Wellies and waterproof trousers
I'm writing this on the last full day of our trip. We've enjoyed and endured a complete mix of weathers. We've had a day of blue skies and full sun, and several days of intermittent rain. We've enjoyed ourselves no matter what Mother Nature has thrown at us. Put on a pair of wellies, waterproof trousers and a coat and you can enjoy hiking or biking just as much in the rain as in the dry.
In Cornwall we stayed at Cosawes Park near to Falmouth. The campsite is immaculately kept and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. It's only downside was the lack of footpaths or pavements in the locality and that you must walk in the road to get anywhere.
We walked along the coastal path to Maenporth one day, laying on the beach in the afternoon sun for a mid-trek rest. If you're planning on doing that following a lot of rain I'd highly recommend wearing wellies as a large stretch of the path was a complete mud bath.
Another day we walked to Flushing on the other side of the river Fal, stopping for a pint in one of its two pubs before getting the ferry back across to Falmouth followed by another ferry over to St Mawes. We visited St Mawes Castle and enjoyed coffee in a cafe before hopping on the hourly return boat.
Our Cornish adventure also saw a visit to Pendennis Castle, the consuming of many Cornish pasties, and visits to numerous pubs. The best meal we had was a lamb curry at the Stag Hunt Inn at Ponsanooth which was every bit as good as the Trip Advisor reviews suggested it would be.
Bracelands campsite is surrounded by trees on all sides and the whole of the surrounding countryside is criss-crossed with footpaths.
On our first day in the Forest of Dean we walked to Symonds Yat, a town divided by the river Wye, with a small ferry as the only connection between the two sides. We crossed the Wye on a suspension bridge near to our campsite walking along the river in countryside so beautiful it didn't feel like the UK at all. It was incredibly peaceful walking along the fast-flowing and wide river Wye, steep and wooded hills on both sides of us.
We arrived in Symonds Yat west at noon but decided to continue walking to where we could cross the river by road further north. We drank a couple of pints at the Saracen's Head on the east side of the town before our final return walk to camp.
Today we've walked to Coleford where we enjoyed a pint in the wood-panelled bar of the Angel Hotel. It had started to rain when we came to leave. We each bought a battered sausage and chips and found a bus shelter as protection from the elements while scoffing it down. Our return walk took in the Gamekeeper's Inn which I wouldn't recommend. Service was ambivalent and the pub had no soul.
It's been nice visiting a little further afield in the UK than our weekend trips allow. But having said all that, we've got channel crossings planned for the rest of this year's holidays. The excitement of another country and certain guarantee of slightly better weather are likely to see France our holiday destination for the next few trips, and there's plenty more for us to see there.