Sunday, 12 April 2015

Mum? Dad? How long does it take to get to a star?

if you reach up far enough you could hold one!
Have you ever slept under the stars? I mean actually under the stars with nothing between you and the heavens? My first time was as a young child. It was rather daunting at first; I thought I might have been eaten by the creatures of the night! So what my parents let me do was to sleep with my head outside the tent with the rest of my body inside under lots of blankets to keep warm. No sleeping bags in those days! Well we couldn’t afford them!

The memory lives with me to this day, staring up at the thousands of twinkling lights in a mass of darkness. I was enthralled by the beauty of such a spectacular sight. And as I lay there, I could hear the soothing sounds of the night: the gentle rustling of the trees, an owl hooting in the distance, cows in a nearby field and the rummaging in the hedge of what I thought may be a fox or a badger. And as I became a parent, my children too were able to enjoy this great outdoors experience, and although now older and not at home, continue to do so to this day.

You too can enjoy this experience in whatever type of accommodation you prefer to stay in; it does not necessarily have to be a tent. The campsite here at Teneriffe Farm can accommodate caravans, motorhomes, campervans, trailer tents as well as tents. Or for the most adventurous of you, why not just sleep outside in a bivvy bag? Now that really is fun! However, I would not recommend sleeping with your head out of a caravan doorway. You’re liable to get an awful crick in your neck! But you could sleep outside on the decking of your camping pod. Here on the Lizard can you stay in one of the most southerly camping pods of England. And on a clear night the views are truly breath-taking.

one of the National Trust's camping pods
The National Trust has a number of campsites throughout the country ranging from small tent pitch only sites provided by National Trust tenant farmers to larger sites managed by the National Trust themselves. They are of course all different with their own ‘character’ but they all have one thing in common: you’ll find them situated in truly stunning areas. These areas, whether coastal or in the countryside, are looked after by the National Trust for ever for everyone. You’ll find Teneriffe Farm Campsite only minutes from the South West Coast Path and surrounded by the Lizard National Nature Reserve and the North Predannack Downs Nature Reserve.  What’s more, you don’t have to be a National Trust member to stay on one of our campsites. Everyone is welcome! But you may wish to join us when you see that stunning stretch of coastline or area of beautiful countryside of which the management and care is the responsibility of the National Trust. And your money goes directly in helping us with our conservation work.

Like to know more, then click here! It will take you on a journey of discovery and wouldn’t it be great to see the stars from the great outdoors. And for stargazing facts, tips & ideas then a visit here will provide lots of inspiration.

plenty of space for playing at Teneriffe Farm Campsite

So why not give it a go and experience a traditional camping experience which will be truly memorable. You won’t regret it, and if you have children they’ll love you for it.

Wherever you choose to stay we hope to see you soon. The stars are waiting for you.

Happy camping!


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