Collect your van and head to the South Coast of Cornwall to the beautiful Roseland Peninsula. Break up the journey by stopping at Roadford Lake to enjoy your first tea break. Congratulate yourself on your retro driving skills. Relax and take in the view! Head down to Trethem Mill Touring Park on the Roseland Peninsula. Visit beautiful St. Mawes for an afternoon tea or early supper.
Trethem Mill Touring Park, St Just, nr St Mawes, Truro TR2 5JF This is a luxury camping option. This multi-awarding winning campsite has just won Caravan & Holiday Park of the Year for 2017 at the Visit England Awards. 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.
The next morning, I would plan to visit Portscatho (10 minutes away), with the goal of having a fabulous lunch at the Hidden Hut on the beach, at Portcurnick. Get there early though (before 12 noon and the crowds!) You can park your van in the beach car park which is just a two minute walk from the Hidden Hut. Then spend a lazy afternoon on the beach. Bliss! You can take the King Harry Ferry from Feough to cut down on the travel time to your next site. This is not for the nervous driver though: the steep road when you disembark requires a little skill… The next campsite is a little more relaxed. Henry’s is a real retro experience & ideal to visit in your hippy campervan…
Henry’s Campsite, The Lizard, Helston, Cornwall TR12 7NX– lots of our customers returned from their summer holiday, this year, raving about this one. It’s a friendly, small campsite with around 30 pitches. It’s well positioned with great views and within walking distance from two good pubs and the beach. Washing & toilet facilities are basic and unisex. Tel: 01326 290596 www.henryscampsite.co.uk Open all year.
If you can tear yourself away from Henry’s, your next stop is a tiny National Trust campsite close to some stunning beaches. If you are visiting the area outside of the school holidays you might like to take a small detour to visit St Michael's Mount. This can get very busy during high season. I would recommend getting there early to avoid the crowds.
Porth-en-Alls Camping, Prussia Cove, Penzance TR20 9BA – tiny campsite just a short walk from the beach. On site bakery. Good pub, one mile away: The Falmouth Packet. Tel: 01736 762014 www.prussiacove.co.uk/camping Open Easter weekend – end Oct.
Head up the A30 for your final campsite – destination Bodmin Moor. If you are up and about in good time you could visit the Eden Project in St Austell. Or if the weather is on your side, you might like to hire some bikes from Wadebridge and cycle the scenic Camel Trail into Padstow. It’s 5.5 miles from Wadebridge to Padstow: no traffic, plenty of places to stop, refreshment stands, wonderful views. Perfect!
South Penquite Organic Farm, Blisland, Bodmin PL30 4LH Amazing views. You can wander into the woods and collect your firewood and really feel you’re back to living off the earth. Family friendly, lots of walks and close to a Sustrans Cycle route. Can be used as a base to visit the South Cornwall gardens, (Eden and Lost Gardens of Heligan). Described as relaxing, un-crowded and no clumpy caravans! Oh and yes, one of the best village pubs down the road! (Am I too pub orientated?!) Tel: 01208 850491 Open between mid-May and the end of September. This site doesn't welcome dogs, so if you have brought yours along...
...you might like to head towards St Austell instead. Mena Campsite at Lanivert PL30 5HW would be a great choice and there plenty of dog walks to be found closeby. Tel: 01208 831845
It’s just a 40 minute drive back to O’Connors Campers workshop on your final morning (1 hour if you're staying near st Austell). Don’t want to go home yet? Grab some sandwiches from Waitrose in Okehampton and take a drive up onto Dartmoor. Visit spectacular Hay Tor and enjoy the incredible moorland views from the top. Don’t forget to grab a cream tea before you head back home. Chagford has a great range of cafes and shops…
Our Campsite Guide compiled from customer recommendations & local's favourites
A Tour of Dartmoor – ideal for star gazing, breath-taking moorland scenery and cracking cream teas!
A tour taking in a few of our favourite beach campsites.