Trevella Holiday Park in Cornwall is a 5-star caravan and camping site located just outside the seaside village of Crantock. At a few miles south of Newquay, the site is a perfect base to explore the Cornish coastline.
We stayed in a Static Caravan on the site’s ‘Meadow’ area for 4 nights over the Easter school break and we were not disappointed. OK, as generally reported the weather wasn’t great, hence we opted for a static caravan rather than a tent, but still we didn’t let the inclement weather dampen our spirits and plans!
We arrived at 7pm on Monday 8th of April 2013, and were greeted by Lucy on reception, 5 minutes later we were heading through the park to our caravan to unpack. The Caravan had decking at the front with outdoor tables and chairs and along the side of the van to the main door. As readers of this blog will know, we stay in static caravans/mobile homes in the UK and France often, and the Swift Bordeaux we stayed in at Trevella ranks as one of the best. Good open-plan layout, french windows out to a view of the meadow (as pictured above), bathroom with double-shower and two bedrooms, with the master bedroom offering an en-suite and a large wardrobe. We were at home!
5 things we did… (not all on the same day!)
- Visited Loe Beach near Falmouth and went Kayaking
- Got to Lizards Point and took a 2-hour hike across the rugged coastline to Kynance Cove
- Swam in the sea at Crantock Bay beach
- Had Lunch in Padstow, arrived by bike from Wadebridge along the River Camel
- Climbed up to Brent Tor Church near Tavistock, Devon
The park itself has large grounds, offering substantial open green space for everyone, the main green in the middle of the park is where children, including my two, congregate to play. The park also has a Pet’s Corners, games room, crazy golf course and adverture playground. The park’s outdoor swimming pool is not open for swimiming until May each season. A number of walks starting at Trevella take you across to Crantock Bay beach (1 mile away) passing by the park’s lakes and through fields.
Camping and Touring
The touring ground at Trevella is spacious and offers good washing/toilets facilities. There is a mix of grass and hard-standing pitches welcoming a range of touring vehicles.
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This weekend we are in Suffolk, my home county, it is March, it is cold, wet and downright miserable, but that’s no reason not to go exploring.
We are spending the weekend in Long Melford, a village once the setting for the BBC TV series Lovejoy and famed for being one of the longest villages in the England. Melford Hall also has connections with Beatrix Potter’s stories.
Our first walk of the day starts at Kentwell Hall, behind Long Melford church (pictured above) and stretches for 2 miles across fields, dotted with sheep, cows and horses. Ownership of a pair of Wellington boots is key here! There are plenty of people walking.
Soon you begin to see the village and the turrets of Melford Hall in the distance and the walk brings you out perfectly for a drink in the 15th century Bull Hotel.
For camping around here, try http://www.clockhousefarmcaravanpark.co.uk
At I Spy Camping we like nothing more than challenges and these 10 great walks around Britain are no exception. So get yourselves prepared and get out there and try these.
Howden Moors –South Yorkshire
You will find this walk on Sheffield’s doorstep and it can either be a 4 mile walk there and back or a 6 and a half mile circuit for the more experienced walker. The first part takes you over the River Derwent and up to the moors at Howden Edge. If you then don’t mind a more demanding route on a rough path, continue the circuit towards Howden Clough. If not, then turn back at Howden Edge.
Dumgoyne – Campsie Fells
This 6 mile walk is tough, steep and rough and therefore aimed at the more experienced and fit walker.
The Campsie Fells can be found just north of Glasgow. You will need proper walking boots and a bit of stamina to climb the steep, rubbly paths. The views from the Dumgoyne summit are well worth it! Just remember the descent will be steep as well.
So you’ve booked your family camping holiday in Devon, or you are thinking of camping in Devon, and you want to know where to go for days out with your kids. We have the answer! Here are our Top 10 Days Out in Devon for 2013:
Watermouth is a Victorian Castle and child’s fun park near Ilfracombe. It has everything you would expect from an attraction like this including the popular dungeons, a maze, a model railway and an adventure area with rides, including the Big River ride.
2. Paignton Zoo
Gorillas, Rhinos, Tigers and Crocodiles are just some of the animals waiting to be discovered at Devon’s Paignton Zoo. With lots of activities and fun things to do, this is a great day out for the kids.
3. Cycle the Tarka Trail
The Tarka Trail offers 180 miles of traffic-free cycling. OK, so you are unlikely to want to cover the whole trail, but how about Bideford to Great Torrington, just 6 miles and features crossing over the River Torridge at the Landcross Viaduct from the Tarka the Otter books.
4. Living Coasts
This is an aquatic zoo that exhibits the range of birds, mammals and plant life that live on our coasts. Part educational, Part discovery as you learn about the ecological issues affecting them.
5. Babbacombe Model Village
The miniature village, which also features railways and a castle with a fire-breathing dragon is great for children. After dusk in the village, the streets and homes light up with 10,000 light bulbs. (see feature photo)
6. Crabbing at Lynmouth
Make a date with a crab or two at Lynmouth’s Harbour wall, the perfect spot to dangle a line and catch sight of the nippers. Lynmouth seafront is also great for fudge and ice cream; can you resist the temptation?!
7. Build a Giant Sandcastle at Westward Ho!
Do your kids enjoy playing in the sand and paddling in the sea? The long sandy beach at Westward Ho! near the Northern Burrows Country Park is great for families. The surf is not as good here, so you won’t be crowded out by a swarm of surfers.
8. Go on a fishing trip from Whitestrand Quay
Head to Salcombe, Whitestrand Quay to be more precise, and a 2hr fishing trip for you and your family awaits you. Trust us kids, and parents, will enjoy this and not that expensive. See Whitestrandboathire.co.uk
9. The Big Sheep
Going Camping in Bideford Bay this year? The Big Sheep is a wacky and fun sheep-themed amusement park perfect for a silly day out with the kids, even teenagers are catered for too! The mixture of attractions include sheep racing, a farm safari and a train.
Want to be a little more adventurous? Try H2Outdoor. Coasteering, Sea Kayaking and Mountain Biking. They also offer sessions for 6 to 8-yr olds. See www.h2outdoor.co.uk
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I haven’t been able to spend as much time in the Lake District as I would have wanted, but yet my inclination to find places off-the-beaten tourist track, means that when I do visit places I sometimes discover hidden gems or at least places that are not so well-known. Here are my top 5 places you must definately see, even if they are not on your printed guide.
1. Tarn Hows
Tarn Hows was donated to the National Trust in 1930 by none other than Beatrix Potter and is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful places on the British Isles.
For me, there is no one specific element that makes this place beautiful, instead it is a combination of the tarn itself, the pine trees, the spruce-studded island, the natural colours produced and the backdrop of undulating hills. (pictured above)
A trip to the Lakes would not be complete without a walk around the tarn, but be prepared to spend at least an hour here. There are plenty places to stop for a picnic.
2. Grizedale Forest
Squeezed between two giants of the Lakes’ tourist hotspots, Coniston Water and Windermere is Grizedale Forest. A perfect place for a family day out if you want to give the lakes a break. The dense forest found here makes way for children’s activities, such as zip-wire rides; picnic areas, walks and cycle trails (5 signposted routes, bike hire is available on-site), not to mention examples of oak, spruce, pine and larch trees as well as wildlife; I have been told red deer can be occassionally seen.
3. Via Ferrata
England’s only Iron Way. Via Ferrata is a system pioneered in the Italian Dolomites originally used to get soldiers and military equipment across ‘difficult’ mountain terrain. The system entails a fixed cableway and clip-on harness that in the Lakes’ industrial past took miners to new areas to mine.
Today, it takes thrill-seekers along the old route via an exposed face of the mountain, several ladders and supports to the top of Fleetwith Pike, standing at 648 metres above sea-level.
It’s already in my list of things to do in 2013! Want to join me? Check out more information on http://www.honister-slate-mine.co.uk/via_ferrata_at_honister.asp
4. Aira Force
A few miles north of Glenridding on the A592 is Aira Force, a pretty waterfall that drops seventy-foot. Whilst doing my background research into Aira Force, many believe it to be the prettiest in the Lakes, as I have not been to all so I cannot give you my opinion on this, but I can assure it is well worth the visit. We were recommended to go early in the morning by the campsite owner to avoid a throng of people, and if you have the time, I in turn would recommend to take the walk further up the valley to High Force and Dockray before making your way back.
Close to Aira Force is the District’s 2nd longest lake, Ullswater. A stretch of water that meanders like a serpent with one of the highest peaks in the area, Helvellyn, overlooking. Just north of St Patrick’s Boat Landing, is one of the Ullswater steamers stations with departures across the lake. Steamers have been ferrying passengers around the lake since 1859 and continue to be a popular way for visitors to get to see the lake’s charm close up. For more information on cruising Ullswater, please visit www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk
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