The Cornwall coast is a fabulous place to visit from the Spring until the Autumn – with a huge number of beaches, towns and fishing villages baked in history, as well as stunning countryside and attractions. There is always lots going on, and Cornwall is world famous for its HUGE range of things to do both at the coast and inland. Cornwall is particularly famous for its coastline and at most times or the year it can get very busy, especially in peak times. Please keep this in mind as we construct a guide to the best places to visit in Cornwall. The guides include information on; Cornwall accommodation, places to visit and things to do – as well as discounts for major attractions in Cornwall such as the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. You'll love camping in Cornwall!
Cornwall’s breathtaking landscapes, mild climate, and laid-back atmosphere are main draws for campers from the UK and around the world. Considered to be one of the most beautiful places in the world, Cornwall’s unspoiled natural beauty and enchanting heritage make it a popular holiday destination. Cornwall has an endless stretch of coast, many longer and beautiful beaches, historical sites, world-famous attractions, and beautiful gardens. During the summer season, Cornwall is host to various events that make camping in Cornwall an adventure in itself. Whether it is The Eden Project, The Lost Gardens, Heligan, The National Maritime Museum, The Tate Gallery or the internationally acclaimed theatre productions at the Minack Theatre - Cornwall has something to offer for everybody. With purpose built holiday parks with kids clubs and swimming pools, and smaller independent campsites, the contrasting accommodation available makes camping in Cornwall an altogether sophisticated affair.
1.2. Benefits of Camping in Cornwall
Camping holidays in Cornwall have become increasingly popular in recent years. There are numerous factors that have contributed to the rise in popularity, and many families are now choosing to spend precious downtime in unconventional ways. Typically Cornwall’s camping holidays will vary, providing a wide array of families with perfect choices for whatever their needs may be. By definition, camping is possibly the most stripped-back and raw form of taking a break and this is appealing to many people who are looking to escape the confines of their busy lives. Caravans, motor homes, and camping gear are all included within this type of holiday, and come highly recommended by those who are looking for an alternative.
1.3. Purpose of the Guide
In order to deliver facts and information on camping in Cornwall that will meet the needs of the type of reader most likely to use this guide, three key groups have been identified and specifically catered for in each section. These are: Established Families, Young Families and Backpackers. Each chapter contains information relevant to each of these groups, meaning that as a whole the guide covers everything readers might need. This includes attractions of Cornwall, recommended camp sites, costs, things to do on rainy days, things to see and do in Cornwall and notes on the correct behaviour when camping. We hope that this guide proves useful to all three groups and helps them to decide on their next holiday, and we would appreciate any feedback on how to make this new guide better.
2. Planning Your Cornwall Camping Trip
To find the best campsite for you, think carefully about what kind of holiday you're after. Factors to consider include whether or not you're bringing children, what sort of facilities you need and what your priorities are when it comes to location. There's also camping for groups and couples - these are some of the things to consider in greater detail. Remember, the average price of a night camping has raised to £10 per person. Also ALS are no longer issued, you'll need to speak to your local council. If you're staying on a commercial campsite, the chances are that you we are close to a pub, shop or attractions. It doesn't normally mirror a farm and the price is around 4 or 5 pounds. However, the price normally tends to increase during Bank Holiday weekends. Also, if you're planning to travel to Cornwall during these times, we highly advise you pre-book in advance.
2.1. Choosing the Right Campsite
The first thing to know is that finding the right campsite depends entirely on the type of holiday you are planning to have. For those who want a simple and traditional camping holiday, you may consider the Little Winnick Touring Park. It is a traditional and family run campsite that offers pitches for tents, caravans and motorhomes and glamping pods. On the other hand, if you want a more relaxing holiday which is close to the beach, you might consider the Merrose Farm. It is a quiet, friendly and well maintained site, offering 12 tipi tents. Other campsites to consider include the Trewince Farm Touring as well as the Treen Farm Campsite.
2.2. Best Time to Visit Cornwall
It is important to plan a Cornwall camping trip at the right time of the year. Cornwall is significantly warmer than most of the UK and is influenced by the Gulf Stream, which gives Cornwall a milder climate than the rest of the UK. This means the daffodils and camellias blossom early and the trees retain their green leaves longer than most of the UK inhabitants, so do not be put off by the mild Cornish climate. Typically Cornwall enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate. Wildlife lovers will also be attracted to the high concentration of rare and endangered animals specially the basking shark which migrates to Cornwall waters.
2.3. Duration of Stay
Cornish camping holidays are often short breaks to take advantage of favourable weather conditions. With the increase of extreme wet weather during recent winters, spring and summer visits have increased. A growing number of campers are also coming during the quieter autumn months, when the weather is still mild, the days are long and many leisure facilities remain open. When planning a camping trip, consider a number of nights as the minimum duration in any location. Research has shown that the environmental footprint of a holiday in terms of the emissions per night is highest on the first night (the car journey there) and on the last night (the return journey) with each slightly lesser on the previous night as the carbon energy emissions are spread over more days.
2.4. Equipment and Supplies
Camping or glamping, you can decide to bring your own equipment or hire it once you get to your campsite. If you’re on a budget or want to be fully self-sufficient, you know what to do. But if you want to travel lightly and don’t want the hassle of bringing your tent, then you may want to leave it to the experts and get everything you need from your campsite. If you do decide to bring your own brand new kit then get as many uses out of it as possible. For example, trips will become easier after you have set up a tent a few times. If you have stored it well, you get excellent temporary storage that is better than a suitcase at the end of your bed. Buying villa marketair beds, tables and the other bits that make camping comfortable becomes natural once you get your tent. It is much easier to go and buy these items with tent under your arm than plan on getting a trailer to take it all if you are driving a car. Of course, if you are cycling and carrying all your equipment yourself then economically is vital to you. Cornish Campsites vary in cater and level to all types of campers so you should ring ahead to make sure that toilet block and showers are available if this is a requirement for your party. Some quiet sites do not have fancy showers or flush toilets but are very popular being next to open water and coastal foot paths. Some younger my decide they want a trendy site in Newquay where they can walk to the beach and club at night. It's important to get these details right, because it won’t be London in August. Also, make sure you have the means to cook and heat water on your journey. In 90% of the campsites you starting the tradition of a BBQ and walking down to the beach will make your memories in Cornwall- so making sure you have the equipment and it is portable is key.
3. Popular Camping Destinations in Cornwall
As the holiday season commences, there are thousands of visitors each and every year who drive to the famous Land’s End landmark. However, there are also said to be visitors who stop for the night and these visitors often make a night of it. In essence they like to make the most of a camping break that isn’t quite centred on a particular town, but at the base of the mainland.
Falmouth is a popular destination for both holidaymakers and those enjoying more of a permanent retirement. This means camping is extremely popular in Falmouth and Cornwall as a whole. It is such a different place to visit but also very cosmopolitan. It is not often that you find a holiday destination with such a wonderful host of shops, restaurants and events.
Padstow is absolutely packed full of character and tradition. For those looking for a more comfortable camping or caravanning holiday, Padstow is a sure winner. This is because of all of the home comforts which most holiday parks in Padstow will offer. Positioned within the famous Seven Bays region, Padstow is perfect for those who enjoy water sports and people who enjoy rugged coastal walks.
St Ives is quite different for camping and doesn’t have the same lively atmosphere as Newquay. This is because St Ives is known as the most artistic destination in Cornwall. This results in a more mellow and relaxed atmosphere, one which is centred around the working harbour and the Tate gallery. Visitors should also make the most of the local cobbled streets and especially the beaches.
One of the most popular destinations for both campers and those looking for a more comfortable stay is Newquay. This is because Newquay is such a lively place and is often one of the first places to book up quickly in the summer months. With its excellent beaches and fantastic nightlife, it is a sure winner for those looking to combine an active camping holiday with one which isn’t too much like hardship. For those who enjoy water sports, walking and a vibrant town, Newquay is certainly the place to visit.
Another popular place to visit while on your Cornwall camping holiday is Newquay. With numerous beaches and a fantastic buzzing town, Newquay is perfect for those looking to take part in the surf lifestyle. Watergate Bay sits two miles outside of Newquay and is a big or wide and unbroken stretch of golden sand. It is large enough to accommodate the crowds of visitors that the tourism industry draws to the area. Additionally, a visit to Newquay Fish Festival is perfect to visit this September, especially if you are camping in the area during the second weekend of this coming month. Your whole family can enjoy the cooking trawler where there is a ring and kitchen for children that can also enjoy some hands on cooking opportunities. Numerous stalls and live entertainment can also be enjoyed by all the family. Make sure to book in advance if you haven’t yet for one of the dedicated campsites in Newquay mentioned above. At the time of your booking be sure to ask about any deals or offers that may be put on throughout the towns tourism season.
3.2. St Ives
Having two marvellous beaches and some of the spectacular coastal scenery in Cornwall, this place is absolutely beautiful and a fantastic place to visit. Although, I can not class it as a place to visit for camping as it consists with just one small campsite called Gwithian Farm which is positioned about five miles from the town, but has some breathtaking views. Ste Ives, found in the northern coast of Cornwall, is significantly rich. Although small in contrast to other major towns, it does not fail to deliver its beauty both through its beaches and local characteristics.
All the shops and restaurants are centred around the harbour area which as a result can become very crowded over the summer months. There are many unique and individual shops around the harbour which make for a good day of shopping. Rick Stein also has a restuarant in Padstow.Skipper some day excursions from Padstow Harbour on boats, you can target bottom fish species such as Wrasse, Bream, and Pollack but drifting at anchor with fresh crab bait is a good way of catching a big Bass or two. Bass fishing in the vicinity of the various wrecks in the immediate approaches of the harbour is also a good way of catching big fish. As said, in essence Padstow is the Mecca of boat fishing within Cornwall, where many charter fishing skippers have their boats berthed and in general it is just a hell of a place for street fishind.
This town is famous for its beautiful beaches, with warm waters that are often due to the Gulf Stream. The beaches also tend to be very sheltered and have good facilities like shops, and places to eat and drink nearby. Whilst the main beaches are all within easy reach, visitors will also want to take a stroll around Falmouth itself. This town is full of maritime history, and it contains several different maritime museums and some fascinating old buildings, mainly focussed around the old docks and harbour area. Tourists may be interested to know that a ferry to St Mawes can also be caught from Falmouth, passing some beautiful scenery on the way, with lots of good spots to fish, bird watch or just take walks. Although different destinations will tend to suit different people and their specific interests or needs, Falmouth will offer a lot.
3.5. Land's End
Located at the extreme southwest of the country, Land’s End is often where tourists go to get their photo taken next to the famous Land’s End signpost. The signpost states the distance in miles to New York, John O'Groats (the far northeast of Scotland) and the Isles of Scilly. There are also several old buildings and an old World War II era airfield that tourists can walk around and inspect. A large pay-and-display car park, a shopping outlet and an amusement park are also located nearby. The area is however not much of a ‘destination’ anymore, as it is quite rundown and is perhaps the only tourist area in Cornwall that purely attempts to take people’s money without offering real value. The coastal scenery however is absolutely stunning. It could be considered as a drive-by destination, or as a point of interest that you can visit if you’re touring the area. There is a daily bus service from Penzance.
4. Activities and Attractions in Cornwall
4.5. Wildlife and Nature Reserves: There are six marine nature reserves in Cornwall that contain some of the richest and most diverse marine life in the UK. No matter what time of year you decide to visit Cornwall you’re sure to find something of interest. Spring time means new born animals & influx of bird life, with Autumn meaning migrating wading birds & the opportunity to witness breeding seals.
4.4. Gardens and Parks: Cornwall is famous for its beautiful gardens with many being open to the public all year round. Some of the most visited gardens close to our holiday parks include The Lost Gardens of Heligan which open its doors 364 days a year and The Eden Project which is home to the world’s largest indoor rain forest.
4.3. Historical Sites and Castles: For history buffs and people looking for something a little different, you only have to travel inland slightly to find some of the most interesting historical places to visit in the UK. Tintagel Castle, home to the legend of King Arthur is one of the most famous landmarks in Cornwall, as is Pendennis and St. Mawes Castle cared for by English Heritage.
4.2. Surfing and Watersports: Cornwall is home to some of the best beaches in the UK so you won’t be short of a spot to catch a decent wave when visiting. As one of the countries biggest surfing hot spots, no matter what your ability you will be sure to find a spot suitable for your break. Surfing isn’t the only sport that Cornwall excels in, there are many other water based activities to try your hand at with fishing, canoeing & windsurfing also being popular sports.
4.1. Beaches and Coastal Walks: There are 300 miles of coastline to explore in Cornwall and 80 beaches to visit, no matter where you decide to stay, you should not be too far away. The region benefits from some of the best beaches in the UK with some of the most popular being Newquay & St. Ives. Dog lovers are also able to take their pooch throughout the year, and with a large number of beaches now allowing surfing all year round there is no excuse to hang up your wipe out board after summer has finished.
There are a wide variety of activities and attractions in Cornwall to suit all tastes including world famous surf beaches, family attractions, historical places of interest and beautiful gardens. So no matter what the weather holds for your forthcoming caravan holidays Cornwall, you’re sure to have lots of choices on what to do:
4.1. Beaches and Coastal Walks
Cornwall is known for its picturesque and unspoilt. With over 740 miles of coastline, there are miles of sandy beaches, secluded coves, wide bays, towering cliffs and breathtaking views to explore. A particular favourite is Kynance Cove, a short walk from the Lizard and frequently appearing in photographs and TV dramas. Other popular beaches are Sennen and Porthcurno in the West and Poldhu, Porthleven and Praa Sands. Perranporth, Perranuthnoe and the beach at Gwithian offer a more rugged but no less spectacular experience. In addition to the beaches, people have long been attracted to Cornwall for its stunning coastline and exhilarating coastal walks. The South West Coastal Path stretches for 292 miles from Minehead in Somerset to Poole in Dorset, all along the coasts of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset. This area of coastline is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty and is considered the finest coastline in the British Isles.
4.2. Surfing and Watersports
Offering excellent conditions, Cornwall is a fine place to learn and practice waters sports. Everybody will surely find something suitable, whether a beginner with excellent tuition on hand or an experienced surfer looking for challenging breaks. Numerous watersport centres offer surfing, bodyboarding, windsurfing, paddle boarding, kitesurfing and sailing. Most beaches and local surf shops additionally offer beach hire and yoga for those just wanting to relax. If you are looking for a princely day out, the the Watergate Bay complex of hotels, bars and restaurants is on site. Lots of places will offer beachside parking so that you don't have to carry your board or equipment too far. It is important to remember that watersports can be dangerous, particularly if you are surfing, so appropriate care should be taken, and sessions are better built on local knowledge if you are new to the area. Nevertheless the Cornwall coast has a few of the finest beaches in the world. Whether you are interested in learning how to surf, or for those who can read the waves, pack your wetsuit, look up local (surf) reports and hit those waves! Each year waves across the UK are gaining in popularity, and in order to break up your day you can rent wetsuits, body-boards and all other beach materials on location.,
4.3. Historical Sites and Castles
The number of castles and historic sites in Cornwall is quite incredible. That's why we have our own page dedicated to them. From Tintagel Castle, steeped in history and legend, to St Michael's Mount where you can walk out along the causeway when the tide is low. Be transported back 2000 years with a visit to the Iron Age village of Chysauster or for the very brave find out how Bodmin Jail housed their inmates. There's so much to see and do, you'll be hard pushed to fit it all in.
4.4. Gardens and Parks
Many gardens in Cornwall let visitors experience an incredible range of internationally recognized and unusual plants suitable for this sub-tropical climate. The Eden Project, near St Austell is home to the largest indoor rainforest in the world and an enormous variety of plant species from many diverse climates. The complex is made up of three huge bio-domes, containing plant species from each of the three climates; tropical, temperate and arid, from around the planet. Open every day except Christmas Day, The Eden Project is suitable for all ages, and has restaurants, cafes and shops. Trebah Gardens are possibly the nicest gardens in Cornwall. With its own private beach, ‘Trebah Beach’, sub-tropical backdrop and the stunning scenery of the Helford Estuary, it’s a great place for all the family. Open every day except Christmas Day, there’s a cafe, plant sales and a floating cafe at the beach. Dogs on leads are welcome too. Paradise Park in Hayle offers a fantastic day out with a fantastic range of wildlife to see and the Jungle Barn Indoor play centre for kids. Open every day except Christmas Day, the Park is a fantastic option for families and wildlife enthusiasts to explore and to learn all about the many different species. Tanglewood Gardens, near Penzance are equally lovely gardens with a portion that is quite tropical, full of rare and exotic species of plants, and a woodland area with many tranquil and peaceful walks throughout. Open from Easter to October, Tanglewood is absolutely stunning. The Japanese Garden and Bonsai Nursery is a visit that truly would take your breath away. Arguably, the garden is one of the finest examples of such in Europe. Created in the early years of the 20th century, it’s home to a formal Japanese garden surrounded by a beautiful Dutch garden, formal lawns, an Italian garden, sculpture garden and a woodland area with many ornamental trees.
4.5. Wildlife and Nature Reserves
If you are a wildlife enthusiast, Cornwall will not disappoint. There are countless nature reserves and wildlife parks in Cornwall, home to many types of wildlife and birds. An array of wild flowers can be found throughout the County from spring to late summer. Cornwall has something to offer everyone who is looking to experience the wildlife and natural world in Cornwall. Wildlife experts and enthusiasts flock to Cornwall as we have lots to offer in the way of wildlife experiences, conservation areas and much, much more. Underground in one of the old quarry tunnels is the Bat Cave where you can see and hear the British bats. It is definitely a 'must see' for many visitors, especially those that have never seen a bat up close before. There is so much wildlife in this garden and we work closely with the Cornwall Wildlife trust to ensure that wildlife and to keep the natural habitat for them. The Otter Trust is sited in the pretty village of North Petherwin near Launceston and there are birds of prey and butterflies to be seen in The Screech Owl Sanctuary in St Columb Major. If you are staying in Cornwall on a self catering holiday or holiday park for your family holiday you will have all the home comforts of your very own accommodation and the freedom to visit as many wildlife and attraction parks as you can whilst on your holiday. Whether you choose to take your holiday when the wild flowers are blossoming or in the autumn with the migratory birds we hope that you enjoy your time with nature in Cornwall - it is certainly an awe inspiring experience for all ages.
5. Local Cuisine and Dining Options
Walking along the coastal paths of Cornwall, or the winding country lanes, the smells of the food surround you and there's truly something for everyone, no matter your tastes. There are, however, certain foods and drinks which Cornwall is famous for, and which visitors should not miss. The traditional Cornish pasty is known across the globe, and eating a pasty, ideally on a Cornish beach, is a must. In order to truly experience Cornwall, everywhere you go, there will usually be a local twist on the basic pasty recipe meaning that no two pasties need be the same. Moreover, make sure to sample a cream tea, possibly whilst listening to traditional Cornish folk songs, as it will be an experience never to be forgotten! For the fitter people out there, local cider, ale and beers are available in many pubs. Additionally, sampling a 'hedge veg' stall that you will find locally, which will sell the excess of whatever vegetable the landlord or lady has grown too much of, is also a great idea for shoppers or foodies to enjoy the local produce. For those who may need groceries, however, Cornwall has many farm shops available, which sell only the best local produce, thus supporting rural communities in buying local products. Cornwall's not only places of natural beauty, but it is also largely made up of small villages, with each one usually having its own heritage farm shop, with the price of the locally grown vegetables being in relation to the quality. However, experience the true flavours of Cornwall by visiting the many local, and mostly family run places to eat, which will serve fresh, and locally grown vegetables, as well as arts and crafts by some local artisans. Moreover, for the more adventurous diners, the food festivals and events in the year such as the Falmouth oyster festival, the Newlyn fish festival, and the Port Eliot festival all show the very best food and drink that Cornwall has to offer. None of these events would be complete without top chefs and bakers wanting to share their latest discoveries and use Cornwall as an area of learning in how to create fine dining or food festivals. The food industry in Cornwall on a whole has a key, competitive nature to it; marketplaces or outdoor events sell a varied choice of top quality food, with it being an important topic of interest to sustain the Cornish culture today.
5.1. Traditional Cornish Food
Traditional Cornish food is hearty and filling and, though some might say it falls under the stigma of 'poor man's food', it is traditional British fare and as such is absolutely delicious. From the pasty to saffron cake, Cornish food is known for its rich indulgent tastes and ingredients. In fact, the Cornish are quite proud of their unique fare and they have every right to be! The Cornish pasty is the symbol of Cornwall and has been adopted as a symbol of industry and freedom. However, there is much more to Cornish food than the pasty, the county's produce is second to none and all of its specialities such as clotted cream and Cornish ale can be purchased and tasted at your local stores and restaurants.
5.2. Seafood Specialties
There are many reasons why people come to Cornwall for their holidays, and the seafood offerings are certainly high up on the list for many people. The main seafood that comes out of the waters around Cornwall is mackerel, white crab, pilchards, sardines, hake, bass, sole, monkfish, squid, mussels and obviously lobster, a crustacean found in the British Coastal waters. All of these are caught through the great work of the local fisherman within Cornwall. Many fishing harbours can be seen dotted around the coast of Cornwall, all with working fishing boats, and each and every one of them offers their fresh local catch of cornish fish.Cornish seafood is famous all over the country, and no where does it taste better than in the county of Cornwall. Cornish fish shops and restaurants are always busy, and the locals are very proud of their sea fare. As far as seafood restaurants go, most of them are usually quite high end establishments, and this can lead to large bills at the end of the night. For more affordable seafood, try the simple, family run Cornish fish and chip shops. The two most popular options, flaky cod and doughy haddock, are sourced with local fish. Also, in the bustling market town of Looe, an annual Looe Festival of the Sea celebrates Cornwall's seafaring heritage and produce. Cornish fish restaurants;Menus and establishments offering just seafood are becoming of the norm in Cornwall. It goes without saying anywhere in Cornwall that you will get only the freshest local catches. But be sure to check that excellent Cornish fish produce is being offerered as the main courses, and not imported or foreign catches. Also, compared to land locked counties in the UK, it's a sure thing that fish restaurants are always considerably better in coastal areas. So if fine dining is your thing why would you go to an expensive, over rated, stuffy restaurant in London for example; You can probably find just as good, if not better, down the local fish shop of Looe!
5.3. Farm Shops and Local Produce
Discover the farm shops in the area and taste delicious local produce whilst enjoying a camping holiday in Cornwall. All along the coastline and right across the scenic countryside, there are shops, farm stores, and markets selling home-grown and locally produced food. Wherever you roam, you’re never too far from fresh meat, home grown vegetables, honey, jam, chutneys, juices and much more. This is also a great opportunity to pick up a delicious snack for a long walk further along the countryside.
5.4. Restaurants and Pubs
‘Little Shop, Bakery and Breakfast’ is like a treasure chest of the new and the old. The shop front is a traditional iron frame with panes of glass and a little wooden door, which owners Ian and Sarah have lovingly restored. It really is like stepping back and experiencing a bit of yesteryear. Inside, you find lovely mirrored panes reflecting the light back at you that’s streaming in through the fronted shop window. Along the walls are old curiosities from the turn of the century, and the food? Well, it’s the next millennium! The menu is imaginative and extensive - from the scrummiest breakfast I’ve ever had, to the softest baguettes, the grooviest and healthiest salads, to the most exciting ingredients e.g. Peking Duck!! Don’t miss this place - a combination of a good eat, and a piece of history - it will haunt you!
If you take a walk down to the beach at Constantine Bay, stopping in at the shop for an ice cream, you might be lucky enough to come across a tiny café for a hint of history.
6. Tips for a Memorable Cornwall Camping Experience
When camping, a poorly executed packing list can turn a great trip into an awful one with a long list of essential items that are often forgotten. There are a variety of items that would cost much more if they were purchased at your camping destination rather than from home. This is mostly due to the markup of products at places where convenience trumps cost. We have compiled a comprehensive list of everything you could possibly need for your trip. By making sure you are prepared for all emergencies, regular happenings and those just in case moments we hope we can eliminate as many issues as possible.
6.1. Packing Essentials
Besides the usual camping paraphernalia, you'll want to be prepared for the stark beauty of Cornwall and the ever changing weather. Here’s a brief, not exhaustive list of some of the essentials for your packing list: waterproof clothing, sunscreen, a few good pairs of walking shoes, a towel, a first aid kit and a basic set of cooking equipment. Depending on the weather forecast, you may need to pack for different seasons, even if you're visiting in the summer. It can be gloriously warm one day and drizzling the next!
6.2. Safety Precautions
- Inspect the camping area and make sure that it is safe for camping. Briefly check the surroundings for wild animals, poisonous plants, steep cliffs, and other similar dangers. If needed, remove such things and make your area camping-friendly. - Do not let anyone wander off alone in an unfamiliar area. Always assign a buddy for everyone, whether kid or adult. It is not a reliable trace of wild animals or sudden injuries. The buddy can help the person out in case of an emergency, and can also collect help. - Kids adore campfires and it’s surely difficult to keep them away. To prevent mishaps, select a campsite with an existing fire ring. Keep small kids in a stroller, playpen, or baby tent. Let older kids know where to stand, light the matches, and the way to get ashes cautiously. Always guarantee that a grown-up is around during campfires.
6.3. Campfire Etiquette
When it comes to camping, campfires are often an important feature for holidaymakers. However, with the heat and dryness of Cornwall these can be potentially dangerous and so, as a result, there are strict rules and regulations associated with campfires. It is important that you adhere to these, not only for the safety of the surrounding areas, but also for your own safety and enjoyment. Firstly, it is not wise to assume that a campfire is allowed just because you see evidence of one in your vicinity. Instead, you should check with the landowner. If you are staying on an organised site, they will be able to tell you whether or not fires are permitted, and in any cases, whether certain rules apply, such as no digging of holes and only above ground fires being acceptable.
6.4. Exploring Off the Beaten Path
If you're the kind of explorer who enjoys getting lost in the great outdoors, far away from touristic crowds, this section is for you, Discover on foot Cornwall's undisocvered sandy coves, windswept heathlands and ancient moorlands and be awe-inspired by our rich wildlife.There are countless opportunities for off the beaten path adventures in Cornwall. Whether you're exploring woodlands, coastal areas, or even seeking the undiscovered corners of popular attractions, this county is full of hidden gems waiting to be found.
6.5. Sustainable Camping Practices
When it comes to sustaining the natural environment at the camping grounds, you can contribute by using biodegradable soaps and shampoos. All waste including food scraps, packaging, and toiletry items can be disposed off in the bins to keep the campsite clean. Remember the campsite hosts many forms of wildlife and if food is left out overnight, it is likely to get it. It is important to remember to use the managed foot paths. Avoid using shortcuts, for example by crossing fences, this contributes to erosion and trampling of vegetation. When setting up camp ensure you are at least 60 metres from the cliff edge. Additionally, campfires can severely scar the ground and are illegal at the site. Please report, when you report to the Ranger Service, anyone using campfires. The Ranger Service contact details are available at the visitor center which is 100 metres south of the campsite. Note that when you report someone who is contravening the campsite byelaws, they will not only be potentially evicted, but also be subject to a fine. If you find yourself needing to dispose off any gas canisters, we advise you to take them to a recycling point which is in the village of Tintagel. Keep in mind that Cornwall experiences a high amount of tourists and the region is quite crowded during the summer months. Don’t drive if you can use bicycles or walk.
7. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Yes, visitors are allowed to bring their pets to any of the campsites. The only requirement is that they are kept on a lead at all times. There are only a few of the bigger campsite that don’t allow dogs such as the Gold for Tent pitches and the Sunflower for Caravan pitches.
7.1. How much does camping in Cornwall cost?
The cost of camping varies from campsite to campsite and also depends on what time of year you would like to camp, how long for and how many people and vehicles are in your party. For the purposes of this response, we will assume that you are looking for somewhere to camp in a tent for one week during the summer peak season. We have found that pitches can start anywhere from £20 a night and rise to as much as £50. The prices are usually based on two adults sharing and assuming you arrive and leave in one car. Some campsites charge extra for additional adults, children and cars. Some campsites also charge per night for electric, dogs and awnings. It may be worth your time to send an email to the campsite in order to clarify the total cost.
7.2. Are pets allowed at campsites?
Most, if not all, of Cornwall Camping Holidays’ campsites allow dogs to accompany their owners. In some instances, they even offer additional facilities specifically designed for those with pets, such as larger tent pitches and dog walking routes. To make sure you choose the right campsite, check out their listings under the ‘On Site Facilities’ section of their listings.
7.3. Can I book campsites online?
You can book your camping pitches online in a few easy steps. If searching for availability online one person would need to be a member of the camping and caravanning club. It is free to become a member and can be completed online at the time of booking. If struggling to find availability online during peak seasons, you would need to call our sites directly. Availability for up to 25 tents per night are allocated per evening on each site. Please remember that more than two adults visiting separately to a family is classed as a gathering and illegal under the government regulations at this time.
7.4. What amenities are available at campsites?
Most campsites offer a range of amenities, and the specific facilities and services available do vary from location to location. Most campsites will offer standard facilities, such as shared toilets and hot shower cubicles, as well as an on-site convenience store where you can buy essential supplies. It is recommended to conduct research into the campsite you are interested in to find out exactly what facilities are on offer, and whether they are suitable for your particular camping needs.
7.5. Is wild camping allowed in Cornwall?
Wild camping, also known as free camping or boondocking in the United States, involves setting up a cooking, toilet and washing area 100 feet from any water supply to comply with the expedition guidelines. There are strict rules on wild camping due to the fact that it aims to protect and conserve the natural beauty of the UK. Wild camping is not officially permitted for tourists who are visiting, however there are certain areas of Cornwall where you are able to the night free. For some, wild camping is a way to save money, as it is a free method of spending the night when on a journey or walking. However, wild camping does have its restrictions if you wish to camp on the wild coasts of Cornwall. Not only is it incredibly environmentally unfriendly to wild camp outside of the conservation areas or on the beaches, but it is also incredibly dangerous. If you are planning on wild camping, then it is crucial to ensure that you are not trespassing on anyone’s land and that you are also not camping in any places of natural beauty. It is also important to remember that wild camping leaves a carbon footprint, after all in this modern world how could it not? Always make sure that the area is in the same or, if not more, pristine condition when you find it.