Your next caravan or camping adventure can satisfy your mind, body and soul equally with an extended visit to the South West Cornwall region. The area is full of historically significant attractions, stunning natural beauty and numerous opportunities for recreation and relaxation. Visiting the region is like escaping to a completely different time and place while remaining in the UK. There is much to see and do while in South West Cornwall, and it is an ideal destination to satisfy the entire family.
The town of Falmouth is rich in history, plus it acts as a convenient hub for the rest of the region. The town is home to one of the deepest harbours in the world, and the town's maritime history makes it the perfect home for the National Maritime Museum. The museum celebrates the unique history of the area and the country as a whole through unique exhibits and displays highlighting maritime heritage. There is much to see and experience at the museum, which is open every day from 10am to 5pm.
The entire town of Falmouth is of particular interest to history buffs. Thanks to its strategic location and valuable harbour, it has been at the centre of a number of important events. None other than King Henry VIII built a castle in the area to help defend the region. In 1661, the town received a charter from King Charles II. A few years later, a church was built and the town began to spring up around it. Throughout history, Falmouth has been the landing place for those carrying news from around the world, and it has always been a strategic stronghold for the UK. True to its maritime history, there have been two notable solo sailing trips around the world that were launched from Falmouth.
Though the town is known for its historical significance, there are plenty of opportunities for leisure, as well. If you visit the town between the 13th and 18th of May, 2012, you can witness the Falmouth Finn Festival, which features a series of exciting sailing races. The town bristles with activity around this time, which also sees the hospitality industry kick into high gear to serve its guests.
Venturing farther south and west from Falmouth will lead you to the Lizard Peninsula. The Lizard region is one of the most unique in the UK, and it has inspired numerous artists and writers over the years. Its climate, geology and flora will make you feel like you have travelled halfway around the world. For a real treat head to the eastern end of the peninsula to visit the quaint fishing village of Cadgwith. Here, you will not only feel like you are thousands of miles away from home, but you will also feel as though you have stepped back in time several years.
There are many other amazing attractions located in South West Cornwall. Visiting the mysterious Lost Gardens of Heligan is highly recommended. If you need a dose of urban energy on your visit, you might want to spend a day or two in the city of Truro, which features a famous cathedral and is the largest city in all of Cornwall. If you visit Truro, make sure to bring your bicycle as the city offers miles of cycling paths and a number of rides ranging from the leisurely to the exhausting.
To accommodate you, your family and your caravan, Carnon Downs Caravan and Camping Park is recommended highly. It is open all year, plus it is only 3 miles away from the famous Cathedral city of Truro. A modest sized site, this Park is set next to acres of woodland that are perfect for dog walks, with paths already trodden for you. There is a selection of grass and hardstanding pitches, with 12 new showers in the toilet block, as well as a disabled bathroom and a 2 bedroom wooden lodge that can be hired. For children, there is a large playground – with sand floor for soft landings and castle building.
Globe Vale Holiday Park is another fantastic park to stay in if you are looking for accommodation on the West coast of Cornwall. With levelled hardstanding and grass pitches available, with fully serviced 16 amp electric hook-ups and modern facilities. A family run site with statics to let, and a lounge bar with an outdoor terrace that overlooks the children’s play park – so that you need not divide your time between watching them and relaxing. The park has everything a child could need, including a slide, seesaw, sandpit, swings and climbing frames. The site is close to the beach and is directly opposite a golf club, so daily memberships can be purchased.
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