As a school teacher and a business owner we worked through the COVID-19 lockdown without furlough or government grants. Our usual Easter school holiday trip was cancelled as we (mostly) worked from home in a desperate attempt to keep money coming in as clients cancelled their contracts and everyone tightened their belt. It was a very strange 3 months but it enabled us to reflect on the important things and set plans for the future.
As soon as the kids officially broke up we packed the campervan and headed to Cornwall. We’d already secured campsites through the Caravan and Motorhome Club’s flexible booking system and hit Godrevy Park Caravan Club Site on a sunny Sunday afternoon in July.
A slight change to our usual layout, we had two folding camp beds in a bedroom compartment inside the Lichfield California Drive-Away Air Awning which meant the campervan roof bed wasn’t needed. The kids are too old for the roof now and we had the luxury of shutting them outside while we had a nice insulated (sound and heat) campervan just to ourselves and Teddy.
Upton Towans Beach, Cornwall
We’ve stayed at Godrevy before and was impressed with the ability to walk to the beach called Upton Towans where the sand is light and the sea is crystal clear. As there is no vehicle access it’s uncrowded with only a few dog walkers on this dog friendly section.
There was a wristband system in place on the campsite which meant that only three people could use the facilities at one time with a couple of service toilets open 24/7. Although the site seemed full the system worked perfectly and only occasionally would there be a small socially distanced queue. As it’s a Caravan and Motorhome Club site everyone is encouraged to use their onboard facilities where possible and as there are no tents on the site this reduced the demand and we felt safe.
St Ives, Cornwall
We visited St Ives a couple of times and met a man with Seven wives! face covering while inside shops was just becoming mandatory and some shops experienced fairly large queues depending on the size of the shop. Certainly the narrow streets made socially distancing difficult but everyone was polite and just happy to be out.
Land’s End, Cornwall
A visit to Land’s End is mandatory and the views never disappoint. We even managed to get a table at the pub overlooking the sea.
The coastal road from Land’s End to St Ives is a joy to drive! with many stops along the way – a swim in Sennen Cove or Cape Cornwall, stop to watch the planes land and take a look at Carn Galver Mine.
If you’re travelling with a dog it’s worth noting that Gwithian beach has restrictions which are lifted after 6pm, so sunsets at Gwithian are a must (plus the car park was empty by then).
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