We have just got back from a lovely week spent near Bude in Cornwall. The week started off wet, but the weather came good and gave us some dry sunny days to explore and enjoy the glorious county of Cornwall.
So how was Woodview Campsite? Absolutely wonderful! I had a feeling it was going to be great when I saw the photos and read about the campsite on their website.
Woodview is a family run site on the North Cornwall and North Devon borders, close to Bude. It is in an elevated position with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.
The view from our tent
The pitches are spacious, the toilet block and showers have a luxurious feel and were always very clean. The owner was always cleaning them and you can tell the whole campsite is very well maintained.
There is an indoor activity area with plenty of games to keep the kids (and adults!) entertained of an evening or rainy day. There is free use of table tennis, go kart, basket ball, pool, indoor football and air hockey. There is a television and sofa in the corner to watch (we never did so I couldn't tell you what was available!)
Inside the activity barn
Other handy facilities include free Wi-Fi, onsite shop stocking some useful essentials and a laundry. Down by the river are hammocks and fire pits for a toasty evening campfire.
The surrounding area is home to a wide range of activities. You can make your holiday as busy or as relaxing as you choose. For us Cornwall and Devon both hold endless magic and surprises to be discovered every day of the year.
For inspiration, here is a snippet of the places we visited during our week;
Not far from the campsite is a National Trust beach which is well worth a visit. On nice days it is advisable to get there early as the car park fills up pretty quickly. There is a £3 car parking charge to stay, unless you are a National Trust member and then it is free.
The beach is massive with plenty of rock pools so don't forget your fishing nets. There is a café, with stunning views, at the entrance to the beach (you will pass it from the car park.) There is a shop attached to the café selling beach equipment, including wetsuit hire. The café serves a wide range of food with outdoor seating. If you can, grab a seat at the front for some rather amazing views 🙂 We treated ourselves to some delicious waffles covered in chocolate sauce. It all felt rather indulgent 🙂
Clovelly, over the county borders in Devon, is a magical village you absolutely must visit. With cobblestones and cute little whitewashed village cottages leading down to a fishing port lost in time.
The village is closed to cars so the only way down is on foot (wear suitable footwear for the cobblestones!) Getting back up by foot is steep, it's a good workout (and certainly worked off the calories consumed in the tasty Cornish ice cream we scoffed at the bottom!) If you don't feel up to it there is a Land Rover service that will bring you back up to the top for £2.50 a head.
You must pay to get into Clovelly but charges are reasonable and it can be a whole day out if you choose to. Prices for 2014 are;
Child: £4.25 (ages 7 to16)
Family: £17.75 (2 adults, 2 children)
Children under 7 years of age, free
The Donkey Sanctuary at Clovelly
Cobblestone Streets of Clovelly
(otherwise known as Port Wenn, home of TV Show, Doc Martin)
I fell in love with the village of Port Wenn during the Doc Martin series. Visiting it in real life did not disappoint. Port Isaac, to call it by it's real name, is a beautiful and charming fishing village.
The little lanes weave between the quaint and cute cottages as they lead you down to the fishing harbour, which is as picturesque as it was portrayed on our TV screens.
Doc Martin's House
Grab some lunch at the Golden Lion Inn
There are plenty of places to go crabbing in Devon & Cornwall. To find out the best places to go just ask a local or pop into the nearest Tourist Information and ask there. You will find crabbing lines and buckets at a local shop in villages and towns. Kids and adults both love the fun and competition of who can catch the most crabs...and then let them go again.
Crabbing in Bude
This is a brief snippet of some of the things you could do in the area. We were there a week and only just skimmed the surface of places to visit. What a great excuse to head back to the west country for some more exploring!