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Cycling in Cornwall

Tuesday 18th April, 2017

Cycling in Cornwall

Mineral Tramways

From our home in Portreath you can head straight onto the Mineral Tramway route. This mining heritage route is accessible for the whole family and you can go as far as you like. The main route from here is the Coast to Coast, 11 miles from Portreath on the north coast to Devoran on the South coast. It’s a full day out which will need some stamina and a picnic!

Camel Trail

In North Cornwall you’ll find the well-known Camel Trail. This route runs stretches from near Bodmin via Wadebridge to the fishing town of Padstow. The route is pretty flat and offers plenty of opportunity to take in great views of the estuary and stop somewhere for food and re-fuelling. It is a total of 18 miles, so this is a serious day out. You can always elect to start at different points of the trail. Wadebridge to Padstow is just 5.5 miles and should be fun for the whole family.

The Track at Portreath

Just down the road from Gwel an Mor you’ll find The Track. This is a spot for cyclists who need a little bit more of a thrill. The site offers BMX and trials jumps for those not faint of heart. There is also jumps and a half pipe as well as a mini ‘pump track’ for little ones and those on balance bikes to enjoy.

National Trust Lanhydrock

Here you’ll find 6 differently graded routes, from beginner/family friendly all the way up to highly technical routes. It’s a beautiful place to enjoy a little off road cycling in the woods around the National Trust property. With a great café onsite you’ll be able to refuel after some serious two wheeled adventure.

Eden Project Class Sportive (7th May 2017)

For those a little more competitive and with a passion for road bikes and racing then perhaps the Eden Project Cycle Sportive is the event for you. Three different lengths of race around the Eden Project and surrounding area provide a challenge for every level. Routes are 35, 62 and 100 miles in length and all take in the biomes. Entry costs are £24, £28 and £32 for the different distances and all include free entry to the world famous attraction for your family.

Down to the woods

There are plenty of options for cycling in pretty woods on quaint trails. Down the road from us is Tehidy woods that offers plenty of routes to explore, all pretty short and in idyllic surroundings. If you fancy going a little further afield then try Cardinham Woods near Bodmin, with plenty of routes for those who like a little relaxing ride to those who want some adrenalin fuelled fun. There is an excellent café there too.

Tour De Cornwall (for Cornwall Air Ambulance)

Our 2017 chosen charity is Cornwall Air Ambulance; they run a great event for lovers of two-wheeled adventure. The Tour de Cornwall is a three day event covering 200-miles and taking in the whole of Cornwall with a focus on raising money for this fabulous charity. The event is from 15th – 17th September 2017 with limited entries available – so check it out sooner rather than later if you want to participate.

Since the success of Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and the Team GB cycling squad cycling has become a hugely popular pastime here in the UK. Both young and old(ish) alike are getting on two-wheels and enjoying the countryside whilst getting a little workout too. Here in Cornwall there are lots of options for places to ride your bicycle, so if you don’t have bikes with you hire some from us and head out on the trails. Below you’ll find some different options for cyclists of all ages and abilities…..

Perfect Bank Holidays in Cornwall

Saturday 15th April, 2017

Perfect Bank Holidays in Cornwall

There are various well known events and traditional days to be enjoyed throughout the county as well as newer options that include music and food festivals.

You need to be efficient with your time on a bank holiday and we always advised taking the Friday off work to make sure you get the most out of the weekend. Checking in on Friday means that you have an extra day exploring the coast with loved ones.  

Here are a few things to enjoy over the May bank holidays (maybe just stay for half term too???)

St Ives May Day

Celebrating the start of spring in St Ives makes a fantastic day out. The tradition stretches back hundreds of year’s starts by crowning a king and queen, followed by a procession and Maypole dancing. Enjoy the atmosphere on the busy streets of this picture perfect coastal village and take in everything else the town has to offer, including art galleries, independent retailers and some of the best restaurants in Cornwall.

Padstow May Day ‘Obby Oss’

The biggest day of the year in Padstow is May day, otherwise known as the ‘Obby Oss’. A tradition that has been passed through generations is now a hugely popular event for tourists and residents alike.  The two Osses from opposing stables are led by procession through the town, with singing and dancing before meeting each other late in the evening. They then return to their respective stables and the night continues with much merriment!

May Half Term

There is always plenty to do in Cornwall during the spring half term. This year half term falls during the late bank holiday, running into the first week of June. With the potential for warm weather and beach days make sure you pick a few favourite things to do. Visit the Eden Project or National Trust property, take in the coast path or simply spend the day at the beach.

Fal River Festival

Community festival with many events happening along the banks of the river Fal and the town of Falmouth itself. Well worth checking out if you are on holiday in Cornwall. 

Bank holidays provide the perfect opportunity for a short break in Cornwall. Take advantage of the extra day off to travel to the seaside and head home on Monday after a long weekend away. Cornwall is always busy over the bank holidays and this is especially so during the bank holidays at the start and end of May.

The magic of family time together

Sunday 2nd April, 2017

The magic of family time together

One of the great benefits of a lodge holiday in Cornwall is that it is such a great way of getting the whole family together. In today’s society, families are often fragmented, living many miles apart, and holidays are a wonderful opportunity for the wider family to re-connect.

It can be hard to find holiday accommodation that is suitable for young and old. An additional complexity is that Increasingly, as people are living longer, more and more people are living with long term health conditions and gran and grandad may have limited mobility.

At Gwel an Mor, we have worked hard to make our resort accessible for all our guests, including those who have restricted mobility so everyone can enjoy family time together in a fabulous environment.

Visit England research reveals 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.

That’s why we have designed our resort with the needs of everyone in mind. Our sensational new Residence Assisted Lodge demonstrates an innovative approach to accessible accommodation and provides a great venue to get the whole family together,

The lodge is  light and airy 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.

And everyone in the family will be blown away by the Wow Factor!

The lodge has fantastic contemporary styling, mood lighting, Bluetooth sound system, a log burner and a spacious private deck with its own built-in hot tub.

If gran or grandad have limited mobility, they may appreciate the hoist in the swimming pool for use by our guests. And everyone can have fun together at the Terrace Restaurant and our fantastic wildlife centre,Feadon Farm, where young and old can hand-feed foxes, try falconry and see all kinds of wild animals.

The resort has been designed so that everyone can enjoy the magic.

From great grandparents to babies and toddlers, Gwel an Mor Resort has taken everyone’s needs into account – so all our guests have to do is relax and enjoy.

Easter in Cornwall

Wednesday 29th March, 2017

Easter in Cornwall

If you are on a family holiday in Cornwall for Easter 2017 then make sure you make the most of your time. Easter in Cornwall means egg hunts, beaches, coast paths and days out at great attractions. To be sure you don’t miss out here are some of our recommendations for the Easter holiday.

Here at Gwel an Mor, if you are staying with us we will ensure there is a fun family egg trail with prizes for all those taking part, as well as kids parties in our events barns with children’s entertainer. Entertain the kids with Clip'n'Climb climbing at Base Camp, or book onto a wildlife experience at Feadon Farm.

Here are some ideas elsewhere in Cornwall…

Eden Project

The world famous biomes always put on a great schedule of activities during school holidays. During the Easter break you’ll be able to take part in quizzes and trails for Easter eggs alongside other fun such as an inflatable assault course.

Flambards

The theme park at Helston will re-open for 2017 in time for the Easter break. There will be plenty for kids of all ages, including the new ‘Sky Swinger’ that seats up to 48 people and travels at up to 70kph!

Paradise Park

Down the road from us in Hayle is Paradise Park. The bird sanctuary will have egg trails and quizzes. The break also means that bird shows/flying will begin again for the season which is always worth watching. If you are with us, you could book onto a falconry experience at Feadon Farm too.

National Trust Gardens and Properties

There will be activities during the Easter break at most National Trust properties and gardens. Try an easter egg trail at Trerice, Lanhydrock, Godolphin, Trengwainton or Glendurgan. There’ll also be other activities to enjoy during the holidays, with details to be announced closer to the time, so make sure you plan a trip to the likes of St Michael’s Mount or Trelissick Gardens.

English Heritage Pendennis Castlte

Head to Pendennis Castle in Falmouth for ‘Pirates A-hoy’ and join in the holiday fun. Kids will be able to learn about the history of sea-faring bandits in Cornwall and join in the usual egg hunt fun. 

 

If you want to stay at Hoseaon's 'Best Park in Britain' for Easter then give reception a call on 01209 842 354 or email them here.

 

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 which 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. If 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. 

 

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