Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Cali has been to Start Bay

On Wednesday the weather forecast was showing a hot sunny weekend, so we booked a couple of nights at the CMC Start Bay site.  We set off after I finished work at 3.30pm on Friday but unfortunately we were held up in long traffic queues on the A38 so didn't arrive on site until almost 6.00pm.  The site was full except for three sloping pitches - the first time we've pitched on such a slope and we were unsure of the best way to do it.  The wardens were fantastic and told us we could go onto the pitch forwards, backwards or sideways, whichever was best for us.

We decided pitch 84 was the best available pitch.  Even the levelling blocks weren't high enough to take out the slope, so we decided to drive into the pitch as it would be better to slope front to back rather than side to side.  We had sunshine all weekend, the photo shows us getting ready for breakfast on Sunday.


It's the first time we've visited this site and we really liked it.  As a CMC site the facilities are as you would expect and the site was very well maintained.  It's only a short walk to the coast path so on Saturday we walked to Start Bay lighthouse, it was only a ten mile walk but it seemed more as it was such a hot day.  Definitely another site we will return to.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Cali has been in Cornwall for a week

We've spent the half term week in Cornwall and have had a fabulous time - it's also the first time we've been away for a week with Cali.

We went to Trevedra Farm (a CMC Affiliated Site) for the first three nights.  The site allocates pitches and we had pitch 9 in the Club Field.  It wasn't the best pitch on site (but neither was it the worst) as it was next to a footpath and several people cut across our pitch.  The site comprises five fields with very long grass.  We used the ground sheet for the first time and it really helped to keep some of the grass and mud out of Cali.  We had used the awning on the first day, but wound it in when it became windy and wet.

The amenities block was new this year and was very smart.  The staff all worked hard to keep the facilities clean and tidy, although it was a shame that some of the campers didn't clean showers and sinks after they had used them. There was also a small shop which sold basic food and camping items, as well as a cafe which was open for breakfasts and evening meals.

The site was only a ten minute walk from the coast path and there was plenty of walking in the area. On Sunday we wanted to walk to Land's End, but as there was an amber weather warning for torrential rain, thunder, lightening and hail - we decided to turn around when we got to Sennen Cove so we could get back before the weather became too bad.  Fortunately we missed the worst of the weather but we had hours of very heavy rain.

On Monday we set off walking in light drizzle and walked to St Just.  By late morning it had stopped raining and the sun came out so we had a lovely walk back along the coast path.


Although we enjoyed our time at Sennen Cove, we're not sure we'll return to that site so we had a look at the CCC Sennen Cove site, which is a mile or so further up the road.  There were spacious pitches and a spotlessly clean amenities block so we decided that when we return to the area we'll stay at that site.


When we left Treveda Farm we stopped off at Sainsburys in Penzance to replenish stocks and drove to Long Rock beach car park for our lunch.  Parking is only £1.00 for the day and it's a great place to stop for lunch with views towards St Michael's Mount.

We then went to the CMC Godrevy Park site for four days.  We've stayed here when we had our caravan and it's a lovely site, again only a short walk from the coast path.  We were able to choose our pitch and as we know it's a windy site we chose pitch 80 where there was a small hedge to stop the wind.  We also put up the sail and windbreak to make it a little more sheltered.  The wardens were also fine with us pitching 'nose first' so our awning faced the same way as other caravans.

There's a lot of good walking from this site too.  On Wednesday we caught the bus to St Ives and walked back along the coast path and on Thursday we walked to Portreath and caught the bus back to the site. We had more heavy rain on Thursday night with a drizzly start to Friday, so had a lazy morning with Cali and then walked to Godrevy Cafe for a cream tea.


We left on Saturday morning and drove to the Godrevy NT car park for lunch and a short walk.

It's been a great week and we can't wait to go away again!