The Pasty Blat 2009
Pasty Blat 2009
We had a bright and early start for our journey to Cornwall – 7.30 a.m. from Bicester service station. We mainly made it on time!
The plan was to travel to Cornwall on Thursday and travel back the following Monday. The group departing from Bicester were: Andrew and Karen Moyle (organisers of the holiday), Peter and Wendy Gay, Stuart and Pam Golding, Mike & Valerie Hoile, Colin & Kathy Swinson, Don & Lorna Cheshire.
Despite dire weather forecasts we had a good journey down, with mainly dry weather. A lunch halt was taken at The Ruggleston Inn, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, where we sat outside in a large covered area and were joined by a few chickens! A lovely spot (and they have a holiday let house if you’re interested in getting away from it all and doing a spot of walking).
Our hotel in Cornwall was the Trengilly Wartha Inn, near Constantine – but it was in the middle of a maze of small lanes and felt a million miles from anywhere. It had a surprising number of local customers considering its location and was a good place to stay.
Friday dawned exceedingly wet. So wet that we decide to hire a minibus and visit St Ives since getting into the 7’s seemed to be a foolish decision! The minibus arrived at 11.00 and took us to St Ives – where it was windy but dry. We stopped for a pasty and a drink on the harbour front and then went our separate ways. The Tate was unfortunately closed for picture re-hanging but the shops were open and the beaches were gorgeous. Some undertook a spot of retail therapy and others enjoyed the sun and sand. We head back to the hotel at the end of the afternoon feeling relaxed and happy with our day and then sat down to another enjoyable meal with good food and conversation.
We were joined at breakfast on Saturday by Steve & Patti Savage, 7 owning friends who live in Cornwall and were joining us for two days. Andrew had put together a drive around some beautiful places on Saturday – we went to Portreath – a pretty beach with very dramatic waves and a lovely walk. Here we met up with more 7 owning friends Alan and Wendy Carswell, who joined us for the remainder of the holiday. Gunwalloe Church Cove – another attractive beach with a church on a headland right next to the beach; From there a quick drive to Godrevy – again a stunning beach and a short walk to the top of the cliffs and you overlook a bay which is often well populated by seals. Afraid we only saw one seal – you can’t win them all and we were treated to lashings of rain at the same time. Then on to Hell’s Mouth – where the view from the cliffs is stunning (but apparently it’s also a well known “leap” for local suicides). The small roadside café at Hell’s Mouth gave a welcome respite and good food.
The highlight of the day was a photo shoot at Goonhilly, the old BT Earth Station. Andrew had started his working life here and still has contacts there so was able to arrange for us to drive the cars in and park under “Arthur” , the biggest and oldest satellite dish which now has listed status. The only downside was that as we arrived a very heavy squall of rain descended along with strong winds but, as you can see, a photo was achieved. Afterwards we took the tour around the Earth Station which was really interesting.
By Sunday morning we had become accustomed to heavy overnight rain which would eventually peter out around 10.30-ish, so we always had time for a great breakfast before departing for the day’s drive. Initially we headed down to The Lizard, the most southerly part of the UK, and managed to drive the cars down to the furthest car park close to the old 1912 Lifeboat Station, which is now being restored. We stopped for a short break there and then we had a very “interesting” drive around some Cornish lanes – courtesy of sat nav which didn’t realise that 3 ply tracks are not best for 7’s, especially when they end in an extremely tight hairpin which took some shunting to get around and a very narrow descent into Helford River. Even Andrew said he had never entered Helford on that route before!
We had planned to lunch at the pub in Helford but by the time we arrived it was closed but we did find a lovely tearoom by the car park at the top of the village. We ordered pasties (which they cooked to order) and some cream teas, took a gentle walk to take in the beautiful scenery and then headed back for food – eaten sitting outside in the garden with the river in the background. Unfortunately , Steve and Patti had to leave us at this point to return home.
Monday had arrived all too soon and we were all to go our separate ways. Mike & Valerie were staying in Cornwall a little longer, Peter & Wendy and Don & Lorna were making family visits on the way back, Andrew & Karen were heading straight home and Stuart & Pam/Colin & Kathy decided to visit the Eden Project on the way back. A great place for a day out but still a long way from home!
Andrew and Karen arranged a fantastic trip for us, which provided plenty of laughs and fun. Our sincere thanks to them for all the hard work they put in to give us all such an enjoyable holiday.
(For the Trengilly Wartha Country Inn and Restaurant, Nancenoy, Constantine Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 5PR. Tel: 01326 340332 - Web: www.trengilly.co.uk)
Pictures By Colin Swinson, Stuart and Pam Golding
Story Pam and Stuart Golding
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