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The days were getting longer, the sun was shining and it was time to get on the road again. Our spring journey this year was not going to be taking us down to Spain and the French Riviera but closer to home in the UK and the West Country.  As it turned out the weather was simply amazing and it was as warm in UK as has been before in South of France in March.

Our first stop was a small CL site just outside the town of Beer, near Seaton in Devon. We stayed 2 nights so that we could explore the area.

So, on a sunny spring morning we set out on a beautiful cliff top walk into Beer and then over the hills to Branscombe. There we enjoyed an excellent fish and chip lunch at the Masons Arms before catching the bus back.

Our next stop was in Cornwall at Heligan Park. This is a lovely campsite which is right next door to The Lost Gardens of Heligan. You just have to walk through the gate to reach the Lost Gardens.  The campsite was virtually empty this early in the year but it had wonderful views across the hills to the sea.

Whilst we were here we visited the Lost Gardens and Eden Project. We visited Desnée’s cousin and family in Rock and our friends, Tony and Angela in Lostwithiel. George spent a day walking down into Mevagissey and then north along the coastal path to Black Head.

We were delighted to find an ASDA in St. Austell and picked up a few bargains on our shopping trip.

It was a most enjoyable week and the weather was kind to us. We certainly plan to visit Heligan Park again.

Teatime on a sunny day at Heligan Park

We were about 2 weeks too early for the main rhododendron display but some early varieties were in flower

Another Heligan Spring Chicken !

Spring Flowers everywhere

Masons Arms Branscombe

View above Beer on the cliff walk to Branscombe

Heligan—Walled garden and Glasshouses

A collection of unusual objects spotted around the Eden Project.


The driftwood horse is an amazing piece of work, as is the stable lad!


The robot stands about  20ft high and is constructed from every day household objects that we throw into our landfill sites.


Desnée’ fly swat did not have much effect on this little blighter!


The old harbour at Pentewan Sands

The Coast Path north of Mevagissey

Wood carvings on the Coast path near Black Head

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