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With my six year old daughter’s help, I wanted to list here some places that are great to visit if you don’t want to spend a fortune and still entertain the children! So what I thought I ‘d do is ask for her to help out a bit and tell everyone about her favourite places to go and things she likes to do on her school holidays or weekends.
Helston Coronation Park and Boating Lake (TR13 0SF) to feed the ducks and swans! (and seagulls!!) She loves this and there is also a great play and skate park there too. Also there is the lovely Lakeside cafe that serves food – great for the grown ups to have a cuppa and a cake. TIP: Don’t use the first Pay and Display car park you come to. Just past Flora Motors – car dealers there is a huge Free Car Park!!
If you enjoy cycling this is also a great place to start an off road bike ride to Loe Bar! Just aim towards the back of this car park and follow the path. It is a lovely trail and about half way you can stop off for refreshments at National Trust property of Penrose.
Loe Bar beach is a shingle bank which separates the Loe, the largest natural fresh water lake in Cornwall, from the sea. Loe Bar was originally the mouth of the River Cober which led to a harbour in Helston. However, by the 13th century the bar had cut Helston off from the sea and formed the pool. If you wish you can carry along this coastal path and this will take you into the lovely Porthleven with it’s traditional Cornish harbour.
Perranuthnoe beach. There is a great costal path along here but also the beach is lovely. Again they have a lovely little cafe ‘The Cabin Beach Cafe’ (TR20 9NE ) http://www.thecabinbeachcafe.co.uk with indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the beach. It’s a great spot.
Ashleigh in the sea on Perranuthnoe beach !!!!!! Not really dressed for the part but she was desperate to get in……way too cold for me !!! Below – photo’s of Ashleigh and the surfers…..
If you take the coastal path just before The Cabin (Westerly direction!) you will come to this lovely view of The Mount from a different angle!
Hayle – George V Memorial Walk. Nearby to Hayle Outdoor Pool. Again this is a lovely walk along the Estuary and is great for children to ride their bikes or scooters. On a Sunday it is pedestrians only but to be fair you only get the odd car and it has been sectioned off so you can safely walk/scooter along side the ‘access road’.
Link for information on the Pool and directions http://hayleswimmingpoolfriends.org.uk
This is very near to Philps pasty shop so its a great idea to grab yourselves some pasties – have a lovely stroll and let the children scoot/bike along! It’s approximately 3/4 mile long. There is also a little cafe here too serving snacks and ice cream. Always a favourite with Ashleigh !!
Along from this road towards the sea is a little car park where you can park from as little as 50p (half hour- at the mo) and you can easily get down onto the very sandy beach in the above photo which is the westerly end of Gwithian beach. Great spot to enjoy your Philps pasties !! From there you get a great view of the St Ives train to-ing and fro-ing past the Golf Course in Lelant.
It is a lovely little train ride from St Erth to St Ives – so picturesque and it saves all the parking worries when you get into St Ives – especially in the summer months! Ashleigh did this on a school trip and she absolutely loved it. The train stops right by Porthminster Beach in St Ives. Perfect spot.
Porthminster beach is one of the many lovely beaches in St Ives. It has almost half a mile of golden sands with calm seas ideal for families with children. Porthminster has restaurant and café facilities, a scenic cliff walk to Carbis Bay on the South West Coast Path, a putting green, beach huts for hire, toilets and easy access to the town centre. The St Ives branch line trains pulls up at the top of the steps just above the middle of the beach!
Penzance Promenade is also a favourite of Ashleigh’s. With the promise of an ice cream and a quick trip to the Arcade! It is a lovely walk along the Penzance front. Also there is the Jubilee Pool (Unfortunately Jubilee Pool will not open for the 2015 season as it is undergoing major refurbishment following the terrible storms last year) Just behind the pool is Battery Rocks. Great spot to take the fishing nets and see what can be found in the rock pools! You can buy children’s fishing nets and buckets in the Buccaneer shop near by the harbour. (Some of our fellow locals swim everyday of the year off the end of Battery Rocks!!) I am not one of them!!!! Brrrrr
Another play park that Ashleigh enjoys is at Wherrytown. This is the westerly end of the Promanade towards Newlyn. You can also stroll over to Newlyn, walking along the front and enjoying the scenery. A must stop is Jelberts for their famous ice creams!!! (On the main road into Newlyn). Only one flavour, vanilla is available and it is delicious. You can have it in a tub or on a cone, and of course with Cornish Cream and a choc flake if you choose. The recipie is a closely guarded secret!
Ashleigh also loves to visit Lands End !! Need I say more! She mainly enjoys it as they do Slush Puppies and Bubble Gum ice cream and they have a play park of course! There is a cost for the car park (£5 at the moment) and if you choose to go into any of the Attractions there are the individual entrance fees. Other than that you are free to wonder around enjoying the wonderful views. There is a restaurant in the Lands End Hotel and other places to buy food ie pasties and hot dogs. What is nice to do though is take a picnic and find a nice spot to chill out. If you have time – take a stroll along the cliffs to Sennen and take in the scenery and Cornish air. Magical.
More to follow – I think we are going to have fun in the Summer Holidays….Please comment if you have enjoyed hearing about Ashleigh’s fun places.