Ooh, I’ve found another favourite beach in Cornwall – Crantock Beach!
A beautiful vast beach along the River Gannel and its estuary out to sea. It’s a huge sandy beach which is ginormous when it’s low tide. At high tide the beach separates into two with tall, steep sand dunes taking over and looking so impressive.
We spent a day exploring Crantock Beach with the children and also viewing it from Pentire Headland in the late afternoon.
Crantock beach is managed by National Trust and we were surprised to find a parking space at 10am in the summer holidays and even more surprised at how quiet the beach was.
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the central Newquay beaches then Crantock is a must.
Here are my photos for the day exploring Crantock Beach and Pentire Headland.
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On Friday evening we drove to Cheddar in Somerset for camping at Bucklegrove Campsite with the kids. Their first request when lockdown was easing was to go camping! We also went to see Cheddar Gorge for the first time. Neither Ben or I had been before, even though we only live around one and a half hour away. Read on to learn things to do in Cheddar Gorge with kids, see the walk we did in Cheddar with absolutely amazing views and also check out where we ate.
But first, things didn’t really get off to a great start for our camping trip away…
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On Easter Sunday the weather was surprisingly very warm and sunny. After we had been teased with weather forecasts of potential snow and freezing temperatures, we had planned a family day at home watching movies and eating vegan Easter eggs. However, the weather was so warm we decided to pack a picnic for lunch and venture into the countryside. A place we only just found out about, which is surprisingly close to our home, is the National Trust Ebworth Estate with free parking and access to amazing walks through Cotswolds Commons and Beechwoods National Nature Reserve.
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On Sunday we went to a beach for the first time in six months, since February! We did the Brean Down coastal walk and visited Brean Down Fort. Read on to learn more about Brean down and see our travel photos.
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Having purchased our annual National Trust membership back in the summer when visiting Stonehenge, we’ve yet to explore all the locations within and surrounding our home county of Gloucestershire.
We did visit Skenfrith Castle ruins in Wales and Polperro in Cornwall thanks to inspiration from the National Trust app, but these are free to visit locations for all. To get the most out of our NT membership we also need to visit the locations that charge entry!
Two weeks ago we did just this and gained free entry at Chedworth Roman Villa; a National Trust site in the Cotswolds. Continue reading “A quick review of Chedworth Roman Villa”
In this blog post I will share our quick visit to Polperro in Cornwall and our photos.
We worked out this is our fourth time to Cornwall (since me and Ben have been together). We’d been for a short trip before kids to Perranporth and stayed in Ben’s tiny tent. When Bella was perhaps one or two we stayed in The Victoria Hotel in Newquay. Two years ago we stayed for one week in the middle of North Cornwall somewhere and this time we have stayed for a week at Pentewan Sands Holiday Park.
Whilst I can’t really remember too much about the first two trips, we have typically had the worst weather on both our week long stays! Continue reading “Cornwall with kids: Polperro”
Yesterday we had a kid-free day and I wanted to climb a mountain so we drove to the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. We headed to the Central Beacons which took one hour 50 minutes to drive from our home in Gloucester. We climbed two peaks: Pen y Fan and Cribyn. Read on to learn the route we took and see the incredible views of Welsh Mountains. Continue reading “Brecon Beacons National Park Wales: Pen y Fan and Cribyn mountain walk”
On Saturday it was Ben’s Dad’s 70th birthday. We didn’t actually know it was his 70th, but we did know it was his birthday!
I did ask Ben how old his Dad was and he had no idea, so we had to ask.
For a treat, we picked up his Dad and his Dad’s wife and took them to explore 13th century Skenfrith Castle with us. Continue reading “Visiting Skenfrith Castle in Wales with kids”
Today was our four year wedding anniversary and we wanted to mark the occasion by doing something special, but also affordable. We’re saving the last of our spending money this month for U.K. Vegan Campout, so we’re very aware that every penny we spend right now is less spending money on amazing vegan junk food in a couple of weeks!
With full tanks of fuel we just needed an idea of where to go and that wasn’t hard as I was keen to tick another item off my 2019 bucket list and visit Stonehenge!
In this blog post I will share my honest review of Stonehenge and lots of photos. ￼ Continue reading “Stonehenge: my review of this ancient wonder of the world”