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Editor's Pick - Top Sites in Cornwall

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Our selection of the best campsites for exploring one of England's most popular counties

Only a few minutes from Newquay, this holiday village-style park nestles among farmland with extensive countryside views. Hendra is the perfect choice for a family fun holiday by the seaside with plenty for all the family to do whilst maintaining a surprisingly tranquil ambience, and a high level of quality throughout. A top facility on park is the Oasis indoor fun pool complex with its tube-style water slides, a river rapids pool and a curving arrangement of swimming pools all designed around having family fun. The heated outdoor pool too is simply stunning, very Med in style and complete with palm trees.

Heligan is just two miles from Pentewan Sands, and owned by the same company, which means if you stay at Heligan you’re welcome to go to Pentewan’s restaurants, shop and beach. Heligan is a great option if you have a dog since it is set amid woodland with many walking opportunities. It’s also alongside the famous Lost Gardens of Heligan which have been restored to become one of Cornwall’s major tourist attractions. Lobbs Farm Shop, on the same estate, is a great place to get your barbecue supplies, locally-produced cheeses and speciality ingredients. The site has 29 hardstandings and 25 grass pitches. The shower building is heated; a small shop stocks basics including bread and milk. The site also has laundry facilities.

Pentewan Sands is a quality park with two restaurants and its own beach – a wide sweep of sand in a sheltered bay. Cornwall’s second-largest fishing port, Mevagissey, is a two-mile walk along the South West Coast Path. This stretch of coastal path is hugely enjoyable and picturesque. If you’re lucky, you might get a pitch on the seaward edge of Pentewan Sands. You’ll have views of beautiful, curving Pentewan Bay and you’ll feel as if you’re camping on the beach; the sand is just a few feet from the seafront pitches. One of the site’s two restaurants is on the sand. The other is elevated, with views of the bay; it’s part of the Seahorse complex that also houses two swimming pools, a shop and arcade.

This centrally located site gives easy access to all the main tourist attractions in Cornwall. Rated four stars by the English Tourist Board and four pennant AA, Tehidy is holder of a David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award for 10 years in a row and Regional Award Winner for six years running. Tehidy is nestled in the wooded Tolskithy Valley, a World Heritage Site, having wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. Close to the beautiful north coast beaches. The campsite itself lies alongside a stream and offers several woodland walks and has easy access to many cycle trails, including the coast-to-coast Tramways Route. You can also head to the local pub. On site you’ll find a modern toilet and shower block, a laundrette, shop, and both an indoor and outdoor play area.

Surrounded by open farmland, Trevalgan is nestled between gorse, bracken and heather-covered granite hills with stunning coastal views. It is another campsite which is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, yet only two miles from St Ives. There are many walks from the park into St Ives or Zennor via local footpaths which join up to the South West Coast Path. If you prefer not to walk then there is a regular seasonal bus service and dogs are welcome (there is also a dog-free camping area). The touring park itself has free, underfloor heated showers, family rooms, facilities for the disabled, a laundry room, play area and games room. There is also an on-site shop with a selection of fresh bread/pastries, local produce, groceries and camping goods. While in St Ives enjoying this pretty harbour town, why not head to the Tate St Ives gallery, or take the short drive to the south coast to St Michael’s Mount.

Meadow Lakes is set in 56 acres of Cornish countryside between the town of St Austell and the fishing village of Mevagissey. There is a wide range of holiday accommodation options including; camping, touring, caravan and motorhome pitches, camping pods, garden cottages, static caravans and lodges with hot tubs. (Including pet friendly accommodation). Amenities include; four coarse fishing lakes (free fishing for customers staying overnight), a heated outdoor swimming pool and toddler pool (open end May to early Sept), licensed shop, cosy café, indoor and outdoor play areas and tennis court. The park is situated within beautiful meadows, woodlands and lakes, with a large dog exercise field and farm animals too. 

Globe Vale Holiday Park is a quiet, famly run countryside park, set in 20 acres with far-reaching views across rolling fields to the coast. Mature trees characterise the park, which offers plenty of open space for walking. There are excellent modern facilities with a fantastic new touring area with fully serviced pitches and great views. There are modern shower facilities and a laundrette and for all guests there is a bar/restaurant (open during peak periods). For little ones there is a play area and recreation field – ideal for ball games! Nearby there is a nine hole golf course, pubs and shops, plus local beaches just 10 minutes' drive away. The park is open all year round and is within easy reach of many of Cornwall's major attractions such as the world-famous Eden Project, Land’s End, St Michael’s Mount and Newquay.

Set in the beautiful countryside overlooking St Ives, Polmanter combines award-winning facilities with a warm Cornish welcome. Polmanter Touring Park has been run by the Osborne family for almost 50 years. This experience, along with their own love of camping, means that they know about all those little touches that make a holiday extra enjoyable - and effortless. Whether you've spent every summer under canvas, or are just gently introducing your young family to the fun of camping, you can create your ideal holiday at Polmanter. The five star facilities include a choice of pitches and services, a welcoming bar and restaurant, a large outdoor swimming pool, a spa, two playgrounds, tennis courts and mini golf. All this set in a beautiful countryside location with a regular shuttle bus into St Ives. 

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