Our Things To Do Page
One of our customers sums it up best “We’ll definitely be returning – this site is in a great spot to explore Cornwall in all directions. Cannot recommend enough!’
There are countless options for days out, some within a short distance of the park, and being the closest park to Truro we are ideal to access amazing beaches, 36 National Trust properties and the list goes on…..
Whether it’s walking, cycling, beaches, National Trust properties, sport, music, history, wildlife, family fun or fine eating and drinking, we have it all right on our doorstep!
There are walking paths and cycle tracks galore! You can be on the beach enjoying the surf one minute or visiting Poldark sites and to top it off enjoying some traditional Fish and Chips and a local Skinners ale.
There is Surfing, Golf, Sailing, Swimming, Tennis, Coasteering and plenty more for those who like to be active. Or why not do a bit of shopping in one of the nearby coastal towns and follow it with a delicious meal in one of the many award winning village pubs?
With so many places to go and things to do we have selected a few of our favourites to give you a taste of what Summer Valley and the surrounding area has to offer.
Within A Short Distance
Below is a list of things to do and activities that are all within a short distance from Summer Valley. We hope the list will come in helpful when staying with us.
Truro, the UK’s most Southerly city is a vibrant centre of shopping, culture and impressive architecture right in the heart of Cornwall. The city is under an hours walk (via footpaths) and you can catch a bus (which you can request stop at the Park). Centre stage is Truro Cathedral with its impressive gothic towers dominating the skyline. In its shadow, a warren of compact streets are home to an impressive array of independent traders. From boutiques to bookshops and designer interiors to delicatessens, this great little city offers a unique shopping experience. The café culture is pretty impressive too, with hip coffee houses, artisan ice creameries and cocktail bars dotted across the centre.
If we go into Truro as a family we love eating at the Hub Box restaurant which serves great burgers and pulled pork! Another favourite is the Cafe Uneeka which is friendly and quirky.
The Plough Inn is our nearest pub and is only a 10-15 minute walk, accessed via footpath from the Park or a very short drive by car. The pub serves food throughout the day and often has quizzes and pool nights.
Idless Woods are only 1.5 miles from the park and can be reached mainly via footpaths and a quiet lane if you’d like to walk or there is ample free car parking. The woods are ideal to walk (via a circular route) and children can explore a number of intersecting tracks! The woods are also popular with dog walkers and cyclists. There is a cafe that provides welcome refreshments.
Penrose Kitchens is an award winning restaurant run by Ben and Sam and is located on the outskirts of Shortlanesend village, you can walk from the Park across public footpaths (about 20 mins). They serve the very best of local and home grown produce in the beautiful surroundings of tranquil lily ponds. Please see their website for more details of opening times etc.
The Hawkins Arms is one of our favourite local pubs and serves very tasty food (great pies!) and is under a 10 minute drive from the Park. It has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, good beer – what more could you want! Dogs are permitted in the lounge bar. We always try and book to sit in the new conservatory; dogs are not permitted here.
Shortlanesend Village Shop has just undergone refurbishment and offers a Post Office and sells great hot pasties, newspapers, wine/beer and offers range of everyday items.
Smokey Joes is a great place to eat if you’re looking for a full english breakfast to start your day, the ‘hungrymans breakfast is huge!’ – the menu is extensive and ideally placed as a stop off if you’re heading towards the Lizard. At just over 10 minutes drive its not far from the park either if you just fancy a hearty breakfast to start your day. They are open all day offering a range of lunches, dinners and cakes too!
Perranporth Beach is our nearest North coast beach and is our ‘go to’ place as it has so many great things you’d expect from a top Cornwall location. Our woofer loves the miles of soft golden sand. There are some good coffee shops. You can hire surf boards and sample tasty fish and chips!
We like walking along the beach and if the tide is out go up and over the headland back along the beach past the lifeguard station. There are a variety of car parks so if you are heading there during peak season you have plenty to choose from.
Chapel Porth is one of our favourite locations for two main reasons. Firstly it is a stunning beach, especially when the tide is out, with miles of sand and rock pools to explore. Secondly we love walking the coast path to investigate the derelict mines and the high cliffs give an amazing view of the coves. The impression you will get of Chapel Porth depends on the time you visit as the tide makes the beach very small or huge. The cafe and National Trust parking are also a bonus.
Canteen is a fabulous place to eat, soak in the views and sit in an environment which encourages a sense of community. We like to visit at lunchtime and enjoy the set meal and partake in fab deserts.
A Little Further Afield
Trelissick Gardens (National Trust) is perfect destination for so many reasons! It is only a short drive from Truro towards the King Harry ferry on the south coast. We like it for its stunning scenery; dog friendly long or short circular walks (undulating terrain on well maintained paths); very tasty food served in the cafe with lots of outside eating areas for picnics or just soaking up the view.
You can also cycle there mainly following the Sustrains route.
Cardinham Woods is about a 30 minute drive and as their website describes “there is something for everyone at Cardinham Woods. Our walking trails will take you deep into the woods to discover stunning viewpoints and an intriguing history. Our cycling trails will take you on an exhilarating ride through some beautiful scenery.” Its ideal for families as there are many circular walks, places to picnic and great single track to explore on a mountain bike. There are also barbecues set up for people to use near the main car park; ideal for a summers evening.
We discovered Trevaskis Farm last year as it was recommended by one of our regular customers. We have lost count of the number of times we have been since! They offer a traditional farm shop with fresh Cornish produce; most of which is grown on their own farm. A farm walk to see their pigs, sheep, goats, horse and wildlife. And to top it off an amazing cafe/restaurant with lovely meals and a desert counter full of homemade delights – if you know us you will know we are partial to a desert or two! www.trevaskisfarm.co.uk
We love both the Camel Trail ride from Wadebridge to Padstow (where we stop off for pasties and crabbing) and also the Bissoe trail which runs from Devoran to Portreath. We are fortunate to be ideally located as a stop off if you’re completing the Lands End to John O Groats route. We are a 5 minutes ride from the Sustrans route 32 which is a key part of the Cornish Cycle Way.
There is a part traffic free cycle track into Truro or you can take a designated quiet lane via Idless which is very picturesque. From route 32 you can head towards Perranporth and the North coast which is approximately a 30 minute cycle.