Day 1

Distance from O’Connors Campers: 61 miles Travel time: 90 minutes


Collect your van and set off for the South Coast of Cornwall, to St Austell.

Treveague Farm, Gorran , St Austell PL26 6NY.  A very friendly site with basic facilities but it’s all about the location: beautiful views of the sea and within walking distance of three beaches. The owners have clearly put some thought into summer entertainment, with a story teller visiting during peak season and a wonderful organic alfresco café. I can’t wait to visit, myself! Tel: 01726 842295 Open April – September.

Close to the Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan if you wanted to break up the beach theme…

Day 2

Distance from St Austell: 34 miles Travel time: ¾ hour


Destination St Ives and a campsite which is one of my favourites.

Churchtown Farm Campsite, Gwithian, Hayle TR27 5BX This is a quiet, family run campsite, with spacious pitches, overlooking St Ives Bay. “Beautiful brand new facilities set in a stunning location amongst the sand dunes at Gwithian Towans. Will definitely be heading there again. It was our favourite site. Whilst there, we left our van at the park and ride and caught the little train to St Ives. Definitely the best way to arrive there, as parking is virtually impossible.” Tel: 01736 753219  Open March to October.

Unmissable sunset from the dunes behind this campsite! Even the teenagers were amazed. This is the perfect beach-side site, so stock up with food to cook in the van and make the most of this fabulous location.

You might want to book in for more than one night as you will find it very hard to leave.

Day 3

Distance from St Ives: 31 miles Travel time: ¾ hour


If you can bear to leave Churchtown Farm, travel up the North Coast to Newquay

Porth, Newquay TR7 3NH. This location has inspired people to move down here! Just set across the road from the life guard (Baywatch springs to mind!) patrolled beach where you can surf, swim, body-board or simply relax and read the papers. Pub and café nearby. Tel: 01637 876531  Open mid-March to end October.

This site is all about the beach, so ideal if you are here to do a spot of surfing. Book some lessons or hire some surf kit from The Westcountry Surf School.

You are spoilt for choice if you fancy visiting one of the great coastal restaurants: Fifteen or The Beach Hut at Watergate Bay or The Stable on Fistral Beach are all within easy reach.

Day 4

Distance from Newquay: 44 miles Travel time: 1 hour 15 mins


Trundle further along the North Coast to find Bude.

At Bude, you’ll discover Summerleaze Beach in the middle of town. Plenty of space for parking, this is a great family-friendly, sandy beach. The sea pool is beautiful. A little way out of town you’ll find Widemouth Bay. More scenic and rugged, this is a favourite haunt for surfers. Ideal for spectating or joining in! Try The Big Blue Surf School for surf lessons and equipment hire.

Bude Meadows Touring Park, Widemouth Bay, Bude EX23 0NA. A Large family campsite with heated out-door pool. Close to Widemouth Bay. No minimum stay (useful for last-minute summer bookings!) Tel: 01288 361646  Open all year.

It’s just a 50 minute drive back to O’Connors Campers workshop on your final morning. Don’t want to go home yet? Visit Exeter Quay (25 miles away) and hire bikes or canoes from Saddles and Paddles. Enjoy lunch at The Turf Lock or Double Locks along the canal path.  If you are holidaying in the cooler months (Dec – March) you might like to enjoy a scenic walk on Dartmoor instead. Belstone is 10 minutes drive from O’Connors Campers, with breath-taking scenery & a pub for lunch.

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