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Southwest England camping trip:
8-Day Itinerary fully mapped
This trip is fully mapped out, each day which is super easy to follow, all you have to is press on the map and follow the Google instructions. This was one of the biggest trips we have planned throughout England, it was quite pleasant creating this itinerary. Choosing the location was a bit difficult as there were so many different beaches but we tried to choose a variety so there were different views and surroundings. The beautiful landscapes and quaint villages were just all so magical and we would return to see most of them and more !
To make this blog easy going and itinerary easy to follow we have mapped out an overview map with the locations. But this can be difficult to follow therefore each day has been broken down and have mapped out the locations on Google map so all you need to do is click on it and press START. It’s so simple and after reading each of our activities you can decide if you want to include it in your trip or simply just remove it and continue with your own personalised trip. Whole overview map of all the places visited via google map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=15RI2wD8XXv3Ah3uh021tIgfuG_E6ZjsO&usp=sharing
If you would like to get a better feel of our trip we actually did a vlog too ! So here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbV8dadypTY
Day 1 activities Sunday 26th July – Google map route for day 1
- Old Harry rocks
Postcode: Unnamed Road, Swanage BH19 3AU
Parking cost: 4/7 pounds for 2 hrs/ all day
Old Harry, and the remains of Old Harry’s wife, have been carved by the action of the waves. It has beautiful views over Studland Bay and Poole Harbour. We parked at the South Beach National Trust Car Park and walked up to the viewing point which was a 20 min walk roughly. It’s a bit windy on the hill so I suggest you grab something to cover your throat or bring a jumper even if it’s on a sunny day. It definitely has amazing views of Jurassic Coast, however, we found the next location way more beautiful.
- Dancing ledge
Post code: Durnford Drove, Langton Matravers, Swanage BH19 3HG
We parked at the Spyway national car park and walked down to the dancing ledge. Please bear in mind that there is a steep hill so you need to be prepared for the walk down and especially up. However, with breaks it will be fine. The natural pool seems safe to have a swim on a warm day. We were in a hurry so didn’t get to swim this time however, we saw lots of rocks climbers and some people swimming. To get to the natural pool you actually need to go down a mini edge, it can be dangerous especially for those who may not be fit or have difficulties with their legs.
It’s a good idea to have someone to give you a hand to get down. We had a lovely lunch sitting on the rocks, listening to the waves crashing. We absolutely enjoyed the peace, the sound of the waves, the pool was super clear and if you are one for rock climbing then it’s definitely a place to visit.
- Lulworth cove
Post code: West Lulworth, Wareham BH20 5RS
Car park: £5 half a day
We parked Lulworth and grabbed the most delicious ice cream from Jacks Homemade ice cream. It’s next to the car park bit, honestly it was so fresh and so good. We walked to see the cove, took lovely pictures, it definitely has one of the most scenic views. It’s absolutely beautiful. I wouldn’t miss this location to be honest because it is definitely something you will remember. If you have more time on your hands you can bring your blanket and swim wear, because the water looks super clean and it has a lovely beach if you head down the hill.
IMPORTANT NOTE: We didn’t actually know this, till this date. But if you would like to drive to the durdle door car park instead of walking up the hill, you can do so because the parking ticket is actually transferable between the two apparently. This would have made us very happy if we knew however, we had a great walk.
- Stair hole (2minute by car, so explore by foot) Post code: Stair Hole, Cranborne Rd, Swanage, Wareham BH19 1LBThis is basically at the same place next to the lulworth cove, you walk pass it so you can’t miss it. It has beautiful landscapes and natural colours on the rocks.
- Durdle door ( few minutes from stair hole)Post code: Unnamed Road, Wareham BH20 5PUWe walked from Lulworth cove to Durdle door. It’s a pretty easy path to find as it mainly straight down and that’s it. However, we went when there were restrictions due to Covid and they had in place a one way system. This one way system took you all the way around and was very tiring. The actual place was supposed to be just through this straight path, where two people can pass through each other no problem and it would be considered as a socially distancing, therefore, the one way system did not may sense. However, we followed the rules and by the end of that walk we were super tired and just wanted to go back home.
- Make sure to wear appropriate footwear e.g. trainers.
- The beach is with stone not sand, so not too pleasant to stay or go swimming.
- There are no facilities at the beach.
- Going downhill it is mud/grit, so can be slippery.
- Going down the stairs to the beach is very slipper so be careful.
- The hills are steep, but with rest you should be more than fine with children.
- It’s definitely scenic and worthwhile. A beautiful place, combined with lulworth cove.
- Just remember to bring some cash for a car park ticket.
- We took around 2 hours for lulworth and durdle door.
- Camp at Dartmoor shepherds hut (£18 for a camp pitch)
Camp website: http://www.dartmoorshepherdshuts.co.uk
Camp postcode: Higher Michelcombe Farm, Ashburton TQ13 7SP
We can’t say too much about this camp as we arrived very late and we set up in pitch black and left first thing in the morning, practically cooking breakfast in the car because it was pouring down with rain. The place seemed lovely, there are plenty of trees around to find your parking space with the car (I think many of us love the privacy, so if it’s not too busy I think you can find a spot or two). There were also big groups of people, so I think if you’re travelling with friends its a good camping spot.
The camping spot has toilets and shower blocks. There are 6 separate male and female showers and 6 separate male and female toilets. Washing up sinks, a washing machine, fridge freezer and charging lockers for devices. All with plentiful free hot water! Feel free to leave a comment if you visit this place and review how it was.
Day 2 activities Monday 27th July – Google map route for day 2
- Dartmoor national park, Haytor rock.
Postcode: Ilsington, Newton Abbot TQ13 9XS
It is definitely beautiful there if you like landscapes. It was super windy that day, so I assume at the top it’s always like that, so i suggest bringing a top. The climb is steep and therefore isn’t easy for the less mobile or those with push or wheelchairs. There are toilets open at the visitor centre. In general the car park is very cheap, roughly around £1-2. There isn’t a cafe at the centre however we heard there is a lovely hotel within walking distance called Moorland which does a lovely pot of tea with biscuits.
- Postbridge Clapper Bridge at dartmoor national park
Postcode: Yelverton PL20 6TH
There is car parking at the side of the road. It’s a scenic place to have a lovely picnic and just to relax especially in dry weather. The bridge (early Medieval), the river, the countryside surrounding it was just so idyllic. We would love to return here and spend much more time just exploring the town. It’s a must see if you’re going past Moor.
- Bigbury Beach (Kingsbridge)
Post code: Unnamed Road, Bigbury-on-Sea, Kingsbridge TQ7 4AS
The beach is nice and sandy with minimal pebbles. The way to the beach is very narrow with lots of bends. I suggest checking out the tide times before going, so you can reach the Burgh island. We didn’t have a chance to go over there as there was still some water however we did walk on the beach and had a lovely view from either side watching the waves. The car park is a bit expensive and ensures you bring CHANGE, because the connection is not great there and can’t pay by phone. In the lower car park there are toilets and a coffee shop which apparently sells very nice coffee, so check that out if you’re a coffee lover. The beach is dog friendly, so you will find many dogs on there. Overall it was lovely watching the waves, the island and great company.
- Penhale touring park for 2 nights (£48) – great campsite
Post code: Penhale Caravan & Camping Park, Penhale Farm, Fowey PL23 1JU.
Welcome to our second favourite campsite during this week. We stayed here two days so we can visit Eden project and then head off to lizard point. Just to sum up our camp I will list the pros and cons. Pros: Site had nice sizable pitches. We stayed in a normal tent pitch with no electric hook up. Clean facilities, there was a lady cleaning throughout the day and she was super lovely. THE VIEWS. Best thing was probably the views where you can see the distant sea and surrounding countryside. Lots of bins for rubbish, place to dispose of waste and grey water. Dog friendly Owners friendly, but do not hassle you in any way but are they if you need them. Easiest is to call. Cons: Showers was closed because of Covid I guess, but I think it could have been kept open with enough space. Bit slopey but not too much. Not much that can change Some road noise, but the stunning views more than compensate for that. It’s a bit windy as it’s an exposed location.
Day 3 activities Tuesday 27th July – Google map route for day 3
- Eden project
Postcode: Bodelva, Par PL24 2SG
Ticket price: £28 per adult.
Check the website for family options. Eden project has been on our bucket list and no matter the reviews and ticket price we wanted to visit. It is definitely a really nice place and makes you wonder at the majesty of Nature. Especially during the climate changes, the domes are essential, it definitely lifted our spirit by the end of it. There are quite a few things I would like to cover on this trip so to make it easier I will split it to the pros and cons of Eden project.
- The ceramic 20ft smoke ring sculpture was interesting.
- Love the domes, the rainforest one especially.
- Really enjoyed walking up high through all the trees and canopies, and enjoyed spotting the wildlife such as the roul Birds.
- Hand sanitiser available at lots of points and social distancing encouraged throughout.
- We loved the huge banana leaves, and learning about the different plants that live around the world.
- Perfect spots for photographs.
- They had a lavender field outside which smelt lovely.
- Huge gift shop, we bought some beautiful plants. One died (maybe we didn’t know how to look after it) but the other (pink cactus) is still alive.
- Many people said they like the zip line but having spent so much money already we didn’t want to spend more.
- A bit overpriced since some of the stuff was closed due to Covid such as: cool room in the dome, a bridge in one of the domes etc.
- Long walk from the car park down a slope, so uphill on the way back.
- Remember which car park you are in as they are all labelled as different fruit.
- Not much staff around in the domes to control everyone. There were lots of kids even during Covid restrictions running around and some even jumping and climbing on things.
- Some of the signs and pieces of information looked tired and could be worked on.
- I would have also liked to see more staff in the domes to ask questions about the plants and domes
- Don’t touch the handrails inside the domes because there are a lot of ants. I got some crawling up my arm haha.
- Not much choice for food. They have certain opening hours and we missed it so there wasn’t much choice and seemed expensive anyways.
There’s plenty of things to do in the Eden Project, you could easily spend a whole day there if you wanted to read every informative board but we completed it in a couple of hours. Overall a lovely place and beautiful. Would definitely recommend it compared to the lost Garden of Heligan!
- St Catherine’s Castle
Postcode: S W Coast Path, Fowey PL23 1JH
Having finished at Eden project so quickly we were looking for places to visit that was near by to our camp and we found this historic castle. St Catherine’s Castle is a Henrician castle in Cornwall which was built approximately in 1538 and 1540, in response to fears of an invasion of England by France and the Holy Roman Empire. When you arrive at the car park, directional signs seem to be non-existent so try and keep an eye out for the English heritage flag which should give you an idea where to go. You need to pass the beach and go up the steep steps. Bit of a walk to get to however the views are superb, you can also go inside the castle and look around. Although it’s not big, it’s secluded and there aren’t many people there, I think it’s definitely nice for a pit stop however we would’ve liked to see some more information about the castle about what the remains are and what it looked like back in the days.
- Go back to camp Penhale touring park
Post code: Penhale Caravan & Camping Park, Penhale Farm, Fowey PL23 1JU
Second day at the camp, it was great, nothing much has changed. The views are still amazing, peaceful. We had a lovely dinner cooked on the portable stove and some drinks. Getting ready for tomorrow and packing up to travel to Lizard point.
Day 4 activities Wednesday 29th July – Google map route for day 4
- Lizard point
Postcode: Landewednack, Helston TR12 7NT
Parking: £3 non members of the national trust
The car park is fairly big but it was crowded, however, even though there were a lot of people, everyone was socially distancing. The toilets are next to the car park and are fairly clean compared to others and it’s free of charge.
The walk itself is simple and there are directions, we didn’t explore too much as we went to visit this place as a pit stop. The cafe sells delicious food and drink, very happy with the ice cream and coffee we bought.
There are plenty of spots to sit down and relax. The best part of this trip is that we got to see the SEALS ! Oh my God I couldn’t believe it at first. I mean the sea, wildlife, cliffs and surrounding areas are just so mesmerizing and those photographers who are into sea life definitely need to visit this place.
If you are passing by, I wouldn’t miss this place. It is very beautiful, scenic and so many picture opportunities. National Trust never disappoints to give a well maintained, informative walking route (as well as the all important parking and toilets!).
- Kynance Cove
Postcode: Landewednack, Helston TR12 7PJ
If you haven’t visited Kynance Cove, then it should be on your bucket list. There is a National Trust car park just above Kynance. It’s a bit of a walk from the car park, around 10/15minutes however from the top the cove is just so beautiful. It would be wise to check the tide levels, because it’s much easier when the tide is down. We were lucky yet again when we arrived. The tide was going down and we were able to get to the middle with the water just up to our knees.
The path towards the beach is rocky and not the safest place so be sure to watch your step. If you’re feeling adventurous and love a walk, you can walk to Kynance cove from Lizard point by the coastal path. Kynance had crystal clear water for swimming, we actually took a dip or two and enjoyed it. Although the water was cold, the waves made it very enjoyable. If you’re not feeling the sea then on the side there’s few caves, honestly it’s worth the trip. We spent a few hours there just chilling, eating our lunch, exploring and swimming on both sides as the tide was lower we could enjoy that.
I can’t explain in words how beautiful we found this place, even though at times I would say its overcrowded but we loved every bit of it.
And also we found out that this cove was used as a setting for part of the Poldark tv series.There is a cafe here.
- Explore St. Michaels Mount
Postcode: Kings Rd, Marazion TR17 0EQ
Having St Michaels mount next to the camp we decided to visit in the evening and leave the next day for the lost garden of heligans. The car park is cheap for the duration required. To visit inside booking ahead is required so be sure you book in advance. Checking the tide times if you’d like to walk on the beautiful path. When we came the tide was down so we were very lucky and we got to see the beautiful sunset.
You can buy some food and sit down and enjoy the surrounding beauty on some stones on the beach. It was definitely a lovely late afternoon experience.
- Ponsandane farm camping
Postcode: Ponsandane Campsite (summer campsite), Vellanhoggan Cottage Vellanhoggan, Gulval, Penzance TR18 3DN
Price: £16 per night for 2 people (1 camping pitch non electric)
To be honest we didn’t enjoy this camp. Not because of the facilities or host but because of the location. However, we booked this very last minute and the host was kind enough to find a spot for us on the field. Again here is the list of Pros and Cons.
- They do breakfast on site, people have said it’s tasty however we can’t review that ourselves.
- Large pitch, it’s mainly flat which is always good for a rainy day.
- They have showers, washing and toilet facilities. Tesco is practically next door.
- Access to the beach is also near by.
- The warden is friendly and gave us a fire pit for the night which was lovely (I think it was around £5 for the pit and £3-5 for the wood).
- The biggest negative is that it was next to the main road, I mean a major road, a roundabout junction, so you can imagine the amount of beeps you can hear and noise. Especially if you are located at the edges, which we were, we couldn’t sleep properly to be honest and I wouldn’t come there by choice again.
- Considering the size of the pitch there weren’t enough shower and toilet facilities and therefore seemed dirty although they had twice daily cleans.
Overall we wouldn’t go here again however if you need quick access to everything and sleep like a baby then the noise won’t matter.
Day 5 activities Thursday 30th July – Google map route for day 5
Original map: https://goo.gl/maps/sgbmLUHRYNvVTc5b6
Original plan was to go explore St michaels mount, then visit pedn vounder beach, go to porthcurno beach and visit minack theatre, however, because minak theatre was all booked out we decided to go all the way back to visit the lost garden of Heligan. The reviews online were so good that we didn’t want to miss it on this trip. To be honest it was not worth it, nor the money or the travel time.
So here is a re-designed day that we actually took: https://goo.gl/maps/Ty3mGXj5JBu1n1cz9
- The lost garden heligans
Postcode: The Lost Gardens Heligan, B3273, Pentewan, Saint Austell
The grounds to this historic house are beautiful, but no different from other large houses in Cornwall, worth a visit for the views but it is an expensive walk! I must add there is a lack of investment here with areas looking tired.
Would I go again simple answer NO So having looked at some of the reviews I really wanted to visit this historic place. The price was cheaper than Eden project but considering the travel time it was not worth it and we got bored very quickly. The garden looks a bit run down, the most beautiful part was the jungle and the swinging bridge. Lets not forget the beautiful huge field of summer flowers ( the whole field was yellow mixed with wildflowers). We probably spent two hours, most of it was walking through the woodland. If you are with kids then I think this place is a nice visit considering there are some status, like dragons and other features like the farm with some animals and an activity place made from wood for the kids to play in.
The tropical forest was one of our favourite spots as we mentioned! Full of mystery and beautiful uncommon plants! There are toilets and cafes on site, not sure if it’s tasty as we didnt buy anything however if you walk to the woodland and need to go to the toilet it’s a bit of a walk and we got lost a couple of times because the signs were not placed properly. In conclusion I wouldn’t visit this place again unless I saw that they have changed some stuff, but I guess the whole idea is to maintain this historic place so if you’re interested in the history then it’s worth a visit.
- Pedn vounder beach
Postcode car park: Car Park, Porthcurno, Penzance TR19 6JX
Postcode place: S W Coast Path, St Levan, Penzance TR19 6LF
We went down to the beach, lovely sand. Didn’t swim this time however it was a lovely walk. The beach is beautiful, especially when the tide is out and creates a mini circular sand island. There are no lifeguards, toilets, bins etc – it is a natural cove so take everything you need with you and take all your rubbish home.
- Porthcurno Beach
We didn’t actually go all the way down there, however,we looked at the scenic coastal views. It seems so lovely and if we had more time we definitely would have visited there.
- Ponsandane farm camping
Postcode: Ponsandane Farm camping, Gulval, Penzance, TR183LU
Website: http://www.ponsandane.co.uk Price: £16 for 2 (1 camping pitch non electric).
Same review as previously stated. Nothing much changed, we had a lovely fire pit, some food and sleep ready for the next day ahead !
Day 6 activities Friday 31st July – Google map route for day 6
- Lands End
Postcode: Unnamed Road, Penzance TR19 7AA
Let’s talk about one of the landmarks of the South West coast. When we arrived, oh my GOD it was super cold, super windy, foggy and started to rain. So you can imagine our mood wasn’t great but we weren’t going to give up. We took a stroll around the main part where you have different cafes, 4d cinemas for kids and the sea views (couldn’t see anything as it was foggy). We decided to walk towards Nanjizal beach and on the way pass by the Enys Dodnan arch which again we couldn’t see. Having just a dress and a jumper on we were definitely getting cold however, the hike got us a bit warmer and the closer we got to Nanjizal beach the warmer it became and all of the sudden all of the clouds and rain disappeared giving us a spectacular view to the song of the sea cave ! WOOW anyways we will talk about that later.
After that walk we went back to LANDS END and this time we could see everything. Here is a quick breakdown of our Pros and Cons:
- Ticking off the bucket list.
- Scenic views, historic.
- Visiting the Nanjizal beach via the coastal path. It’s beautiful.
- Car park is a bit expensive at £7, but I guess it’s a touristy place.
- The food is not great.
- Went to a cafe in a hotel I’m guessing which has a view of the sea. You had a diner type of cafe where you pick and choose what you would like. Of course we chose the cornish pasties, some chips and veg for the sides. Everything was dry and would never buy from there again. So not worth it. Also there was a doughnut stand, the doughnuts smelled good but wasn’t nice as well. Too oily. Overall we did not have a good experience with food.
- It’s way too touristy. The prices are huge, the main sign post (Lands end sign) was actually covered by a fence and you had to pay to get a photo (£10-£12). Are you having a laugh… The queue was massive and we just couldn’t believe it. We took a selfie a bit further away with the sign and that’s about it.
- There is a museum, we skipped this part. There are 4d cinema experiences for kids. Just too commercialised.
- Apart from the fact it’s historic and on a bucket list, I wouldn’t go out of my way to visit this place.
- Walk to Enys Dodnan arch
Postcode: 376Q+C2 Penzance
Land’s End is the westernmost part of England. From the car park at Land’s End, walk the coastal path to the south past the small Island called “The Armed Knight” to the arch. The opening isn’t visible until you have actually passed it. The best place to photograph this beauty if from the next headland. Distance from the car park is slightly over a half mile. The lighthouse in the distance is the “Longships’ Lighthouse”.
Beautiful, however, if you are not in a rush then walk to the next destination. See below.
- Walk to Nanjizal beach: Song of the sea cave (roughly 35min)
Postcode: St Just, Penzance TR19 6JJ
Absolutly breath taking views walking via the coastal path to Nanjizal beach. At first it was misty, gave us a feeling of adventure, then we had the sun come out which just top up the energy levels and roughly after 25-30min we reached the beautiful beach, nice and sandy, you can walk down if the tide is down, absolutely beautiful.
What we loved the most is that it was isolated but accessible. Not over crowded, there is a slit in the rock and the pool beneath it. If we had time and swimsuits we would’ve definitely jumped in there. It was so peaceful, a great spot to just relax or have some lunch. The water is turquoise and we would 100% recommend going there if you’re into nature, sea, rocks.
Do be careful when walking, we took a path that was closer to the edge and it was slipper so please take care and if you can go around. We saw two separate paths to reach the beach.
- Walk back to lands end car park Postcode: Unnamed Road, Penzance TR19 7AAThe walk back was a bit more tiring, but with the sun out it was enjoyable. When we arrived back at Lands end we were able to see everything as the fog disappeared, making this trip even more worthwhile.
- Drive to camp: Piggies farm (£15 for 2)
Postcode: Barns Platts, Ruthvoes, St Columb, Cornwall. TR9 6HU
To be honest having had such a long day we didn’t have much to say about this camp. We came in the evening and left early in the morning.
Here are a few pointers:
- They have shower block, toilets.
- Fairly clean. Peaceful unlike in the previous camp.
- Washing-up area.
- BBQ off the ground is acceptable.
- Dog friendly.
- Five minutes’ drive from main A30 and A39 roads smack-bang in the middle of the Newquay. This is what we were aiming for.
- Offers good scenery views.
Day 7 activities Saturday 1st August – Google map route for day 7
- Exploring Bedruthan steps
Postcode: Unnamed Road, Wadebridge PL27 7UW
Again a must see place, it’s sooo beautiful with the rock formations and the beach is sandy. The national car park is big enough, the steps are nearby however, the path to Bedruthan steps was closed because of an erosion. There are toilets and cafe available in the car park which are free to national trust members.
As we couldn’t head down the steps to the beach we took a walk to Park head taking in the dramatic coastline. We found out from other comments that you can still try and access the beach if you walk right along to the other end and don’t mind navigating down a makeshift path and climbing a few steep rocks at the bottom.
Hopefully national trust will be able to sort out the steps and if so we would definitely come visit again and jump into our swimsuits, as honestly it looks like one of the most beautiful beaches we have seen so far on our trip.
- Tintagel Castle
Postcode: 5 Atlantic Rd, Tintagel PL34 0DD
There isn’t much parking as it’s very busy in the little town. We managed to find parking, however it was very busy. Parking wasn’t cheap either.
We didn’t buy tickets to the castle as we looked at the reviews and it’s mainly just some remains left. Instead we still walked down the VERY STEEP hill and managed to see the beautiful coast with the bridge in the background. It definitely has beautiful views and there are several paths you can take, if you go to the left you can see some of the mains of the castle and if you continue straight and to the right you will see the bridge and you can just follow the coastal path if you’d like to have a walk.
We spent some time just admiring the views but it was super busy ! No social distancing as everyone is trying to pass by.
For the less mobile there are 2 Land Rovers that can drop you from top to bottom or vice versa. This is a private service & not run by English Heritage. You have free toilet facilities (plenty) and cafe for food.
In the town you have different options of pubs etc however most of them are take-away and everything is pre-booked. If the tide is down you can also wander down to the beach and Merlin’s Cave. However we had to watch from a distance as the tide was up.
When going back be prepared to walk up the STEEP HILL, both me and my partner are fairly fit but we found it challenging to walk, it’s not too far but with breaks you can make it but it’s definitely not one of the most pleasant things about this place.
Overall I don’t think we would visit because it was overcrowded, unless we were to go by for a walk via the coastal path however, there are much better and more accessible places you can visit. Unless you are into the heritage and history then maybe it would be more for you.
- St Nectan’s Glen (waterfall)
Postcode: Trethevy, Tintagel PL34 0BG
So… I absolutely love waterfalls, therefore, not having one on this trip was so disappointing.
We visited the site and saw that the site closes I think 4:30pm ,however, we arrived around 35minutes prior to close and they did not let us in. Not only that, we actually found out that you need to pay at the entrance, they did not display this anywhere before. And of course if you walk all that long way to the waterfall you would most likely pay as it doesn’t break the bank but still it seems a bit of a scam. I understand the upkeep costs money but i think it’s overpriced. Not being able to visit the actual waterfall, having walked so long and rushed was so devastating and I am sure as we are fit we would be able to make it in time at least just to see the waterfall for a minute.
We tried to walk around it and walk through the woodlands on either side, on the left it was so muddy and we reached a dead end as it was too steep. Then we tried the right side, it was also muddy but had a better footpath, we passed these tiny mini waterfalls from the steam and a bridge on water which was nice and then managed to see the edge of the waterfall.
Overall it seems small and wouldn’t recommend however feel free to have a look at other reviews. It was a beautiful tranquil place and free of litter but since you have to pay entrance fee I would expect the walks around by the stream could be improved. There was a lovely cafe before walking to the waterfall, but that was closed before the closing time as well so we couldn’t review this.
- Lane end camping site (£15 for 2)
Postcode: Lane End Farm, Holsworthy EX22 7XL
Believe us when we say that this was probably the best camp in terms of tranquility, views and privacy.
We actually booked someone else, however, we changed our mind within minutes as we were looking for a campsite where we can actually have a fire, especially during our last night. This was probably the best prompt decision we have made.
We arrived, the host was super lovely and directed us to a place next to the pond to a corner surrounded by trees. She was kind enough to let us park the car as we were staying only for a day. Where we stayed we literally had the view to the beautifully maintained pond, ducks, flowers and a bench to admire the view.
It’s not a huge camp, I think the host lives next door with the house and barn, on the day we arrived they were celebrating a graduation but still assisted us with anything we needed. Found some bricks to put the fire on, there were 2 toilets which were really clean and a shower.
The only minus point was that there was a turbine nearby so we were struggling to sleep at first as we could hear it with all the peace and quiet. But i think it’s something you can get used to, but we only stayed for 1 night so I can’t really review that fact. Overall because it was well maintained, bushes were cut beautiful, super clean, the grass was just so beautiful and not spoiled. They are not commercialised so if you’re looking for a secluded space it’s perfect.
Day 8 activities Sunday 2nd August – Google map route for day 8
- Valley of rocks
Postcode: S W Coast Path, Lynton EX35 6JH
What a great way to end the trip ! It was a beautifully sunny day with a bit of wind.
It was super easy to navigate, when we reached the parking, we could not take our eyes of the amazing surrounding views. The rock formation, hills and sea was just so magical. The roundabout was placed between the grass, making it look so scenic, especially on a bird’s eye view.
The Valley of the rocks provides some terrific views against a backdrop of jagged edged rock formations. There are some nice little detours to the walk for those who want to venture onto some of the rock features. Anyone staying in Lynton or Lynmouth who doesn’t make the effort to visit here is definitely missing out and there’s Wild Goats to photograph too. It can get quite busy though as many people drive to the Valley, saying that, it’s still a big enough area to grab a bit of space.
The only thing we were a little wary of was the huge cliff edge and without a rail it can be a bit scary when gusts of wind blew especially if you’re with children please take care. We spent a few hours just exploring, climbing on the rocks and just admiring the views.
We were super hungry by the end and we could not resist to try and get a cornish pasty. We must of called at 5 places which were closed or didn’t have any left until a lady recommended a place at Lynmouth by the River Lyn called The bake house !
- Lynmouth – The Bake house. (Best pasties in Devon)
Postcode: 3 Lynmouth Street, Lynmouth, Exmoor National Park EX35 6EH England
Website: We were surprised to find this open due to the current climate and had pasties, one of which was vegan (curry/mango chutney type) and was delicious, a veggie one (cheese and veg) which was also nice, and a meat one (chicken and chorizo) that was good. An option for everyone. ( I live in the West Country and for a good sized, well filled, tasty hot fresh pasty £4.80 is a fair price! Not this mass produced Ginsters rubbish).
There are veg options and gluten free options as well which was lovely as I prefer this usually. We had one veg and one with chicken and chorizo. On the side we also had a drink and chips, as a deal it was over £7 I think but it’s not that bad considering the pasty was actually filled and a fair size seemed fresh. The queue was big, however, it was worth it. It’s not the best pasties, we had one on the 1st August I think but for the life of me I can not remember where we bought this.
Anyways, we walked towards the sea to have the meal however it was super windy and then headed by the River Lyn and sat on the floor ensuring the seagals dont take our food because they were super close. It was such a romantic little town, I would 100% come here again to explore and see what else the town has to offer as it seemed super cute, romantic and just beautiful !
Now we’re all full, stomach, mind and energy we were ready to head back !
- HOME to London !
Can’t believe the trip finished.
The first night at home was super difficult as we were used to our air mattress ( probably the best investment we have ever made, it was so comfy !! Here is the name: Luxury King Size Air Bed with Built-In Electric Pump and link if you’re interested: https://activeera.com/products/air-beds/luxury-king-size-air-bed-with-built-in-electric-pump/
The whole trip seemed like it was a month, we did so much and the days were so long. To be honest doing this itinerary I didn’t think we will reach half of these points, but we made it to nearly all of them, how wonderful. It’s such an inspiring trip, we will never forget this. It’s not that expensive apart from fuel,food and the activities you want to do.
I can’t explain in words but If you do decide to go by our itinerary around the South West coast, I hope you find our information useful and if you have any questions feel free to ask and I will be more than happy to reply ! If you would like to get a better feel of our trip we actually did a vlog too ! So here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbV8dadypTY