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July 19, 2018

Padstow Brewing Company

dried delicious fish, with a glass of beer

Beer and fish have always gone hand in hand so it is no wonder that we are also blessed with some fantastic regional breweries in Cornwall.

Right on our very own doorstep (well two miles) we have the highly regarded Padstow Brewing Company.

Founded as a small start-up in 2013 by Padstow based husband and wife team Caron and Des Archer, they quickly discovered that their initial set-up was way too small to meet the demand and regularly found that their beers were selling quicker than they could produce them.

Frustrated by this and realising that they were not meeting their full potential and disappointing both customers and themselves, they made a significant investment in a custom build British brewery which can be found in the Trecerus Industrial Estate on the outskirts of Padstow.

Caron is the only female Head Brewer in Cornwall and has now seen output has rise from 200 pints a week to over 9000 thanks to their investment in a purpose built brewery.

The brewery centre holds regular visits and tours, “a day in the life” experience and of course a tasting room and shop.

Do give the Padstow Brewing Company a look when you are staying with us as it is just 2 miles away and for that beer lover in the family there is of course the perfect holiday gift!!

More information and location can be found at their website.

Sunset at Longcarrow Cover near Trevone Bay

Sunset at Longcarrow Cover near Trevone Bay

In between the headland at Porthmissen Beach and Stepper Point lies an area known as Longcarrow Cove and then heading back towards Padstow, Gunver Head.

These areas provide magnificent panoramic views along the north Cornish coast and are regular haunts of photographers, artists and bird watchers alike.

Experience the beauty of the North Cornish Coast. Available throughout the year, The Croft Holiday Flat in Trevone is well appointed self catering accommodation for two people less than 200 yards from the sandy beach at Trevone.

The River Camel with the old railway bridge that now forms a part of the Camel Trail

The River Camel with the old railway bridge that now forms a part of the Camel Trail

The Camel Trail runs along a the disused railway line which winds and meanders alongside the River Camel between Wadebridge and Padstow.

Originally opened is 1899, the Wadebridge to Padstow line was created to provide access to London Waterloo via Okehampton and Launceston and generally enable the fast transportation of fresh produce which of course included locally caught fish and shellfish. The onward section of the railway line running from Wadebridge to Poley’s bridge near Bodmin is actually one of the oldest stretches of railway line created in the world and was opened in 1834 initially for the transportation of sea sand from the Camel Estuary inland to farms.

The Wadebridge to Padstow section of the railway line operated up until 1967 when it closed following its inclusion in the infamous Beeching Report. The Bodmin to Poley’s Bridge section escaped closure and was in operation up until 1984 as it was still utilised by the China Clay industry to get their freight onto the mainline but as this industry declined so sis the line’s use for freight until it too ceased operation.

Being a former trainline, the route as you may expect is very flat which makes it an ideal walking and cycling destination for people looking to explore the area. So many different environments can be encountered during your journey and will take you from marshland, to creek, rocky shores, sandbanks and even muddy estuary flow which of course attracts a wide and diverse birdlife to the route. One of the most stunning parts is as you leave (or enter) Padstow and you are crossing the original iron railway bridge – it is not hard to imagine a steam train pulling carriages over this bridge sending billowing plumes of smoke travelling up the valley towards Little Petherick

Naturally the seasons play a big part in what you are likely to see but during summer months you would expect to see cormorants, oystercatchers, herons, little egrets and of course a wide variety of gulls. Over wintering birds would include long-tailed ducks, widgeons, divers, grebe and goldeneye whilst the spring and autumn brings one of those “you never quite know” times to the shores with birds stopping off as they migrate to their onward destination but making the Camel trail a handy break enroute.

Whether you choose to walk or hire a bike from one of the many bike hire companies which have sprung up along the route, the Camel Trail is a truly magnificent journey through some of our finest countryside.

A lot of our visitors, make the journey from Padstow to Wadebridge and then return to Padstow however if you can, then the route from Wadebridge to Poley’s Bridge passes through some stunning woodland including native trees such as ash, oak, beech and hazel providing another view and environment which people don’t usually associated with North Cornwall.

This 18 mile trail, is a part of the National Cycle Network following routes 32 and 3 and is a traffic free route so you can literally take the journey at your pace.

The Camel Trail starts in Padstow so is only 3 miles from The Croft Holiday Flat. Available all year round, this self-contained self catering flat for 2 people is situated in a private cul-de-sac less than 200 yards from the sandy beach at Trevone. Contact us today to check availability and make sure you visit the Camel Trail whilst you stay in Trevone.

A clifftop path lined with wild flowers at Trevose Head Lighhouse near Padstow on the Cornwall coast

Standing on Porthmissen beach, looking to the left the furthest most point you can see on the left is an area called Trevose.

This is arguably the most prominent headland on the north Cornwall coast with views stretching all along the coastline from as far as Hartland Point looking northeast and southwest to Pendeen and St Ives.

Access to the headland is either via footpath or you can drive via a private road. The headland was recently acquired by the Natural Trust to safeguard its future and parking on the headland is free for National Trust members and Blue Badge holders.

Trevose Head lighthouse on the north coast of Cornwall

The lighthouse at Trevose is one of the most famous landmarks on our coast and its prominent position dominates the cliffs. Unmanned today, the lighthouse is now remotely controlled by Trinity House in Harwich, Essex.

The Trevose and Constantine area are within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and recognised as having some very important habitats for plant, marine and bird species. Amongst the plants which can be found are samphire, mallow, sea-lavender and even wild asparagus. With the National Trust now maintaining and putting together a plan for the future these habitats will be extended to offer further protection and habitat for these species to thrive.

Peregrines, guillemots, fulmars and razorbills can all be seen nesting and catching food at the headland which is also an ideal habitat for bees, butterflies and insects owing to the vast expanses of wildflowers.

Do also keep your eyes on the sea as several of our larger marine visitors can be seen from this perfect vantage point and many have seen the silhouettes of basking sharks, dolphins and grey seals as they swim through the crystal clear waters.

For those of a sporting aptitude then Trevose is also the home of the world renowned Trevose Golf Course. Rated as one of the UK’s top links golf courses, the Championship Course offers stunning views whilst playing on what has to be a truly unique golfing experience. In 1993, a second course called The Headland Course designed by Peter Allis was opened. This course is less busy than the Championship Course and also offers stunning views of Trevose Head and the surrounding bays and from the 5th green you can even see all the way to St Ives along the long expanse of coastline – do remember you are playing golf though when you are standing in awe of the views as there may be a queue of angry golfers right behind you – we recommend exercising playing through!

Looking northeast on the road to Trevose – here you can see Stepper Point and on up to Pentire and The Rumps

We certainly recommend a trip to Trevose Head, the panoramic views it offers are unrivalled and like so many places in Cornwall you never quite know what you are going to see as every day brings something different.

Our self contained holiday flat in Trevone Bay is available throughout the year. Situated less than 200 yards from the sandy beach in Trevone and located in a private cul-de-sac, the flat offers an ideal base to explore the area whether you choose to visit during the summer or winter you are always assured of a warm welcome.

July 12, 2018

The Madrips

The Madrips, Trevone Bay

The Madrips, Trevone Bay

Along with the Roundhole, another prominent landmark in Trevone is the pointed rock that juts out at the end of the headland.

Called “The Madrips” the rock appears to be wedge shaped and by the amount of spray that is created by this rock during winter storms this wedge shape would be a correct assumption for the cause of the spray however if you venture up to the end of the headland and look at The Madrips you will find it is very different to what you may expect.

Madrips

The Madrips in Trevone Bay is actually a flat angled rock with a gulley in between

The Madrips is however a flat rock which is angled pretty much so that the largest area faces the beach and creates the illusion that it is a solid rock. A water gulley flows in between the rock and the cliffs which is a major pinch point for the sea as it surges in and out and this is a cause of a lot of the incredible spray that comes off this rock during winter storms. The shape of the Madrips does come as a real surprise as it is most certainly not what you would expect from this “boot shaped” rock.

Explore Trevone and the surrounding area, our self-catering flat for two is available throughout the year and makes a fantastic base to not only see the sights locally but to explore further into the county.

 

Cornish Cream TeaFollowing several recent high-profile incidents where Cornish Cream Teas were mislabeled we decided to remind you what sets apart a Cornish Cream Tea from its Devon counterpart.

Traditionally a Cornish Cream Tea would have consisted of Jam, Cream and light sweet bread roll called a Cornish Split, more recently it is accepted that a scone is served. Apart from the use of a Cornish Split, there is actually very little difference as in both counties we agree it is a delicious way to enjoy some fine local produce however in Cornwall we must insist that clotted cream is a joy to behold and therefore the cream is put on top of the jam – quite why they believe to use cream as a form of spread or butter in Devon is beyond us!

The Shop at Trevone Farm sells a fantastic range of local produce including local clotted cream so there is no excuse not to treat yourself to a Cornish Cream Tea whilst you stay with us, just remember the cream goes on top of the jam for it to truly be a Cornish Cream Tea!!

The Madrips off Porthmissen Beach, Trevone Bay, hit by a winter swell

The Madrips off Porthmissen Beach, Trevone Bay, hit by a winter swell

Naturally when thinking of breaks and holidays, the majority of people think of summer sun, ice cream and lazy days on Trevone beach (and who could blame them) but more and more people are now appreciating the beauty Trevone, and indeed the rest of our county and its coastline throughout the year.

Outside of the summer season, the whole area becomes more peaceful and quiet and the pace of life returns to being much slower and relaxed, there are days when you can walk along the clifftops and not see a soul and the next where you are joined by like minded people gazing out to sea at the wonder and power of the Atlantic swell as it pounds our beach. This is the key thing about Cornwall out of the summer season – every day is different!

Of course just like the summer, we cannot guarantee the weather but even experiencing one of our winter storms can provide spectacular seas and waves which you just would not experience during summer months. Quite a few of our guests pack up a picnic & thermos and drive along the coast to the various bays and inlets nearby and just sit and watch the sea as it crashes against the cliffs. Every day the sea alters the sand and the beach becomes a dynamic and changing environment with new pools and sand banks created overnight and swept away the following tide but it is the waves crashing against the cliffs and the spray that travels through the air that people come to experience.

A lot of the summer car parks also become free-of-charge during winter months so it is much easier, and cheaper, to visit several locations without clocking up parking charges and what’s more, you are pretty much guaranteed a ringside seat over the beach as far fewer cars are using the facilities, great for a warm drink and picnic as your windscreen becomes your window on the world and your car the best seats in the house!

Of course many of the local pubs and restaurants are also open all year round and after a walk along the coast there is nothing better than settling down in front of a roaring log fire and enjoying some local food and drink before heading back and planning the following day’s activities.

Out of season, we are more flexible on days and times of arrival so if you do have a specific requirement then do get in touch and we will see how we can accommodate.

To find out more about booking our self-contained self catering holiday flat in Trevone Bay for an out of season break and to explore the area during quieter months do get in touch.

The stunning Marble Cliffs at Trevone. The crystal clear sea below is teaming with life that the birds above prey upon and can often be seen feeding.

One amazing site (and indeed sight) at Trevone that the majority of people never experience are the unusual rock formations within the cliffs over the other side of Porthmissen/Roundhole.

Called The Marble Cliffs, they are a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and are literally bands of dark grey rock (compressed shale) layered with white limestone which in some areas of the cliff are up to 1 metre thick. This creates a visually stunning effect with multiple contrasting coloured strata making up the majority of the cliff.

Limestone is actually a very unusual rock to find in Cornwall and as you can see the distinct layering it gives to the cliff is also exaggerated further by the different erosion rates the different types of stone exhibit.

This cliff face makes a fantastic nesting area for birds with numerous ledges and crevices available for raising young birds and with the sea right underneath the food is never far away. Depending upon the season, birds which you can see here will include Kittawake, herring gulls and fulmers. Prior to the Torrey Canyon oil tanker disaster in 1967, this would also have been home to Puffins and Choughs but sadly owing to the oil spill like so many other colonies, the ones at Trevone were decimated and never returned though we are ever hopeful that maybe one day . . .

Another fascinating point regarding these cliffs is that the pattern you see is actually upside down. The layers have actually been forced up and then curled back on themselves much like running a knife along butter resulting in the lower layers actually being the younger rock.

This rock formation has fascinated and been studied by generations and as we are sure you will agree from the picture it is actually well worth the visit to see in person, time it right and you will also enjoy a magnificent display of sea pinks which line these cliffs.

Stay in Trevone Bay at our self-contained holiday flat for 2 less than 200 yards from the Sandy Beach at Trevone. Get in touch today to find out more.

One of the points of interest that you will no doubt notice as you drive down the main road in Trevone towards the bay is the small church just after the bends.

Saint Saviour’s church Trevone

An Anglican church, St Saviours was build from local sandstone quarried from the nearby St Columb Downs and tiled using Delabole Slate so very much a Cornish church. The sandstone used to construct this church is a popular choice amongst Cornish construction methods as it is very rich in Iron. As the store weathers, the iron is forced outwards towards the face of the stone offering up an additional shield against the elements.

Prior to its construction in 1959, a wooden mission church stood on the grounds which is believe itself to have been built in 1894. Until 1985, the church had a fibreglass steeple and bell but this was removed owing to severe deterioration. In 2004 the bell was rehung and sounded once again across the village.

The church is dedicated to Saint Saviour and towards the mouth of the River Camel was the location of St Saviour’s Chapel on what has now become St Saviour’s Point and it is from here that the church takes its name and dedication from.

Please do check out the Padstow Church website under whose jurisdiction St Saviours Church now falls to find out a little more about this little gem.

The sands at Harlyn looking towards Mother Ivey’s Bay and Trevose Head

Another popular destination for visitors to the area is Harlyn.

Harlyn features a long stretch of sand so is more favoured by families seeking to keep the children entertained by the beach. Like Trevone, the beach is patrolled by RNLI Lifeguards throughout the season and Harlyn is also the home of the Harlyn Surf School where if you dare you can experience the thrill and exhilaration that surfing offers though personally we would rather watch others expell their energy doing this than partake! The surf school however does also provide lessons and trips around the area coasteering, kayaking, and paddle boarding so if your pursuits are a little more gentile then the may be more suited.

Harlyn is considered to be one of the best family beaches in Cornwall and as you can see from the picture it is not hard to see why with it’s golden expanse of sands which stretch all the way towards Mother Ivey’s Bay. The beach is very popular with surfers as the horseshoe shape of the bay creates fast and hollow waves ideal for those looking to catch a wave. At times this can be an issue though with swimmers and surfers in close proximity especially if the Lifeguards have reduced the swimming area for safety concerns – the sea can at times get very busy at Harlyn.

Walking past Harlyn takes you on to Mother Ivey’s Bay where the Padstow Lifeboat is stationed. The lifeboat station is open to visitors between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday.

This then leads on to the headland at Trevose which was recently purchased by the National Trust to ensure the natural beauty of the area is retained for future generations.

The walk from Harlyn to Trevose along the North Cornwall Coastal Path is nothing short of stunning with magnificent flora, fauna not to mention scenery on view throughout the journey. As you look back towards Trevone, you can truly appreciate the sweep that the entire area has from the headland at Trevose to Stepper Point and how this has formed a natural more sheltered area for both humans and nature to enjoy.

Basking sharks, seals and dolphins are regularly seen in this area so do keep an eye out for their silhouettes just below the surface or in the case of the seals and dolphins when they break water.

Less than two miles away from Harlyn, Trevone provides a more tranquil and relaxed environment from the more family orientated Harlyn. If you appreciate things a bit quieter and relaxed then Trevone is the better option of the two. Harlyn can get very busy especially in the height of the season, that is not to say that Harlyn is not worth a visit as it has so much to offer to the visitor but for some it can be just too busy to enjoy the surroundings.

Contact us today for more information about our 2 person self-catering holiday flat in Trevone that is less than 200 yards from the beach.