Silver Sands Holiday Park9.7
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If your heart is set on some lounging around the Lizard (the peninsula at Cornwall’s most southerly point), hightail it down to Silver Sands Holiday Park, where you can expect a warm-blooded welcome and natural attractions on an epic scale.
Whether you plan on simply basking in the sun, or scampering about and getting your claws into Cornwall, this site would make a great base.
It’s just a one-kilometre skip down a pretty wooded path through the Lizard Nature Reserve to glorious Kennack Sands, a wonderful family beach which allows dogs at its eastern end, and the surrounding the park is peppered with hidden smugglers’ coves, scenic coastal villages and glorious beaches.
Silver Sands Holiday Park is a small and peaceful site with a relaxed family feel; there are static caravans and lovely pitches for tourers, campervans and tents, set in well-established parkland with plenty of open space, some screened with hedging for extra privacy. Canine visitors are welcome, provided they are properly supervised.
Aside from the beach within walking distance at Kennack Sands, Silver Sands Holiday Park is also close to one of the most stunning beach locations in Cornwall: Kynance Cove, whose turquoise waters could have been lifted from a postcard from the Med.
Water babies can make the most of the milder sea temperatures (thanks to the Gulf Stream) and try diving, surfing or windsurfing at any one of the tuition centres along the local coast. Porthkerris Beach has a family-run dive centre that is particularly renowned for its shore dives, and boat dives to local wrecks or to swim with basking sharks; it also offers a comprehensive range of PADI scuba instruction.
Walking enthusiasts can fill their boots with rambles along the stunning coastline to the Lizard point and beyond, or head inland, where a favourite expedition is along the banks of the Helford river, followed by a short hop on the ferry to the eponymous Ferry Boat Inn, for some well-earned refreshment overlooking the water.
There’s all kind of fishy business nearby for those angling for a bit of action: freshwater fishing at Garras, beach fishing or sea-fishing trips from one of the local ports.
Check out the iconic St Michael’s Mount or one of the other National Trust properties in the vicinity; garden groupies are spoilt for choice too, with many glorious green spots in the area including Glendurgan, Trevarno and Trebah Gardens, particularly spectacular in the earlier part of the year, when wild bluebells and primroses spring into bloom and there are breathtaking displays of camellias and azaleas.
The area around Silver Sands Holiday Park is stuffed with fab family attractions for all ages too, from the doe-eyed beauties at the National Seal Sanctuary in Gweek to the swashbuckling fun of Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum, the Paradise Park Wildlife Sanctuary or the engineered thrills of the Flambards Experience theme park. Visitors can explore Cornwall’s mining heritage at the Poldark Mine as well as trying their hand at panning for gold or candle-making.
The bewitching fishing villages tucked along the local coastline - Mullion, Porthleven and Cadgwith - deliver both a visual and a gastronomic feast, with esteemed eateries serving up menus of many flavours, and the star turn being the local fresh fish and seafood. And don’t miss a trip to one of the local farms or garden centres for the kind of Cornish cream tea that fantasies are made of.
Finally, for a special evening, you could book in advance for a concert or play in the uniquely atmospheric setting of the clifftop Minack Theatre.
Water quality at nearby bathing waters
|Good if not cheap food from simple bar snacks to interesting main dishes inc local crab and fresh fish in unpretentious pub with big front terrace overlooking fish sheds and bay; roomy and clean, good local seascapes and nautical memorabilia, four or five well kept ales such as Marstons Pedigree, Sharps Own and Wadworths 6X, choice of wines by the glass, separate restaurant; may be 60s background music or karaoke - it is a proper local; dogs welcome, and children away from main bar, folk and jazz evenings, Christmas mummers; covered outside seating, on Coast Path and open all day at least in summer||Cadgwith Cove Inn
|Neat clean pub under newish ownership, good local food (some quite pricey) from sandwiches and snacks up including fresh fish, children's meals and cream teas, well kept ales such as St Austell Tribute and Skinners Betty Stogs, lots of good local sea pictures, fine shipwreck relics and serpentine craftwork (note the handpumps), good log fire, friendly staff; sheltered terrace, interesting nearby serpentine shop, eight bedrooms in adjoining building (three with sea views), open all day summer, all day weekends in winter||Top House
|Thatched and beamed pub with central servery doing generous good value food (all day July, Aug) from doorstep sandwiches to pies and evening steaks, well kept ales and decent wines (plenty by the glass), linked eating areas with lots of brasses, plates, clocks, nautical items and old wreck pictures, big inglenook fireplace; children welcome, picnic-sets on terrace and in garden, good bedrooms, open all day weekends and in Aug||Old Inn
|Imposing Victorian cliff-top hotel overlooking sea and harbour, friendly and hospitable, with good food in bistro bar, ales such as Sharps Doom Bar, more formal and expensive sea-view restaurant; children welcome, 30 bedrooms, useful coastal path stop||Mullion Cove Hotel
- National Seal Sanctuary (6.2 miles)
- Flambards (7.0 miles)
- Trebah Garden (7.1 miles)
- Glendurgan Garden (7.1 miles)
- Penrose Estate: Gunwalloe and Loe Pool (7.8 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Church Cove and Lizard Point
- Helford - St. Anthony-in-Meneage - Gillan Creek - Manaccan (6.0 miles)
- Rinsey Head - Trewavas Head - Rinsey Head (10.7 miles)
- Helford - St. Anthony-in-Meneage - Gillan Creek - Manaccan (6.0 miles)
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two night stay with our dog and children x2 23 Apr 2014
lee_w7 (Family with young children, 2 reviews) Confirmed
Would definitely recommend. Lovely landscaped park,. 16 Mar 2014
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Drainage hook-up points for tourers
Electrical hook-up points for tourers
Fully serviced pitches
Water hook-up points for tourers
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Surf school nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Large (51-200 pitches)
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- Coach stations
Helston: Coinagehall Street Coach Stop — 8.0mi
8.0mi Porthleven: The Square Coach Stop — 8.5mi
8.5mi Rame Cross (Cornwall): Coach Stop — 10.7mi
- Train stations
Penmere Rail Station — 10.5mi
10.5mi Falmouth Town Rail Station — 10.7mi
10.7mi Falmouth Docks Rail Station — 11.1mi
- Ferry ports
Helford Village Ferry Landing — 6.2mi
6.2mi Helford Passage Ferry Landing — 6.6mi
6.6mi Falmouth Ntl Maritime Museum Ferry Landing — 11.0mi
Penzance Airport — 17.7mi
17.7mi Land's End St Just Airport — 23.1mi
From Bristol take the M5 to Exeter (approximately 70 miles). At Junction 31 of the M5, turn off on to the A30 and follow it along the northern edge of Dartmoor and across Bodmin Moor. About 15 miles beyond Bodmin, take the A39 for 10 miles, following the signs to Truro. Continue on the A39 towards Falmouth and then take the A394 to Helston. From Helston, take the A3083 Lizard Road, past RNAS Culdrose and turn left onto the B3293, signposted St Keverne. Follow the road for 4 miles, passing Goonhilly Satellite Station. Turn right at the next crossroads, signed Kennack Sands. Continue for 1½ miles to the first turning on left, signed Gwendreath, Silver Sands is 1 mile down the lane.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||2 p.m. –||6 p.m.|
|Arrive:||3 p.m. –||6 p.m.|
No refunds within 6 weeks of arrival date.
All cancellations must be notified in writing by recorded delivery post, at least 6 weeks prior to your arrival.
If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
Payment of balance
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Silver Sands Holiday Park will debit the balance from your card 6 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 6 weeks before arrival then the balance will be taken immediately.
Payment methods accepted on the parkBank transfer
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Arrive:Mon 13 May 2013
Depart:Tue 14 May 2013
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