Cornwall, and the Lost Gardens of Heligan

After a stopover in Bristol for dinner with family and an overnight in Bridgewater we eventually arrived at our destination, Veryan Camping and Caravan Club site, Cornwall.

We were last here for a in September 2015 as our first trial with our new tent and equipment before Amr retired. This time we were much more organised and had the tent up and kettle on in just over an hour.

Great pitch too, shade from the trees and positioned facing the outer perimeter of trees so we can forget that there are loads of caravans and motorhomes behind us, until they keep opening the doors of said motorhomes which is very noisy!

After a couple of restful hour just enjoying the open air we ventured into St Mawes,

a small Harborside Village where the Watch Out do fabulous fish and chips, which we took away to sit on the beach and enjoy the views.

After a freezing night we headed into Truro in search of warmer sleeping bags! Luckily we found some in the sale and relaxed that we would be snuggly warm at night.

Wandering round the streets and alleyways of Truro the aroma of Cornish Pasties filled the air,

and of course were irresistible.

All the dieting and healthy eating we have been doing since we got back from the USA is going to pot for the next couple of weeks! After stocking up on supplies, and working out how the parking system in Tescos works we made our way back to camp to relax, we have had a couple of busy weeks getting the garden to rights so relaxation was on the agenda.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan were somewhere I had heard about but we didn’t have time to visit last time so we headed there today. Initial dismay that the car park was full, quickly changes as we found the overflow car park which was huge and plenty of spaces.

We had thought to spend a couple of hours and then head into Mevagissey. The place is so amazing we spent the whole day there,

and to be honest could have spent longer.

There is so much to see and enjoy, something for everyone.

After walking around the wooded trails

we went through The Jungle which was down in a hollow

and a delight walking through tiny paths,

over streams,

between ponds and overshadowed by ferns,

palms and bamboo.

The Burmese Rope Bridge was huge fun walking, over a ravine,

slow going as people were making their two year olds walk it, despite the age restrictions!

Coming out of The Jungle we found the Charcoal Statue

and a cheeky pheasant who though he should share other visitors lunch. We followed the paths

and enjoyed the flora and fauna,

eventually finding the area with a selection of rare breeds,

and enjoyed watching the piglets frolicking in the mud, other piglets walking all over mum who took it all in her stride.

Never seen a pig that looked so ugly it was cute!

The kitchen gardens took me back to my grandparents gardens, both at North Villa and Ladycross in Stokesley.

The flower garden to my parents garden,

oh the memories these gardens revived was incredible.

Some areas more like my garden!

All too soon it was time to leave, we couldn’t believe we had been there literally all day, so well worth the £15 entrance fee.

We dropped down into Mevagissey,

which we could see from the gardens

and after a wander around

The delightful harbour

sated our hunger after all the walking with fresh caught fish and chips from the seasonal chip van on the harbour.

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