As the Spring Bank holiday weekend and half-term approaches we are all set to receive a full house of guests here at Trevaylor Caravan and Camping Park, in the far west of Cornwall. The Tin Coast which site on the door step of our lovely little family run campsite is in glorious bloom with both spring and summer flowers of all kinds. The cliffs are awash with bright yellows of the gorse and pinks and whites of Campions and of course the carpets of Thrift are taking shape quite nicely too. The wild garlic is just receding now and being superseded by the deep blue-purple of the late bluebells.
There are bumble bees and birds buzzing about in all shapes and sizes and guises. We have ramblers, explorers, cyclists and climbers to name but a few of the types of active people that we have staying on our site at the moment. Joining us soon we will have many families with their children coming to enjoy the Cornish delights of the area; the clean sandy beaches, the beautiful cliff walks, the open-air theatre which is the Minack Theatre, The Telegraph Museum at Porthcurno, Cape Cornwall, Lands End, St Michaels Mount, Geevor Tin Mine Museum – all these places are a must for any visitor to this wonderfully rich and diverse part of West Cornwall.
And don’t forget for a spot of retail therapy, mixed with a dash of dining and some beach relaxation all in one day there is always St Ives – which you can get to directly from Trevaylor along one of the most scenic and beautiful roads in the country! We hope to see you soon, Michelle, Charlie, Eva and George.
Violets give us the nod before the Bluebells pop up
Bring on the Bluebells to cheers us up!
I am waiting for the bluebells to pop their heads up and say hello – I just love the carpets of blue that appear around our cliff tops at this time of year and coupled with the swathes of the delicate pink of the thrift it really can be a sight to behold.
Easter was a bit of a wash out. It has been one of the wettest late winter/early springs we have had here at Trevaylor Caravan and Camping Park here in West Cornwall. That being said we still had a reasonable turnout – we had some of our regular climbing groups in and plenty of Easter holiday makers on our hardstandings.
A muddy affair
It was an admittedly muddy affair but evenings spent in our cosy bar eating great home cooked food and drinking local beer kept everyone in good spirits for the main of it. On the last day of the holidays the sun came out of course – and the ground dried out like nothing had happened.
Out and About
I have meanwhile been out for plenty of coastal walks – enjoying the somewhat delayed development of the coastal spring flora and fauna. The Kestrels, Choughs, Jackdaws, Ravens, Buzzards and a myriad of small birds are all busy flapping around picking up nesting materials and I see the first crop of baby bunny rabbits bopping about already.
The Vintage bus run from Penzance passed our door on it’s way to St Ives this weekend just gone. Some of the lovely old vehicles were heavily laden with jovial waving passengers as they chugged by.
We visited one of our local National Trust gardens – Trengwainton – near Penzance recently, and really enjoyed the views and sights there. The coffee and bowl of soup with fresh bread from the café at the end added to the pleasure of our visit there.
Today I am looking forward to getting back out on the coastal path again with our dog Milo. We can’t get enough of it all! So come on, what are you waiting for? See you shortly!
Snow has been the hot topic in Cornwall that we have all been talking about for the last week. For our children it provided a joyful, fun-filled few days break from school. The countryside all around us here near Botallack all looked so extra bright and beautiful. When the snow fell on Wednesday our campers were subsequently snowed in for the coming few days. Much frivolity ensued with adults making snow angels by day and snuggling in to the pub to share stories over a few pints by the fire during the evenings. One of our accommodation guests who left for home late that morning was back with us again after lunch, having abandoned his car not far away, stuck on the slippery road. Luckily he was able to work over the internet from the comfort of our cosy cottage until the siege by snow had passed and he was able to return home to Oxford. Our children slid about in the snow on their body boards and our little white dog needed a fluorescent flash jacket on so that we didn’t lose sight of him in the drifts! Most of the white stuff has gone now and life has returned to normality. The kids are back in school and the dog has muddy paws again. Next stop Easter – Our bar will be open, serving Skinner’s real ale and cider. Our full menu will be on the go for evening meals and the bacon butties will be at ready in the shop for breakfast.
Here and now
Winter Sunshine has been the flavour of the last week. Here at Trevaylor Caravan & Camping site in the West Penwith it has been feeling like spring is in the air. The daffodils have popped their nodding vibrant yellow heads up to see us and say hello. The female blackbirds are hard at work pulling worms from the garden lawn; I wonder if they have tiny mouths to feed already; or if they are just preparing themselves for the joys of spring yet to come.
We enjoyed a busy half term; with plenty of holiday makers taking advantage of our centrally heated holiday homes for a short break. Our hardstanding electric pitches came in very handy for the many motorhomes and a couple of tourers along the way. The bravest of our half-term visitors was a young family who stayed in a canvas bell tent during the rather damp and very gusty holiday period. In spite of the challenging weather conditions they still managed to have a fulling family experience together here in the far West of Cornwall. They now have a lot more guy ropes for their tent!
Next week will see most of the UK thrown into an arctic cold snap. For us based here in Cornwall, in the most South Westerly part of the UK, whilst it will be very cold compared to our usual temperatures it will still be positively mild compared to other parts of the UK. Much to the disappointment of our children I might add – as this will probably mean no snow for us!
Out and about
I will be about and about with my camera – I love to take advantage of the stunning rugged coastal scenery we have here amid this World Heritage site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We are also enjoying the opportunity to witness examples of our local wildlife playing out their lives set against the wintery landscape. Recently I have had the pleasure of observing and photographing Kestrels and small flocks of Choughs very close to our site. Whilst walking the dog out on the cliff path of an evening I have been lucky enough to find myself sharing views of some the absorbing sunsets from various vantage points along the way with fellow dog walkers, artists, climbers, runners, ramblers, photographers or site seers. But sometimes it is just me, the dog, the sun and the sea.
Happy days! See you soon. Michelle, Charlie, Eva and George @ Trevaylor Caravan and Camping Park. P.S. Bar opens end of March.
View through a window of The Crowns Mine buildings
Welcome to Winter in West Cornwall and Happy New Year! – we would like to wish you all the very best for 2018. Here on the coast of West Cornwall right in the heart of the World heritage Devon and Cornwall Tin Mining Site we have been experiencing some incredible gale force conditions lately, which if embraced with the appropriate care can be immensely enjoyable and exhilarating. For the thrill-seeking rambler the winds can add an extra dimension to an already breathing taking environment. And for those who really enjoy the extra physical challenge – the often muddy and slippery footpaths offer extra calorie burning opportunities as you traverse the rugged terrain along the St Ives to Land’s End stretch of the South West Coastal Path during this post-Christmas period.
When you need to rest a while from the howling wind and the pelting rain just hunker down a while against one of the many imposing granite rocks and endeavour to take in the awe-inspiring views. Through squinting eyes and gritted teeth, draw breath through your salty sea-sprayed lips as you lean through one of the window openings in the iconic Crowns Mine buildings to gaze down into the cauldron of boiling waves clawing up at you from the rocky shoreline below. Adventure was made for Cornwall in winter.
That was yesterday. Today was calm and serene. I couldn’t see much of the usual view of the Scilly Isles for the fog, but it added atmosphere and intrigue and once again I found myself enjoying yet another challenge – this time a navigational one as I wandered along the well-trodden footpaths trying to find my way back home again through the soft caressing whiteness of the mist, not been able to recognise the usual landmarks like Cape Cornwall or Kenidjack Castle until I was upon them. But it was great meeting other explorers out on the path and sharing our experience along the way.
Tomorrow promises sunshine and the yellow sands of Porthminster, Porthmeor and Porthgwidden at St Ives will shine up like gold under my feet as I step from the little cobbled streets of sparkly enticing shops straight on to the beaches there with my family. The dog will enjoy a run as our children play in the sand and we will watch others play dare with the gently lapping incoming tide as their dogs jump around in the shallow waters. Then maybe we will take a surf session down on Sennen Cove in the afternoon before heading back to the pub for some homemade grub and some local real ale and then home. And we might have met you there at the Queens Arms too that evening before you stroll back to our campsite, which, incidentally, is open all year round, for your nights rest. More adventure to follow. Michelle, Charlie, Eva and George – see you soon!
Welcome to Cornwall
As Hurricane Ophelia rustles around our ears we step away from summer and well and truly into autumn. It will be half term for many of our schools around the country next week and no doubt a few of you will be visiting us here in Cornwall from various corners of the country and indeed various corners of the county. Sennen Cove was looking a little ruffled this afternoon at high tide as this well-known seaside village felt the latest hurricane weather bustling through. The waves churned and gurned and many spectators came down to fill up their senses and watch in awe as the mighty storm passed through.
Gone are the gentle summer days now that watched over babes toddling in the gentle lapping waves that often caress the beautiful golden beach there at Sennen Cove. Our summer here at Trevaylor Caravan & Camping Park was busy as ever and I have to say that most of our guests had a happy come what may approach to what turned out to be one of the wettest summers we have had in a while. Everyone seemed determined not to let the weather spoil their hard earned time off and a good time was had by most.
Our newly refurbished club house was a huge success and was enjoyed by many during the season when it was open from March through to the end of September. We served up plenty of our mouth-watering 21 day matured steak and chips and renowned chocolate brownies accompanied by Cornish clotted cream and of course plenty more besides. Skinners Betty Stoggs real ale featured as our flagship tipple and may folks tottered ‘home’ to their tents merrily after sampling a good few pints at the bar.
Alas now we are sailing through the quieter months and have our hardstanding at the ready for all of you who care to pop in and say hello – prepare to be most welcomed by us all here at Trevaylor! We look forward to seeing you soon. Charlie, Michelle, Eva and George.
A secluded Sandy Beach in Cornwall
This wonderful secluded sandy beach lies within 3 miles of our lovely family run campsite. So, if you want to be somewhere like this, far from the madding crowd on your holidays, you can be! You just need to get yourself booked in with us at Trevaylor Caravan and Camping Park. Once you have arrived here and settled in, we can point you in the right direction to get yourself immersed in some of the wonderful scenery that awaits for you right on our doorstep. Literally. We are around 400 meters away from ‘Wheal Leisure’ – ‘Ross Poldark’s’ Mine. Indeed we have had the horse stunt team staying with us for the filming of one of the series. From these old ruins you can walk along the South West Coastal Path to the left – where you will pass through the Kenidjack Valley and come upon Cape Cornwall with its little tidal pool at Priest’s Cove. Walk out to the right from ‘Wheal Leisure’ (Wheal Owles) and the famous Crown Mines and you will come upon Levant Mine with its restored Beam Engine which runs on steam. On beyond from there you will come to Geevor Tin Mine – a great place for children and adults of all ages to learn about Cornwall’s great tin mining heritage. After a cuppa and a homemade pasty perhaps at their glass ended café overlooking the rugged coastline, you can then go on to explore along to Pendeen Light House and further still if you are feeling hungry for more exploration and adventure. Come and see us soon and find out all about it.
Anytime of year is always an exciting time of year to visit Cornwall – but spring time can be a particularly rewarding experience. Right now we are immersed in intense yellow blooms of gorse – it is unimaginably impressive. The cliffs are dressed in great swathes and patches of deep golden yellow. The air is heady with their scent which is delightful. The pretty pinky lilac Thrift is coming into flower and will no doubt soon carpet the cliffs too. The Thrift will be studded with blooms of Primroses, Bluebells, Daisys, Gorse, Heather and many other plant species particular to this area. Yesterday I saw a baby slow worm on the path and a Falcon sitting watchfully, high in her annual nesting position in an old joist hole in one of the many ruined Wheal Houses along the way. The stretch of South West Coastal Path where you can be lucky enough to see all of this as you pass over the sea lined cliffs tops is just 400 meters away from our lovely family run campsite. …And who knows you might even bump into Aidan Turner or Eleanor Tomlinson aka Ross and Demelza Poldark on your travels; as filming for some of the series also takes place directly extremely close by. Then, after an absorbing day exploring out in our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty what better way to relax and unwind than to come and join us for an evening in our bar over a pint of local real ale or a glass of wine and a great meal of your choice from our menu, followed by a delicious homemade pudding. Finnish off the night with a moonlit stroll back to your tent, tourer or motorhome or even one of our luxury holiday homes. See you soon. Charlie, Michelle, Eva & George
Our newly refurbished Bar – finally ready for action after a long winter overhaul! Opens for good food and real ale on Friday 31st March 2017
St Michaels Mount in early March
Here we are in March… it seems all of a sudden to me, but I don’t suppose it is really – it’s just that we have been oh so busy bustling around bringing things up together. For those of you who have been here before – we hope you will approve of the changes we have made to our bar and conservatory areas – we have given them a little bit of an ‘overhaul’ shall we say! …And for those of you who will be coming to us for the first time, we hope that you will enjoy the refreshed facilities that we have on offer. We have not done too much out and about landscapeing on site this year as yet; hopefully we will still have a little bit of time left during the early spring to tidy up any rough edges out there! …Although we’d better get a wiggle on as I notice the Blackbirds are already busy collecting nesting material from our garden. The weather of late has been typically February-March style – we have just come through 3 days of pea soup fogginess and it has recently been wet, windy, stormy, mild, chilly, sunny and predictably unpredictable! Just how we like it. We have already had a handful of tenters staying and there’s a steady trickle of motorhomers and caravanners coming and going on most days now. We love this – and enjoy having a good chat with people during their stay with us. Occasionally we even meet up for a pint down the local! So, as I am writing this in I’d better be off otherwise we’ll miss this evening’s banter down the Queens – and that won’t do! We hope to see some more of you very soon. Charlie, Michelle, Eva and George