Campervanning in Cornwall – places to go

What are you looking for in a UK-based holiday? Sandy beaches, rugged coastlines, green fields, hustle and bustle or something altogether more tranquil? Cornwall has it all

What is more, you can sample everything that Cornwall has to offer by hiring a campervan and following the road to wherever it might lead you. Camper van hire in Cornwall may be one of the best solutions for keeping out and about, with your accommodation permanently on hand, day and night.

If you follow up on that idea, where are some of the places you might want to visit? Let’s take a whistle-stop tour around the peninsula …

Polperro

The quintessential Cornish fishing village, on the south coast of the county, has changed very little down through the years. Stroll around the harbour, simply gaze out to see, or join a local fisherman and take to the waves for a coastal tour.

When the day is done, why not park up your camper van at Great Kellow Farm, which overlooks the village and is only a 10-minute walk from it.

Falmouth

Further along the coast is the thriving port town of Falmouth, where you can enjoy a wider range of activities both day and night. During the daytime, and in between sampling the town itself, why not drop into one of the many art galleries for which it is famous? At night, you might want to take in a film at one of the independent cinemas or listen to a live band.

When it’s time to hit the sack in your rented camper van, you might want to head towards the altogether more peaceful setting of Penwarne Farm Camping and Caravan site between Falmouth and the Helford River.

St Michael’s Mount

Any history buffs are likely to be drawn to the majesty of St Michael’s Mount, still further along the south coast of Cornwall, and the site of more than 1,000 years of history, myth and legend.

Dove Meadows Touring Caravan Park is on the outskirts of the nearby town of Marazion and offers tantalizing glimpses of the Mount from many of its pitches for tents, caravans and motorhomes – however large or small.

Land’s End

No visit to Cornwall is likely to be complete without at least a passing trip to one of Britain’s most icon landmarks, Land’s End. Atop its 200 ft cliffs you can gaze across the huge expanse of the vast Atlantic Ocean and travel in your mind’s eye all the way to the North American continent.

Once the cobwebs have been blown away, you might want to make the short drive east to overnight (or longer) at Treen Farm Campsite – but be warned that it is not possible to book in advance and that pitches are allocated strictly on a first come, first served basis.

St Ives

As you start your drive eastwards again, along Cornwall’s north coast, one of the first places of interest is likely to be the small town of St Ives. Golden sands, verdant green vegetation and a unique quality of light have drawn many artists to this attractive corner of the world.

If you are planning a visit, Polmanter Touring Park is described as a five-star home for your camper van and is still within easy walking distance of St Ives.

Newquay

Billed as one of Britain’s favourite coastal towns, Newquay boasts easy access to seven whole miles of sandy beaches, and the opportunity to try your hand at surfing. It might or might not be your particular cup of tea, so be warned that Newquay is known as the party capital of Cornwall.

If you want somewhere reasonably close to which to escape, Trevornick Holiday Park offers no fewer than six different types of pitch for camper vans.

Port Issac

Port Issac towards the end of the county’s north coast is such a typical Cornish fishing village, they based a television series on it! You too can tread the determined but anguished steps of “Doc Martin” through these quaint streets, and when it comes time to turn in for the night, point your camper van in the direction of Rosebud Farm Touring Park, a peaceful haven limited to adult couples travelling alone.

As you can see, there is lots to see and do in Cornwall – and doing it by campervan gives you the freedom to go where you like and when, with no need to worry about booking a hotel for the night.