At 6.30 Sunday morning, Sally Sat Nav was telling us 296 miles, 5 hours travelling in front of us.
We set off early to miss the traffic and decided to take the M6 Toll. It would have cost us £9.60 but because we are members of the Caravan and Motorhome Club we had a reduction to £4.80. Well worth it. Result!!
Stopped of at Sedgemore services. A quick McDonalds breaky. Half way there only 161 miles to go. Xx
We reached outskirts of Hayle at about 12.45. Just 7 miles from camp site and we hit a little traffic but it was still flowing. We reached campsite at 1.15 and we were all set up by 2.15 and ready to hit the town.
Balnoon Camp Site was a very small old fashioned site. The toilet and shower block was outside and 20p for a shower but very clean. Judy, the owner was delightful. She welcomed us with such warmth. Made sure we had a good pitch with enough room. She even offered us a cup of coffee after a long journey… bless. Oh and there was no WiFi…… good or bad???
St Ives was as beautiful as I remember. Took us 1hour to get there, lovely walk but a little far for a quick pop into town. We did however get lost numerous times!!!!By the end of 4 days we had it down to 45mins.
Our first afternoon meandering around the town started with a drink on the terrace of The Loft. Got to be done!
We spent a wonderful day on the beach with Tom, Bec, Maisie, Evie and Archie.
Its amazing how a visit to a beach is so different with children. Our new beach tent came in very useful, even though, while getting changed in the tent, I had two pairs of inquisitive eyes asking me why I was naked on the beach!! Kids eh!!
Talking of kids, on Wed we spent a delightful afternoon mooching around St Ives and then went to see the Kidz R Us production of Mary Poppins. They are all volunteers that run a drama group and run a theatre. It is a very basic theatre but the tickets only cost £13. It has a wonderful stage, great props and stalls. We saw The Lion King 2 years ago and knew we had to go back. Mary Poppins did not disappoint. Absolutely wonderful. Well worth a visit if you are in St Ives.
Our afternoon around town before Mary Poppins started with yet another drink on the terrace of The Pedn Olva.
After meandering around the shops we decided to have lunch at The Ship on the harbour front and we managed to get a seat by the window.
We ordered a sea food platter which was gorgeous and watched the world go by.
Wanting a pudding and seeing the crepes down the road we decided to eat our banana and chocolate crepe up on the hillside over looking the sea.
After Mary Poppins we had our last walk around the town.
We were going to travel back to Mable by taxi,we knew from other campers it was £7.50 but he decided to over charge us and wanted 10!!! So we went by bus. The bus drivers were very helpful. One got off his bus to show us which bus we should catch and the other dropped us off at the junction by our camp site and told us to be careful along the dark road!! It only cost us £3. It was a beautiful evening.
Goodbye to St Ives ….. hello Bude via Boscastle. Xx🐧xx