The ‘Nan in a van’ adventures: Nanny Pat explores the Roseland Peninsula

Pat and a child sitting in a campervan on the Roseland Peninsula on a grey day.

The summer is most definitely here – hurrah!


Long, warm sunny days meant it was time for Nanny Pat to up the adventure stakes. She decided to take Wilf and Megan on an extended version of her one of her ‘Nanny Pat days out’ – including an overnight stay in her camper van. And as there’s so much to do on our doorstep in Cornwall, they didn’t need to travel far – just down to the Roseland Peninsula.

As anyone who’s a fan of camping (either in a tent or a camper van) knows, the novelty factor is always a winner. Nanny Pat’s been gradually building a collection of camper-van gadgets that fit into tiny spaces.

Wilf and Megan loved waking up somewhere different and the thrill of being able to roam free and explore the area. They found trees to climb, fields full of wheat to hide in and beaches to comb for treasure (buried or otherwise!)


The Roseland Peninsula is a lovely area to explore, with miles of coastal and river walks, sandy beaches (which are usually much quieter than many of the beaches in other areas of Cornwall).

Home for the night was Treloan campsite in Gerrans, near Portscatho (if you watched Caroline Quentin’s recent TV series on Cornwall, you might remember it).

Like Bosinver, it’s open all year round, and there’s lots to do on site, including foraging workshops and weekly fireside sessions.

Animal feeding, Treloan style, was a big hit. They’ve got friendly chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs and fan-tails waiting to meet you.

Nanny Pat’s top tips for exploring the Roseland Peninsula with kids

  • Go walking – there are miles of scenic walks in the area to (including some to suit even little legs). Take a look at our blog on walks on the Roseland Peninsula.
  • Explore St Mawes and the castle built by Henry VIII (see our previous blog) or hire a kayak and explore the harbour
    Potter around Portscatho and go crabbing
  • Enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches – perfect for playing beach games, paddling, making sandcastles, beach combing, rock pooling, or anything else you fancy
  • Have lunch or an evening ‘feast’ at the Hidden Hut at Porthcurnick Beach


What else would you add to the list? Have you tried any of Pat’s suggestions? We’d love to hear your recommendations.

Getting there

It takes approximately 30 minutes to get to Portscatho and 35 minutes to reach St Mawes from Bosinver.

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