We have compiled a list of our favourite child-friendly things to see and do near Tredethick. They are all within 20 minutes drive, but sssshhh…don’t go telling everyone!
1. Angie’s Caravan– A Tasty Treat for Walkers
Even described on TripAdvisor as a ‘hidden gem’, Angie’s serves delicious home-made pasties, bacon buns, cakes and drinks from her caravan, set on the bank of River Fowey, at St Winnow, between Lerryn and Lostwithiel. It’s the perfect pit stop if you’re doing the Tredethick Farm Trail and keeps little legs motivated. Don’t miss Angie’s sublime scones with her homemade jam combinations, such as elderflower and gooseberry and strawberry and redcurrant (NB. remember it’s jam on top of the cream in Cornwall!). Angie’s is open every day (except Mondays) from midday to 6pm from the beginning of April to the end of October.
2. Restormel Castle – The Perfect Picnic Spot for Young and Old Knights of the Realm
This amazing 13th-century circular castle is set on a Norman mound, in Lostwithiel, the closest town to Tredethick, and is a perfect picnic spot with fantastic 360° views. You can even climb to the top of the castle steps and look down on the remains of the rooms. The castle was visited twice by the Black Prince and has a real place in history, so grab your metal armour and sword and go searching for a dragon to slay today. It’s also a short walk from here to the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery café, which overlooks Fowey Valley and Restormel Castle, for delicious eats.
3. Respryn Woods – A Small Tots and Buggy-Friendly Walk to Remember
This is a beautiful, buggy-friendly riverside walk, starting and ending in Respryn car park and taking in the scenery along the River Fowey and the old carriageway. Take your binoculars for a chance to see dippers, wagtails, kingfishers and even otters. Children can run wild on this beautiful one mile walk, which is categorised as ‘easy’.
4. Kayaking along the Fowey Estuary – Little Paddlers from Age Three and Up!
For the active amongst you who have already swum in the indoor poor, climbed to the top of the play equipment, built a sandcastle in the play barn and ridden on the John Deere tractors, then how about a spot of kayaking on the stunning Fowey Estuary? A great and fun way to see the local birdlife from herons, kingfishers, cormorants, waders and even seals. Fowey’s sheltered tidal waters are an ideal introduction to kayaking, and is suitable for both families and those new to kayaking.
5. Menabilly Beach – A Dash of Daphne Du Maurier
Re-trace Daphne du Maurier’s steps and walk along the real ‘Manderley’ beach from her famous novel, ‘Rebecca’. Daphne du Maurier lived for many years at Menabilly and drew inspiration from the stunning location and environment. Park and leave your parking money in a milk churn (only in Cornwall!) and follow the picturesque trail for 20 minutes to this ‘secret’ beach. Why not take a Kelly kettle and enjoy some hot chocolate and croissants on the beach? Yum.
6. Green Cart Farm – Candle- Making, A Perfumery, Potion Making and Gin Infusing (for Grown-ups)
This cornucopia of delights is a workshop, candle factory, apothecary and a herb farm all rolled into one. Book into one of their workshops, which run for adults and kids to learn something new, and take home some fabulous holiday mementos. On our last visit, we shared the loo with chickens and petted some gorgeous Shetland ponies – so a perfect day all round!
7. Birdkids – A Spot of Kids’ Retail Heaven
Nestled in a beautiful corner of Fowey (pronounced ‘Foy’ like ‘joy’), Birdkids is a lovely children’s clothing, toy and gift shop inspired by nature. Owned by Julia Slack, the shop prides itself on sourcing products with beautiful design, great quality and ultimately things that you will want to cherish and pass down to the next generation.
We always make a beeline for Birdkids when we’re in Fowey!
8. Polmartin Riding – Picture Postcard Pony Riding
A very special riding experience for youngsters at this wellrun BHS Approved Riding School and Training Centre situated in the beautiful and tranquil Cornish countryside, close to Looe and Liskeard. The owner, Jane, and her team have a lovely way with the children and each child gets a picture postcard of the pony they’re ridden as a keepsake. All the lessons take place on their own track and trails, so completely traffic-free, for scenic and safe horse-riding. The riding school is open all year, whatever the weather!
About Tredethick Farm Cottages: We have eight beautifully appointed cottages in a courtyard setting in the heart of our Farm in Lostwithiel, Cornwall. Our guests enjoy daily animal feeding, pony rides and splashing around in our indoor swimming pool. We have thought of everything that families with young children need so parents can totally relax in our idyllic, calm setting. A truly family-friendly farm holiday.