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Review of Ruthern Valley Holidays, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall

Posted by at 04:55 on Wednesday 18 May 2016

Lucy Symons suggests that for a fabulous family holiday in Cornwall, you head straight to Ruthern Valley Holidays where your kids can run free, paddle in a stream and feed the pigs in bucolic splendour.

Ruthern Valley Lodge photo: Lucy SymonsRuthern Valley Lodge photo: Lucy Symons

The Setting
Snuggled in a north Cornish valley carved by the river Camel, about ten minutes from Bodmin and on the edge of the Camel Trail you will find an 8 acre garden into which are secreted lodges and eco pods, wigwams and mega pods, a large lawn perfect for tents and a static caravan. “Something for every price range” explained Andrew. Inland, but only a short whizz to several wonderful beaches, you may find it is faster to cycle to your destination than drive.

>> For availability and booking, see our full listing for Ruthern Valley Holidays

>> See also our Greentraveller Guide to Cornwall

 Ruthern Valley Wigwam photo: Lucy SymonsRuthern Valley Wigwam photo: Lucy Symons

The Rooms
The lodges all sleep two to four, the wigwams can fit five at a push and the new eco pods could sleep four. If you want a totally self-contained chalet with bathroom and kitchen and private garden area, grab a timber lodge. For a bargain, pitch your tent and take advantage of the shower block with washing machine and all mod cons. The mega pods have the smart interior of a yacht – all sleek design and clever use of space, and a private deck for al fresco dining. Privacy is pretty much assured, though, whichever option you go with.

 Ruthern Valley eggs photo: Lucy SymonsRuthern Valley eggs photo: Lucy Symons

The Food
Andrew and Nicky raise pigs and chickens – so there are frequently eggs, bacon and sausages ratcheting zero food miles available in the shop on site. Local cider and beer is also sold alongside the Camel Valley vineyard’s vino and fizz. They stock Cornish bottled water and Milk, cheese and yoghurt from their local dairy. There are bbq’s to use and a large shared fire pit for toasting marshmallows.

Camel Trail sign photo: Lucy SymonsCamel Trail sign photo: Lucy SymonsThe Activities
The Camel Trail has an entry point in the village – so head for Grogley Halt and choose to go east or west. This is a totally car free, former railway track stretching 17 miles allowing family groups to meander safely. Well served with tea rooms, cycle or walk along the gorgeous Cornish country side from Bodmin to Padstow alongside the River Camel. The trail was created from the route of the Old Atlantic Coast Express — once quoted by Betjeman as ‘the best journey in England’. Ruthern will rent you a bike, a body board and even a wet suit, so you will be fully kitted out if you can tear your kids away from the playground or the stream, the acres of woodland to explore, the piglets or the other kids to play with.

The Green
The lodges are fabulously well insulated, the wigwams and eco pods are purpose built to be sustainable and super low impact. There are solar thermal panels for the shower block and laundry. The lights are either energy saving or LED, and there is a recycling station at the shower block for - glass, plastic, tin and paper, the food is as local as can be.

How to get there by Public Transport
Take your bike on the train to Bodmin, jump on the steam train to Boscarne Junction and cycle from there on the Camel Trail to Grogley Halt then turn left and travel the last mile by road to Ruthern.

Camel Trail sign photo: Lucy SymonsCamel Trail sign photo: Lucy SymonsTop Tip
Opt for one of the new mega pods – cosy and smart, they combine everything great about camping with a self-catering haven of perfection. Small but perfectly formed, they do exactly what it says on the tin. Tucked in the woods but with their own private decks so you can bbq whilst looking at the night skies. Heaven.

If I wanted my kids to know what it was like to run free, paddle in a stream and feed the pigs whilst I sat enjoying the evening with a glass in my hand, this is where I would head. Everything you need for a brilliant active holiday if you can just winkle the kids away from the fun happening on site.

>> For availability and booking, see our full listing for Ruthern Valley Holidays

>> See also our Greentraveller Guide to Cornwall

Posted by Lucy Symons

Disclosure: Lucy Symons visited Ruthern Valley Holidays in the early summer of 2016. She has full editorial control of the review, which is written in her own words based on her experience of visiting the accommodation. All opinions are the author’s own.


 Tea House Camel Trail photo: Lucy SymonsTea House Camel Trail photo: Lucy Symons


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