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Photo's from Camping in Cornwall




We’ve added some of photo’s we took while camping in Cornwall.  To see them in a slideshow click on this link here or visit our Gallery at http://gallery.thegilmours.net

A week Camping in Cornwall.

Dinner in Perranporth

We have just got back from a weeks camping in Cornwall.  We based ourselves out of the Summer Valley campsite near Truro. 

Our week consisted of:

  • going to the beach – lots
  • swimming
  • flying the kite
  • seeing the Pirate and Highwaymen activities at Pendennis Castle
  • experiencing the firing of a real pirate’s cannon
  • bodyboarding at Perranporth beach
  • cycling the camel trail in Padstow
  • watching the planes from the RNAS Culdrose Air day
  • eating pasties, clotted cream teas & cornish ice cream
  • snorkelling on the rocks
  • playing lots on the campsite
  • getting stuck in the mud on the way to Church (well not our car!)
  • cooking a Sunday Chicken Roast on a trangia stove!!
  • Putting up the tent in the pouring rain (the only real rain of the week)
  • boating and kayaking from the beach
  • visiting St Ives, Padstow, Falmouth,

Cornwall has so much to see and do, normally when we are down there we go diving, butPirate of Perranporth this time we didn’t take the diving gear, only the snorkelling kit (see my diving blog) so that we could enjoy the other attractions of Cornwall. 

As we were planning this trip we kept a close eye on the weather forecast and were prepared to go and do a lot of wet weather activities, such as the Eden project, and the zoo’s etc. But the weather held good all week and we spent most of the time on the beach and in the sea.  It was excellent fun.  Perranporth is a great beach but you’ve gotta get down there early or there is no chance of finding a parking space.  We spent a whole day there, bodyboarding and flying the kites. Scott, Elizabeth and Emily all tried the bodyboard and were great.  Weighing next to nothing, they were catapulted in on the smallest of waves and loved it.  We took our waterproof housing for the video camera which came up with some great video shots.  I shall have to see if I can digitalise some of the clips and post them on our blog.   Even Lisa and I managed to get a sneaky morning off from the kids, watched by friends who we were camping with, and headed off with some of the others for early morning bodyboarding with the whole beach to ourselves.  A lot of fun.  

Something that we would highly recommend is the Camel Trail, from Padstow to Wadebridge and on to Bodmin.  A very picturesque bike ride along an old disused railway line. Being a former railway line, meant it was fairly flat with no major inclines to slow one’s progress making it suitable for all ages to cycle along.  Even Emily had a go for a little while.  One word of caution though, it can get very very busy, the M25 of cycle paths. There were hundreds of people doing the same as us.  We only completed the first section from Padstow to Wadebridge and back (much to Scott’s disgust, he wanted to do the full 36 mile round trip), a total of 11 miles.  Scott led the way with Lisa carrying Heather on the child seat, whilst I towed Elizabeth and Emily (and emily’s bike)in the trailer.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, slightly overcast, which meant we weren’t cycling in the blazing sun.  After our ride we loaded the bikes back onto the car and walked into Padstow for Pasties and ice cream.  We managed to find one of the few food shops not owned by Rick Stein! And the queue for his takeaway fish n Chips at £9 a pop reached out of the door and around the carpark.  No fish n chips is that good and my pasty was delicious.  Not a Ginsters in sight!

We’ll add some pictures to the gallery once we’ve sorted through them and maybe try and sort out the video clips.