At the bottom of this post you can read all about how to win your own chance to have a Cornish adventure with Burts Chips, but first read on about our recent adventure at Penrose.
When you live in Cornwall, you don’t need to go far to have an adventure. Even after living in Cornwall all my life (so about 21 years… ish) I still find all sorts of fantastic places that I haven’t been to before.
I decided to take the boys to somewhere new to all of us, as I’d heard that The National Trust’s Penrose is a beautiful place for a walk. Dragging the boys away from their PS4s and into the fresh air, it took us just over an hour to get there from St Austell. We parked at the Penrose Hill car park, which isn’t far from Helston. The postcode for it is TR13 0RD in case you need it.
There are a few walks that you can do in the area and the distances and directions are clearly marked and sign posted for the main ones. We were just minutes from the car park when we saw lots of cows and the Penrose House in the distance. Thankfully the cows were on the opposite side of a fence from us. Ever since Si and I were chased by cows on my sponsored walks, I’ve had a slight fear of being too close to them!
We spied the house, which is privately owned looking beautiful tucked between the trees.
And the teenager on a bridge asking already just how far we’ll be walking and will there be food?
The answer about the food was soon answered, as The Stables cafe was less than a fifteen minute walk from where we parked. There is a small area to sit inside, but the majority of the seating is outside for the cafe.
I love that the extra touches that they’ve thought of for the cafe, like the decorative bunting outside, the cushions for comfort on the picnic benches and the fact that a lot of the drinks come in glass bottles rather than plastic.
The cafe is open from 10am until 4pm every day during school holidays usually, although I think out of season opening varies. You can buy sandwiches, Origin coffee, Burts Chips, homemade cakes & Roskilly’s ice cream there along with soft drinks and other snacks.
We chose to have brownies, drinks and Burts Chips. It felt so good to be sat watching the world (a few cyclists and walkers) go by whilst eating thick gooey brownies.
In case you wondered, the cafe and the whole of Penrose is dog friendly. One of them decided to come and investigate Harley’s chips.
What makes Penrose extra special, is that you can walk from there and go around the Loe Pool. The Loe Pool is the biggest natural lake in Cornwall. You can walk right round it to reach the Loe Bar and the sea, although you can’t swim in the sea there as it isn’t safe. It’s meant to be very scenic though and next time we go there we’ll be walking all the way there.
There’s lots of woodland to walk through there and I could happily spend hours strolling and sitting on the various benches dotted around taking in the views.
A lot of the main paths are paved/tarmacked which makes them perfect for pushchairs, cyclists and anyone who may struggle with uneven surfaces. You can find a map marked with all the bridleways for cycling and horseriding at Penrose on the National Trust website, a huge amount of the area and walks are cycle friendly and horse friendly and you can ride from Helston or Porthleven too.
There are actually over eight miles of bridleways! Whilst there we saw lots of cyclists, hikers and joggers, it’s the ideal place to be active as a family in the fresh air.
You can go off track in several places and go investigating to see what you can find hidden behind the trees. The boys loved finding new gaps in the trees to walk through or duck under.
That’s definitely worth doing for the views and treasures that you might find. If you have younger children, Penrose, the woods and the Loe Pool are the perfect spot for a scavenger hunt. Just write or draw your children a list beforehand of what you want them to find, give them a paper bag or a small bucket and let them loose racing around to find those natural treasures like sticks, stones, different coloured leaves and more.
From Penrose and the Loe Pool you can add to your adventure and walk to the Helston boating lake to hire a boat or play in the park or skatepark. You can also walk to Porthleven where you can hire a kayak or stand up paddle board!
I’m already looking online to research more places in the southwest that we haven’t been for more future family adventures.
If you fancy winning all sorts of goodies that can help you to have your own adventures outdoors, then you should really go and check out Burts Chips Bags of Adventure competition!
Some of the daily prizes that you can win include a Go Pro, a picnic hamper, a case of Burts Chips, a fire pit and lots more. There’s even a family break in Cornwall to win.
All you need to do to enter is pop to the Burts Chips‘ site – request a grid reference (which will give you an idea for a future adventure in the southwest), then enter your name and email address. You will instantly find out whether you’ve won the daily prize. Even if you haven’t, you’ll still be entered into the draw for the Cornwall break AND you can try again the next day, in fact every day until the giveaway ends on Sunday 09/09/2018 at 11.59pm.
Good luck and let me know if you win!