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We are back from our summer holiday. We went camping on the Harlyn Sands camp site just outside Padstow in Cornwall. If you saw a family with two white dogs in that area it was us. We saw two other Samoyeds but they were all  single dogs.

The campsite is about 100 metres from the excellent Harlyn Bay Beach and was generally very good..

  • Each plot was well marked and quite large, but they mixed mobile homes/ touring vans with tents so you get a bit of noise from their televisions at night.
  • Good shop , open long hours, lots of stock.
  • Had a dozen showers (2x20p), but long queues as the beach emptied about 5pm.
  • Had just TWO sinks for washing up, needed about 5, big queues all the time. This would put us off going back with a tent.
  • Had very hard working staff, constantly cleaning up, keeping it tidy.
  • Other dog owners did not clean up - sent their kids to walk the dogs.. There was nowhere to take the dogs on the site so we had a mad dash to the exit early in the morning before they burst.
  • Site has a club, good childrens entertainment, the visiting entertainers work very hard. But later on the club takes on an air of "Phoenix Nights" with loud music and drunk people shouting all the way back to their tents at 12:30 at night - thanks!
  • The site has a curfew on teenagers at 10:30 pm but I'd also ban walking around the site with open cans/bottles of alchohol, televisions/music after 10:30pm, and large groups taking more than two plots as they make a lot of noise as they sit and chat late into the night.
  • A new swimming pool complex that you pay extra for, was very nice, not crowded, clean.

Cycling allong the coast road from Padstow to Newquay takes you up and down some very steep hills especially the one into Mawgan Porth on the East side  and the dip near St Merryn. The children enjoyed the Camel Trail from Padstow to Wadebridge, its an eleven mile round trip on a flat wide trail, my only concern was some adults who sped allong the trail at high speed even though there are lots of wobbling children around.




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