After few hours of driving, and a short stop in Torquay, we arrived at the Higher Pentreath Campsite. What made us chose this place was most definitely the location. It is overlooking the Praa Sands Beach which had two advantages. We would be waking up to a stunning view and we could simply walk to the beach every day.
Additionally, there was also a bar right next to the beach so that pretty much sealed the deal for me. It is also a great location for those of you who enjoy water sports, as we did notice quite a few people with their surfboards, paddle boards and kayaks.
Unfortunately, dogs are banned from the beach from 1st July till 31st August, between 10am-6pm. For those of you who prefer a good hike to a day at the beach, there are 4 easy, circular walks in the area you could try out.
The Kenneggy Walk is a 4,5 miles long walk around the headland of Hoe Point, past the sandy beach at Kenneggy Sands. Where you can spot buzzards and kestrels flying over your heads.
The other 3 walks are all 3.5 miles long. The Pengersick Walk is definitely something for the history fans as it takes you to the 12th century St Germoe's Church and then to the haunted Pengersick Castle.
The Rinsey Walk is famous for a wide range of butterfly species and the ruined mine buildings scattered on the cliffs. The locations in this area were used in the filming of the sequel of Poldark and during the summer you can spot here seals, dolphins and basking sharks.
The last walk is the Hendra Walk. This is a walk for all the fans of a good pirate story as it has a rich history of smugglers tales and wreckers.
Let us go back to the campsite, the stunning view and my total lack of experience when it comes to camping. Obviously, when putting up our tent, I wanted to have the entrance pointing towards the direction of the sea. What I didn't take into consideration was the slope our pitch was on. During the first night we struggled to get any sleep but we couldn't figure out why. Only the next day we realised what was going on but instead of moving the whole tent, being lazy as we are, we just turned around the sleeping bags so that we wouldn't be sleeping upside down any more. This obviously created a low head space problem which made me feel slightly claustrophobic but that's another story.