Head west on the A30 from Okehampton, then stop at Roadford Lake (on A30 between Okehampton and Launceston PL16 0RL) for a cuppa to congratulate yourself on your retro driving skills. Then, on to the Roseland...
Stay at: Treloan Coastal Farm, The Roseland, Truro TR2 5EF This campsite is set within a 1930’s traditional working ‘nature’s way’ farm (chemicals have never been used in the farm’s history). Overlooking a truly spectacular panorama of coastline, the farm is situated on the South Coast Riviera of Cornwall adjoining the charming fishing village of Portscatho. If that is not enough to tempt you, the farm also has private access to three sandy coves. Tel: 01872 580989 www.coastalfarmholidays.co.uk Open all year. Please note there is no on-site shop at this campsite so it is wise to stock up for your first night if you intend to cook in the van. There is a pub within walking distance, though.
As an alternative, this award-winning site (below) close-by is a good option if you are hoping for more on-site facilities. Trethem Mill Touring Park, St Just, near St Mawes, Truro TR2 5JF This is a luxury camping option. This site has just won GOLD "Caravan Park of the Year" at the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2015. As you might expect this site has outstanding facilities & offers a warm welcome. Great campsite to visit with your dog as there are lots of National Trust beaches in the area, which allow dogs all year round. Tel: 01872 580504 www.trethem.com Open Easter – early October
While in the area, a great spot for lunch is the Hidden Hut, just above Porthcurnick Beach. Get there before the crowds – lunch starts at 12 noon. The best means of visiting is to park at ‘Porthcurnick Beach Car Park’ at Portscatho and walk the short distance along the panoramic coastal path. The Hidden Hut is a gorgeous beach café with a difference: great home cooking plus a selection of yummy snacks and pasties, cakes & ice creams. The lovely sandy beach would be an ideal spot for a spot of rock-pooling or an afternoon snooze. Then take the King Harry Ferry at Philleigh (in the van) which is around £6 and continue your journey towards Penzance.
Heading further west, Stop at the car park for St Michaels Mount, near Marizion. Just stay for a cuppa or visit the castle.
Stay at: Treen Farm TR19 6LF by Porthcurno on the coast, past Penzance, just three miles from Land’s End (take the A30 southwest from Penzance, turn on the B3283 through St Buryan, to Treen). Spacious, quite sheltered campsite, despite being on a cliff top. Close to some of Cornwall’s most beautiful beaches: Pedn Vounder, Green Bay, Porthcurno Beach and Whitesand Bay. Good Pub called the Logan Rock. Close to Minack Theatre. No pre-booking. Tel: 01736 810273 www.treenfarmcampsite.com Open April – October. At Treen, they barbeque on site each evening during the summer: really worth a try. Or visit The Logan Rock pub in the village (walking distance).
The Minack Theatre can’t be missed. Please note, no dogs allowed. Obviously weather dependant, as this venue is outdoor. The views are amazing. The history of the theatre is quite inspiring and if you are lucky enough to catch a performance here while the sun is shining, it is unforgettable. You can walk here from the campsite or drive and park (for free) in the car park. Porthcurno Beach, below the Minack Theatre is a beautiful spot. Porthcurno is also the home of the Telegraph Museum which will engage anyone interested in early communications.
Leaving Treen, take the north coast road to enjoy the spectacular scenery. Choose a cliff top car park and put the kettle on to take in the view. Head up towards Newquay. Treago Farm can be found just outside Newquay in a scenic spot, far removed from the bustle of this holiday town. This lovely campsite has access to two great beaches and has the best on-site shop and take away service that I have come across. Lovely friendly staff. Table tennis and poole available plus a great bar (children must be over 14) Treago Farm Holidays, Crantock Newquay TR8 5QS Close to the two gorgeous beaches of Polly Joke and Crantock and has a shop & pub with good food available on site. Tel: 01637 830277 www.treagofarm.co.uk Open April – November
Surf lessons can be booked at Crantock Beach with The Crantock Bay Surf School Tel: 07536 117966 www.crantockbaysurfschool.com 2½ hour lessons from £30 or go for a private family lesson from £150 for 4 people (minimum). Beginners are welcome and this is a great, memorable activity for everyone.
Leave Treago and head to Wadebridge, just 20 miles away. Piggy Lane Car Park (behind Lidl) is the best place to park for the Camel Trail. Hire bikes from Bridge Cycle Hire and take the scenic trail into Padstow to enjoy a pasty or Rick Stein’s Fish & Chips for lunch. For those who might prefer a little more action you could instead take a detour to Adrenalin Quarry at Liskeard PL14 3PJ Tel: 01579 308204. Not for the faint-hearted, or for those without a head for heights! Amazing zip wire, coasteering and giant-swing. No booking required. Serious nerves of steel an advantage! www.adrenalinquarry.co.uk It will take you around an hour to reach Adrenalin Quarry from Mother Ivey’s Bay, then just 20 miles (40 mins) to your final Campsite at Harford Bridge.
For your final night it is always a good plan to come a little closer to Okehampton. Harford Bridge, Tavistock PL19 9LS Tel: 01822 810349 10% off all Bookings here when you trundle up in an O’Connors Campervan! This award winning, beautiful, family-run caravan park is set in Dartmoor National Park with delightful views of Cox Tor. The River Tavy forms a boundary offering riverside camping and other level spacious pitches. Previous customers have recommended the bottom field for camping which is right next to the river. This site can be found to the west of Okehampton (about 25 minutes away). Tel: 01822 810349 www.harfordbridge.co.uk Open mid-March – Mid November. The Elephant’s Nest at Horndon, Mary Tavy is worth a visit. Great food and gorgeous garden. The Peter Tavy Inn is also about 30 minutes walk (take a torch) from the campsite & serves good local food & real ale.
It's just a 30 minute journey back across beautiful Dartmoor to reach Okehampton on your final morning. Don’t want to head home yet? Okehampton Castle (just five minutes away) is worth a visit for those interested in history. Or you might like to visit Haldon Forest (30 minutes drive) to try out their segways or even book a tree-top adventure with Go Ape! www.goape.co.uk Great café on site and miles of woodland paths for walking or cycling.
Shopping, eating & getting in the festive spirit!
A Tour of Dartmoor – ideal for star gazing, breath-taking moorland scenery and cracking cream teas!
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