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It’s not often we get inspired to look outside of Cornwall for natural outdoor beauty but this weekend we decided to something different. Friday night came and we begrudgingly headed across the Cornish border and up on to the intimidating hills of Dartmoor. Heading for a campsite near Chagford, we set about down windy roads, across cattle grids, pausing only to direct sheep and cows out of the road.

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We pulled in at YHA Runnage Camping Barn and we’re blown away by its beauty. A quick bbq and it was time for bed, opting to store our energy for the next day.

The next day we headed for Belstone, Okehampton for a bit of a walk and some wild swimming and after some directions from a helpful pub landlord at The Tors pub we were on our way to nearby Cullever Steps.

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After some swimming and cliff jumping we took a stroll down the river and back into the village. Driving to nearby Lydford Gorge, we pitched our tent in a field behind the Fox and Hounds pub. A bit of grub and a couple of Dartmoor ales proceeded and again we were ready to rest weary heads.

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Next morning we ambled over to Meldon Quarry for more swimming, some cliff jumping and a great walk up to Meldon Reservoir. A fantastic weekend and we recommend stopping in on the way down to Cornwall!

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A view of St Mawes harbour Cornwall

A view of St Mawes harbour Cornwall

A spring trip to the apartment and our arrival saw the sun bursting out, having travelled through blustery rain showers. A brief stop to refuel ourselves with some wonderful home cooked food at Lifton Farm Shop Restaurant  just yards from the A30 (why isn’t it signposted?).

Just time to drop our bags at the apartment and straight onto the beach and a welcome cup of tea on the terrace at Fistral Beach Café and relax……..

Low tide saw the opportunity to spend the day in Crantock. A short stroll to the other side of Pentire and away from the usual visitors trail takes the walker up the beautiful Gannel estuary and up into the picturesque village of Crantock with its Post Office, 2 pubs, tea shop and gallery. We ambled into the little Church, dedicated to St Carantoc, where we were truly surprised by the ornate wood work screen. A picnic on the wide sands whilst watching the surfers and we had to hurry back to catch the tide and shortcut over the little bridg e to get back to Fistral.
Up early and off to Falmouth to catch the ferry (every 30mins from Prince of Wales Pier or Custom House Quay) over to St Mawes.

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Sitting atop Sheepstor, Dartmoor National Park

This weekend was awfully fun down here in the Dutchy! We got a chance to sample some of the more extreme things that Cornwall and the surrounding areas. On Friday the weather was blistering so we used our iWalkCornwall App to find an excellent route from St. Agnes over to Trevellas Porth with our fancy new fold out BBQ. Trevellas has some stunning scenery and is largely unknown to most locals, let alone tourists. NB the path down to Trevellas is not very forgiving on cars if you’re arriving by road! We spent the evening munching burgers and following some of the locals jumping off cliffs down below our spot. It was somewhat reminiscent of our Coasteering day last September!

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Summer 2014 has been a very busy one with record bookings at Fistral Blue Apartment. The downside to wall-to-wall bookings in June, July, August and September is that there was no time for a family visit to Newquay so a recent trip was long overdue.

A slightly blowy weekend is always a good time to feel the reinvigoration afforded by the beautiful county and coastline of Cornwall and this was no exception. A chance to sample the health facilities at the Merchants Manor was followed by dinner at the wonderfully querky and usually oversubscribed Provedore restaurant in Falmouth which delivered very tasty tapas of ground lamb houmous and slow cooked beef cheeks with chickpeas all washed down with Spanish lager.

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The Tall Ships visit Falmouth Posted September 25, 2014

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We arrived in Cornwall in the dark which always leads to a surprise awakening the following morning and we weren’t disappointed – an uninterrupted view of Falmouth harbour and the magnificent sight of the multi-masted schooners, brigantines, brigs and barques from countries around the world in the harbour for the Tall Ships event.

The weekend was not all about the ships however and Falmouth created a carnival atmosphere with stalls, rides and 2 main event stages. The town was buzzing for 3 whole days with all forms of entertainment and was well support by locals and tourists alike. We visited the Tall Ships, watched the most amazing firework display and sampled many of the bands with particular reference to the Abba Tribute band who had everyone up dancing and singing along.

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Last weekend was quite amazing for us in the lovely county of Cornwall. We decided that it would be a great idea to head down to the Lizard Peninsula, have an explore and camp under the stars. After an excellent day exploring the beautiful Kynance Cove, stopping only for an excellent cream tea at the Kynance Cove Cafe we stopped at Wild Camping Lizard near Helston.

After a peaceful night in one of the Uk’s most southerly campsite we arose early to make the most of our morning. We decided to head over to the other coast to try and find some surf and thought a worthy pit stop on the way would be historic Prussia Cove. The cove was awash with holiday makers but that didn’t take away from the eeriness and mystery that this stunning ex-smuggling haven provides. More insight into the history of John Carter, the ‘King of Prussia’ and his escapades can be found here.

Onwards to Sennen Cove where we unloaded the longboard and newest fun edition to the family, an inflatable stand up paddle board (amazing fun!). We spent the afternoon paddling merrily in some great little waves before making the journey back home.

If you enjoy camping and you’d like a weekend in Cornwall (and Fistral Blue is fully booked) we’d definitely recommend it!

A guide to surfing in Newquay Posted July 10, 2014

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For over half a century the town of Newquay in Cornwall has reigned as the undisputed champion of surfing locations in the UK. The powerful waves which crash against the Cornish coastline provide wonderful surfing conditions for both seasoned and inexperienced surfers alike. With a number of great surfing beaches to choose from and a myriad of great bars and restaurants to visit after your time riding the waves, it is no wonder that Newquay continues to attract thousands of eager water sports enthusiasts each year.

The best beaches

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The famous Fistral Beach. Source: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/875170

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A fortunate choice of weekend with beautiful sunshine throughout! Taking the Friday off work gave us the extra day that extended our weekend fabulously! After a lovely chilled morning on Friday we headed out with the camera down to Perranporth beach and caught a simply picturesque sunset.

Another beautiful Saturday enticed us further south to the quaint town of St. Ives. We had a wander round the local shops sampling homemade fudge and Cornish Dream (a local Bailey’s-like liquor) followed by a mandatory Cornish pasty on the beach, top nosh! Returning back to Fistral Beach Apartment for a cheeky night in with the family, watching Britain’s Got Talent and feasting on fish & chips.

Sunday started with a trip to Healey’s (Cornish Rattler) Cyder Farm, Penhallow perfect for picking up some gifts and souvenirs also offering tours of their cyder press; distillery and jam kitchen with plenty of sampling to be done along the way! Followed by a well-deserved carvery at Kingsley Village, the best re-fuel before heading back home!

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Camels, Lizards & Seals Posted April 23, 2014

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Whilst not staying at the flat over the weekend (it was booked up!), we decided to make the most of the time off work and the fantastic weather in Cornwall. Good Friday brought with it some great weather inspiring us to take a bike ride on the Camel Trail. Ideal for families, this perfectly flat 5.5 mile stretch of disused railway line turned cycle path between Wadebridge and Padstow boasts stunning views of the river. We hired bikes in Wadebridge (Bridge Bike Hire now has free parking), and set off for Padstow – the ride taking about 45 mins. Once there, a browse around the town and a pint of St. Austell Ale’s finest welcomed us before the journey back.

Another glorious day greeted us on Saturday and we made the most of it visiting family and watching Falmouth RFC host touring side Old Dunstonian RFC. We decided to spend the evening in the beautiful harbour town and had a great meal at the Thai Orchid on the Old High Street.

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A last minute decision to take a break at Fistral Blue led to us arriving unprepared for an evening meal but Teryaki Chicken and Moules Frittes at The Lewinnick were just the ticket. The gull dawn chorus woke us up in time for a quiet stroll across the bay to The Beached Lamb for brunch and mooch around Newquay. What a change from the storms of last winter – the surf’s up and the surf schools out in force.

We then discovered a new walk up behind the apartment and across the beautiful Gannel estuary and around the corner into Crantock – a beautiful stretch of sandy beach. A quick power wash of the terrace and a visit to Padstow for real Cornish scones, clotted cream and saffron buns from Chough Bakery to take home.

Then stop off on the way home to have something to eat at Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor ahead of the new TV series which starts shortly and we are back again planning our next visit.