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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Autumn is well and truly here and whilst camping may not be to everyone’s taste this time of year, there are plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy the changing of the seasons. This weekend we ventured out to Salcey Forest .
Here are my top 10 tried and tested family walks for Autumn in the UK :
1. Salcey Forest, Northamptonshire
My personal favourite! The six-mile circular trail follows the edge of the Salcey forest, a medieval hunting forest known for its ancient oaks and beeches. A series of trailside art sculptures have been installed and a short cut that takes walkers to the Treetop Walk, a skywalk that elevates to 70ft in the air and gives views across the forest and surrounding Northamptonshire countryside. They are also in the middle of creating a super Tree Ninja Adventure playground for kids and adults alike.
2. Kings Wood, Cornwall
Near St Austell is a richly varied spread of oak, beech, ash, birch and spruce on the slopes of the Pentewan valley – popular with walkers and riders. A primary path runs through the middle of the wood, with less formal paths branching off either towards the valley top, for views over the area, or down to the wet woodlands – wear your wellies along the banks of the St Austell river!
3. Sea Palling, Norfolk
A family-friendly walk that takes walkers along the beach from Sea Palling along to Winterton on Sea. It is not a circular walk, so not ideal in that respect, however, if you have young children it is worth following the beach south towards the Great Barn at Waxham and turn back. Those that want to carry on will get a real opportunity to really let the wind blow the cobwebs and enjoy spectacular views across the North Sea.
4. Derwent Valley Walk, Derbyshire
Starting from Fairholmes, this 11-mile circular walk follows a marked route round the famous ‘Dambuster’ reservoirs. The walk is set in heather moorland peppered with beech, rowan, silver birch, spruce and oak trees, which amongst other factors attract a large array of birds, including ravens, crossbills and ospreys.
5. Pepper Wood, West Midlands
There’s an excellent network of walks, ranging from 20 minutes up to 2 hours with young children. Pepper Wood, is the remant of the ancient Forest of Feckenham, and lies close to Wyre Forest near Bromsgrove. The 150 acre site offers a woodland setting in the midst of great oaks, birch and lime. Alders line the valley floor.
6. Pass of Killiecrankie, Perthshire, Scotland
Perthshire is believed to be the area where you will find some of Scotland’s finest woodlands. The Pass of Killiecrankie walk, a four mile walk set in oak woodland along the River Garry, is possible one of the finest. The riverside trail, which starts at the visitor centre leads to the shores of Loch Faskally. You can end your walk at Pitlochry, or continue along the circular Bealach walk, which brings you back to Killiecrankie. The birch, rowan, aspen and ash trees that adorn the walk will certainly give you a taste of autumn.
7. Ullswater, Lake District
This is one for the families with children aged 11 and upwards, it is easier than the walk at Scafell Pike, but still offers a challenge. Starting at church near Howton, this 10-mile circular walk takes you along the shores of Ullswater for part of the way and up in woodland sorrounding the 657m, Place Fell peak. Follow paths and narrow roads to Martindale, then bear right towards Patterdale, before heading towards the shores of Ullswater and following the twisting path to Sandwick and then back to Martindale.
8. Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire
Another family-friendly nature reserve near Nottingham was opened in the 1960′s by Sir David Attenborough. The walk is nearly 4 miles long, has wide paths and can even accommodate pushchairs. It takes visitors from pond to pond for nearly two hours and is perfect for bird watching in Autumn and Winter, including, according to the visitor centre, two fish-eating birds, the goosander and the merganser.
9. Ystwyth Valley, near Aberystwyth
This walk is set in the grounds of Hafod Uchtryd and occupies 500 acres of the Ystwyth valley. There are many huge beeches, red oaks and larches (the only ‘conifer’ to change colour) that line the walks. My favourite is the short(ish) Gentleman’s walk, which climbs to offer great views over the valley. Much work has been carried out in recent years to restore the many of original walks, which date back to the 18th century. Start your walk at the Church car park.
10. Dove Crag walk, Northumberland
Another 4-mile circular walk at Holystone that will take you through stunning Autumn scenery. The walk is set in the Northumberland National Park and follows a path through oak woodland before climbing to moorland. Here you will find oak, birchwoods and larches. Also look out for birds of prey and red squirrels.