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Camping in Cornwall – How to Enjoy An Unforgettable Experience?

What is the first thing that springs to mind when you hear the word ‘camping’? We probably all interpret the word very differently but in layman’s terms it is ‘the activity spending a vacation living in a camp, tent, or camper’. So what do folks around the world stereotype when they hear the word camping? Regardless of your definition or opinion of this concept, we want to enlighten you with our experience of camping in Cornwall, England and hopefully convince you that this should be something you consider in the near future.

GUIDE TO CAMPING

From an American perspective, you probably associate campsites or RV parks as they are commonly known, as just an off the beaten path location that is a much cheaper option than staying in a hotel. But from a British standpoint, I can safely tell you that our experiences have been like 5-star luxury!

Camping in Cornwall

“Camping in Cornwall – An Unforgettable Experience”…The title of this post truly sums up the feeling I have about camping around England. I will go out on a limb and say that 9 times out of 10, camping in England will ultimately lead to a positive experience! Now that’s a bold statement to make you are probably thinking, especially given the beautiful (NOT!) climate that everyone associates with this part of the world.

But camping in England is much more than just pitching a tent on a patch of grass, it is an unforgettable experience with a variety of incentives that make your stay all the more enjoyable. All of this makes up for the wet and wintry conditions you can expect to experience during the Summer months! After all, it wouldn’t be England without the odd rain shower!

Many of you British citizens will also argue that camping in England doesn’t necessarily mean you are staying in a tent. Whether you have a touring caravan, RV/camper van, rent a static caravan or you have the good old tent and sleeping bag combination, there is a campsite (or caravan site as we Brits refer to them!) waiting to welcome you.

Throughout my childhood years, my parents would take me to a variety of caravan sites in Cornwall, Devon, Isle of Wight and even the Fylde Coast in North-West England. We stayed in our own touring caravan which pretty much felt like our very own house on wheels that we would pull behind our car and stay for 1-2 weeks before returning home. Memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life and certainly put me in good stead to appreciate English caravan sites!

Where to Camp in Cornwall?

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Spending time along the Cornish coastline was high on our bucket list and after much research we decided to stay at Trevella Caravan Park which we honestly didn’t know much about but because it received rave reviews online and it was in a perfect location to explore the rest of Cornwall we opted to pitch our tent there.

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Everything about Trevella was positive. The on-site bathrooms were in pristine condition – the experience enhanced even more because they were individual rooms with a shower, sink, and toilet! A crazy golf course, TV and game room and on-site restaurant provided plenty of activities to ensure that you didn’t have to go far to enjoy your holiday break.

Rain or Shine?

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As I mentioned earlier, the key aspect about camping in England is that you have to forget about the British climate and just enjoy yourselves, in many ways embrace the conditions otherwise you will likely get very depressed! Unfortunately, we followed this same philosophy or so we thought until the heavens opened one night and we faced the dreaded reality that our tent was leaking.

Imagine being stuck on a Cornish campsite in the middle of the night with thunder and lightning and water starts seeping into your sleeping bag.

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Needless to say, the following day was spent shopping in St. Austell to purchase a new, upgraded version of our tent which hopefully would prove to be a little more watertight.

Be prepared for any weather and you will have an amazing camping experience around England. The beauty of camping in Cornwall is that you can enjoy the very best of this gorgeous county.

Whether you are intrigued by the thought of taking a stroll around the charming village of Mevagissey or perhaps you are an expert surfer that wants to hit the waves off the coast of Newquay or St. Ives, you can be assured that Cornwall has plenty of attractions to keep you occupied. Of course, what better way to end your day than by heading to a gorgeous campsite and relaxing in your luxury tent!

Summary

My tip for you whenever you consider backpacking around England, make sure you grab your tent and sample some of the best British caravan sites especially those in Cornwall because I am convinced you will not regret it.

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solhim lohan

Thursday 31st of May 2018

Nice post ,Chris Do you know Tregeare, Pendoggett, St Kew in Cornwall? In here have and the long, narrow, crystal-clear lake, where you can swim, fish or go boating and special is a kayak. I have a camping trip in here at last year. I and my husband has rent a kayak and lifejackets, the discovery of awesome lake.

MyCamperFriend.com

Tuesday 6th of March 2018

Thx 4 sharing. Loved it.

Gioko Pat

Thursday 5th of October 2017

Well, this looks like quite an experience for camping. It looks as if one had better go prepared for any weather eventuality though. Camping is definitely the best way to enjoy the English countryside. Looks awesome from the pictures.

Sherman

Friday 10th of February 2017

I have never really been to England, but I have camped a lot in the US. Cornwall seems to be totally unpredictable when it comes to the weather patterns. We will be going to the Grand Canyon in July, and we are so excited. Maybe after that we can plan on coming to England after. Thanks for the great pointers.

Chris

Friday 10th of February 2017

Thanks so much for your kind comments Sherman! Camping in the Grand Canyon sounds awesome, I'm sure it will be a little toasty in July but wow, what an amazing experience. You hit the nail on the head with the weather in Cornwall and pretty much anywhere in England...the only thing you do know is that the weather in England is unpredictable and more than likely will rain at some point!

Victoria

Monday 16th of January 2017

I would go with MOUNTAIN CAMPING IN GRAN CANARIA if I have the chance. This is interesting. I love the idea of camping and being a part of nature. Whenever I have a chance, I always go with my families. Indeed, I am struggle about what essential gears should I bring on a 3-days camping. Do you have any suggestion on this? Thank you for your info and please keep it up.