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For the first of our planned trips in the UK to replace our usual five week trip to Spain we chose Cornwall.  The thinking being that at this time of year the furthest south we could get would mean a good chance of better weather, better not necessarily meaning good.

We broke our journey down with an overnight stop just outside Exeter to visit grandchild number nine who was looking after her father in the absence of her mother who was taking a well earned break to visit a friend in Paris for the weekend.  We stayed to help her until Mummy arrived home on Sunday evening then it was back to the caravan for us.

Teign Valley caravan site..

Teign Valley caravan site..our Sunday night stop.

Monday morning we were in no rush to leave as it was only a short hop of about 50 miles to our destination for a few days, a small certificated location, which are privately owned caravan site licensed for a maximum of five caravans at a time.  Our chosen site was about halfway between Bude and Boscastle.  A very nice site it is too, with all the ‘facilities’, water supply, a mains hook up, toilets and shower and a big bonus, free high speed WiFi.  From our pitch we have commanding views over the surrounding area and we can see weather arriving from any direction.

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This is us…

Its not very far from the South West Coast path and that was the destination for our first walk on Monday evening, about a mile away along a pleasant path past two farms,

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Outside one of the farms was a fenced off patch of grass with a cow and calf in it, we could see the cow was lame and assumed thats why they were there.  Yesterday a note appeared attached to the fence to explain the situation, so they must have had several enquiries.

Cow, calf (hiding behind Mum) and the note/

Cow, calf (hiding behind Mum) and the note

Yesterday was a bit inclement weatherise so we went to Bude for a bit of shopping. Then back ‘home’ for lunch and another walk to the coast path and we ventured a little further this time.

Today started off wet so we drove to a local shop to buy a newspaper but later in the morning the weather cleared and the forecast was good so we had an early lunch and headed off for a walk to Crackington Haven.  We did try to get there yesterday but I didn’t have a map with me and we ‘lost’ the path.  Suitably equipped we tried again today.  This time we were successful and I used my Garmin to navigate and record the walk.

Route map

Route map

You can see its quite a hilly profile, it will take a bot of getting used to, walking around here, there doesn’t appear to be any flat paths or roads in Cornwall.

Here are some pictures of Crackington Haven.

The approach

The approach

Beach views

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Panorama

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On the climb up out of Crackington Haven

On the climb up out of Crackington Haven

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Towards Bude..

Quite an energetic afternoon but well worth the effort and taking a chance on the weather.

As you will see from one of the photos I do have a bike with me of the mountain variety.  I think that will be quite appropriate given the terrain.  The low gears will come in very handy if and when I get out on it.  I hope so!

 

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