Sunny meadows, secret coves, sleepy fishing villages, pasties to stuff in your face – Cornwall was made for proper summer camping adventures, just like the ones you went on as a little’un. Pack a tent and a surfboard and spend your days exploring Kernow’s loveliest places and your nights kipping under a sky full of stars at one of these brilliant campsites.
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Packing for a spot of Cornish camping? Lucky you. First, get inspired with Campsites.co.uk‘s gorgeous guide to 90 of Cornwall’s highlights, chosen by locals and travel experts and matched to truly gorgeous photos of some of my favourite places to adventure in the world. Whether you plan to walk on The Lizard, swim at Tintagel or while away a rainy day in the Museum of Witchcraft, you can sleep under canvas at one of these lovely campsites, complete with rowing boats, secret coves and friendly goats.
Five of the best campsites in Cornwall
Best for: Famous Five adventures, marshmallow toasting and a trip to the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Fancy a kip on the springy soft grass of a footie pitch? The geniuses at Mousehole FC turn their football field into a campsite in the summer. Next to the adorably-named hamlet Paul and close to gorgeous Mousehole, this is where to stay if your idea of Cornwall is all stone fishing villages, boats bobbing in peaceful harbours, cream teas and a pint by the fire of the local pub. It’s also the perfect base for a quick hop over to the Isles of Scilly.
Best for: Wandering around Mousehole’s lovely harbour and stopping for the pint and a game of jenga in the Old Coastguard Hotel.
Best for: Hiking the stunning South West Coast Path.
Best for: Lunching in St Ives and searching for mermaids in Zennor.
Fancy camping at the very end of Britain? You can’t get much closer than Sennen, a few miles from blustery and wild Land’s End. This easy-going site has great facilities and is the perfect base if you’re keen to explore the tip of Cornwall. It’s perfect for water babies, too – the wide expansive beaches close to the site are perfect for mastering your pop-up or trying out stand-up paddleboarding. Stretch your legs with a walk from Land’s End to tiny Porthgwarra, an idyllic cove where some of Poldark was filmed, for tea and scones by the sea.
Best for: Improving your surfing skills at Sennen Cove.
For more fantastic campsites visit Campsites.co.uk’s Cornish favourites.