Sadly we were only able to spend a few days in UK this summer but it was nice to get away in May and see Cornwall again as it had been a while since our last visit. We stayed on the private site of Cottage Farm between Cubert and Crantock. Very friendly and spotlessly clean. From Torquay it is but a 2 to 3 hour drive so we arrived in time for lunch. Cubert is an ideally located site for both North and South coasts of Cornwall. We met up with friends from Nottinghamshire and visited some of the old haunts that we went to a few years ago. Our favorite walk is from Kynance Bay to the Lizard Lighthouse and back, stopping for crab sandwiches at the cafe at Lizard. We walked from the camp site into Newquay and over a cold beer watched the children jumping off the harbour entrance pier into the sea. On another occasion we drove to “Port Wenn” or to give its proper name Port Issac, made famous by the Doc Martin series. Predictably the locals are milking the series to maximum effect and even charging £2 for a single sheet of photocopy paper showing the locations of the places used in the TV series.
No trip to that part of the world would be complete without a visit to one (or more) of the gardens so off we went to Glendurgan Gardens. Like one or two others in the area Glendurgan is a mini valley that runs down to the waters edge with a small beach, cafe and shop with lovely views out over the Helford river and out to sea. The gardens at this time of year were just coming into full colour and a delight to see – all helped by gorgeous weather.
We spent another day at Rock and Padstow, hanging around until evening to sample the Rick Stein fish and chips, guarding against the unwelcome attention of the seagulls. We walked several miles along the coast paths, taking in the wonderful sights – you never get tired of these views.
As the weather was so kind to us we took advantage and had three or four BBQ’s all washed down with both beer and wine. Alas our stay soon came to an end and we had to return home to Torquay, drop off the camper and fly down to Carcassonne to help our family move into their new home – but that’s another story….