ping pong table, and there's a definite whiff of the post war 'make do and mends about it, but personally I love that they havent shipped in any horrid tacky distractions or stripped the cabins of their original 50s fittings. It's quiet, peaceful ....and excellent value for money......
With all the talk of air miles and saving energy I wonder why more folk don't consider staying in England for their holidays. Obviously the weather is the major concern but a beautiful summers day here can compare with anywhere in the world and if you can get a full week of good weather well there really is no need to travel abroad. Plus the added bonus of no language barrier, the water is safe to drink and you don't have to convert your money into the local currency!
One of my favourite places is Cornwall. With the diversity and beauty of the landscapes it is a true treasure right on our own doorstep and has something for everybody whether young or old.
Being surrounded on three sides by the sea Cornwall has some spectacular sea views and there are over 300 miles of coastal paths to follow. Last year a YouGov survey quizzed over 2500 people across England. asking four questions about happiness at home and work, life balance and stress. Compared with national averages, people in the South West reported some of the highest happiness and lowest stress levels in the country. Many people attribute this to being close to the ocean. It has been suggested that when waves break on the beach, large amounts of negative ions are generated into the air. These negative ions have a positive effect on the emotional wellbeing of anyone exposed to them.
Here is a small selection of places to visit but there are many, many more:
Newquay, the surfing capital of England. with more than ten beaches to choose from, zoo and Blue Reef Aqurium being just some of the attractions. Newquay is a hot spot for stag and hen parties so it can get a bit noisy at night.
Perranport was once a 19th century tin mining village but is now a family resort with over three miles of golden sands, boating lake , golf course and caves to explore. Winston Graham wrote the first Poldark novel whilst living here.
St Agnes which was founded on tin mining and is now part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. The distintive land and seascapes here have inspired both local and national artists and the village is a centre for arts and crafts.
Tintagel where you can test your head for heights by climbing the steep steps up to the castle ruins which were said to be the home of the legendary King Arthur.Looking down from the ruins, Merlins Cave can be seen on the beach below and you may also be able to spot his face etched into the cliff side.
Padstow where Rick Stein has a number of food outlets. His world famous fish restaurant, St Petroc's Bistro and Stein's fish and chips. He also has a deli, patisserie and a gift shop here. There is a working harbour in the centre of the village where you can sit and watch the world go by whilst enjoying a creamy Cornish icecream.
Port Isaac where Doc Martin was filmed and also the location used for the first Poldark television series. Narrow winding streets lined with old whitewashed cottages and traditional granite and slate fronted houses, many of which are listed as of architectural or historic importance. A stream runs through the village finding it's way out to sea over the harbour wall..
The South coast is a world away from the pumping Atlantic surf of the north coast. Here the river estuaries of the Helford, the Fowey and the Fal can be explored along with unspoilt fishing villages and harbours of Looe, Polperro and Mevagissey.
Looe is split into two towns, East and West Looe. East Looe includes the fishing harbour, main shopping centre and sandiest beach. West Looe is quieter but also has shops, restaurants and hotels and leads to Hannaforce with fine views of Looe Island. The two towns are joined by a bridge across the river. Looe was used for some location shots in the recent television series Echo Beach.
Mevagissey was once the centre of the pilchard fishing industry and still boasts a working harbour where fishing trips can be booked. There is also a ferry to the nearby port of Fowey. In narrow streets there are many gift shops, craft workshops, galleries, cafes and pubs.
Polperro ,with it's narrow winding streets and alleys, cottages perched on steep slopes overlooking the tiny harbour, is everyones idea of a picturesque Cornish fishing village.
Falmouth ,where the National Maritime museum is situated, along with Fowey, are well worth a visit to see the brightly coloured fishing boats and yachts.
West Cornwall is an area of full of character with the fishing villages of Newlyn, Cadgwith and Porthleven.
Lands End is situated here and the view from the cliff tops really makes you think you are standing on the edge of the world. There is a small shopping village where typical Cornish goods can be bought such as fudge, crafts ,cider, clothes and jewellery etc. You can have your photo taken beside the signpost which has the distances to various locations around the world or you can have your home town added to the post to make it more personal.
The Minack Theatre ,built into a gully above Minack Rock in Porthcurno, provides an outdoor stage for performances set into the rock face high above the beach below
But it is not only the seascapes of Cornwall that delight. The rural landscapes are just as diverse . Lush green countryside. huge craggy cliffs and wonderful gardens. Everyone wil have heard of the Eden Project and some may remember The Lost Gardens of Heligan from the BBC documentary made some years ago.
There is also the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden in St Ives which features her work set into the domestic Cornish context in which it was created. The Tate Gallery can also be found in St Ives so culture lovers are well catered for.
Then there is Trebar described as magical, intimate and at the same time breathtaking. You are immersed in a subtropical environment with new glimpses of beauty around every corner culminating in it's glorious private beach with extensive views over the Helford estuary.
Bodmin Moor which has been designated an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and provides a haven for lovers of birds and wildlife. It is a delightful place to walk and enjoy peace and quiet away from the stresses of modern life.
Cornwall has an abundance of interesting and breathtaking places to visit and has activities to suit all abilities and ages. A gentle stroll along the seashore, surfing, Kitesurfing, rock climbing or investigating old castles and ruins and much more can be done in Cornwall amidst beautiful and relaxed surroundings.
Accomodation is plentiful and varied with prices to suit all pockets. From your very basic bunk house where the surfers on a budget bed down to family guest houses to top class hotels and camping sites
Air Southwest flies to Newquay from London Gatwick, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester, Bristol, Cork and Dublin. Also to Plymouth from London Gatwick, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester, Bristol and Jersey.
British Airways Flights to Newquay from London Gatwick
Baby BMI. Flies to Newquay from Manchester
Ryanair Between London Stansted and Newquay
Flybe Flies to Newquay from Belfast City and Edinburgh
The M4,M5 and M6 motorways have made travel to Cornwall simple and staightforward. While in in Cornwall itself, the two major holiday routes, the A30 and A38 continue to improve, with fast duel carriageways as far as Carland Cross, Mitchell and most of the way to Penzance. Follow the M5 to Exeter, after which you will take either the A30 or A38 into Cornwall depending on your final destination. Alternatively, if you enter Cornwall via North Devon, then there is the Atlantic Highway, the A39, which you can join at junction 27 on the M5.
The above information was taken from the travel guide and was correct at time of printing.
I first visited Cornwall just after my dad died and it is here where I found peace of mind after a very traumatic few months. The beauty, the slower pace of life and the friendliness of the local people all helped me to overcome my deep sadness and so Cornwall will always have a special place in my heart
I have given just a glimpse into the wonders of Cornwall there is so much to see it would be impossible to describe them all. So if you haven't been there yet I would advise you to pay a visit and see for yourselves what beauty we have on our own doorstep and it might make you think again about travelling abroad.
Thank you for reading
Over half term we decided to have a long weekend in Cornwall with our friends. There was eight of us all together four adults and four children my friends mum owns a holiday cottage in Jacobstow near to Bude so we stayed there. We live in Leicestershire so it was a good trek to Cornwall and the traffic was horrific especially around Bristol, in total it took us around six hours to get to our destination.
Jacobstow is a quite a small village with only about 420 people living there. The village is three miles south-west of Week St. Mary, and just inland from the A39 and seven mile from Bude. We didnt spend much time in the village apart from going back to the cottage in the evening. Although we did have a short walk round and looked at the wonderful church in the centre of the village. There is a nice village pub close by and a petrol station with village shops and post office just across the main road. It is a nice quiet place with lots of beautiful scenery and plenty of fields for afternoon walks.
Back at home the weather was terrible but we were blessed with a beautiful sunny day on the Saturday. We spent the day at Polzeath it is a very popular with families and surfers it has a great deal to offer to all with it beautiful views and scenery. It is quite expensive to park your car there it cost us a £1 per hour. We spent the whole day on the beach it wasnt very crowded so the children had plenty of room to run around and to build castles. There were lots of lifeguards on the beach which made us feel safe and secure near the water as the tide comes in very quickly. Dolphins may sometimes be spotted and the surrounding coastline is a particularly good area for many types of coastal bird including puffins. The beach is very clean and has been listed as one of the best in the area. They have nice clean public toilets close to the beach too.
There are many things to do at Polzeath shopping, surfing and eating out. There are shops that sell fab food at reasonable prices one of the shops has its own deli counter and sells delicious hot toasted paninis. I had a bacon, sun dried tomato and brie panini it cost £3.20 there was enough for two people to share.
There are also a few clothing shops but be warned if you are any bigger than a size 12 you will find it difficult to find clothes and of course a few surfing shops too.
If you so desire there are surfing day courses you can take part in at a cost (details can be found at surfsupsurfschool.com) and a place where you can hire surfboards and wetsuits. We didnt take part in the surfing though as the children were a little too young. We did however have a go on the trampolines which are the sort where you are attached to bungee ropes so you can bounce very high they cost £5 for about 5 minutes. I know that doesnt seem very long but the children were shattered after 3 minutes. Great way to finish off the day and the children were fast asleep by 8pm (well worth £5).
On Sunday we visited Tintagel it was quite wet and windy on that day so we did most of our site seeing from the safety of a warm car. Tintagel castle was the home of King Arthur and his Knights, the castle was built by the first Duke of Cornwall, the son of Henry I. My husbands to be decided he would like to visit here as he is very keen on history but unfortunately due to the weather he was unable to see all on offer. There is a informative Visitor Centres, superb walks, good shops and numerous homely pubs.
We visited the Book shop, Gallery shop, Gift shop but the children decided the best one we visited was the pasty shop which had delicious steak and onion pasties. Tintagel has a very mystical and enchanting feel to it voted one of the most romantic places in the Country. If only the weather was better for us we would have enjoy a cream tea or home made local pasty sitting on a bench looking across the beautiful landscape and cliffs.
On our way back to the cottage we drove through the picturesque village Boscastle hidden in a steep sided valley. You might recall this village in the headlines in 2004 when it was badly affected by the floods. I am happy to report that the place looks wonderful now and it looked as though there was still developments being worked on parts. There was a lovely little harbour that you could see when driving down the hill into the village with lots of little fishing boats. There were quite a few charming little shops and the village seemed very busy.
To end our day we visited Crackington Haven for a late Sunday lunch. As we drove into the village we were stunned by the spectacular scenery. The road leading into the village is very steep but you could see for miles. The beach is quite small and very stoney but the views were the best we had seen all day. We were surrounded by cliffs and it was very peaceful. There are just a few little beach shops and the family pub with we had our meal. The Coombe Barton Inn is a warm, friendly place and serves lovely high quality food, we all had a Sunday carvery which cost £7.50 per adult and about £4.50 per child. There was a large family room which was perfect for us with four children in tow. There were toys available but they werent in very good condition but there was plenty of space for them to play around and burn off some of their energy from being trapped in the car most of the day. They also provided highchairs. The carvery was really nice you got the choice of pork or beef then you just added your vegetables and trimmings. Over all we were very pleased with the service and food.
We had to leave on Monday so after sadly packing our bags and forcing the children into the cars we headed to Bude for a last look at the beach and a short walk round the town.
Bude is a very pretty town the beach is fantastic. The beach is full of little rock pools where the children took there nets and tried to catch crabs. It is again full of surreal views and awesome scenery. It was also extremely clean we didnt spot one piece of litter if you have been there you might recall the millions of bins at the top of the beach but the obliviously they fulfil there purpose. Next to the beach there was a large store that sold all the normal beach stuff buckets, spades, hats and some surfing items and public toilets. There is also a café but I would not recommend it as it took 20 minutes for them to get me four coffees and a bacon batch there prices were a little steep too.
You can take a short steep walk up to the town to save finding a parking space which is what we did, its not too far the children managed it. The town has a mixture of shops lots of surf and gift shops and a few little Celtic shops which are the ones I like most. Some of them were closed due to it being bank holiday. Lucky for us the ice cream shop was open and they served ice creams in loads of different flavours. After a short stroll around the shops we headed back to the car to set off home.
We had an amazing time in Cornwall there was plenty to see and do. We wish we could have stayed longer but my husband to be had to go back to work. Since visiting Cornwall we have decided that we will spend our honeymoon there in September as we cant go abroad as our son is too young. I personally cant wait to go back and take some more pictures of the beautiful scenery and spend some more time exploring the sights. There was only one thing that disappointed me on our break away and that was that no matter where we went, we could not find anywhere that sold seafood or shellfish. There was a fishmongers in Bude but it was closed.
Thank you for reading my review - Claire x
ONE place I would not recommend to a sole, is a place called 'Little Orchard Village' the brothers that run it are like chalk and cheese, one of them was not very helpful when my wife complained, the company called them chalets myself called the shacks, they look like over grown sheds.
we have two settees in the living area, one was a put-you-up which we had to put pillows and blankets under the cushions just to seat on as you just sink down into the almost end up sitting on the floor, and the other one was so hard blankets had to be put under the cushion because it was so hard, we had a shower in the shack which my wife took one look to the shower mat and said she have to buy the as it was so dirty and yet cleaners was in there about an hour before we took the shack, but my worst conplaint was the bed between the base and the matteress on the edge was metal clips standing up so to catch your hand on when making the bed.
My wife complained to one of the brothers and said that we had to seat on the cushion on the floor as the seats are uncomfortable and he said ' if that what you have to do' , what a unfriendly owner.
Only given one star as I can't leave it blank.
Budemeadows Touring Park, Cornwall.
Budemeadows Touring Park,
Telephone: 01288 361646
Fax: 01288 361646
1st January to 25th May & 4th September to 31st December.
Adults. (over 14) £3.90/night..
Children. (3 to 14) £1.95/night.
Electric Hook-up. £3.00.
5th June 13th July.
Adults. (over 14) £6.90/night.
Children. (3 to 14) £3.45/night.
Electric Hook-up. £2.75.
26th may to 4th June & 14th July to 3rd September.
Adults (over 14). £9.00/night.
Children (3 to 14). £4.50/night.
Electric Hook-up. £2.50.
1st January to 25th May & 4th September to 31st December.
Adults. (over 14). £24.02.
Children. (3 to 14). £12.01.
Electric Hook-up. £21.00.
5th June 13th July.
Adults. (over 14). £42.50.
Children. (3 to 14). £21.25.
Electric Hook-up. £19.25.
26th may to 4th June & 14th July to 3rd September.
Adults (over 14). £55.44.
Children (3 to 14). £27.72.
Electric Hook-up. £17.50.
Specific pitch requests, caravan storage and Insurance (for up to 9 people) are chargeable extras.
(Note: I dont think these prices are bad at all, considering that they have not risen that much over the past five years and in some cases, the prices have dropped. Ill leave the comparison palaver up to you, dear reader.)
For the money you get:
Free hot water, free showers, no charge for car, caravan, motorhome, tent or awning, Infants under 3 are not charged for, access to the heated pool and no pitch fee.
Budemeadows do let pitches at a moments notice if any are available. So feel free to land on speck. If not, there is plenty of space on the lay-by just outside the entrance, courtesy of NCDC, bless their little cotton socks.
As Ive said in previous articles, Cornwall can prove to be a paradise for holiday- makers. Especially if you are looking to spend your time in the region, out and about enjoying the fresh air. A great place to get away from the remorselessly stressful mundanity of your everyday life.
But where to pitch your tent and establish a base camp? Breaking camp to only have to pitch it again elsewhere every few days, can prove a bit of a pain. That; and the fact that it is a waste of precious time when you could be doing something less boring instead. Unless you know where you are going, you can never be sure of how good your pitch is going to be either. Then again, to some, thats half the fun of it all.
However, if you would rather stay in one place, explore and chill out, you could do a lot (and I mean a lot) worse than Budemeadows. A family run touring park just 3 miles south of Bude on the A39 (The Atlantic Highway), it offers a good place from which to do your thing.
Its clean, tidy and well looked after. Budemeadows caters for everything from the lowly backpackers to the full on mobile home owner. For those that require them, there are electric hook-ups too. Some of the pitches have their own dedicated hard stand, for those who have a road-hogging juggernaut of a mobile home. I would say that it could provide for a hundred or so families. So not a small site, but by no means so big as to leave you feeling that it hasnt got that personal touch. Just right, I think.
The place has a shop, a laundry room, shower blocks and toilets, and a place to wash your pots and pans. For those that desperately need a television quick fix, there is also a telly room with a games room attached. For the kids there are bits n pieces for them to play on and plenty of space to run around in. But, the big bonus, to us at least, was the swimming pool. Now, the brochure proudly stated that it is heated, and unlike a lot of other places that make the same boast, Budemeadows pool is lovely and warm. Oh yes. A very pleasant surprise indeed.
Our first camping trip to Cornwall started at Budemeadows. And when we moved on to a different site, we assumed that their pool would be heated too, and just dived in. We were wrong. What a bloody shock that was. Needless to say, the same mistake was not made again. In fact, we used Budemeadows exclusively for our Cornish trips from then on. No messing about with us you know.
Surprisingly civilized; compared to others Ive been to over the years, Budemeadows entrance is actually off a lay-by. Its well signposted so you have no excuses for missing it.
Despite being situated right next to the main drag down the North Cornish coast, Budemeadows can be surprisingly tranquil. On an evening, you can hear the surf breaking onto the beach at Widemouth Bay. Quite enchanting, especially as you lay flat on your back, drunk, staring at the stars and trying to remember where you left the tent and family. I used to enjoy lying flat out on the grass, with a pint, staring at the night sky, waiting to see if I could spot a satellite fly over. The night sky can be that clear. A bit of a bugger after the third jar though, everything tended to go triplicate. Ho hum.
Yes, youve guessed it, Budemeadows has its own little bar too (hic). Nothing fancy; dont go expecting a cabaret show every night, but as a place to go and relax after a hard day on serious pest control (i.e. entertaining the kids) duties, it makes an ideal little bolthole.
To be honest, on those very hot summer days, when the thought of doing battle with the hordes on the local beaches just doesnt appeal, Budemeadows offers a great place to lounge about, relax and just chill. We often did. There are recliners by the pool on which to sit and read and some gazebos under which you can escape the sun without having to resort to becoming a hermit in your tent (or caravan etc ). The kids can be cut loose a little without fear of turning the place into a war zone as there is enough to keep them occupied for at least an hour or two and enough space for them to do it in. Ah, bliss. Even in very wet times, Budemeadows does not get boggy, and remains a pleasure to be there.
Oh happy memories.
However, if you want to be out and about, where can you go? Well: whats your fancy?
Bude is the nearest town, being only three miles up the road. It has its own supermarkets, Morrisons, Co-op and Somerfield, and all sorts of eateries, cafes and shops. The town is quite vibrant with a nightclub and a few pubs. And no theme pubs either. Theres at least one that could still be called a proper drinking den. Even in winter, Bude still has a bit of zip about it that keeps it ticking over. No dying in November here, like so many other resorts. The shops are a good mix and there isnt too much tat about. It has a second hand book shop that any bookworm would die for. Theres even a great little hardware shop where you can just about buy anything. A rarity indeed in these graceless times.
There are loads of little fishing villages doted along the coast, all fairly easy to get to from Budemeadows. Locally, there is Boscastle (a famed smugglers landing place) and Tintagel (King Arthurs place of origin, apparently). In land, Holsworthy and Launceston are well within easy reach. Wherever: theyre all worth a visit. And the beauty of it all is that you dont need to spend the whole day travelling. There are not many places (well; none that I can think of) where you could feasibly spend an entire day, but that just means you can soon get back to Budemeadows to enjoy an afternoon siesta and pint. Or a surf and a pint. Or just a pint, even.
The choice is yours.
If you want to go further a field, Budemeadows is within easy striking distance of Plymouth, Exeter, Newquay, Truro, Bideford, Barnstable and Bodmin. Padstow is just so cute; it could be used as a basis for a Lilliputian collection. All worth a visit. Go early though. The traffic, especially at Truro, Padstow and Barnstable, can be torture. Even Torbay on the South Devon coast is not too far away.
If its the beach youre after, you are spoiled for choice. Widemouth Bay is literally a mile away. Bude has two beaches. All are a surfers dream. When the barrels are rolling in it can be quite spectacular, and challenging. You can hear the surf calling your name, daring you to have a go. The clean(ish) sandy beaches offer a place for those of us (myself included) who are not inclined to risking life and limb chucking ourselves about the North Atlantic.
Widemouth Bay (pronounce Widmuth) has a pub at each end of it, which both serve meals through the day and a shop and café. The shop offers various fish that have been freshly caught that morning locally. There is a post office too; and a café. Plenty of parking too, and not too expensive. Now take a breath here, the parking attendants are quite reasonable human beings. There are surf hire places doted about so you really have no excuse, do you? A good day is guaranteed, even if it is raining hard (which, I might add, can happen, often). Lifeguards patrol the beach, as they do in Bude. On an evening, when the sun goes down, the pubs become little nightspots and they offer a perfect way to end the day whilst you watch the sun sink below the horizon. Budes beaches are literally on its doorstep, so you get the added advantage of the town.
Mind; surfing isnt the only sport to indulge in. Theres canoeing, body boarding, skim boarding, kite flying and even fishing (deep sea and beach) to be done. The waters fairly clean so if turd spotting is your thing, go to South Shields. You are wasting your time around Bude and Widemouth.
There are several companies offering outdoor pursuits. Theyll give you tuition on surfing and the like. Some even offer orienteering and mountaineering. Try Outdoor Pursuits for these..
For those who really do not want to go to the beach, then there are loads of other places to be. The National Trust and English Heritage are quite prominent down here, and there are quite a few theme parks. Local farmers, out of necessity, have proven themselves to be quite experten at diversification. As have the local fishermen. Theres loads of stuff to take the kids to. There are Tourist Information places at Bude and Tintagel (Boscastles got washed away, but is in the process of being rebuilt) where there are leaflets by the tonne and plenty of inspiration. Budemeadows has its own collection of leaflets and brochures. Check them out.
If dads a bit of a blobby, he wont be after two weeks down here. Oh no. Ill tell you, hell return home a bronzed god-like passion-wagon thatll keep mum very busy for months (and I dont mean doing the washing up either, baby!).
And as for the singletons amongst us. This part of the country offers a great place to go boozing, cruising and chatting. Oh yes, the beach beauties are a sight to see. And if youre into surfing, get your coat, youve pulled!
Weather? Ah yes, the weather. This can be a bit intimidating at times. A good old summer storm can prove quite spectacular. Noisy too. Winter ones are exhilarating. With the craggy coastline and hidden fishing hamlets, its all very romantic. The summers are on the whole hot and dry. I reckon 2006 will be a scorcher.
Which reminds me, for those who like to walk, there are footpaths and rights of way all over the place. But the biggy takes you right down the Cornish north coast to Lands End. This could be done with the barest of necessities, as there are plenty of B&Bs along the way. Hotels and pubs with rooms to let too. The veteran walkers amongst you will know what to take.
Places to eat. If you want to sample some of the local eateries there are plenty to choose from without having to travel miles. Stratton (just outside Bude) has a couple of pubs that serve good quality evening meals, and there are loads of restaurants and cafes in Bude itself. Takeaways too. You can get Chinese, Italian, fish n chips, kebabs, southern fried or pasties.
Or, you can sort yourself out on site. Budemeadows has BBQs doted about all over. They also have a visiting fish n chip van most nights, or at least they did have. I dont know if they are doing that this year. Youll have to ask.
Whatever; you have no excuse for going hungry, or thirsty.
If you time it right, your holiday will coincide with the Bude Jazz Festival (no blues though. Why?), the Bude Model Boat Festival or the Sealed Knot (I think) re-enactment of the Battle of Stratton (an obscure English Civil War skirmish). Everyone dresses up for that one and the beardy weirdies (ok, so Im a rocker) gather on a night to sing Ye Olde Englishe trad folk thingys in the local hostelries. A rare old time these boys have too. As does every one else. Thankfully, muskets are left outside.
Then, of coarse, Tintagel has its own King Arthur gathering where any one with a broad sword and longbow can pretend to defend the realm and look forward to their eventual arrival at the doors of Valhalla. Watching that particular bunch of nutters beat each other up in a mock (and sometimes not so mock) medieval battle provides exceptional value and entertainment for your money, especially when Arthur gets carted away, not in an ethereal boat by the maidens of Avalon (as some would wish), but by the Cornish Air Ambulance. Ill tell you, there is some serious weaponry at this annual gig. And again, the beardy ones gather on a night, to sing of the exploits of ancient fallen heroes. After a jug or two, it can be quite disconcerting to find yourself chatting to a six foot Viking called Sven from Liverpool (especially when hes still got his bloody helmet on. Those horns can be quite dangerous yknow). Just dont upset the witches. I havent met Conan yet though. Thankfully.
There is one draw back to all this. Public transport. There isnt any. There are no trains locally, and the bus services would be laughable if they existed for you to laugh (or cry) at. Make sure you have your own means of getting about. Be it cycle, car or whatever. Drive, or pedal, carefully too. The roads here are killers at worst: unforgiving at best. So do not go whizzing about. There should be no need to do so anyway. You come here to chill, maaan, not to have a stress-fest.
For breakdowns and repairs, I fully recommend Red Post Garage, just outside Bude/Stratton, on the Holsworthy road. They know their stuff and wont rob you blind. I know, Ive had to use them often enough.
However, if you are without wheels, the furthest you have to walk to get anywhere is three miles. Which, although not that far, can still be a bit of a bugger when youre lugging a 9 surfboard about. Good networking skills would offer you a distinct advantage in this predicament. However, if youre not the chatty sort, look on the bright side, at least youll stay fit.
Now, you may think Ive been a little gushing in my praise of Budemeadows Touring Park. And in my opinion, rightly so. There are three good reasons for this. Firstly, the family and I never, ever had a bad experience whilst staying there. Secondly, when we had the solar eclipse of 1999, we holidayed here during that particular week. And, unlike many other sites who in some cases tripled their site fees, Budemeadows did not, did not, raise their prices at all. Not one penny. Top marks for that alone. And thirdly, and more importantly, we enjoyed it here so much we moved to this part of the West Country permanently.
Need I say more?
However, do not come expecting everything to be done for you. The owners are good and helpful to their clientele and provide an excellent and secure place from which to enjoy your holiday. The rest is up to you. Dont come expecting them to wipe your arses for you. In other words, dont take the mickey, people. Enjoy the flexibility and peace of mind that self-reliance gives you.
Ive heard some folk complain that the Cornish can be quite surly and unfriendly. I dont agree. The Cornish are a delight. Its the unproductively retired and smugly well-off émigrés that are surly and unhelpful. But they are easy to spot, so treat with extreme caution (and prejudice?) and avoid like the plague (A note here. I am an émigré, but neither retired, unfortunately, nor smug, luckily. Too busy).
Do you like going to the movies? Further, do miss the intimacy of the old fashioned cinema? Yes? Well try the Rebel Cinema. Its about a five-minute drive, or a twenty-minute walk down the A39 from Budemeadows. A single screen theatre with room for maybe a hundred or so viewers; its a nice tight, snug little place to go and see a good film. Its not expensive either. Certainly cheaper than your local multiplex (though there is one of those in Plymouth).
I dont get to holiday there anymore as I life in Bude these days, but I still visit on occasions as day visitors are welcome. As Ive said, its a good peaceful place to de-stress for a couple of hours where no one can find me (this little extravagance does cost, but not enough to put me off).
So in summary, Budemeadows Touring Park is a good place to leave your tent or whatever it is youre sleeping in, and go enjoying yourself. Its sufficiently out of the way to be a place to hide from it all and relax. But close enough to civilization for those who choose to party. Ideal for those who want to do both, especially when a hangover is going to be involved the next morning. Budemeadows Touring Park will not be the cheapest place to lay your sleeping bag, but for your bucks you still get plenty of bang. In fact, more than enough bang to make it the best choice on this part of the Cornish coast.
Chill, relax and enjoy, dudes, dudettes, mini dudes and dudettes.
Budemeadows Touring Park
Thoroughly and wholeheartedly recommended.
Cornwall is a great place to come on holiday! Trust me, I live here; but I haven?t always! The area in which I live is a lovely part of the country, I always think of it as being ?undiscovered?, but of course, alot of people have discovered it and do visit us once or twice a year and find it adequate. I live right on the end of the map in the West Penwith area,which includes Penzance, Lands End and lots of other places a lot of people may have heard of. I have also lived in a city, and appreciate the difference. So what can this part of the country offer you if you visit? Plenty. The beaches are ok, with a few notables receiving blue flag awards for cleanliness. One of my personal favourites is Whitesands Bay, situated at Sennen Cove. This is a lovely, big beach with the finest sand, Dunes and flats and a lifeguard service. This is also a great beach for surfers, but is also good for those of you who love a day on the beachwith good sun. It can be a little breezy at times, so it is helpful to hire a windbreak from the shop at the entrance to the beach for 1.50 for the day. Here, you can also hire surfboards if you fancy trying you hand at surfing a tube or two! This beach also has a cafe/shop, which is handy for warming up after trying a surf or buying the kids a bucket and spade if you?ve forgotten to bring them. A word of warning; follow the advice of the flags that the lifeguards put up, they know thier stuff and who wants to be bashed over the head by a surfer or find themselves halfway to France due to rip tides. What else does West Penwith have to offer? Lands End, this is kind of a theme park these days I hear, it?s too expensive for us locals and I expect it?s ok. Otherwise, there is Paradise Park in Hayle, which is great for the kids. They can see all sorts of exotic birds here as well as otters, goats, and all sorts of animals. The kids ( and you! ) can feed the penguins and birds in a special conservatory in which they
fly free. There is also the Seal Sanctuary at Gweek and the Farm at St Erth as well as many other beauty spots such as Cape Cornwall, which is the only Cape in England, Flambards at Helston and the Poldark Mine; too many to list here really. Many attractions, coupled with attractive towns make for a superb holiday and if it?s needed or requested, I?ll try to do another op on places to stay in the area.
Great Britian is luckily enough to boast many beauty spots, some quite unknown and others that are hotspots and visited by people in their droves. Cornwall is one of those hotspots and I would like to share with you some tips and places that will help make your holiday in Cornwall even more enjoyable. My husband is from Cornwall so I have been fortunate enough to have seen lots of areas untouched by tourism. I am going to tell you about Looe and the surrounding area. Looe is situated on the South east of cornwall and is roughly 18 miles from plymouth. It is accessiable from the A387 which you join from the main routes into Cornwall such as A38. The best thing to do if you are in Cornwall and visiting Looe is to park up your car and walk around. There are 2 main car parks one on the east side and one on the west side, you will most likely find it easier to get a car parking space on the west side of Looe, both the east and west side are seperated by a bridge that can be walked or driven over.When you do walk over that bridge that seperates the two sides be sure to have your camera as the bridge looks over at the activities of the fishing boats and the views which stretch out to sea are amazing. Looe is still an active fishing harbour, and the hustle and bustle of the quay adds to its beauty. As you walk through the the town you will come across lots of little independent enchanting shops that offer traditional hand made Cornish goodies, I would advise you to look around before you buy to get the best bargin as the prices can vary,the majority of locals in Looe rely on the tourism trade.If you get hungry on your wonder around Looe, rest assured there are plenty of places to eat and pubs to drink in! Then as you carry on with your walk through the town you will end up at the beach. The beach is a sand beach, which is ideal for sunbathing, there are rocks on the beach too with lots of rock pools for the ki
ddies to find crabs and other things to make you squirm, but it is mainly sand. A lot of seaweed does get washed up on to the beach, but in the summer months the local council do their best to keep it under control. While you are at the beach you will see a hugh cliff over looking it, which has a walkway, I would recommend anyone taking the effort to walk up the pathway as when you get to the top you will be astounded at the views, so yet again make sure you have your camera! There are lots of hotels and bed and breakfasts in Looe or you can choose to stay in a caravan park, and there are many of them too, just outside of Looe is a "Haven Holiday" caravan park. In the height of summer, i.e July or August I would not recommend just turning up and hoping to find a place to stay, you may be lucky but most places will be booked. I would also advise people to follow the signs out of west Looe for Talland Bay yet again on the A 387 Talland bay is about 10 mins drive from Looe,it is signposted.You will have to go down very narrow country roads to get to the beach at Talland Bay, so be careful. Once you get there, you will find there is nothing much on offer in the way of tourism, all that is there at present is a cafe that is open now and then! But Talland Bay beach is a wonder, you can stand at the various high points and watch the waves crash on to the rocks, it is surrounded by rocks and cliffs, its one of my most favourite places, take your troubles,pull up a rock and prepare to be calmed. Some people do swim on this beach but I would not recommend it, it is well known for its currents and deep spots, I go there just to breathe in the beauty. I would also like to share with you another not so well known spot just outside of Looe that may intrest you. If you drive out of east Looe going through the valley, its just one road surrounded by green hills, you will come to a sign where you have the opt
ion of turning off to your left, this is the turning you need to take as it will lead you to Duloe. Duloe is a tiny village, but by driving through the village from Looe, on your left will be a most wonderful church and just past the church on your right will be the tinest of entrances to a Stone Circle, blink and you will miss the entrance. I must also recommend anyone to eat at the "Ye Olde Plough Inn", on the outside it looks just like any pub but the food there is out of this world, everything is cooked from fresh and its not your standard pub food, its a well known secret amongst the locals as being one of the best places to eat, the prices are good for the portions you get. I think the best time to visit Looe would be around May time, as its not at its busiest, and yet the weather is not normanly to bad! Thank you for taking the time to read this. Jenny.
I am not 100% sure that this is going into the right category, and if it isn’t then you have my sincere apologies. I looked under Cornwall and there were several options such as restaurants/shopping, etc but nothing that I thought this would go under. Therefore I have opted for this one, resorts and villages in Cornwall. This is a particular resort I would like to write about because when we were searching for this kind of holiday there was very little information to be had. I guess you will only be interested in this op if you are looking for somewhere in Cornwall to go trial biking. Believe me, I can think of no better place than Colwith Farm…...read on… Those of you who know me, and some of you who have read previous ops by me will know that I am part of a “trial biking” family. Trial biking is the sport whereby “man and machine” work together in perfect balance…sometimes!! Rider and bike negotiating various obstacles such as streams, rocks, fallen trees, and anything else nature, and the section planners throw at them. The idea is to get thru the various sections as cleanly as possible, not putting your foot down to balance yourself nor stopping for any length of time. Hope that explains it well enough? My youngest son (14) and my hubby (much older!!) both do the above on a regular basis, mainly for pleasure, sometimes competitively. Most weekends find us at a nearby disused sandpit practising or taking part in a trial in another county. N.B I do not take part in case you were wondering!! I am the official “team” photographer, morale booster, first aid attendant, sandwich packer…get the idea??:0) Late springtime last year we were wondering if we were going to have a holiday that year when hubby suggested that we go on a trial biking one in Cornwall, our fave part of the country. What a great idea! But where?? In comes my trusty Internet. After having no luck
with the usually helpful Jeeves I went to Google, typed in Trial biking holidays in Cornwall and hey presto!! Up came Colwith Farm. It was a great little web site with all the information you needed, a phone call later we had booked a week away at the end of October:0)!! Sue Dustow, the farm owner was everso helpful on the phone and we really started to look forward to our week away. I started to plan what to pack..yes I know it was at least 6 months away but I like to be organised! I am not, but I would like to be!!! All too soon October was upon us and we were on our way to Cornwall. Six hours later we were there! Colwith Farm is located about 5 miles outside of St Austell. Its difficult to give an exact location, but if you are interested give the website a look, all info is there. We arrived mid afternoon and were greeted by Sue who showed us to our home for the next week. There are 2 caravans on the farm, set in their own gardens and both are of the highest standard. We had chosen the smaller of the 2 vans for our week, the 2 bed-roomed one and we were not disappointed. It was very comfortable with all the usual things, shower, microwave, kettle, toaster, cooker you know the rest. The loveliest thing was the view from the lounge window, right across the valley and the fields on the neighbouring farms. I used to get up early and watch the sun come up over the hills, it was so peaceful. The boys wanted to go off playing on the bikes straight away so we dumped all the stuff in the van, they fired up the bikes and I wound on the camera, and off we went. This was where Colwith Farm really comes into it’s own. All you have to do to go playing on the bikes is fire them up, go through the gate that leads to the land and off you go! No having to put bikes on trailers and drive any distance before you could play, just fire up the bikes and go!! The land that Mike (Sue’s husband) has set aside for trials is ju
st perfect for the sport, according to my hubby. There are streams, which were very full and flowing after all the rain we had and still had while we were there!! Rocks and trees, lots of hills to ride up and slopes to hurl down!! Thirty acres of trial riders heaven! It has been used for mountain biking competitions for very many years as well. As I mentioned in the last paragraph the streams were very full, and they stayed that way throughout our week. It transpires that we chose the wettest week of the year to visit that part of the country! The rest of the country was pretty badly affected too. Fortunately it didn’t rain during the daytime so the riding wasn’t affected much. Not that I think it would have taken a few spots of rain to put my lot off! It did rain every single night though. It is actually quite restful listening to the rain on a caravan roof. We had no trouble sleeping! It was such a quiet place to stay too. As I said earlier the two caravans are set in their own little gardens so you are quite private if you wish to be. My son soon made friends with the lads who were staying in the other caravan, it was nice that they were able to go off and ride together safely, when poor hubby’s aching limbs prevented him from doing so! Kids seem to have limitless energy! We decided before we went that we would ride every other day and do the tourist thing on the days we didn’t, and we managed to get to see an awful lot of Cornwall! From the rugged North of the county to the slightly less so South of it! Places we visited within easy reach of where we stayed were, Par, Fowey, Padstowe (this year we are going again and this time we are going to eat in one of Rick Steins restaurants here!!) Land’s End ( and did the usual photograph thing at the sign!), Goonhilly Earth Satellite station. I can thoroughly recommend a visit here, I thought I was going to find it boring, it wasn’t at all. I might
do an op on it another time? Mike and Sue Dustow are the perfect hosts. They greeted us when we arrived and popped in to see us a couple of times during our stay to ensure that we were happy with every thing. Mike even came to our assistance one night when the gas fire refused to light, and brought us an electric heater from the house, and the gas man came out to fix the fire the very next day. They have a guest book in each van and whilst reading it, well you have to be nosey and read what everyone else has said don’t you??, I noticed without exception that everyone who had stayed there over the last few years had nothing but praise for the site, the area and Mike and Sue, adding that they were hoping to see them again the following year. We are definitely going again this year, we have already booked! Only this time we are going to go in the summer. The only drawback of going the time we did last year was that the clocks went back while we were there, thus reducing the amount of daylight time we had to play out on the bikes. Believe me there really is a limit to what you can do in a caravan in the middle of a field in Cornwall in the dark! There is!!! Honest!!! Thank you for reading this op! I hope you enjoyed it! Kazzie!!
If you are on holiday anywhere between Newquay and Trevose Head in Cornwall, you have to visit many of the beaches in the area. My favorite is Constantine Bay. Only 1/2 mile from the Treyarnon Bay Youth Hostel. A massive expanse of beach well over 1km length. A favorite with surfers and Sun-seekers alike. Because of the immense size of the sand, you can have a whole area all to yourself. It is also a hit with celebrities. In 2000, I saw Vidal Sasson sat only a few yards away from me. One point is it is not very sheltered from the Sun so pack some sun screen. The next bay along at Treyarnon is a great place to view a sunset in Summer. If you are at the Youth Hostel, you can't miss it. Porthcothan and Watergate Bays both have hotels and are very popular with tourists. The parking as also a lot easier than at Constantine. There are many great beaches in Newquay catering for every need. Tolcarne Bay and Fistral Beach are the most popular all year around.