Camping in Cornwall
130 campsites in England, South West, Cornwall
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A popular and attractively developed park, Polmanter is located high up at the back of Saint Ives with wonderful sea and countryside views. The Osborne...
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Situated within walking distance of Cornwall’s beautiful south coast, Tencreek is a family-owned campsite with a friendly welcome that rightly justifies its description as a...
Godrevy Park Caravan and Motorhome Club site is located near Hayle and offers easy access to the many quaint Cornish fishing villages peppered across the...
Carnon Down was acquired by the Caravan and Motorhome Club in 2021. The founder and former owner, Simon Vallance, started this site from just a...
This delightful and sheltered park is set a mile back from the pretty seaside village of Porthtowan, a haven for surfers but enjoyed by families...
Located in cosy, attractive grounds, Camelford Caravan and Motorhome Club site offers a fun holiday getaway for the whole family. The site puts you within...
Looe Caravan and Motorhome Club site is the perfect family site with its heated open-air swimming pool (end May-mid Sep), tennis court, crazy golf and...
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Trewethett Farm Caravan and Motorhome Club site can boast some of the most dramatic views of any site in the country, overlooking Bossiney Cove and...
Situated at the foot of the Beacon, the peaceful St Agnes Beacon Caravan and Motorhome Club site offers unforgettable panoramic views of the Cornish coastline...
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Merrose Farm Caravan and Motorhome Club site is a 14-acre site with 177 touring pitches (some seasonal) including 73 hardstanding. It consists of five areas...
Treamble Valley Caravan and Motorhome Club site is a 36-acre woodland park set in an undulating valley. With sea views, charming pitching enclaves, a secluded...
Trevella has a longer season than most parks and is one of the best known and respected of the Cornish parks. It has many colourful...
Trethem Mill Touring Park is owned and run by three generations of the Akeroyd family who are rightly proud of their superb park and maintain...
This site has been in the same family for three generations since 1960 and has evolved from a simple camping site to a site that...
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Trevornick, once a working farm, is a busy and well run family touring park providing an extensive range of amenities, close to one of Cornwall’s...
This quiet, small but spacious site is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and easily accessed from the B3359. It lies a little...
A large, bustling, commercial site set out amongst grassy sand dunes with over 1,100 pitches; 640 of these are for touring and there are numerous...
A family touring park, Calloose is quietly situated in an inland valley, covering 12 acres. It is about four miles from Hayle with an extra...
Presingoll Farm Caravan & Camping site is pleasantly situated overlooking the beautiful North Cornish Coast. The site covers two fields and is surrounded by farmland...
Trekenning is a very useful park with easy access just off the A39 roundabout at Saint Columb Major. It comprises a large sloping field with...
Every year, thousands of tourists flock to Cornwall to enjoy a relaxing camping, caravanning or motorhoming holiday at the coast. From the vast array of beautiful white sandy beaches and rocky coves to the numerous hiking trails and wilderness regions, this captivating area in the South West of England has something to offer holidaymakers of all ages and interests.
With its dramatic cliffs, pounded by the Atlantic, and a beautiful coastline of soft sandy beaches lapped by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, Cornwall has long been a holiday favourite.
As part of the wider West Country, known for its contrasts, Cornwall’s windswept moorlands and rugged cliffs tower above endless sandy beaches. A fascinating mix of ancient history runs through the entire county and yet its contemporary culture is bright and vibrant.
A camper’s paradise
Cornwall is ideal for campers with plenty of great campsites for caravans, motorhomes and tents. You can sleep under the stars, escape the day to day routine of home life and re-charge the batteries.
Camping in Cornwall always seems to be just a touch more laid back. There are generally campsites close to the beaches, tucked in behind the headland and perfect for activities enthusiasts.
There are family campsites where you’ll find activities on site or nearby, large sites with all mod cons and smaller, hidden gems that are tucked away from the crowds. Some of the UK’s best campsites can be found in Cornwall, with lots of favourite spots such as Bude, Sennen Cove, Tregurrian and Fowey.
Land and sea
Discover the emerald green seas, sandy beaches scrubbed clean by the Atlantic, secret little coves and jaunty fishing boats. Inland explore the winding lanes that crisscross the gorgeous countryside to link granite villages and moorland. Take a walk on the wild side in Bodmin Moor where ancient myths and legends still linger.
The relics of the ancient mining industry can still be seen pockmarking the countryside. Mining was for many centuries a staple industry in Cornwall. Tin most notably, but also copper, lead, and silver were extracted in Cornwall. Remnants remain which can be of interest for those with an eye for our industrial past, and ancient structures still be can be seen dotted around the landscape.
The Lizard peninsula, culminating at Land’s End, is wild and beautiful with a network of fantastic walking and cycling trails. Hike out from the village, past the lighthouse to Lizard Point itself.
With its craggy cliffs buffeted by the waves, the Cornwall coast is a surfer’s paradise, attracting international surfers and competitions. A popular destination for keen surfers is Newquay, a town with big surf, big nightlife and plenty of tourists. Fistral is a popular surf spot, too popular for some, but its waves are reliable and constant. Slighter further afield, spots like Watergate Bay with its vast, wide open beach are less frenetic.
Kitesurfing, windsurfing, kayaking and sailing are popular too. The vast, often empty beaches are ideal for sand yachting, the strong winds and firm sands making a perfect combination. Perranporth is always popular with sun seekers and adrenaline seekers alike.
North Cornwall coast
The north coast has a distinctly wild, untamed feel about it, with rocky headlands crashing into the foaming sea. Some of widest beaches are simply magnificent, such as those around Bedruthan Steps.
Tintagel castle, a ruin today, is still an arresting sight. Believed to be the birthplace of King Arthur it is steeped in legends and you can descend the steps leading down to the sea and Merlin’s Cave.
St Ives has evolved from being a simple fishing village to being a lynchpin of the modern British art movement. The Tate St Ives is highly regarded and countless artists have easels set up in summer and works on sale throughout the town.
Not too far away lies Padstow which similarly has long cast off its sole dependence on its fishing traditions in favour of modern tourism. In Padstow’s case, this includes fine dining, courtesy of the Rick Stein phenomenon. His various establishments cater (no pun intended) for most culinary appetites and tastes.
Great beaches in north Cornwall
- Gwithian and Godrevy Towans
- Porth Joke
- Holywell Bay
- Constantine Bay
South Cornwall coast
The south coast is gentler and more picturesque than the north Cornwall coast. Not for nothing is it referred to as the Cornwall Riviera. It features sheltered bays and inlets and a more consistently balmy climate.
The green hills slope down to the shoreline, with hidden coves and sandy bays, whitewashed fishing villages and sheltered estuaries like the Tamar where yachts bob up and down. The peaceful creeks around Falmouth and Fowey are popular sailing spots. Inland don’t miss the cathedral city of Truro and Lostwithiel, the antiques capital of Cornwall.
Great beaches in south Cornwall
- Kynance Cove
- Whitsand Bay
- Maenporth Beach
- Hemmick Beach
St Michael’s Mount
This rocky island looms up out of the sea just off the coast at Marazion and is linked to the mainland by a granite causeway. Walk across at low tide and discover the castle and its sub-tropical surrounds.
About 40 miles off the Cornish coast, lie the Scillies. Their spectacular white sand beaches are remarkable and the warm climate ensures this is a popular destination for those enjoy getting away from it all but not having to stray too far from UK shores.
The Eden Project
It was with some imagination and a lot of vision that Sir Tim Smit created the huge biomes in a disused china clay quarry. Effectively the world’s largest greenhouses, these white domes house plants from across the world and have become one of Cornwall’s most famous landmarks.
Lost Gardens of Heligan
This is a genuine secret garden. Back in the Victorian era, the gardens were stunning, part of the Tremayne estate. But in the aftermath of The Great War, they were neglected, became overgrown and were lost for decades. In 1990 a long forgotten door was discovered, leading into one of the walled gardens. Today they are a sub-tropical wonderland and a great day out.