Caravans and Cornwall – they tend to go together in many people’s minds. And with good reason, too. With its attractive countryside and golden beaches, a touring caravan in Cornwall may offer the perfect answer to holiday relaxation or the more adventurous attractions of the county’s coastal waters.
Little wonder, maybe, that Cornwall was voted overall winner of the 2013 British Travel Awards Best UK Holiday County or Region or that the Cornwall Tourist Board, Visit Cornwall, is able to recommend more than 100 accredited caravan parks in the county.
Before you get there
The southwest of England may be a notoriously busy place not only during peak season, but practically the whole year round. If you are looking to visit with your caravan in tow, therefore, it might make sense – and save you a lot of frayed nerves and headaches – to reserve the pitch at your chosen caravan park well in advance.
Any malfunction in your equipment – not to mention a breakdown of the caravan itself – is something you are likely to want to avoid like the plague. A careful maintenance check, therefore, and the replacement of anything that appears tired, worn or about to fail, may prove a precaution that is more than worthwhile.
Insurance for your caravan is also something you may want to review. You might want to consult a specialist caravan insurance provider – such as Cover4Caravans –in order to:
- ensure that your cover is up to date;
- includes everything that meets your individual needs and requirements;
- takes advantage of the latest developments in this niche of the market; and
- is bought at a competitive price.
When you get there
At 1,376 square miles (3,563 square km) in area Cornwall is the 12th biggest county in the UK. It might seem larger than that if you are new to the area, but it is easy to get around and wherever you decide to unhitch your caravan, you are likely to find plenty to do and lots of attractions to visit.
The following are just a handful of suggestions:
Eden Project – the Eden Project has not just put Cornwall on the map, it has brought it worldwide recognition. Under its architecturally unique domes you may find a whole rainforest – the world’s largest landscaped, indoor rainforest in fact.
The project offers a lot more than a rainforest (as if that was not enough!) – concerts, live bands, educational facilities and hands-on demonstrations, might make you keep going back for more. Visit the Project’s website to get up to date notice of all forthcoming attractions.
Cream teas and pasties – even more iconic and emblematic of Cornwall than a skilfully crafted rainforest are the simple pleasures of Cornish cream teas and the – now regionally protected – Cornish pasty. Wherever you are in Cornwall you are unlikely to be far away from either of these treats.
Fish and chips – if you are on a peninsula, surrounded by waters warmed by the Gulf Stream, what better place to sample that traditional British dish of fish and chips? In Cornwall – in Padstow to be specific – you may be able to go one better in the gastronomic stakes and sample the fare at Rick Stein’s famous restaurant.
Step back in time – there was a time when Cornwall was the envy of the world in terms of the latest mining techniques, innovation and engineering. At East Pool Mine, near Redruth, you are able to see steam beam engines and engine houses in working operation as they may have been hundreds of years ago.
Copper Trail – if you want to combine a step back in time with a challenging hike, you might want to try the Copper Trail which winds for some 60 miles across rugged Bodmin Moor.
Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary – since 1964 this sanctuary has been providing a safe haven for rescued monkeys in a wooded setting overlooking the coast at Looe.
Cornwall Seal Sanctuary – a further sanctuary has been established not only for rescued seals, but sea lions, otters and penguins, too.
Newquay Zoo – if it is a more traditional experience of the English zoo that attracts you and your family, you might find just what you need at this long-established (first opened in 1969) institution in Newquay.
Simple pleasures – like something from the soft-focus images of an idyllic childhood, what might capture that age of innocence quite like the simple pleasure of poking about amongst the rock pools. Practically anywhere along the Cornish coastline – the longest of any county at more than 400 miles – you may be able to recapture those childhood days by claiming your very own rock pool to investigate.
Fishing – whether the simple pleasure of fishing an inland river or stream, or the more adventurous outing onto the sea, this is a sport that Cornwall offers aplenty.
Surfing – for the even more adventurous, many of Cornwall’s beaches are ideal for surfing. Whether you are on the north coast beaches such as Polzeath or Perranporth, or those to the south at Whitsand or Porthleven, there is a wide range of beaches suited to anyone from the absolute beginner to the experienced old hand. In Newquay, you are able to enrol at Cornwall’s own Surf Academy.
Restormel Castle – for history buffs, this 13th century castle at Lostwithiel, beside the River Fowey, is certain to prove a draw, with its circular shell keep that surrounds the main rooms of the monument.
Magic and mystery – Visit Cornwall offers a new range of guided tours, called Cornish Heritage Safaris, designed to showcase some of the magic and mystery of the county. A taste of what to expect might be shown by the tiles of some of the tours, such as the Arthurian Tour, Bodmin Moor: Mysteries, Monuments and Murder Tour, Alternative Tintagel Tour or the Bicycles, Betjeman and Beer Tour.
Do not attempt to tackle all of these activities, sights, sounds and experiences all in one day! In fact, a fair number of them may absorb more than one day on their own. Cornwall is a fantastic place with lots to do – enjoy your caravanning holiday!
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