Top 5 free days out

Every evening on my to-do list has been a blog since the last one…but by the time everyone is fed, watered blah blah blah I am almost asleep.  This morning I have the luxury of sitting at the computer whilst Richard takes our younger two children down the trail which runs right outside Little Winnick so I can race through my to do list!
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Easter was busy for us, we were full welcoming the Devon and Cornwall Centre in for their yearly rally with us, along with welcoming back many returning guests and seasonal pitches.  The weather has been amazing.  We have basked in sunshine since the end of March, resulting in long lazy days outside making the very best of the Cornish warmth.  Down here you see we have our own little microclimate. When Carol on BBC Weather says it is going to be 12 degrees then I know what that really feels like is about 20 degrees and sun cream and a hat are required. (I am sat typing this in my sandals and shorts!).

I loved the Easter holidays having the girls all home together. When I asked them (4, 3 and 14 weeks) what was their favourite thing we did over the holidays was the older two both agreed ‘the park and the trail’, thus inspiring this blog – things to do that are free.  Cornwall is fabulous to visit and not spend much as there are so many things you can do for free.

  1. Cycle/walking trails – we are lucky enough to have the Pentewan Cycle Trail run right outside Little Winnick.  The trail goes down to the village of Pentewan and is completely flat and accessible with bikes, scooters, pushchairs and wheelchairs.  Halfway along there is a Ford which has a bridge over it.  Children (especially mine) and dogs love playing in it for ages.  The trail also goes up to Heligan and along to Mevagissey.  This is slightly more of a challenge but well worth it.  If you get tired you can always catch the bus back from Mevagissey.  In reception we have a wealth of information about cycling and walking trails suitable for all abilities, ages and animals.
  2. The beach – Cornwall is famous for its beaches; whether you are after romantic coves, rock pooling for the children or miles of white sand for the dog to explore you truly are spoiled for choice.  Our favourite local beach which is dog-friendly and great for those who can’t walk far or just to view the sea from your car window is Caerhays.  You can park right on the beach and the cove is so sheltered you can be forgiven for forgetting you are in England in April!
  3. Parks – we have a park here that will keep little people entertained for ages, but if you wish to explore other local parks then head to Pentewan Beach, this park has the best view ever.  Polkyth Park is a huge favourite with our children; something for all ages the large park is a great morning activity.  Malpas Park (also known as Boscawen) has the feel of a traditional Victorian Park with tennis courts and a cafe, the park itself is lovely, the perfect spot for a picnic.
  4. Woods – this time of year is magical with the bluebells and what better place to appreciate them than in one of our many woods.  Behind Little Winnick there is the King’s Wood which is carpeted at the moment, it is a magical experience to go and explore.  There is also Luxulyan Valley – a bit of a local secret it is really worth a visit. If you have a dog they are sure to love exploring.
  5. Moors – with Bodmin Moor just a short drive away this inland high ground is like a different world.  Great for exploring and seeing a different side of Cornwall.

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