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Campsites South West England

Campsites South West England

Discover England's impressive South West coast. The region is famed for its rich folklore, culture and is home to some of the best surfing beaches in England. With its oceanic climate the South West of England benefits from warm summers. The South West coast of England offers a wealth of diversity and some beautiful areas for camping and caravanning. CampStead have put together a range of holiday parks offering Touring and Camping, Glamping and also Rental Accommodation all situated on or close to the dramatic coastline of South West England. 

Visit Cornwall

Few places are more idyllic than the coast of Cornwall so it is no surprise why it continues to lure thousands of campers each summer.  Rural Cornwall is a step back in time to a slower pace of life. Although the county of Cornwall is small, measuring just 85 miles long and 43 miles from north to south at its widest point, it manages to incorporate a range of topography, tiny fishing harbours, sandy beaches and a wealth of attractions unmatched elsewhere including theme parks, gardens, museums, castles and stately homes.

The north and south coast have different characteristics. While the north coast is exposed to the Atlantic waves, it has high rugged cliffs interspersed with golden sand beaches around Bude, Perranporth and Fistral Beach at Newquay. The south coast is gentler and more sheltered and with small harbour towns and sandy coves. The southwest coastal path runs continuously around Cornwall offering peaceful traffic-free walks.

Where to Camp in Cornwall

Campers can easily choose one base and explore the whole of Cornwall from there. Others choose to tour and stay in different locations. Campsites near Penzance are a great base for visiting the Scilly Isles, St Michael’s Mount and Land’s End. Campsites at Looe are also close to Polperro and Tregantle Beach as well as being a short train journey from historic Plymouth. Campsites near Helston are ideal for beautiful Falmouth with its National Maritime Museum. Polzeath has some excellent campsites which are convenient for visiting Tintagel, the Camel Trail cycle path to Wadebridge and the great fish restaurants at Padstow. Cornwall also has campsites further inland to take advantage of the delights of Bodmin Moor and the city of Truro. 

Camping in St Ives

The quaint artists’ colony in St Ives is one of the most scenic villages in the Far West of Cornwall. With three sandy beaches, rolling surf and cliff tops walks it is a great area to enjoy camping and the outdoor life. The local tin mining history is evident here along with the Tate Modern in its stylish modern building overlooking beautiful Porthmeor Beach. 

Camping in Penzance

Penzance makes a great base for camping and exploring the Far West of Cornwall, particularly on foot. The castle on St Michael’s Mount, Land’s End and the Scilly Isles are just some of the delightful places to visit in the area. 

Camping in St Austell

The small Cornish town of St Austell in south east Cornwall is best known for its china clay industry and its local ales. There are many camping sites close by which are within easy reach of the coastal path and some of the most beautiful beaches in Cornwall. National Trust gardens, the Eden Project and the historic port of Charlestown will ensure a fascinating stay exploring this lovely area.

Camping in Padstow 

There are a number of campsites in and around Padstow offering excellent amenities and within easy reach of the old harbour town. Famous for its fish restaurants owned by TV chef, Rick Stein, the harbour and sandy beaches offer plenty to do. Walks along the southwest coastal path link many small communities in the area or hire a bicycle and explore the Camel Trail. 

Camping in Looe

There are many well established campsites around the delightful fishing town of Looe. Cottages cling to the hillside above the colourful harbour. Cross the seven-arched bridge to Hannafore Point and join the south west coastal path, take a boat trip to Looe Island or buy a freshly prepared crab on the quay. 

Camping in Newquay

Newquay is a sizeable town surrounded by several long sandy beaches making this one of Cornwall’s most popular areas, especially with campers and caravanners. Surfing is the #1 sport, but there are also plenty of coastal walks, quaint villages, pubs, gardens and a zoo to entertain visitors of all ages. Newquay’s vibrant nightlife attracts many stag and hen parties for weekend celebrations, but there are plenty of quieter places too.


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