There are few better ways to explore the Cornish countryside than in a VW Camper, and there are few county’s with more Dubbers than Cornwall, home of some of Britain’s most legendary beaches and surf breaks. Rolling up at your campsite after a long day in the surf ranks as one of life’s most pleasurable experiences, and the beauty of driving a camper is that there’s no need to even pitch a tent. Simply hook up to the mains if you want to get the heater going, put the kettle on, and relax. Here is our pick of some of the best campsites.
The Meadows – Close to Pentewan Sands, Mevagissey, Charlestown and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. The Meadows is a quirky, secluded campsite with real character. There are 20 electric hook-up pitches, a beautiful wildflower meadow, it’s dog friendly and they’re particularly keen on “Dubbers”!
The only caveat here is that they call themselves an ‘adults only’ campsite, which is a polite way of saying ‘no kids please!’
Treen Farm – Once an RAF communications post during WWII, this magical spot lies close to Green Bay and Porthcurno, and close to the legendary outdoor Minack Theatre. There are showers, laundry, a shop and it’s a bargain £3 per night only for campervans. A ten minute drive north of here will bring you to Sennen Cove, a beautifully consistent beach break breaking both right and left.
An absolute mecca for surfers, it’s one of the best, hollowest breaks in the country, and consequently is generally busy. No advance bookings here so you’ll have to try your luck!
South Penquite is a 200 acre farm right in the heart of Bodmin Moor. Deep Cornish tranquillity in breath-taking surroundings doesn’t come much better than this and you can always try your hand at spotting the infamous ‘Beast of Bodmin’ if all the fresh air goes to your head! Fully organic since 2001, it’s also a place to see true British sustainable agriculture in practice. There are cows, sheep horses, ponies, chickens, geese, ducks and a number of faithful working collies, bush craft days, a pop restaurant, and you can now fish for brown trout on the farm’s beautiful 1400 meter stretch of the De Lank River. This place is truly exceptional.
Cerenety Eco Camping – Just a mile from Bude, Cerenety keeps its footprint small with just a handful of tents and vans permitted at any one time, over its verdant seven-acre site. Solar powered showers and compost toilets complete their green credentials while their policy of never obscuring a visitors views by placing someone else in front of them is spot on. You can pick your own produce from their veggie patch, cook pizzas in the clay oven, or pet the rescue animals. This is a fantastic option for families and a real gem.
Teneriffe Farm is a National Trust run site, close to the Lizard National Nature Reserve. It’s in one heck of a spot, with wild sea views, an awe inspiring location, and a stripped back, bare-bones approach to the camping experience which is refreshing besides the decadent alternatives offered elsewhere in the county. Don’t expect free Wi-Fi here, rather come for a well maintained and well-priced spot where you can gaze up at the enormous skies without disturbance. There are no campfires which is a downside, but campers are more than welcome and, if the sea air has given you an appetite for the best fish and chips in the area it’s worth the 10-minute drive to The Smugglers in Lizard village.
This fab post is by the brilliant Tara Gould, a writer for VWheritage.com with a passion for classic campers, she likes to spread the word on green travel, ethical business and sustainable lifestyles.