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Cornwall's Best Surfing Beaches

Friday 24th March, 2017

Cornwall's Best Surfing Beaches

With so many glorious beaches it is not surprising that surfing is a hugely popular pastime for residents of Cornwall, it is also an activity that many on holiday want to sample and get to grips with. It’s a great sport that keeps you fit, gets you outside and in the ocean and lets you appreciate Mother Nature at her very best.

If you are planning on catching a few waves on holiday in Cornwall then the following beaches might be of interest to you. Most of them have resident surf schools who can teach you the ropes before hitting the water. Stay safe and only go in the water on lifeguarded beaches!

Godrevy & Gwithian

Just a few miles from our home in Portreath is St Ives Bay. There are miles of golden sand here offering great waves for surfers of all abilities and also being home to a number of great surf schools. Often you’ll spot seals and dolphins in the water here too!


Porthmeor

In the shadow of the Tate St Ives gallery is Porthmeor beach. It’s a beautiful little beach that has a resident surf school providing all the equipment and knowledge you need to be riding on the crest of a wave in no time at all. The waves here can pack a punch from time to time, so make sure you are safe and stick to areas marked by seasonal lifeguards.

Praa Sands

20-minutes away from us on the south coast are the golden sands of Praa. There is ample parking and facilities alongside surf and stand-up paddleboard schools meaning you can enjoy the gentle south coast waves under excellent tutelage.

Sennen & Gwenver

Two of the most picturesque beaches in the world. Sennen cove and Gwenver are well renowned for their great surfing waves. The waves here are suitable for beginners and experts alike. Out in the water there will often be dolphins and out of the water there are some great places to grab some refreshment after a surf.

Perranporth

Miles of golden sand stretching from Perranporth to Penhale that offer plenty of space and waves for surfers of all abilities. After catching a few waves you’ll find the UK’s only pub on a beach…..refresh those tired arms and legs with some local ale or cider whilst soaking up the beach atmosphere.

Fistral

Some would argue that this is the true home of British surfing. Pioneers of surfing in the UK based themselves in Newquay and generations have continued to enjoy the amazing waves that Fistral beach throws up.

The Cribbar

This isn’t a regular surf spot, but is definitely one of the best to watch others surf. Huge waves break off rocks in front of Towan Head creating some of the most spectacular surfing in Cornwall. This is a ‘big wave’ spot which is purely for experts of the highest order. It it’s stormy whilst you’re here then you might witness this spectacle.


If you are on holiday with us and fancy a go at surfing let us know and we’ll ensure you are booked in with a great local surf school. 

 

Keralan Curry at The Terrace Restaurant

Tuesday 21st March, 2017

Keralan Curry at The Terrace Restaurant

In The Terrace Restaurant you'll find an amazing, varied menu to cater for all tastes. Head chef Joe Lado-Devesa and his team craft delicious meals using incredible local producers and ingredients.

On our new menu you’ll find a new vegan addition, a Keralan Curry inspired by the beautiful coastal area of India. This dish is served with fragrant pilau rice and is proving a real favourite for evening meals here at Gwel an Mor.

Here is how the head chef prepares the dish…..

Ingredients:

  • 1kg of mixed vegetables (aubergines, carrots, okra, potato, squash) prepared and chopped
  • 2tsp turmeric
  • 5 green chillies (4 chopped one split length ways)
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • 1tsp ground coriander
  • 200g grated coconut
  • 1 small onion
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 150ml coconut milk yoghurt

The method:

  • Put all your vegetables into a pan and cover with water. Add a pinch or turmeric and salt whilst bringing to the boil then simmer for 20-25 minutes until tender
  • Blend your chopped chillies, cumin, coriander, half of your coconut and any other seasoning you like to add to your curry in a blender or processor
  • Once you have your tender vegetables and your paste made you can combine the two and also add the curry leaves and remaining chilli. Let the curry simmer for 5 minutes
  • Stir in the yoghurt and simmer gently for a further minute and finally scatter with remaining coconut before serving

Enjoy! 


 

Cornwall By Numbers

Friday 17th March, 2017

Cornwall By Numbers

Holidays in Cornwall mean beach days and exploration with family and loved ones. We love our beautiful home and all its amazing attractions, beaches and hidden gems. 

It's an ever popular destination for breaks of all types all year round, so here is a little breakdown of Cornwall in numbers......

8 – The number of times that our beautiful home has won number one travel destination in the UK travel awards

300 – Miles of exhilarating coast path to explore. It could take a life time to cover all those routes.


120,000,000 – Over 120 million Cornish pasties are produced in Cornwall each year. Yum!

14 – Lifeboat stations around the Cornish coastline that house 21 boats used to keep water users safe around the county.

54 – RNLI beaches patrolled by lifeguards. Always swim where these guys and girls are to stay safe in the water.

7 – stunning Blue Flag winning beaches and over 300 identified beaches in the county.

3 – Falmouth is the third largest natural deep-water harbour. It was the home of communication and the final stop for transatlantic voyages. Visit the National Maritime Museum on the harbour side to learn more about the towns proud nautical heritage.

30 – Largest waves in Cornwall ridden at The Cribbar in Newquay.

 

223 – The highest cliffs at ‘High Cliff’ near Boscastle stand 223m high. Giddy. 

7,000,000 - Average viewing figures for each episode of series one of Poldark


Why accessibility is one of the most rewarding aspects of our work

Monday 13th March, 2017

Why accessibility is one of the most rewarding aspects of our work

Since the very first day Gwel an Mor opened its doors, we have been on a mission to make our resort accessible for all our guests, including those who have restricted mobility. Our vision is not just to make resort destinations like ours accessible for these guests, but to do our best to ensure they have a truly amazing, exceptional holiday.

An important and growing need.

Research by Visit England shows that there are nearly three million UK holidaymakers who have issues relating to mobility, of which over half a million require the use of a wheelchair. This is a very big and important group, and it is vital that destinations take account of their needs and those of the families and friends that they travel with. But it goes further than this.

While the good news is that we are all living longer, this inevitably means that a greater proportion of us will be living with long term health conditions that will affect our mobility more and more as we age. In fact, the same Visit England research highlighted that a total of 4.6 million UK holidaymakers were travelling while also coping with some form of long term illness. So, the challenge to resorts like ours will continue to grow – and we must rise to it.

Designing solutions for accessible tourists

The progress that has been made over recent year in the design of accessible accommodation has been very impressive, and we have been able to incorporate the latest ideas into our amazing new Assisted Lodge at the Residence.

This demonstrates the most up to date and modern approach to accessible accommodation. This magnificent lodge offers not only the highest standard of facilities but also luxury and quality, to ensure an unforgettable holiday.

The lodge is very spacious and has wheelchair access throughout. The accessible bedroom features the very latest 'H' hoist system which makes it easy to move from the bedroom into the accessible wet room. The bedroom also features a fully adjustable electric bed. This M3 rated lodge has ample living space with all the access one might require, together with NAS rated kitchen fittings.

This has to be among the most stunning holiday accommodation of its kind that you could find anywhere in the country, with many other luxury features, including mood lighting, Bluetooth, a stylish log burner and a spacious private deck with its own built-in hot tub.

We are excited to find out what our guests think of this new addition to the resort!

A total holiday experience.

Our thinking and planning extends well beyond the accommodation itself. We have given careful consideration to accessibility requirements across the whole of the Gwel an Mor Resort and its facilities.

Our Clubhouse has been built with plenty of space in the changing rooms and our sparkling indoor pool features a hoist for use by our guests. As well as thinking carefully about providing level access to all the buildings around our site, guests with limited mobility can easily make use of our Terrace Restaurant, our Wellbeing Spa and our fantastic wildlife activities at Feadon Farm.

In this way, we are creating a truly inclusive experience for all the groups and families that visit our resort, while continuing to listen carefully to the feedback and comments of all our guests, to get inspiration about aspects we could improve further in the future, as technology improves.

A global trend

The United Nations carried out a special conference on this very topic four years ago, where they highlighted the fact that, worldwide, over one billion people are coping with some form of disability. The UN team stated that it was vital that each nation should address the accessibility rights of all travellers. Their report concluded:

“Accessibility is a central element of any responsible and sustainable tourism policy.  Above all, we must come to appreciate that accessible tourism does not only benefit persons with disabilities or special needs; it benefits us all.”

We couldn’t agree more.

 

Making the fantastic attractions of Cornwall accessible for everyone

Friday 10th March, 2017

Making the fantastic attractions of Cornwall accessible for everyone

At Gwel an Mor we are proud to offer top quality accessible lodges for people who are seeking disabled holiday accommodation in Cornwall. Our local area makes an amazing destination for anyone who is looking for exciting attractions that take account of the needs of those with limited mobility. Here are just some of the highlights:

Be amazed by The Eden Project

The world-famous Eden Project was named Best Tourist Attraction for Access and Inclusivity at the 2016 Cornwall Tourism Awards – and it is easy to see why. They have put exceptional thought and consideration into ensuring that all their guests have a great visit. Eden welcomes all types of mobility vehicle and they have 40 manual wheelchairs of their own which they can loan free of charge. In the winter months, they even allow manual wheelchairs on to their famous ice rink!

Hit those beaches.

Cornwall is renowned for its glorious, unspoilt beaches. Cornwall Council and DisAbility Cornwall have joined forces to provide Sand Chairs at some of Cornwall’s top beaches, including Fistral Beach, Polzeath, Porthminster and even the famous causeway at St Michael’s Mount. Sand Chairs are a special type of all-terrain wheelchair with large inflatable tyres which make them much easier to move about on the beach. You can find an up to date list of the beaches where these are available on the council’s website here.

Cycle the Camel Trail

The beautiful Camel Trail runs through glorious countryside between Wadebridge and Padstow. It follows the route of a former railway and therefore contains no steep gradients. It is a wonderful place to relax and get close to nature at any time of the year. You will find that there are friendly local companies such as Bike Smart in Wadebridge who can help with the hire of specially adapted cycles for those using the Camel Trail. These include wheelchair tandems, which enable those with limited mobility to experience the thrill of cycling this popular trail.

Explore the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth

This award-winning attraction is a modern purpose built museum which was planned with the needs of those with limited mobility in mind. It is fully accessible to wheelchair users, with lift and ramp access to all floors, including the fascinating Tidal Galleries and the Tower, with its spectacular view over Falmouth Harbour. The museum always has an imaginative range of exhibitions and special events on offer. A highlight for the coming year will be a special exhibition about Captain Bligh and the infamous Mutiny on the Bounty. Companions who are required to assist any disabled visitor will be admitted free of charge.

Meet the local wildlife!

Of course, we had to mention our very own Feadon Farm, situated right here at Gwel an Mor Resort. With easy access, this is the only wildlife centre of its kind in Europe. You can get up close and personal with our magical animals, under the expert guidance of our skilled rangers. The activities include hand feeding our rescue foxes, taking part in falconry, badger watching and meeting our friendly resident reindeer!

A wonderful, accessible destination

These is just a brief selection of the great attractions in Cornwall that work hard to ensure that visitors with accessibility needs are given a very warm welcome. Visit Cornwall have created a handy page of useful contacts for further information which you can find here.

 

Then you can start planning that dream trip to Cornwall! 

 

March in Cornwall

Monday 20th February, 2017

March in Cornwall

Here in Cornwall we always look forward to March. It signals the start of spring and is often the end of the coldest temperatures of the year and the start of evenings remaining lighter that little longer. If you are on holiday in Cornwall in March here are a few tips and things to do to make sure there is no opportunity missed!

World Pasty Championship

On 4th March 2017 you can head to the world famous Eden Project to take in the World Pasty Championships. Marvel at pastry perfection and sample some Cornish culinary delights whilst also taking in the tropical and Mediterranean biomes. Be sure to pay attention and next year you could be entering your own pasty….

St Piran’s Day

Here in Cornwall we celebrate St Piran’s day on 5th March each year. Celebrations will always last for most of the week with various places to enjoy the party atmosphere. Locally in Falmouth and Redruth there will be processions, stalls and more on the day itself, culminating in music and celebration.

Start of Spring

This means we are out of the dark, cold months.  One horticultural bonus is the arrival of certain flowers. Our favourites are certainly the Bluebells, with Tehidy Woods around the corner from us providing an excellent place to see them in bloom. You can also visit the National Trust at Godolphin to see them, as well as Enys Gardens in Falmouth and Golitha Falls in East Cornwall.

National Maritime Exhibition Launch

On March 17th the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth will launch a new exhibition that will run until January 2018. The exhibition will be based on the history of British tattoos and will showcase the work of the some of the top artists. It’s a hugely popular art form and it will be a great way to learn more about the history of this trend.

Mother’s Day

Sunday 26th March is Mother’s Day; make sure you get the gifts bought and a table booked to really treat those most important of family members. Here at Gwel an Mor we have The Terrace Restaurant where mum will receive a bunch of daffodils on the big day. The menu is perfect for a great day out too. 

 

Keep Fit in Cornwall

Friday 17th February, 2017

Keep Fit in Cornwall

Did you make a resolution to keep fit in 2017? Cornwall is a great location for fitness enthusiasts, with so many different options for keeping fit and active. If you want to keep your new year’s resolution whilst on holiday in Cornwall then read on and we’ll share some options for keeping active.

 

In the sea

As a county Cornwall is surrounded by water and revered for its award-winning blue flag beaches. The sea and beaches offer a veritable feast of activities for those hungry to work up a sweat. Try your hand at surfing and discover muscles you never knew you had, or stand-up paddle boarding is a great core workout, maybe swim in the sea or head out kayaking.

On your feet

With over 300 miles of Cornish coast path plus the many miles of heritage and wooded trails you are spoilt for choice if you want to head for a run. Throughout the year there are various races and challenges for those who want to really push themselves. You could do full and ultra-marathons around the beautiful coast path or more muddy endurance events. If running is a little too much then enjoy some walking instead, ensuring you can take in the incredible views that the coast has to offer.

Cycle

Whether you are road bike fan or prefer to get a muddy on some off-road trails then Cornwall has something to offer you. Head out on the road and enjoy the beautiful views and countryside, take on a few steep ascents and relax tired legs on fast descents. There are plenty of wooded areas and trails to explore. Down the road from our home is The Track, this awesome place offers BMX and trail jumps for the advanced riders.

Climb

Head to Base Camp and spend an hour climbing our Clip’n’Climb climbing walls. It’s a great workout for the whole family and is sure to get the heart going and give you a nice boost of adrenalin. With a variety of walls to try then you’ll be challenged in different ways and can also race friends on the timed dual walls or face to face transparent wall. Get your fitness to reach new heights in 2017!

Boot Camp

Here in Cornwall there are various companies that run boot camps at the beach. What setting could be better to keep your enthusiasm up? If you fancy trying some fitness at the beach whilst you’re here just let us know and we can point you in the right direction.

 

Cornwall's Best Secluded Coves

Wednesday 15th February, 2017

Cornwall's Best Secluded Coves

Our beautiful home is famed for its beaches and coastline, with hundreds of coves and stretches of sand to explore and enjoy. There are a large number of more well-known beaches such as Fistral, Sennen, Godrevy and Perranporth, as well as smaller fishing villages like Padstow, St Ives and Fowey. What we really like is getting well and truly off the beaten track and enjoying a secluded cove all to ourselves, accompanied by friends, family and a good old fashioned picnic. We like to swim in crystal clear water and sit in picturesque surroundings.

If this sounds like your idea of heaven too then read on….we are going to share a few choice secret gems with you….ssssshhhhhhhh!

Nanjizel

This beach is situated in the far West of Cornwall, and is always quiet due to its relatively tricky access. Mostly you’ll find those frequenting this breath-taking beach are walking the coast path rather than making a day of it. It’s a perfect spot for watching seals too.

 

Porth Joke

Just 5-miles from Newquay you’d be forgiven for overlooking the locally named ‘Polly Joke’. This sandy beach is quiet all year round, despite being a stone’s throw from Holywell Bay and Crantock. This lovely narrow stretch of sand is great for swimming and exploring rock pools and caves.

 

Lantic Bay

Although Lantic Bay is a bit of a trek from our home in Portreath we highly recommend it. The bay itself has multiple secluded coves that can be all yours for some leg-work. The most obvious is Lansallos, which is perfect little cove with crystal clear water, great for swimming and paddling.

 

Prussia Cove

A little cove (well actually a collection of little patches of sand and rock pools) not too far from us on the South coast of Cornwall. Near Praa sands you take a winding country road to the privately owned estate and house, there you’ll find a car park and a path down to this beautiful spot.

 

Bettsys Cove

Reached from the same starting point as Prussia Cove, but with a little detour around the coast path. This really is the one of those quintessential swimming and relaxing coves. Although there isn’t much sand you can make camp on the rocks and marvel at the beauty of this cove.

 

Porthgwarra

In the far West of Cornwall you’ll find Porthgwarra, owned and managed by St Aubyn Estates and made famous by Ross and Demelza. Despite its television fame it remains quiet as it is quite a place to get to. Once here you can enjoy a cream tea from the small, traditional café before exploring caves and spotting seals in the water of this ever calm cove.

Operation Hedgehog in Portreath

Thursday 9th February, 2017

The team at Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre are working with Portreath Council and Portreath School on a project that will make the town the first ‘hedgehog friendly’ village in Cornwall. It is part of a nationwide scheme to protect our prickly friends. The aim of the initiative is to use Portreath as an example to highlight the aims of a larger scheme called Operation Hedgehog across Cornwall.

Hedgehog numbers are rapidly declining. In 1950 there were 36 million Hedgehogs and there are less than a million today; and since 2000 hedgehog numbers have fallen by over 50% in rural areas across the UK. Hedgehogs live in gardens, woods and fields and their numbers have declined because of green spaces being tidied up, development, increased traffic, lack of insect food and nesting sites, and pesticides.

As part of the initiate to support Portreath go hedgehog friendly, an information leaflet explaining how people can help will be given to pupils at Portreath Community Primary School and delivered to all households in Portreath. Follow up talk for adults in Portreath about how they can help hedgehogs are also planned.

We are really proud to be involved with this project and will contribute where we can. Head Ranger Gary Zammit will be hosting a talk to Portreath School to introduce pupils to a hedgehog and talking them through how to make their gardens and outside spaces hedgehog friendly. This will include advice on keeping green and wild spaces for these shy animals.

For more information and details of how you can help, including how to get your village or town to get hedgehog friendly, please email operation.hedgehog@cornwall.gov.uk.

If you see a hedgehog during the day, or find one which is sick or injured, contact Prickles and Paws on 01637 831299.

 

A Perfect Valentine's Day in Cornwall

Thursday 2nd February, 2017

It’s a day for the lovers, when romance is in the air and couples head out to treat one another. Our luxury lodges make a great escape for a luxury, romantic break, or is you are in the area and are looking for a beautiful meal try The Terrace Restaurant for beautiful sharing dishes.

For now, read on for our idea of a perfect Valentine ’s Day (hint, hint!)

This is our ideal day (hint, hint!)

A breakfast of champions is required to start the day. Up to you here, although we are partial to breakfast in bed we can also be easily persuaded to venture out for a beautifully prepared breakfast in a nice café with views of the sea. We’ll usually opt for eggs benedict and a good strong flat white, but if the plans are to eat out for dinner then maybe we’ll go for a healthier option!

Stretch the legs. It’s essential that after a good breakfast that some calories are burnt. Personally a walk on the beach would be perfect, hand in hand with our loved one and the sea breeze in our hair. If you really want to take this a step further take us somewhere secluded and romantic and pop the question…not that we’re hinting (again!)

Did we mention that we love our food? If you’re planning a full day of treats then we are going to need a great picnic or a warming lunch after a morning walking the coast of Cornwall. Somewhere snug and cosy is our personal preference; a quaint countryside pub would be perfect for cuddling up and enjoying some seasonal soup. There are so many to choose from near our home in Portreath, so make sure you book a table.

We can’t eat all day, so you’re going to need a plan of action for the afternoon, something interesting or exciting to do. We are adventurous types, so we can be convinced by outdoor activities such as surfing and cycling, or maybe somewhere inside for something a little different like art or cookery classes (we said we liked food right?). Failing that, we’d be just as happy if the pace was a little more gentile. Head to a spa for a lovely relaxing treatment and just relax in each other’s company and conserve some energy for an evening out.

In the evening it’s imperative that we go out for dinner. We require fine food, fine wine and your company. It would be great if the venue is glamorous or cool or both and boasts sea views and and even better menu. Cornwall has a great reputation for fine food, so pick a restaurant with an amazing reputation and woo us.

Once the evening is over, we could definitely enjoy looking up at the starry night sky from our own hot tub. Or maybe curling up on the sofa in front of a roaring log burner to watch a film and polish off a bottle of wine.

If you need to book a table call us 01209 844 132, or if you want to book a lodge for a short break drop us a line on enquiries@gwelanmor.com for prices and details.

 

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