The adventure blues have already kicked in.
I am planning my next trip to Cornwall and everywhere else already.
Last week Joe and I went on a trip to Cornwall. It was wet, muddy and brilliant!
6 days spent exploring some of Cornwalls best attractions including Eden Project, Lost Gardens of Heligan and Falmouth’s Maritime Museum.
We stopped at 2 campsites on our trip, the first 3 nights at East Crinis Campsite then the final 3 nights at Cornish Tipi Holidays. East Crinis was in the town of Parr, near St Austell. This site can cater to those with campervans, tents and has cabins on site too. We luckily we had booked a hard standing pitch for the van, this was great in the heavy rain we had. The campsite is in a good location for main roads and for getting to attractions all over Cornwall. It has the lovely Parr sands beach down the road that is huge and great to walk along.
The Cornish Tipi Site is a huge site that transports you to a remote world to escape from the every day life. Around 25 tipis to camp in as well as a campervan field and wild camping spots there is options for everyone. There is also a private lake, that is stunning, which you can canoe, row and swim in, as well as give fishing a go. The location is a bit more remote, but is close to port Issac and the surfing beach of Polzeath.
Without further ado here is our 6 day itinerary of our trip to Cornwall.
Day One: Lost Gardens of Heligan & Mevagissey
The Lost Gardens of Heligan was somewhere I wanted to go to for ages now. So I was pretty excited to explore the gardens. There is around 200 acres to explore including a kitchen garden, farm land and the jungle area. We were lucky to miss the rain and get round most of the site, there is plenty more for us to see though. A second trip will be needed in the spring!
We followed our trip to Heligan by going to the harbour town of Mevagissey. The town is about 5 minutes away from Heligan and is a place that holds special memories for me. My family love Mevagissey and we always go there on our holidays to Cornwall.
Day Two: Eden Project & Par Sands
Wednesday was rather showery so we opted for a half indoor trip that day and went to the Eden Project. I haven’t been to Eden in years and was impressed with it! So many gardens to look around all full of facts and information on the world and sustaining the planet we live in. The biomes are cool to walk around too, the biome was very humid especially when you go to the canopy walkway.
The evening had dried up just long enough for us to have a walk on Parr sands beach, do some yoga and have a play around with handstands!
Day Three: Camel Trail, Padstow & Paddleboarding on the lake
It was dry on day three! We packed up and left East Crinis Campsite to head up to the north coast and to our next campsite. We spend a few hours doing the Camel Trail at Padstow. We hired some bikes and set off to Wadebridge and back. It’s a nice and flat trail to cycle so perfect for anyone to enjoy. The views were fab and we found an abandoned boat! In total we cycled around 11 miles so deserved the pasty we had after.
As usual all Cornish pasties taste good so after munching on one we had a wander around Padstow. Loads of shops and cafes all open to take in the September tourists. It’s always a pretty harbour whatever the season.
That evening we pitched up at Cornish Tipi Holidays, while exploring the site we instantly fell in love with the lake. Headed straight back to the van, gathered our swim wear and paddleboard for an evening paddle. We got the whole lake to ourselves and it was a magical feeling paddling around as the sun set.
Day Four: Falmouth & National Maritime Museum
Friday was a very rainy day so we headed indoors at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth. Parking at the park and float (yes you heard that correctly! I said float) and getting a ferry into town instead of a bus was a great way to see Falmouth from the water. We then proceeded to to museum just as it started raining… again.
The museum is full of history of the Cornish coast as well as boats around the world. They have a hall which has exhibits that change every year, this year there was one specifically for tattoos and the history of them. Joe enjoyed the RNLI feature and sitting in the boats and on the jet ski! It is quite an interactive museum with a section full of interactive exhibits about the weather and its effects. The best part is the lookout tower, the top floor looks out over Falmouth and the many boats moored there, then the bottom is under the water. So at high tide you are completely under the water in the harbour then at low tide the boats are more at your level and you are no longer under water!
After a short and rainy walk around Falmouth’s high street we jumped back on the ferry and had a very rainy night back at the campsite.
Day Five: Newquay, Newquay Aquarium & Watergate Bay
Saturday was seriously rainy so another undercover activity was needed, I sipped on some blackcurrent tea and decided we would head to the surf town of Newquay. There were loads of surf shops full of clothes and surf wear that I would of happily of walked back out with. I also fell in love with a SUP paddle… Anyway when the rain started we headed off to the aquarium. There are 14 tanks with a whole array of marine animals from blind fish and terrapins to sharks and a stingray. The octopus was my favourite he was very active and moving around the tanks lots, mesmerising to watch.
Enroute back to the campsite we stopped at Watergate Bay. This huge beach is another one on the surfers list of places to surf. It was very windy so watched a few brave souls get out there and make the most of the waves. This beach has some seacaves and I love a good explore in a cave. We also came across a Portuguese Man O War in the back of a cave, there had been a whole load of these swept to the UK coastline due to the rough weather.
Day Six: Polzeath SUP Surf
The final day of our Cornish trip. The sun was shining and the waves were alright so we headed to Polzeath beach to do some SUP surfing!
That was after we got pushed out of the muddy campervan field by a group of hungover wedding guests, (there was a wedding the night before) thanks guys!
When we got to Polzeath and into the sea it became more bodyboarding on a SUP for me. Joe taught me how to catch the waves with the board and then how to kneel on the board when surfing the wave. It was great fun! After a few hours in the sea we dried off, had lunch in a cafe overlooking the beach and headed home.
Cornwall is a beautiful place and has some stunning coastline. I look forward to my next adventure there, hopefully in the spring time. Share with me your favourite place in Cornwall or your favourite memory from a time in Cornwall.
See you next time and happy adventuring!
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