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Just got back. Cracking place at the end of a track near Zennor, no mobile signal, no internet and a payphone in the kitchen. Weather okay. Mostly sunny but pissed it down today.
Did the beaches at Perenporth (sp?) and St Ives (sandcastles and all that good stuff).
Went to the Eden Project, expected to be seriously underwhelmed but was really impressed. Yes, it is a bit like walking around the Observer's weekend section at times (wood served on wooden boards etc) but for all the Boden there was stacks to see and it looks mint. Well worth a trip.
Went back to PadStein as my Mum hadn't been, not a bad little place but there are loads better. He gets fucking everywhere it seems, went to Falmouth to see in-laws and he has a chippy by the Maritime Museum.
Highlight was doing a stretch of the coast path around Zennor, almost makes you believe in a god it looks that good.

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Just re-planning our summer holiday having cancelled trip to France.. A return to Cornwall very much on the cards. I like it down there, good mix of experiences, Newquay, St Ives, Paidstow, Polperro.. Not been to Falmouth for a long time so might head in that direction.

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Love Cornwall, shame it's so far. Took my caravan about 10 years ago.Taking it to Dorset this year.Bit closer.

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One a day. Some place in St Ives did the best. The Mrs grew up there (Falmouth), her old man was at Coldrose, aircrew on helicopters (Falklands and all that) so she was the guide and chief judge.

Falmouth is okay, they've done up the harbour with the Maritime Museum, some shops etc. Not a lot over and above a Pizza Express and Stein's chippy but the museum is good. They've an exhibition on Polar Exploration at the moment, hands on kind of thing, kids can dress up in the cold weather gear (Rab, yes, I checked) and go in the tents and stuff. They can climb in a RNLI motorboat etc, makes a nice change from the 'don't you dare fucking touch' signs you usually get. Some good stuff about Cornwall's history etc.

I hadn't been until I met the other half but I'm a convert. Plan to do some 'proper' walking along the coast next year.

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Went when I was a kid with the family, obviously. Gran had just died a few weeks before. On the way out of Leeds me dad said fuck it, let's take your Grandad. That was pretty much how he spoke. Knocked on his door, woke him up. He put his suit on, and packed a carrier back. Loved having him with me on that holiday. What impressed me most was the dinner time of the second day he took me for a bit of a walk. We went to the pub. Everyone knew him,. 'Who's this then Harry?' 'Me grandson, he's a good lad. He you go son, play darts.' And that's what we did. He got steadily merry, I drank shandies. We played darts with the locals. Then we sat on the beach and got sun burnt and chewed out by me Mam when we got in all lobster like. What a cracking day. I have fond memories of Cornwall but I don't have a scoobie where we stayed.

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Anyone heading down that way feel free to check out my mate Jeff's & his family's campsite, he's slightly eccentric but a genuinely nice bloke.

http://www.lovelandfarmcamping.co.uk/

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Looks like we might be heading down this way end of May for Whit

Never been down but,  for no apparent reason,  we've sort of been loooking at area around Bude and Woolacombe

Not particularly set on any area but we are looking for a palce our 3 and 5 year old boys could keep busy:

* somewhere in a town or a village by the coast (want to be walkable to a beach / rock pooling etc)
* somewhere that's not Newquay (too lively and busy)
* somewhere that has a few bits and pieces to do if it's lashing (we'll obviously go to The Eden Project wherever we stay)
* somewhere that's cheap smile

Any thoughts or ideas much appreciated

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Been to Bude.

Not bad

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We stopped here in Bude a couple of years ago for the August Bank Holiday

http://www.cliffhotel.co.uk/

It's practically on the beach and some fantastic walks if you're into that sort of thing.

Lovely spot is Bude and Padstow just down the road too.

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Can you do cheap down there these days?

My sister's looking at buying a place in Cawsand. Mam says it's too hilly. I'm almost scared to look at the prices.

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You all have such lovely ways with words.

My over ridding memory of Cornwall is doing a massive shit behind a rock when I was ten and our family dog eating it before I'd even finished with my dock leaves. Never looked at the dog the same again after that.

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You should put that on TripAdvisor.

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We stayed near Westward Ho (Devon) a couple of years ago.

Do I like the area - god yes. Wonderful area. Would I go back. No not in a hurry.

Why - well for starters it's a long way from Leeds (obviously) and despite the fact the majority of the journey is motorway or dual carriageway you have to add on a further 2 hours for the inevitable traffic jams whatever time you leave. I worked it out I could be in one of the Canary Islands quicker if I fly from Leeds/Bradford

Our accommodation was also brilliant. BUT, and there is a but, it said 'roadside parking'. Ermmmm that was correct. but that meant parking on a single track road with no verge. The actual parking was for people who lived there. really fancied leaving my car half a mile away.

And then there is cost - ok so it was a decent place we stayed in. But once you add on petrol and meals my recent 4* all inclusive stay in Feurterventura for £560 was a lot cheaper.

And of course there is the weather!!!

I think a lot of British seaside places need to look at the Spanish model. Loads of free parking, friendly people who cant do enough for you. Result

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Cheers all

I've booked a 3-bedroom self catering place down Westcliff (which I assume will be close to the hotel OY mentions)

My idea of cheap has gone out of the window but it looks lovely and will be even better if we have the weather

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Pick and mix. http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2012/ … y-holidays

Not been for years. Newquay was a blast back then. Probably not for a 3 year old though.

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All this talk last weekend about the eclipse got me thinking of a lads holiday we had last big eclipse in 1999. We stayed just in land from Portreath at a place called Illogan in a farmhouse conversion. My mate, who’s no longer with us (RIP), emptied the bandit in a pub in Illogan on his first go and the whole pub turned a bit American Werewolf in London as some 8 year old local kid had pumped it full of coin before it dumped 30 quid out on us. Portreath is a cracking beach though, I could happily live down that way if work and money wasn't an issue. Proper bumpkin action and cracking beaches.

http://www.cornwalls.co.uk/photos/data/media/4/portreath-beach-winter.jpg

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I'm actually quite excited about going down to be honest

I love it by the sea and always feel that sea plus cliffs adds to it.  I really like the area around Tenby and also across in Co Clare by The Cliffs of Mother etc.  Up by Whitby and Staithes another favourite

Will do a bit of research about best places for kids - my two love the beach,  crabbing,  looking for for shells / fossils.  Might be a few years before I get them doing abseiling / kayaking / surfing but I look forward to them years too!

Cheers again

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king of the slums wrote:

All this talk last weekend about the eclipse got me thinking of a lads holiday we had last big eclipse in 1999. We stayed just in land from Portreath at a place called Illogan in a farmhouse conversion. My mate, who’s no longer with us (RIP), emptied the bandit in a pub in Illogan on his first go and the whole pub turned a bit American Werewolf in London as some 8 year old local kid had pumped it full of coin before it dumped 30 quid out on us. Portreath is a cracking beach though, I could happily live down that way if work and money wasn't an issue. Proper bumpkin action and cracking beaches.

http://www.cornwalls.co.uk/photos/data/media/4/portreath-beach-winter.jpg

Looks proper that KOTS - hoping to find some similar places whilst down there

The American Werewolf stuff reminds me of a New Year in deepest,  darkest Norfolk.  About 20 of us had hired a massive old manor house for a few days and decided we'd spend NYE in the local boozer.  I'd done the decent thing earlier and visited said pub to ask if it was OK for a group of us to head down as we didn't want to spoil anything that might already have been arranged - all was good

I perhaps should have mentioned that the majority had decided to go in fancy dress.........cut to us walking into a pub packed full of locals dressed as Marilyn Monroe,  BA Baracus,  John Wayne,  William Wallace,  Wonder Woman etc etc

Place stopped dead.  Pins could be heard to drop.  My mate who was BA Baracus was of Barbadian decent,  big hulk of a bloke,  had shaved his head a la BA and had a tonne of chains and padlocks round his neck with feathers sticking out of his outfit (he'd done a good job!).  He slowly walked to the bar and said "Pint,  pint of milk sucker....."

If possible it got quieter.  The barman shat himself a new arsehole.  I could feel the tension grow.  Suddenly a little voice from behind the bar piped up "You come by plane BA?" and an old lass plonked a pint of milk on the bar.  It was the landlady I'd spoken to earlier and the atmosphere changed in an instant

Steve necked the milk and then spent the rest of the evening having his picture taken with everyone in the pub - the ladies especially later on in the evening.......  One of the best nights I've had on a NYE in the end and the landlady was equally pleased as we'd boosted her takings no end!

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The werewolf in London theme reminds me of a time four of us stayed in a log cabin in Millom in the lakes. The cabins were in the ground of a big gothic looking building that doubled up as a bar etc.

After a walk we went in a pub in Millom and the place went instantly quiet. No talking just looking at us. We got a drink and we're laughing and stuff but not a word from the locals for a good ten mins. One table full of fellas were playing doms.  They resumes playing without talking only shuffling and knocking.
On the wall behind the table was a painting of some fellas playing Domino's.  And Fuck me it was the Same gang in the seats wearing the same clothes. Very very weird.

Later on we went in the gothic house for a drink. There was a dj on and a few people in their scattered around who all looked slightly strange. After a couple of beers I tried making conversation with a woman at the bar.
I said jesus christ there's some weirdos in here isn't there, I feel like I'm on the set of one flew over the cuckoos nest!!
To which she slammed her drink down and told me it was an outing from a home for mental people. She started saying how disgusting I was etc while I was doing my best to apologise. The dj stopped the music and everyone heard what was going on...

For the next couple of days every time we opened the curtains in the log cabin the groundsman was stood there with an axe over his shoulder it seemed.. nearly every time we looked out there he was. He'd tip his hat and then walk off.

We decided then that the place was haunted and everyone was out to get us. The day after we got a taxi to a pub that did food but was shutting shortly according to the taxi driver. We pulled up in the car park and the other three went in the pub while I paid the taxi. He was driving out the car park as I was putting my money away when someone whacked me on the back of the head really hard. I thought my pal had sneaked up behind. I turned round quickly and there was no one there. Nothing on the floor behind me either. Then the other three came running out the pub to tell me they had stopped serving food. I was rubbing my head and accused my mate of throwing something at me. He hadn't done a thing. We rang the taxi and he turned straight back round. As we got in the car I was still saying that someone had slapped me round the head. So the taxi driver just laughed and said oh, that's the old woman ghost. She appears sometimes and people ask her for directions. If she doesn't like you she slaps you round the head.

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RHS, im sat on the khazi at work chortling away to that tale.

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I love Cornwall, spent 18 months at RAF St Mawgan, and had the wildest summer of my life, I did well to survive it really.

We stayed in Newquay when we were kids and spent hours at Mawgan Porth beach, which is a couple of miles round the coast from Newquay. The sea forms a little inlet offering a bit more safety from the open sea. We bought a rubber dinghy and just spent all the time the tide was in, playing in it.

When I was stationed down there, we used to go surfing at Watergate Bay, which is further round the coast than Mawgan Porth. Its a little trendier now, I think Jamie Oliver has a restaurant, but it was a great surfing Bay, with cracking clean waves. Never really liked Fistral Beach, all a bit too commercialised.

Other nice places to visit are Padstow, Boscastle, both picturesque little places. Tintangel is worth a visit to see where legend has it King Arthur used to hang out. Truro is the only city and nothing to write home about, but is the only place for proper shopping if your missus is in to that. I think the Eden Project is class although it divides opinion.

Have a good one!

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Good post s&v.

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Woke up this morning thinking about a story my Dad told me before he died.

My Dad did his national service starting early 1952 and originally did time in the RAF Regiment.  After training he ended up in their long range desert rescue squadron in Iraq.  Basically, when one of our planes went down they'd get given a rough location and they'd strike off into the desert and try and find the plane and crew.  The locals were hostile as fuck and would take pot shots at them and even attack when they were camped. 

After a while the British got helicopters and my Dad ended up at RAF St Mawgen training to crew the new rescue helicopters.   While training there the helicopter took part in a mock rescue off the beach of Newquay to demonstrate this new wonderful technology.  During the drill the pilot received orders for a real rescue over the radio and quite violently turned the helicopter round and flew off, pitching my Dad out of the side door and into the water 20 yards below.

He was in a dry suit and life jacket at the time but was so angry with his crew that he refused all rescue attempts by the local fishermen who insisted on trying to snag him with boat hooks, and was still floating in the sea swearing half an hour later when the helicopter came back looking for their lost crew man.  They'd seen him fall out but reckoned he'd be OK for a while and as they had a spare winchman aboard they'd gone to the rescue without him.


Anyways.... with this in mind, I came downstairs and booked flights to Newquay from Brum for a long weekend with the missus.  When my Dads memory gives me hints I tend to follow them.   

Cheers Dad.  See you on the other side Mate.

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Good stuff Space.

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