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17th March 2016 | UK Holidays

Your Hidden Treasures… And They’re Great!

Here at Parkdean we like to consider ourselves local area experts out and about our parks, especially after uncovering our very own list of Hidden Treasures, but the loyal holidaymakers of the UK’s coast and country have really opened our eyes! For the last few weeks you’ve been sharing your wonderful discoveries from around the UK with us and we’ve been totally amazed by your own hidden gems; it’s true, you really can learn something new every day!

Read on to uncover some of our favourite entries; they’ve certainly inspired us to do more exploring and we hope you feel same. Already got a Parkdean holiday booked? Keep reading, as you might want to add these Hidden Treasures to your own adventure itinerary!

The winning entry is…

Near Holwell Bay, Newquay in Cornwall: “The holy well at Holywell Bay. You’ve got to wait until the tide is really out to be able to get to it, but it’s definitely worth it. We like to climb through the sand dunes and then follow the tide while it’s going out to hunt for ‘treasure’ along the tide line. We’ve found lots of mermaid purses, pretty shells and sea glass, but have yet to find any of the famous Lego Lost At Sea!” Mrs L Edmondson

Cornwall’s coastal treasures…

Near Sea Acres: “When we stayed at Sea Acres last year our caravan was very close to the front of the park nearest to the sea. Our caravan was the last in our row and next to the trees. At night when we sat on the veranda relaxing we could see bats flying around, our 2 grandsons thought it was amazing. We were able to teach them about the habitat of the bats and it was a great way for them to learn about the wildlife.” Mrs F Barrett

Near Looe Bay: “We holidayed at Parkdean Looe Bay the year before last and we discovered hidden coves nearby in Talland Bay and a beautiful coastline and we also discovered THE best fish and chip shop a five minute walk from the caravan park called The Coddy Shack. A definite treasure!!!!” Mrs C Green

Near Crantock Beach: “We like to get up before sunrise one morning each time we stay there, in order to watch the sun rise on the beach. If you walk down quietly through the fields, you can see rabbits, and we were fortunate enough to see a fox jumping and playing on the beach once! It was amazing.” Miss A Bugg

Near Mullion: “Basking sharks off Land’s End, and lots of them!” Mr A Anderson

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Scotland’s wild treasures…

Near Nairn Lochloy: “Millbuies loch between Rothes and Elgin there is a beautiful forest walk around the loch where you can see lots of wildlife including deer, squirrels, birds etc. and you can also hire a wee boat to go fly fishing on the loch for trout, it is a wonderful place to visit.” Mr B Wilson

Near Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame: “When staying at Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame make sure you take a drive along to Golspie where you will find the Orcadian Stone Company who have a FREE geological exhibition. It’s like a museum of all things stone from rock to gemstones. Gorgeous displays and a gift shop for some really unusual gifts and jewellery. Our kids loved it too.” Mrs L Harvey

Near Nairn Lochloy: “When staying in a Parkdean caravan in Nairn, Scotland, we drove up to Falls of Shin, north of Inverness. It was such a magical experience, seeing wild salmon swimming up through the waterfalls. We love Parkdean at Nairn, so much to see and do, the beach right outside your caravan and fantastic facilities to enjoy, a family favourite, where we feel at home. We have been twice and one day would love to return.” Mrs D Bainbridge

Near Sundrum Castle: “Sundrum castle is in Scotland is a magical place to stay You can explore the majestic countryside of where the poet Rabbie Burns was born and go back in time to that era you will not be disappointed.” Mrs M Baron

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Dorset’s golden treasures…

Near Sandford: “Poole Park near the Sandford site has a train that you can ride on. Used to go on it every year when I was growing up as my grandparents lived in Poole. We’ve stayed at Sandford twice since having a family and it’s still a treat for me and the children.” Mrs M Harvey

Near Warmwell: “We discovered the lovely nature walk around Warmwell in Dorset. After a busy day with the family and hustle and bustle it was lovely to just wander around the natural reserve and get a bit of peace quiet and tranquillity whilst there was still quite a lot going on around the reserve has just the right ambience to round of day.” Mrs S Grady

Near West Bay: “The golden sunlight on the West Bay cliffs is beautiful – whilst there we saw a dogfish and witnessed a storm that was absolutely fantastic – waves crashing about – not all holidays and short breaks are about sun and sand – golden sunlight lighting up the cliffs or super waves crashing against the shoreline can add magical to your time away.” Mrs A Keatley

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Devon’s must see treasures…

Near Ruda: “Relax! Just before you enter Croyde and you come round the headland, there are two parking bays, stop! Get out the car, look across Croyde Bay towards Ruda for what must be one of the best views in the UK. As soon as we see this view, your mood changes, you take a deep breath and start to relax and feel happy, you holiday has started!” Mr D Lockyer

Near Ruda: “One of my favourite things to do is walk to Baggy Point and get a cream tea on the way back in the cafe on the road back to Ruda. It has sand on the floor, is rustic, friendly and has amazing views! Home to Ruda for a swim, drink and meal in the bar/restaurant – perfect!” Mrs K Coates

Near Challaborough Bay: “In Challaborough Bay, there is a hidden rock pool under the cliff face which is only seen if you pass through the rocks when the tide is out and during low tide.” Mrs C Young


Norfolk’s seaside treasures…

Near Cherry Tree: “Crabbing on Cromer Pier is a great way to spend the day. Armed with bucket, line, bait and net choose your spot. At first the grandchildren were lowering the bucket over the side. It was like a bungee jumper – the bucket going up and down, they soon learnt to give it some time. It’s such fun and really sociable walking round the pier, checking other buckets, discussing bait used, learning from the professionals. We gave our crabs names and had grown quite attached to them. At the end of the day it was quite sad to see them go back in the sea.” Mrs L Duggan

Near Cherry Tree: “See the grey seals and pups on Horsey beach, near Great Yarmouth on the Norfolk coast.” Mrs C Nicholls

Wondrous Wales treasures…

Near Trecco Bay: “From Trecco Bay, visit the ancient church at St Cadocs in Llancarfan with its amazing wall paintings when it opens again.” Mr A Cooper

Near Pendine Sands: “A lot of grey seals and dolphins in Cardigan Bay, West Wales. See them from shore or out on a boat trip.” Mr G Jones

Near Pendine Sands: “On visiting Tenby in South Wales, I came across a beautiful old castle in a village called Man O Bier overlooking a beautiful bay. Used to go there with the Army for years and never new it existed until I left the services.” Mr A Wright


Hampshire’s hidden treasures…

Near Hayling Island: “From your Hayling Island park, you can easily get to Portsmouth, get the hovercraft to the Isle of Wight, then you can spend the day at the Zoo, and still be back in time for tea. Great fun, loads of different experiences.” Mr K Nottage

Near Hayling Island: “Our hidden treasure was at Hayling Island Parkdean. We walked through the site and discovered a beautiful church with a 1000 + yr old yew tree! Amazing. And then the amount of independent shops in Mengham to poke around . All just a stone’s throw from the caravan.” Mrs A Brown


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