Padstow

Once again I’ve got a little out of sync with my blog posts – too much time enjoying our adventures and not enough time writing about them!

We are just back from a repeat visit to Dennis Cove Campsite, a short stroll from Padstow. This was our fifth visit to this campsites in the last 8 years and although our time in this area of Cornwall is spent quite differently to the pre-children era, we love it just as much.

I imagine there are many good campsites locally but none enable you to wander into Padstow or jump on your bike and ride to Wadebridge and beyond. And whilst we are more like to spend our time on one of the many amazing beaches than sit in the pubs these days, we do still like to mooch around the beautiful town in the evening.

We took the kayak for the first time this year and as Tony was only with us for the weekend, he brought it down on the car. Harlyn Bay proved to be an excellent location to launch from particularly so at high tide. Dougie and Tony had great fun riding the waves and paddling out to visit other local coves.

We had a lovely surprise visit from my brother an his family on Sunday as they had come to the area to view (and buy) a Campervan. Very exciting times! They managed to get a pitch on the same campsite and their arrival meant I wasn’t on my own once Tony went home, which was an added bonus.

Although Tony had to go home, the kids and I are on school holidays so had planned to meet Zoe, Wendy and Joshua at another campsite, Old MacDonald’s Farm and Camping situated between Padstow and New Quay. This is another return visit and whilst this site is completely different to Dennis Cove, it’s equally as enjoyable. The site has its own little farm with playgrounds, crazy golf and a little train. The Farm is open to the public during the day, but is exclusive to campers early in the morning and late into the evening. As you can imagine, the children loved it.

The forecast hadn’t been that good for the week but we managed to get on the beach on most days, exploring Porthcothan and Lusty Glaze – a beach new to us. Porthcothan had some pooled water meaning the children were able to play safely and when we were feeling a little more daring, we ventured down to the water’s edge to bodyboard in the waves. Lusty Glaze was a stunning, privately owned, beach but the water was very rough. They boys were quite happy running from the waves, although they did get a little brave towards the end!

Another memorable trip to one of our favourite parts of country. We are already booked in for next year.

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