Within the 3.75 acres, that borders the River Kensey we have many wild bird species within the area, ranging from large Buzzards, which can be seen soaring in the air, two woodpeckers species; Greater Spotted and rare Green woodpecker. Yellow Wagtails and the common Pied Wagtails, Gold finches, Chaffinches, Thrushes and if you are quiet Kingfishers by the river. Owls hunt along the river at night and often the Pipistrelle bats can be fleetingly glimpsed at twilight. We have a bat detector you are welcome to use. We have also seen on very rare occasions a Hummingbird Hawkmoth RSPB Hummingbird Hawkmoth.
In the river are trout and small fish. Bring your wellies or water sandals for paddling in the river, with your fishing net or fish using your rod from the bridge. The river is fenced off, but access can made at own risk.
There is very little light pollution where we are so if you are interested in the night sky on clear nights the stars are very bright. We recommend if you have a smart phone download Google Sky Map for stars and Google maps for getting about.
There are many free to roam, walking/cycles routes, around the area and the lanes, also see historic sites and places of interest Foot Path maps (select ‘Layers’ on the map, LH-side, for more details). Walks in Cornwall see link iwalkcornwall. Also see Cornwall council car parks and prices
Part of Cycle West route 327 is down Under Lane just South of Western Meadows, and Cardinham Woods 30 mins away (mountain biking and walks, with Woods Cafe, dog friendly) so bring your bikes, or hire. Try the Camel Trail cycle route and hire from Bridge Bike Hire, standard and electric assisted bikes.
PB Adventures; From guided moorland and coastal walks to Sea kayaking exploring caves and wildlife PB Adventures is your local bespoke Outdoor Activities provider. Founded by World Record Holder Pete Bray, the only person to have kayaked solo and unsupported the North Atlantic and former SAS Sergeant we specialise in small group adventures. For more information contact Clint on 07492 621995 or visit our website PB Adventures
The Launceston Steam Railway runs between New Mills Farm Park and Launceston daily during the holiday season. So visit Launceston Castle while you are there. Visit Bodmin & Wenford steam Railway follow link Bodmin & Wenford Railway
Launceston Castle is nearby with magnificent views to Dartmoor and the Kensey Valley Launceston Castle
Launceston has a Tesco supermarket for all your daily needs and quaint little shops to ponder and browse. Visitlaunceston
Trethorne Leisure Centre is 1.9 miles away, 18 hole Golf course, indoor bumper cars, ten pin bowling, outside are other attraction for children of all ages. Restaurants and bars.
Hidden Valley Discovery Park is 1.5 miles away and offer Poterswick Junction Light Railway, Forbidden Mansion, ‘X’ plorer’s Path with clues and crystal maze, Mrs Sproggett’s Cream Teas and murder mystery evenings.
Evening meals out try the Eliot Arms good food, and lots of it, at fair prices and child friendly, they also allow dogs in the pub (need to book with or without children/dog as it is popular). Just a 1 mile away in Tregadillett village.
Attractions Further Afield
We are 35 minutes by car away from Widemouth Bay with its wide sandy beaches and Crakington Haven 29 minutes away with sandy beach when the tide is out, rock pools and paddling area for little and big ones. Both beaches are good for surfing, life guards in attendance. Tide times and surf visit Magic Seaweed . Wild Swimming app follow link Wild swimming see 28 things to do during summer holidays in cornwall
Up near Clovelly/Bude? try Sunday Roasts and eats The Old Smithy Inn, Welcombe, near Bude They have music and curry nights also.
Dragon Archery, Near Holsworthy, more fun than normal archery targets and you shoot from under cover.
Travel south to Port Isaac (or Port Wenn in the TV series Doc Martin) and visit it’s very small streets, pubs and cafes (car ‘access only’ use the car park and walk in) and other places.
Poldark filming locations follow the link to Visit Cornwall Poldark, many are near to us.
Visit Boscastle just 20 mins, a quaint fishing village with lots of history and character.
Tintagel Castle set high on Cornwall’s rugged north coast. Inextricably linked with the legend of King Arthur. Cross the new foot bridge to the island for stunning cliff top views.
Eden Project is 34 minutes away by car. Just amazing and fun to, visit the tropical garden and the desert regions lots to see and do (dogs allowed in outdoor gardens only). The Lost Gardens of Heligan is 58 minutes away for a day out around the historic gardens at Heligan (dog friendly). Visit Lanhydrock House and Gardens either, visit late Victorian house, or stroll the estate that is free to park and roam. Nice walk down to the river and back through the woods. Dogs welcome in the ground only on leads.