Devon and Cornwall trekking adventures

Mother Ivey’s Bay

Chris and I have recently returned from a brilliant 10 day trip to Devon and Cornwall which we did instead of our once-again-cancelled Italy trip…

Two months ago, when EasyJet changed our Rome flights for the umpteenth time we made the decision to postpone our Road to Rome trek and moved it to May 2022. However as the six of us (Chris, me, Russell, Roza, Flo and Mike) had all booked this time off work, we hastily did a quick Google search and found a holiday house near Launceston in the north of Cornwall.

Chris’s brother and sister-in-law (Andy and Teresa) live in Plymouth which is only an hour away from Launceston and they kindly let us stay with them for a couple of days before our week in Cornwall.

Our itinerary:

Lopwell Dam

For our first evening Andy and Teresa took us on a short walk which started at Lopwell Dam and continued along the path next to the River Tavy before we turned back. Armed with binoculars we saw several species of birds and thanks to Teresa we were lucky enough to spot a kingfisher. Lopwell Dam is tidal and at low tide you can walk across the path to the woodlands on the other side. However you need to be careful to get the timings right otherwise you will get stuck and have to wait for several hours before being able to cross back again!

River Tavy
River Tavy

From Lopwell Dam we drove to ‘The Who’d Have Thought It‘ pub where we enjoyed a delicious evening meal.

On day 2 we were given a guided tour of Plymouth by Teresa and on day 3 we drove from Plymouth to the holiday house…

Firepit in the gardens of the Waterloo Farm holiday barns

Sandmartins holiday house

We booked our week in the Sandmartins holiday house with Holidaycottages.com and with its 3 ensuite double bedrooms and extra bedroom and bathroom there was plenty of room for 3 couples.

Open plan kitchen diner

Sandmartins is a barn conversion located on Waterloo farm in a remote Cornish hamlet. The property shares a heated swimming pool and extensive gardens with 5 other properties and you can book times throughout the day to have the pool to yourself.

Our room
Sandmartins private walled courtyard

We were fortunate to have enjoyed a mini heatwave with the first 5 days being warm and sunny with temperatures of around 27 degrees. This enabled us to enjoy alfresco dining in the lovely walled courtyard of the holiday house.

The next few posts will cover details of our daily adventures…

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