a follow-on at Heligan Woods Camping Park after the Portscatho meet
At Heligan Woods Camping Park
St. Ewe, St Austell, Cornwall, South West. PL26 6EZ
Julia Wright / Juliaright@aol.com
Monday 25 April – Friday 29 April (4 nights)
For those of you wanting to extend John’s Cornish rally by the sea, I have organised a follow-on meet at Heligan Woods Camping Park.
Heligan Woods is a five-star accredited campsite sitting high on a hillside in a small secluded landscaped garden with views out over Mevagissey Bay. It is naturally sheltered by beautiful woodland on the Heligan Estate, home of the famous Lost Gardens of Heligan.
I have reserved 20 pitches and the site will try to keep us in a group. Hardstanding and grass pitches are available. Campsite facilities include heated shower and toilet block, with a wet room, plus laundrette and a small shop.
Lobbs Farm Shop is also next door to the site and contains a wide range of produce – meat counter, cheese counter, fruit and vegetables, dairy products, bread, soft drinks, local beers, local preserves, biscuits, chocolate, ice cream, smoked fish and many other items.
Pitches will cost £10.35 per night, per van, including electricity. Dogs are £2.80 per night. Wifi is available free for 30 minutes and charged thereafter.
Please let me know if you would like to join this meet and I will liaise with the site.
Julia Wright (Juliaright@aol.com)
A few steps through a side gate leads directly to the entrance of the Lost Gardens of Heligan and whether you are a keen gardener or not this is a visit not to be missed. It also has an excellent restaurant which you can you use without the need to pay for entry into the gardens. For those of you who are Caravan Club Members, Heligan Gardens is one of the Great Days Out offers and in 2015 qualified for a 2 for the price of 1 offer. Make sure you print the necessary voucher to qualify for this if it is available in 2016.
The fishing village of Mevagissey is a 40 minute walk on (steepish) public footpaths. Mevagissey is a traditional Cornish fishing village, where you can wander the narrow alleyways, browse gift shops and art galleries, or try the local ale in one of the many pubs.
Fowey, Lanhydrock House and the Eden Project are a short (30 minutes) drive away.
Located about a mile outside the town of St Austell is Charlestown, an unspoiled example of a late Georgian working port. It was constructed between 1791 and 1801 by Charles Rashleigh, entrepreneur and member of the local landowning family, in response to the growth of the local mining industry. Originally built to export copper and import coal, it was soon being used for the export of China Clay. It is from its creator that the port gets its name. Charlestown is a popular location for film and television productions. Credits include Poldark, Hornblower and Mansfield Park.
As well as being a harbour location Charlestown capitalises on its past by harbouring a fleet of square rigger ships. There is usually at least one of these magnificent ships in the harbour, sometimes open to the public.
The Pentewan Cycle Trail can be accessed from the site and is mainly off-road to St Austell.
From the B3293 St Austell to Mevagissey road climb the hill above the coast toward Mevagissey and follow the signs to the Lost Gardens of Heligan. The site is on the left hand side approaching the gardens.