10th July – St. Austell (Briefly, again), Falmouth & Sennen

Before heading down to the Land’s End area, I pitched up for one night at Tregurrian, just north of Newquay.

This was a much busier site that the others I had been on. There were a lot of families here, which is probably due to its proximity to Newquay.

In the morning I packed up and headed towards my final destination at Sennen Cove. To get there I decided to take in a few other places on the way.

The first of these was St. Austell. A place that I thought was by the sea, but once I’d parked up I realised that wasn’t the case.

So I decided to have a wander around the shops and find a coffee, which I found at the Eden Place Café.

A wonderful place, very relaxed and a great coffee. They are on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/edenprojectcafe

Refreshed I pressed onto the next destination which was Falmouth.

I liked Falmouth, what I didn’t like was getting to it, as there were lots of double roundabouts, something I’d not experienced before, and I’ll admit I don’t like them. I was never quite sure if I was okay to go or if I was about to get ploughed into.

On the way I saw signs for ‘Park & Float’ which intrigued me, so I went and parked at the Marina and had a look. It does what it says on the sign; you park and take a boat across the harbour. It cost £12, which is much more than I would normally pay of course, but where else can you get on a boat for £12?

I was a little queasy on the journey across and once back on terra firma I made for the nearest café for a drink and a sit down!

What I liked about Falmouth was that it caters for both the tourists and the residents. There are all the expected tourist shops; ice-cream, clothes, nick-knack’s etc but at the other end of the street are all the regular shops you would find on a normal high street.

I must have been engaged with what was around me as I only took six photos the whole time I was there.

Here’s some boats in the harbour Another showing the Maritime Museum (the tower and sloped roof) Lastly a Passmore Edwards Free Library Passmore Edwards was a proper Dude!  I first read about him when I spotted one of his buildings in London, that was a library too although it wasn’t being used as such, this one in Falmouth is still a library.

You can see a bench to the left of the bus stop, I stood there and took a photo whilst having a look at the building. A pensioner sat on the bench remarked ‘It’s a lovely building’ he didn’t know who Passmore Edwards was, so I told him the little bits I remembered and about the one I’d seen the one in London.

The main attraction in Falmouth is the National Maritime Museum, opened in 2003 it contains all sorts of boats from the ages. I’m not into sailing or anything but it was very interesting.

Time was getting on and I still had an hours drive to the next and final campsite at Sennen Cove.

Once again the SatNav got me lost (yes I’m still persisting with that excuse), this time only a 1/4 of a mile from the site. I was supposed to be on the A30 but with my SatNavs penchant for B Roads I ended up on the B3306 and at one point even drove past the site entrance but their were no signs facing that way!

To make matters worse I got to Land’s End a few days early and had to turn around in the car park before finally reaching the site, 40 minutes later than I could have been there!

The two site admins were brilliant, if you’ve been reading this from the start you’ll know I’m a novice camper, and although my tent had been water tight so far, one of the site admins laughed at how I’d put up the tent.

As I was on my own, he came around to check I was okay and then he saw the tent and asked if I’d finished putting it up and I thought I had…turns out that once I had pegged the tent out, I should have gone back around all the pegs and pulled them out a bit more for the proper tension. When he’d finished it looked like it did in the picture on the web! Lesson learned!

7th July – St. Gennys

Tent location

As I’m new to this camping lark, I didn’t foresee what I was told on arrival. I got there a bit early and the weather had cleared up, so it was an opportunity to get my wet tent into a breeze.

At reception during the conversation I said “my tent’s wet” and was met with the jovial reply of “so’s all our ground”, of course it had rained here to, and the ground was sodden, so much that they had to close quite a few of the pitches.

I was camped in a section normally reserved for camper vans and had the whole field to myself.As you can see from the photo the ground was boggy where the camper vans had been driven out. I used the black bags I bought as a barrier between the wet ground and the tent.

In the other sites I was able to park my car next to the tent, but due to the condition of the ground I had to park on a bit of hard standing about 40 feet away. Not a massive distance but I was still a bit disorganised and having the car close saves me a lot of walking back and forth!

Not long after I arrived some massive black clouds rolled over the site, thankfully it didn’t rain again.

 

Camping in the South West

As I’m no longer a Civil Servant, I’m going to try and enjoy being unemployed for a little bit, before embarking on a new career as a ?, well I’m still not 100% sure what I want to do. At the moment I would like to be a Youth Worker but who knows, I certainly don’t!

Before I get down to the dirty business of job/career hunting I’m going to travel a bit, nothing too exotic at first, take in some Olympic football, watch the other bits of the Olympics, sleep in past six am and maybe get a bit fitter (not sure about that last one).

So travel, something I’ve not really done, other than my recent trips to London and a day in Paris. I’m starting slow, firstly with two weeks in the South West of England, followed by trips to France and the USA in the next few months.

My first plan was to drive from Land’s End to John O’Groats; but that started to turn into a logistical nightmare. So I nixed that idea. I’ve never been to Scotland so may take a trip that way from mid October onwards (everyone get your fingers crossed for decent weather from now to Christmas).

During my trip to the South West I will be camping, which is something I’ve not done properly before. In my teens I camped in a tent on a friends farm for a few nights, but we where always in sight of the house.

I’ve got a tent, sleeping bag, inflatable mattress, a Trangia cooking set and lots and lots of other stuff that I probably don’t need but I’m taking anyway. I’m also not completely slumming it, of the pitches I have booked, all bar one, have electricity! I gotta be able to charge the iPad, iPhone and I’ve bought a travel kettle!!

My plan is to make my way down west coast from Minehead to Land’s End, checking out some interesting stuff on the way, I’m going to try and avoid as much of the main touristy stuff as possible.

The blue pins are places I’m going to visit, or attempt to visit. The green pins are where I’m camping each night.

I’ve borrowed a tent for this first taste of camping, that way if I don’t like it I’ve not wasted any cash.

The tent is a Terra Nova Ultra Quasar and looks like this.

After some research I bought a Trangia cook set; which looks like this.

It uses methylated spirits as fuel, so no need to carry around gas of any kind.

I’ve (half) put up the tent once so far, our garden isn’t that big and I wasn’t able to peg it out – I will, well probably will, find a field close by and have another go on Monday! I’ve also not cooked using the Trangia, that will also be Monday.

There’s nothing like being prepared 🙂