Wandering Cornwall is where my husband shares all things Cornwall. Here’s Ben’s views on Pentewan. Somewhere we have stayed as a family before and revisited this year as some of our family were staying there.
Pentewan beach is a beautiful location on the south coast of Cornwall, located 4 miles south from the historic town of St Austell and just 2 miles from the popular harbour town of Mevagissey. If you’re looking for a fun day out at the beach or even a holiday break then Pentewan is certainly worth considering.
I’ll first go into a bit more information about things to do for day visitors, including parking and food options. The beach of Pentewan is joined directly to the amazing holiday park Pentewan Sands. You can walk directly from the beach onto the holiday park. The beach is owned by the park but thankfully the beach is open to everyone to enjoy, not just those staying at the park.
The beach itself stretches over half a mile long and has quite a rough grainy sand in places and some soft sand in…
We recently stayed in Mevagissey in an Air BnB and really enjoyed our stay. In particular the great food at She Sells. We found a number of vegan options on the menu and the food was very delicious. We enjoyed it so much that we ended up eating something different off their menu every day. (For the 5 days that we stayed in Meva.)
I want to be careful that this post doesn’t sound too much like a promotional piece for them, as it isn’t. These are my and my wife’s individual opinions of the cafe. The reason I say this is we loved eating here and I don’t think we have anything negative to say about it.
Eat in or takeaway
This cafe is geared up for primarily takeaway customers, however they did have inside seating for about 15…
We recently spent two nights in an Airbnb in Devon to visit Woolacombe at my husband’s request for his birthday. Being a late booking, I couldn’t find accommodation left in Woolacombe, so we stayed in nearby Ilfracombe instead. With just two days to our visit in north Devon, we spent the first day at Woolacombe and the second whole day at Ilfracombe. Read on to see what we thought of Ilfracombe and our family travel photos.
What a lovely beach to experience whether you’re with your loved ones, family, friends, or want some alone time. This one has it all, amazing soft sandy beach, gentle meandering river (The Gannel), tall steep sand dunes, rock pools, rocky cliffs, amazing wildlife and some half decent waves.
We had a great day out here with our two kids. It was very windy but we managed to have lunch by the river, all huddled in our small pop up tent. We like to take this tent to the beach as it provides good shelter against the sun, rain and wind. We explored the beach at low tide and saw some massive crabs scuttling around in the rock pools. They didn’t seem to bothered by our presence.
We also enjoyed watching some people sliding down the sand…
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.
At the weekend we camped for two nights at Lynmouth Holiday Retreat in Exmoor National Park, North Devon. We stayed in our Mazda Bongo campervan and went to see both Lynmouth and Lynton. Here is my travel photo diary so you can see what we got up to and just how beautiful the scenery in Lynton and Lynmouth is.
For half term we were meant to be in the Lake District; a holiday I had been waiting for as Ben, my husband, is from the Lake District and spent the first half of his childhood there, but I am yet to go. However, it was cancelled only two weeks before the summer half term as there was a water leak in the property we were staying in. They were unable to repair all the damage in time for our stay, so refunded us our money.
It was only a couple of weeks until the half term and with travel abroad still banned, EVERYONE in the UK was going on holiday to the UK. It was short notice to book somewhere and I was up until the early hours searching for a week away that didn’t cost the Earth!
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…
We had a kid-free 24 hours over the bank holiday weekend and had planned to paint our block paving driveway, however the weather forecast had patches of rain and we needed a full 24 hours rain-free and warm for the paint to dry. So, not wanting to be stuck at home for a weekend when we had the opportunity to get away, we booked a last minute night away on Airbnb to Swansea to explore more of the wonderful Gower!
The Gower is around two and a half hours drive so it’s not too far for a quick one night stay. It’s also stunning and provides the perfect scenery for long walks, talks, ideas and clearing of the mind – much needed after the year we’ve had. It was great to get away from our home too where we have felt so trapped in recent times.
There were no stays left in Gower, but Swansea had a few choices and I decided to spoil us with one of the best looking. It was our ten year anniversary earlier in the year during lockdown and we couldn’t do anything to celebrate, so this was my excuse!
On Good Friday I had a quick look on Airbnb to see if there were any holidays available for under £100 per night in Devon for the end of the Easter holidays.
The lockdown restrictions were easing as part of the government roadmap out of lockdown and we were allowed to stay in self contained accommodation from 12th April 2021. Yippee!
Amazingly I found a cottage for just £70 per night in Landrake, Cornwall just next to the border of Devon. It was very lucky as there were only two accommodations available in the entire of Devon and Cornwall for the last weekend of the Easter holidays for under £100 per night.
Almost all of our travel plans were scuppered this year. Luckily we did manage to visit Ben’s brother in Castelo Branco in Portugal in February, just in the nick of time before the first lockdown ensued and a short family staycation to Fishcombe Cove in Devon before the second lockdown kicked in.
We really did miss out on a summer holiday this year and having thought about it, I believe it’s the first year since me and my husband have been together that we haven’t been on a summer holiday!
Next year we really hope we can make up for what feels like lost time and lost travel experiences in 2020. This year has certainly been very different and it almost feels like many of our lives, dreams and ambitions have been put on hold.
I really hope 2021 will begin to get back to normal and travel plans can resume!
We’d been hoping to visit the Lake District for our 2020 summer holiday. A place my husband Ben is very familiar with as he was born in Penrith! He lived his childhood until age seven in the Lake District and has many fond memories.
He’s returned as an adult and is always talking about the beautiful landscape. I have never been and can’t wait to see the amazing beaches and mountains – my two most favourite natural scenes. Let’s hope this is possible in the new year.
Why a 4 berth caravan provides the perfect staycation experience
One thing we have been discussing, when we can travel again and eventually make it to the lakes, is how to create extra room for our family.