This summer I took my youngest daughter (age 7) for a girly camping trip in Cornwall. Some of my friends had booked pitches at Dinham Farm campsite near Wadebridge, so we decided to join them.
I have a 4m bell tent which is really spacious for just the two of us, and with a futon mattress, duvet and pillows it’s so comfy and cosy!
Dinham Farm Campsite is incredibly well run and exceptionally clean. The couple who own the site are really friendly and the man brings round firewood of an evening on his tractor and trailer so that you can have a campfire. Also, they play classical music in the toilet and shower blocks! It’s kind of ruined me for any other campsites!! Oh and there’s an outdoor pool where our kids had hours of fun while we lazed on the grass nearby.
We spent several days on the beach at Polzeath enjoying the beautiful sunshine and bodyboarding in the sea. Polzeath is really popular with surfers and bodyboarders because of the consistently good waves. It is a fairly safe beach with lifeguards in the peak summer season, although there can be large rip tides that you have to look out for. There are also interesting rock pools for kids to play in, decent toilet facilities nearby, a few ice-cream vans dotted around the beach and also a coffee and crepe van which is handy as you don’t always want to drag the kids away from the beach just so you can grab a snack. There are some good shops in Polzeath including Ann’s Cottage surf shop where you can pick up some cool surfy clothes, wetsuits, rash vests etc and also hire boards and wetsuits; and Ocean Blue Clothing which stocks some really good women’s labels. There are also interesting gift shops and galleries to browse and nice cafes for lunch or dinner.
We also spent a lovely afternoon in Daymer Bay which is an amazing dog-friendly sandy beach reaching towards Rock with stunning views of the Camel Estuary.
We found a great little pub, Pityme Inn, a few minutes drive from our campsite with a children’s play area outside and a good selection of pub meals. We returned several times during our 10 day holiday!
On one of our days my friends and I took a drive over to Bossiney Cove and Rocky Valley which is just along the coast from Tintagel. We parked in a tiny car park (with honesty box for the £1 parking fee), and walked north along the Southwest Coast Path for approximately 20 minutes. Unfortunately the path isn’t suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs as it’s a bit uneven in places, but the views are incredible! And the treks down to Bossiney Cove and a bit further along to Rocky Valley (meandering streams and waterfalls where our kids played for hours) are well worth it.
Following our walk we had a well deserved stop at Big Barn Farm Shop just up the road in Boscastle. This farm shop is stocked with all kinds of amazing local produce and crafts together with a fabulous cafe serving huge homemade cakes (as well as other food).
On our last day before we headed home, we took a drive around some really narrow winding roads to see some of the tiny coastal villages, including Port Quin. And who should I pass but the former Prime Minister David Cameron (he has a holiday home in these parts) driving his car and looking properly chilled out with his family. That was not what I was expecting to see and it made me laugh. Then I had to explain to my 7 year old who David Cameron was and why it was odd to see him on a tiny lane in Cornwall…. Got to admit I’d rather have seen David Beckham and she wouldn’t have known who he was either!