Trevedra Farm Camping – 08.07.17

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The weather was set to be good and we had a free weekend so we thought we would give camping another go! After all we need to make the most of tent and all the other camping gubbins we’ve brought! This time though I was adamant I would be taking my duvet and additional layers of clothing for I was not prepared to lay all night freezing cold trying to sleep! (Everyone will be glad to know I didn’t freeze and the duvet worked wonders!)

We decided we wanted to head West to camp near to Sennen and found Trevedra Farm campsite which looked good and was well priced. Trevedra Farm is located a mile from Land’s End and is superbly located to visit many of the lush Cornish beaches nearby.  The campsite is quite big and offers various fields for caravans and motor homes and some for tents only. More fields for tent pitches open up in the summer months. The campsite has some really nice, new main facilities which we found to be really clean and not too busy either. The facilities located in our field were less new and less nice (spiders!!) but were adequate and close to our field. The campsite is also home to the Ocean Blue Cafe which serves breakfasts, evening meals and offers a good selection of cakes throughout the day. There’s also a reception area and shop stocked with all you need for the full camping experience including food, camping equipment and tonnes of local attraction leaflets. All the staff I encountered were friendly and the campsite had a nice feel to it. The farm has been run by the Nicholas family for over 65 years and there’s been a campsite there since the 1940’s so it’s obviously popular!

    

We were given a nice pitch which I thought was a good size – even thought you were in multiple rows of tents you didn’t feel like you were on top of the people next to you and there was plenty of room for a tent and car. We pitched up (whilst it rained) and had our picnic lunch before heading down to Gwynver Beach.

Gwynver Beach can be reached by a path from the campsite. You walk across one of the camping fields and down a path that takes you to the beach – there’s quite a few steps but its worth it!. Apparently the beach gets its name from Guinever who was the wife of King Arthur!

          

There were quite a few people on the beach but it didn’t feel overly populated and I wonder if the steep steps back up put people off going there! It’s only about 150 metres long but again there was plenty of space to find a spot to sit and enjoy the view. It was super sunny down on the beach, which surprised us given back at the campsite it had been a bit mizzy and foggy! This meant we hadn’t put any sun cream on and soon could feel ourselves start to burn. We stayed for a quick chill and a paddle – the sea was so refreshing and the waves look gorgeous. At low tide the beach joins up with Sennen Beach which we decided to visit the next day.

          

             

The walk back up the steep cliff steps isn’t quite as fun or enjoyable as walking down towards the beach. It was about 5pm when we left but still super hot; I’ll be honest we were sweating profusely and I needed to stop a few times – luckily we weren’t the only ones finding it tricky! We certainly made use of one of the well located drinking water taps back at the campsite and cooled ourselves down with a cheeky ice cream from the shop.

        

After playing a spot of badminton (we need a lot more practice I think!) we fired up the new BBQ and cooked our dinner – burgers, sausages and some halloumi squeaky cheese. Yum! And of course no BBQ is complete without toasting marshmallows. We followed up our BBQ by a game of scrabble and a good old cuppa – is it just me or are we getting old?!

               

I am so pleased to say that we slept pretty well and I wasn’t too cold! The duvet worked well and despite the early morning rain we were snugly, warm and dry – I think I’m now coming round to this camping malrakey!

We packed up the tent and moved on to Sennen for a walk along the beach and a visit to the Sennen Cove Lifeboat Station. I really enjoy looking around lifeboat stations and find it amazing to hear how much it costs to keep the lifeboats running – they are so important! Sennen Cove / Beach is located in the village of Sennen and is a lovely, long sandy beach and is a huge hit with surfers. It’s near to Land’s End and is the most westerly point in mainland Britain which I thought was a pretty cool location. The beach is called Whitesands Bay (although the signs on it say Sennen Beach which is rather confusing). There’s a car park right by the beach but also there’s the harbour car park a little further up near the lifeboat centre and ice cream shops – I would recommend parking here as it’s slightly cheaper and you get to walk towards the beach taking in its imposing views.

   

After a bit of paddling and chilling at Sennen we travelled on to Porthgwarra.  Porthgwarra is a small coved beach near the bigger and more popular Porthcurno. What a drive it is to get there! There are some pretty narrow and steep lanes to get to it but it’s well worth it in my eyes. Porthgwarra is situated within the St Aubyn Estates and has a small coffee shop and car park which is reasonably priced. Apparently some scenes from the ever popular Poldark TV series were filmed here!

     

There are lots of rock pools, boulders to climb and caves to explore. It was nice and quiet when we went and I can really recommend it. I think it would be a nice place for an evening BBQ – if you can brave the roads to get there!

      

After all this beach exploring it was definitely time to get something to eat. We decided on going to Trevaskis Farm to get a Sunday roast. I’ve been to Trevaskis a few times and love it. The farm is located in Connor Downs in Hayle and offers beautiful food as well as pick your own fruit and veg in the summer which is good fun. Trevaskis offer a good sized roast and we enjoyed them sitting outside soaking up the last of the weekends sun. No time to Trevaskis is complete without a trip to the cake counter which is full of at least 15 different cakes including cheesecakes, tortes, pavlovas and many more. I chose a white chocolate and raspberry torte to take home whilst Nathan chose a piece of the chocolate fudge cake.  You get such big slices and they taste great – well worth the price!

          

We ended the weekend by chilling in front of the TV and eating our huge slices of cake for tea – perfect!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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