Last month Sam and I went on an adventure. As you may have read in my previous post, we decided to skip our “abroad” holiday this year. And venture out in one of our campervan’s instead. As “Campervans” is what we do for a living we usually have one of our rental vans sitting in the workshop just waiting to be taken on an adventure. Whenever we have time for a holiday, we’re so quick to jump on a plane abroad. We often forget about the beautiful country we have right at our feet. So that’s when we decided to go on the Ultimate Camping Trip Around Devon and Cornwall.

Ayr Holiday Park - The Ultimate Camping Trip Around Devon and Cornwall

The view of St. Ives from Ayr Holiday Park

Ayr Holiday Park - The Ultimate Camping Trip Around Devon and Cornwall

And we’re off

Teignmouth Seafront - Ayr Holiday Park - The Ultimate Camping Trip Around Devon and Cornwall

Teignmouth Seafront

I was determined this really was going to be the Ultimate Camping Trip. So I turned to the various Camping/Campervan Forums I’m on on Facebook for inspiration and suggestions. And my gosh you did not disappoint! We had over 200 different recommendations of places to see, stay and eat. I’ve listed every single recommendation at the bottom of this post for you in case you’d like to have a read through. As although we wanted to visit every single place, we would have needed at least a year. This was what I asked on Facebook.

“I need your recommendations! We’re travelling around Devon and Cornwall for a week at the end of the month. Starting in Exeter, travelling along the south coast then back up the north.

Could I have your recommendations of picturesque, beautiful places to stay/visit along the way and things to see/do whilst we’re there? It’ll be the two of us and our dog Milo so dog friendly is a must! We have 6 nights in total and will stay at a different campsite each night so please get recommending the best places you’ve ever stayed! We’re not overly bothered about the campsite amenities, just a warm shower, it’s more about seeing and appreciating the beautiful country we live in! Thank you!!!”

The recommendations flew in. And I got planning almost immediately. The six places we decided to stay were Dartmouth, Mevagissy, Penzance, St Ives, Bude and Lynmouth.

We started our journey bright and early on Monday 25th September. Leaving our house in Bristol at around 9am and heading straight to Teignmouth to visit a friend. Neither of us had ever been to Teignmouth before. It was absolutely beautiful, made 100% better by the weather. We had a stroll along the seafront and played some of the arcade games on the pier and then headed to Finn Mccools Fish and Chip Shop for lunch.  We walked along to the Teignmouth “Back Beach” to eat them, whilst taking in the views across the River Teign.

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Milo was fed an Ice Cream at the Bayside Beach Shop

Torquay Harbour - Ayr Holiday Park - The Ultimate Camping Trip Around Devon and Cornwall

Torquay Harbour

From Teignmouth we headed to Torquay. Only a 30 minute drive away. Over the whole 7 days I tried to keep the drives in between places no longer than 45 minutes. We didn’t spend long in Torquay but knew we wanted to stop. Again we strolled down the seafront towards the Bayside Beach Shop for an ice cream. But we weren’t the only ones that got an ice cream, the owner made Milo one (for free may I add) and fed it to him. How lovely of her?

Our first night was spent at Broadleigh Farm in Totnes (£13 per night). This was a basic but clean campsite. Plenty of pitches, nice walks around the area and really warm toilet/shower blocks. I made the most of this. There’s nothing worse than getting out of the shower and being freezing cold. We didn’t really stay at any of the campsites long – instead used them as somewhere to sleep and wash, ready to continue our journey the next day.

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The view from Burgh Island

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Burgh Island “Sea Tractor”

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Milo enjoying Burgh Island

We headed into Salcombe for Breakfast the following morning. I had a Spicy Vegetable Pasty and Sam went for a traditional Steak [and yes, we did live off of pasties and fish and chips for the entire week]. We stayed in Salcombe for quite a while before making our way to Burgh Island. Somewhere I would definitely suggest stopping at if you’re passing. It’s cut off from land at high tide and you have to take the “sea tractor” back to Bigbury. There’s a gorgeous beach that Milo enjoyed tearing around and some wonderful walks on Burgh Island itself. We then went into Plymouth to see Milo’s Mum [crazy dog Mum over here] as he hadn’t seen her since we got him over 3 years ago. I’m not sure whether they recognised each other but it was so lovely to see her. I can’t believe how big Milo is in comparison.

Mevagissy Fishing Village - Burgh Island Sea Tractor - The Ultimate Camping Trip Around Devon and Cornwall

Mevagissy Fishing Village

We spent our second night at Seaview International, St. Austel (£12 per night), stopping in the fishing town of Mevagissy on the way. We had dinner in the café on site and got an early night. I didn’t realise how much walking we’d be doing. We were walking around 20km a day and were absolutely knackered by the end of the week.

Lizard Point - The Ultimate Camping Trip Around Devon and Cornwall

Lizard Point

We planned to spend day 3 travelling around the Lizard Peninsula but were quite unfortunate with the weather on the Wednesday. It is England after all… Instead we headed straight to Lizard Point, had a little walk when the rain stopped and went into Falmouth instead. We weren’t planning on stopping in Falmouth but it’s somewhere we know well and there’s lots of shops to look in to avoid the rain. We spent the third night at Treverven Touring Park in Penzance (£13.50 per night). This was a very basic campsite but had everything you need for a one night stopover. I wouldn’t recommended any longer than a couple of nights here.

Minack Theatre - The Ultimate Camping Trip Around Devon and Cornwall

The Minack Theatre

Porthcurno Beach - The Ultimate Camping Trip Around Devon and Cornwall

Porthcurno Beach

I’m trying so hard to keep this short but I’m queen of rambling. We had lots to see on Day 4. First was the Minack Theatre. This was £5 to get in and as much as I begrudge paying entry fees to “landmarks” this really was worth it. The views were breathtaking as well as the history of the Minack Theatre. We also discovered Porthcurno Beach whilst at the Minack Theatre. This part of Cornwall definitely has the best beaches. From here is was on to Land’s End. Well, sort of. We parked a bit further on from Land’s End at Sennen Cove and walked the beautiful coastal path to Land’s End instead. It’s only £1 to park for an hour here, compared to the £6 Land’s End expect. I dislike Land’s End more and more each time though. They now charge £10 for a photo with the sign!

St Just and Bottalack Mines - The Ultimate Camping Trip Around Devon and Cornwall

St Just and Bottalack Mines

St Just and Bottalack Mines - The Ultimate Camping Trip Around Devon and Cornwall

St Just and Bottalack Mines

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The view of St. Ives from Ayr Holiday Park

From Land’s End we went to visit the Botallack/St Just Mines, which also happen to be a Poldark fliming location, and trekked miles around the coast. Gosh we really did do a lot this day. We stayed at the Ayr Holiday Park in St. Ives (£26 per night). Definitely the most expensive campsite we’ve stayed at but by far the most luxury. The facilities were second to none, with showers that actually stayed on for more than 30 seconds. You also have access to the Indoor Pool/Spa at the Hotel onsite and it’s only a 10 minute walk to the beautiful St. Ives itself.

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House on Towan Island, Newquay

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The home of Doc Martin – Port Isaac

Doc Martin's House, Port Isaac - The Ultimate Camping Trip Around Devon and Cornwall

“Doc’s House”

From St. Ives we headed into Newquay. Another place that we’d planned to skip this time around as we’ve visited so many times. But something drew us back in and we’re glad it did. We had a lovely morning running around the beaches and paddling in the sea with Milo. Then we travelled to one of my favourite stops from the trip – Port Isaac. It’s the village where Doc Martin is filmed which is something Mum and I loved watching. It was exciting to see the places in “real life”. Such a quaint little village with beautiful cobbled streets. We stopped at the bakery, grabbed a “make your own” cream tea then climbed up a hill to take in these gorgeous views.

We stayed at Wooda Farm, Bude (£14 per night) for the 5th night, which is another site I’d most definitely recommend. It was a 5* site with 5* facilities and a really affordable price. We didn’t do much in Bude itself, just more walking. The first place we went on Saturday morning was Westward Ho! – somewhere we always make a point of stopping. We spent a little bit of time here, had some fun in the arcades and took Milo for a walk along the seafront. We headed to Channel View, Lynmouth (£14 per night) for our final night. Stopping for a walk to Tintagel Castle on the way.

Lynton and Lynmouth - The Ultimate Camping Trip Around Devon and Cornwall

The river running through Lynton and Lynmouth

Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway - The Ultimate Camping Trip Around Devon and Cornwall

Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway

The last day of our trip was spent in Lynton and Lynmouth. The weather wasn’t great, but it did stop raining for a walk around the town and a trip on the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway. A must see if you’re in the area. It was one of our favourite places we visited during our trip and we’re definitely planning to go again when the weather is nicer and spend a little more time there. I fell in love with some of the little gift shops and Milo enjoyed paddling in the river. Then it was time for the 2 hour journey back into Bristol. Stopping to visit my Grandma on the way. The week really made me appreciate the beautiful country we live in.

And breathe. I really did try to make that as short as possible but we did so much, I didn’t want to miss things. I’ve left the list of other suggestions below. I’d love to hear if you’d visited any of the places.

What do you think of this Camping Trip Around Devon and Cornwall? Have you visited any of the places mentioned?

Until next time,

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Other suggestions of places to stay/visit:

Valley of the Rocks – Perrenporth – Tintagel Waterfalls – Little Meadow Campsite – Peppers Pantry (pub) – Lyme Regis – South Milton Sands – Hope Cove – Crantock Beach – Polperro/Looe – Boscastle – Padstow – Kynance Cove – Hunters Lodge (pub) – Wembury – Mowgan Porth – Harlyn Bay – Eden Project – Lusty Glaze – Fowey – Ilfracombe Bay – Hayle Towans – Church Cove – Clovelly – Mother Ivy Bay – Mullion – Fistral Beach – Saunton Beach – Gwithian – Hollywell Bay – Pollyjoke – Prussia Cove – Lydford Gorge  – St. Michael’s Mount – Woolacombe – Combe Martin – The Rame Peninsula – Cape Cornwall – Polzeth – Praa Sands – Bedruthan Steps – Appledore – Port William – Brixham – Paignton

Just writing that title is making me anxious. I’ve wanted to write this for a while but have kept putting it off. I know, or hope, I can help a lot of people by talking about my experiences. But at the same time they’re not experiences that many are aware of so putting it online for the world to see is a little [very] daunting to me.  A Binge Eating Disorder is something that has affected me for many many years. Yet I feel like it took hitting “rock bottom” only very recently for me to realise how much of a problem it had become. A point that I hope this article stops my readers getting to. And a point I hope never to return to.

My Binge Eating Disorder

My first memories of my Binge Eating Disorder was when I was around 13 or 14 and started earning my own money. As much as I wanted to [and did] spend this money on clothes, shoes, make-up, I also spent a fair bit on sweets, crisps etc. And I know you’re all thinking “that is what we all do when we start earning money” – thinking back, the extent of it really wasn’t normal. I’m not going to go into much detail about all those years ago as my memories are quite faded. Instead I want to talk about my recent experiences as I finally feel like I’m coming out of the other side of this. My mindset has changed so much. I am motivated and determined.

I’ve always been a slimmer person. My “average” weight is a little below 9 stone. So it was hard for people to understand how this disorder was affecting me, even to those closest to me. Even now, after speaking out about it I’ve genuinely had people say to me “you’re not fat so it’s obviously not much of a problem” and right now, I bet a lot of you are thinking this too.

So let me tell you about my eating habits – my unhealthy relationship with food. This year was going to be the year I got “the body of my dreams” and honestly? The harder I pushed, the more weight I put on. My body image, my self-worth, my confidence was awful. It went as far as cancelling my summer holiday abroad because I couldn’t think of anything worse than wearing a bikini, or even shorts. I wore jumpers and blazers throughout the entire summer because I hated my arms. I covered up every part of my body I could. My skin was spotty, my hair was dry, my nails were brittle. The more depressed I got about my body image, the more I binged. That’s probably hard to contemplate, but if you’re also struggling with this, you’ll know exactly what I was going through at that time.

This summer was when “rock bottom” happened. It went as far as eating 7 packets of crisps in a row. Or 6 chocolate bars. Sneaking downstairs for an ice cream at midnight. Eating an entire pack of muffins at my desk. Binging in my car so no one would know. And do you know how I’d counteract those binges? I’d end up starving myself to make up for “all those extra calories”. But there was only a certain amount of time this could work for. Over time, the binges got worse, and far more regular, and I couldn’t keep the weight off. However hard I tried. I’d put on over a stone. This is when “rock bottom” happened. And when I realised I needed help.

But that realisation triggered something in me. Asking for help made me realise my problem. How far it had got. How far it was going to go if I didn’t do something about it. In the end the only person that was going to help me was myself. It just took me a long time to realise that. These tweets were where it began.

 

 

To begin with, I struggled daily. Tweeting about my accomplishments, about going that “one more day” without a binge. Food was an addiction for me. A comfort. And it was so hard to give that up but I knew I had to. I spent some time researching Binge Eating Disorders and what it could do to my health in the long haul. Health problems can include obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure as well as mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. I knew I had to do something about it.

I made a point of having a big breakfast in the morning. At first I hated it. I couldn’t think of anything worse than eating first thing in the morning. But now I go to sleep dreaming of the breakfast I’m going to have when I wake up. Having a big breakfast meant that I’d stay full until lunchtime and not be tempted to snack. I was then eating hearty, carb filled lunches such as sweet potato soup which would release energy slowly throughout the day. It was always the afternoons I’d find the most difficult – which saw me diving into the “treats” box at work. Muffins, sweets, crisps, chocolate. I decided to make my own “treats” box. Yet fill it with fruit, nuts, lentil crisps, cereal bars, carrots, hummus, you name it. And this is what I started to dive into when I was hungry.

The binges stopped. I started to understand hunger. And differentiate it from boredom, or emotion. I suppose it all sounds so simple. Something just triggered inside of me that said “I can do this”. And I did. I focused on me. My life. I can’t believe how much things have changed in just over a month. And of course I know I’m not out of the woods yet. I’ve still got a long long way to go. But my entire mindset has changed, I’m a much better, happier person. The way I think about myself has changed massively. I still have those days where I hate every little thing about me but knowing I’m doing something to change that really really helps.

As hard as it has been for me to speak out [and please stop me from getting anxious and deleting this post] if it helps only one person I will feel like I’ve achieved something. Although Binge Eating Disorders are life-threatening, many still don’t consider them a “real eating disorder”. But in all honestly, they’re just as dangerous as Anorexia or Bulimia and we need to start taking it more seriously. I know there’s so much more I want and need to say here but I could go on forever. I want to use this to spread awareness but I will write an updated post in the near future.

I really hope speaking out about my Binge Eating Disorder will help others in the same position as me. My DMs are open on Twitter [as always] if you’d like to speak to me about anything.

Until next time,

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For reference – some common signs of a binge eating disorder as taken from the NHS choices site are;

  • Secret eating
  • eating when you’re not hungry
  • feelings of guilt after eating
  • eating until you’re uncomfortably full
  • eating much faster than normal

Factors that may increase your risk of a binge eating disorder are;

  • having low self-esteem and lack of confidence
  • depression or anxiety
  • feelings of stress, anger or loneliness
  • feeling under pressure to be thin

I’m sure it comes as no surprise when I say “I love to bake”. But I really really do. There’s just something so soothing and relaxing about it. It’s my “chill out time”. Last Sunday was no different, I was desperate to bake but also feeling pretty “yuck” from a takeaway the night before so wanted to make something a little healthier. I had the idea of making some Healthy Oat Bars, meaning I wouldn’t feel guilty for a Sunday morning snack. AND I could make enough for guilt free snacks for the rest of the week. These Healthy Oat Bars will keep for up to a week in the fridge; I find they keep better individually wrapped in cling film.

I chose to put Pistachios, Coconut and Goji Berries in mine but you can put any dried fruit of your choice. I’ve also made them with dried apricots but haven’t tried them with any other ingredients YET.

Healthy Oat Bars - Pistachio, Coconut and Goji Berry

Ingredients: 

Makes 8-10 bars

120g rolled oats

50g coconut oil

2 tbsp peanut butter

2 tbsp honey (or vegan alternative)

40g desiccated coconut

2tbsp goji berries

2 tbsp pistachios

Method: 

Preparation – 35 minutes | Cooling – 1-2 hours

1. Preheat the oven to 200°c (180°c fan) and line a baking tray with baking paper. Spread the rolled oats thinly over the tray and bake for 20-25 minutes until the oats are golden. This makes your bars a little more crispy.

2. Melt the butter and coconut oil in a saucepan then add the honey and peanut better and stir until combined. Then stir in the baked oats, pistachios, desiccated coconut and goji berries and stir until well coated.

3. Pour the mixture baking onto your baking sheet and press down firmly using the back of a wooden spoon. Place in the fridge to set for 1-2 hours then cut into bars.

Enjoy…

I’d love to hear what you think if you have a go at making these Healthy Oat Bars.

Until next time,

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Scones, scones, scones, I’ve been addicted recently. I used to only have them as a “holiday treat” when I was travelling around Devon and Cornwall. But then I realised they were sold in supermarkets, and the addiction began. Of course I knew that already, but I’d just never thought of having Cream Tea anywhere but the cute cafés along the coast. It was a Sunday morning and I told Sam I was going to get my weekly [daily] scone from the Lidl Bakery when he suggested making my own. Well I’d never thought of that either.

I had a scroll through my recipe books for a basic scone recipe and came across Mary Berry’s Devonshire Scones in her Simple Cakes recipe book. I love Mary Berry’s recipes as they’re always so simple, her Victoria Sponge recipe is one of my go-tos. As well as her Lemon Drizzle which is absolutely divine. I stuck with this recipe but added some Glacé Cherries as I had some left over from making my Muffins the other week. You can also add raisins, or other dried fruits.

Cherry Scones

Cherry Scones Ingredients:

Makes around 20

450g self-raising flour

2 tsp baking powder

75g butter

50g caster sugar

2 eggs

225ml milk

150g glacé cherries

Method:

1. Grease two baking trays and preheat oven to 220°c (200°c fan). Put the flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the butter and rub it in with your fingertips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.

2. Beat the eggs in a measuring jug then add the milk to make it up to 300ml. Put a little of this aside for glazing then gradually add the rest to the dry ingredients until you have a soft dough.

3. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out to a thickness of 1.5-2cm. Using a 5cm cutter, cut into around 20 circles.

4. Arrange the scones onto your prepared baking trays and brush the tops with the milk and egg mixture you put aside. Bake for 10-15 minutes until well risen and golden.

Enjoy…

Will you be having a go at making these simple Cherry Scones? What have you baked recently?

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Last week was the annual street BBQ on the communal green outside of our house. I was really looking forward to it as was a lovely chance to get to meet the neighbours, many of which we were yet to speak to. It’s such a nice idea to bring the community together. There was a bouncy castle, games such as football and rounders, even apple bobbing and an “eat a doughnut without licking your lips” challenge. This year was our first time attending as we’ve recently moved to the area so I wanted to make a good first impression and share my love of baking. I stuck with an easy muffin recipe then added mixture of fillings as I wasn’t sure what everyone would enjoy. The fillings I chose were blueberry, cherry, white chocolate and milk chocolate and hazelnut.

Easy Muffin Recipe - Blueberry, Cherry, White Chocoalte, Milk Chocolate and Hazelnut

Muffin Ingredients:

Makes 12

270g plain flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

80g caster sugar

2 eggs

100g butter (melted)

220ml milk

2.5ml vanilla extract

Your choice of filling (around 250g)

Method:

Preparation – 10 minutes | Baking – 25 minutes

1. Line a muffin tin with muffin cases and preheat oven to 200°c/180°c fan.

2. Mix the flour, sugar and baking powder together in a bowl.

3. In a separate bowl mix together the eggs, melted butter, vanilla extract and milk, then add to the dry ingredients and combine. Lightly stir in the filling of your choice.

4. Spoon into your prepared muffin cases, filling almost to the top. Bake for 25-30 minutes until risen, golden and firm to the touch.

Enjoy…

Will you be having a go at this easy muffin recipe? What is your favourite filling?

Until next time,

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