CLOVELLY TO TINTAGEL
I spent the day wondering around Clovelly, a very pretty fishing village which was cut off from the rest of the country for many years.
From the harbour I spotted a fountain cascading onto the beach.
I walked across the beach towards the fountain and upon arrival found a couple bathing under it. They were as shocked as I was to see them, clearly we both thought we had the beach to ourselves. They dressed quickly and departed. It was far too cold for me to take a shower even though I probably needed one.
I returned to Ruby to find a Plucky Pheasant strutting around and shaking his tail feathers at her.
Next I headed for Heartland Quay and Wreckers Retreat a traditional Smugglers Inn with spectacular views of the cliffs and contorted rock layers.
As I drove to find a sleepy spot I stopped to take a picture of the glorious sunset.
I found a Wildcamping spot at Northcott Mouth Car Park (National Trust) and arriving under the cover of night made a quick meal and slept there.
Waking in the morning to the sound of rain on Ruby’s roof I was keen to try out my new waterproofs.
Another camper had pitched up in the field opposite and his dogs had taken a liking to Ruby and were stood outside guarding her.
I went for a walk across the way to see the rugged beach.
The dogs had decided to join me for my stroll and startled a flock of Starlings in the next field setting off a murmuration in creating an incredible aerial display which amazingly I also caught on video/ film.
Entering Cornwall, Ruby’s first stop was Crooklets Beach. I blew away the cobwebs and had a quick freshen up in the bathrooms there.
I walked along Summerleaze Beach to the Bude Tidal Swimming Pool.
Also found a T-Shirt with Ruby on it in the local surf store
Driving along the coast I stopped at The Bay View Inn for a quick photo opportunity with Ruby as she is a Vw T2 Bay.
An App suggested that you could wild camp at Davidstow Arerodrome, a disused RAF airfield, but upon arrival the MOD had erected signs saying no overnight camping so instead I went rainbow chasing as I got caught in the middle of a Thunder Storm.
As I was running out of daylight and unable to wild camp in the area I stopped at Trewethett Farm Caravan and Motorhome Cub Site, they were just closing but the kind assistant provided me with a pitch for the night…Phew!
TINTANGEL TO BEDRUTHAN
Waking up at Trewethett Farm Caravan site I realised why Ruby had been rocking around in the wind all night. We had pitched up right on the cliffs edge and with no walls or trees to act as windbreaks. At least the location was spectacular!
The Motorhome next door had two huge camping dogs along with them for the journey. They kept Ruby company while I went to investigate the campsite facilities.
After breakfast I set off for Tintagel Castle.
Unfortunately earlier in the trip I had lost my wallet with Ruby’s Club Cards in it – Caravan Club, English Heritage, National Trust.
However arriving at the entrance I was relieved when the English Heritage ticket officer believed my story and let me in for free.
Having walked around the ruins, a tour guide stopped and chatted to me and advised me to search around Merlins cave for a hidden stone sculpture of Merlin himself??
It took me a while but there it was tucked away around the side. I was very grateful for the tip off!
The first thing I saw when I arrived in Padstow was The Cool Flo VW Panel Van which I happened to follow on Instagram. Parking Ruby alongside I had to have a picture (or two) of them together.
Dave the Guardian of Cool Flo returned and he kindly gave me a lot of advice on places to visit along with Wild Camping spots to sleep at night while on my Devon and Cornwall trip.
Taking Dave’s advice I visited Carnewas at Bedruthan and Wild Camped in the National Trust carpark.
I awoke to a glorious sunrise.
First stop – Fistral Beach.
I had the beach pretty much to myself so poured some coffee and studied my map to see where I had been and where I should aim for next.
A chance photo at The Headland Hotel led to me discover that’s where my sister stays every year for her holidays.
Spotting an amazing graffitied van I stopped to chat but unfortunately no one was home
Down the hill I came across The Huer’s Hut. Now named Ruby’s Sandcastle.
The Island – Towan Beach
Walking around the high street I came across some great shops.
My favourite being Launderama – “Drop your Pants here…”
Tasty Fish Fingers Roll at Flounders
Cheeky coffee at Bakery
Departing in the evening I had to “fill her up”
Not knowing where I was going to sleep that night I came across an off road car park and bedded down there.
I woke to find I was not far from St Ives so had an All Day Breakfast then set off in that direction.