This pleasant campsite is well signed from the road with a good entrance, has a 17th century park shop and reception as the focal point. The surrounding buildings have been converted for use, but still retain their Cornish charm. The campsite is gently sloping, but with many level pitches in a mix of hardstandings and well-kept grass.
The views across the rolling countryside are superb and you quickly realise you are in an area of peace and solitude for that perfect relaxing holiday. The large hard tennis courts can give the sportsman an opportunity for some exercise, while for a more leisurely pastime take a dip in the beautiful outdoor pool, which has many sunbeds for you to laze your day away.
The children are well catered for with both a play area and an adventure playground for the older ones, with Caerhays beach being just 1.5 miles away and featuring the splendid Caerhays Castle in the background. This keeps an imposing watch over the wonderful little bay, with its golden sands, safe swimming and many rockpools. A children’s paradise!
There are many other coves and beaches to explore, the most famous of which is Gorran Haven – just what its name implies – a safe haven with perfect swimming and surfing on the huge rollers which come in on the tide. Not to be missed is the Eden Project, known as ‘the greatest stage on earth’ with its huge rain forest and its smallholdings containing the plants that make products we use every day – from coffee beans to blue jeans!
It is a living theatre of plants, people and a botanical garden too – the world poured into a huge, disused opencast mining pit, housing the largest rainforest in captivity. The unique project has transformed a worked-out landscape into a global garden housed under huge domes.
The newest venture – the educational Core Centre – is the shape of a sunflower and the size of a spaceship, taking its inspiration from nature. It’s little wonder the Eden Project is being hailed as the eighth wonder of the world.
St. Austell Brewery, the home of the South West’s most famous beer, offers a tour to discover the history, stories and secrets covering the 150 years of its existence, where you can learn about the Cornish families who created them, see the fascinating brewing process first hand, and enjoy some ‘essential’ samples on your way through the tour…
The whole family will enjoy the China Clay Country Park, a mining museum and Heritage Centre, full of interactive displays, painting a vivid picture of the communities and people who spent their lives in the shadow of Cornwall’s white mountains. Here you’ll find Cornwall’s largest working water wheel, vintage commercial vehicles and locomotives, and a children’s challenge trail – to name but a few of the attractions here.
Gorran, St Austell, Cornwall, South West
Distance: 38.48 Miles
Lee Mill, Plymouth, Devon, South West. PL21 9EG
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