The Cornwall peninsula is filled with wild moorland, sandy beaches and rugged coastlines. Within it you’ll find the Cornish Riviera, the elegantly named south coast that is home to picturesque harbour villages and countless camping possibilities. Alternatively, the north coast is considered to be a great surfing destination, along the backdrop of towering cliffs and seaside resorts. Cornwall is your ideal campervan destination, filled with dainty roads, natural campsites and countless things to do! In this blog you’ll learn about the ingredients required for the perfect campervan trip to Cornwall.
Why go with a campervan?
We can tackle this question in two ways. Firstly, we should consider why travel anywhere by campervan? To put it simply, motorhome travel provides you with the ultimate freedom. You’re no longer confined to public transport, and can instead choose your own destination and route at anytime. You can be fickle, always changing your mind and direction, or enjoy the freedom of just following the open road. Where are we going? Who knows, who cares! You’re also no longer restricted to a separate accommodation, so no hotel bookings to determine your trip or length of stay in each location. Through combining travel and accommodation, your trip should also remain budget-friendly, assisted further by being able to cook your own meals instead of constantly eating out. Cooking is easier with motorhome travel than camping, as you’re not reliant on a small camping stove and may even have a fridge! You’ll be sleeping more comfortably in a campervan, giving you the amount of energy needed for days of exploring. My favourite part? You won’t be restricted to packing light or have to constantly repack. Bring extra blankets, bottles of wine, board games - anything you please!
And now to our second question, why travel to specifically Cornwall in a campervan? You’re bound to love the stunning region of Cornwall, complete with a gorgeous coastline, towering cliffs and sandy beaches. And the best way to take in all of this stunning scenery is through camping right in it. With a motorhome, you’ll be able to move around easily, and take in as much of this peninsula as possible. Furthermore, Cornwall’s more remote location means motorhome travel is the ideal way to get there, and to actually enjoy the long journey.
The Drive to Cornwall
And now our tips for enjoying that long journey! A vital thing to remember with campervan travel is that it isn’t about the destination, but making the most of the journey there.
Ensure you have a good road trip playlist ready! Whilst it can be great to listen to the radio and learn some new artists, it is wise to have a backup playlist ready in case you can’t find a station you like or have trouble with the radio. So if you purchase an aux cord, you can listen to your own music on the speakers and groove along. I also recommend downloading some podcasts or an audio book, which will ensure the time flies by.
Download some road trip apps to help make your journey easier and cheaper. There are more than dozens out there to choose from, ranging from ones focused on petrol stations and prices to the ones advising on traffic or your route.
Go and stock up on travel snacks! You’ll often find food prices at petrol stations and roadside restaurants to be rather ludicrous, so we advise planning ahead and bringing your own. This can also help you eat more healthy, instead of binging on sweets and crisps.
Look after yourself. On a road trip, it can be tempting to just keep driving, clocking those miles. But you’ve got to always ensure that you’ve got enough energy and focus to drive safely. It is far better to take regular breaks than to risk an accident. Most experienced road trippers recommend taking a 15 minute break around every 2 hours. During these breaks, stretch your legs, eat a snack, and go to the loo!
If you ever feel you need to be more alert but really can’t take a break, try chewing some gum. The gum doesn’t even need to be sugary, as it is the act of chewing that increases circulation and alertness. Alternatively, you can keep a nice scent in your car to sniff when you feel a drop in energy - peppermint works best and is delightful!
One of the hardest parts of a trip can be keeping kids entertained in the car. And I can’t name many things more dreadful than rowdy children in the car. So if you’re travelling with young ones, be sure to look up some recommended car ride games beforehand. The key is being prepared, and maybe steer clear of sugary snacks!
Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water. Glass after glass. Whilst this may result in more restroom stops, it will keep everyone healthy and alert. When driving, it can be common to forget to drink water, or to load up on other sugary drinks instead, but simple water is always best.
The Best Campsites in Cornwall
Another ingredient to camping holidays in Cornwall is a good campsite to pitch at - obviously! So here are our 3 favourite campsites in Cornwall. At Henry’s Campsite, you’ll find a family-run campsite set right at the top of the Caerthillian Valley. It is a mere ten minute walk from the coastal paths and only a couple of minutes stroll from the village centre. You’ll stay fully stocked through their on-site shop, particularly with the region’s delicious Old Rosie Cider! If you’re looking for a more spacious site, you’ll appreciate Trevedra Farm Caravan and Camping Site, which has been run by the Nicholas family for over 85 years. Situated close to Gwynver beach, which is famous for its surfing and clear waters. This beach is also patrolled by a lifeguard, so you can relax while the kids enjoy the waves. And finally there is Gwithian Farm Campsite and Caravan Park. This campsite is located just a few minutes walk from Gwithian beach, and this 3 mile long beach is renowned for safe bathing, good surfing, a coastal path and a mile long dog friendly section! Also, by being located in the centre of the village, you’re ensured close proximity to a pub so a good pint is never far.
Henry's Campsite: N 49.96807, W 5.20555
Trevedra Farm Caravan and Camping Site: N 50.08620, W 5.67711
Gwithian Farm Campsite and Caravan Park: N 50.221266, W -5.385444
Things to Do in Cornwall
Camping holidays in Cornwall should be filled with numerous things to do! You could spend weeks going through all the attractions in Cornwall, but somehow we’ve narrowed it down to our four favourite things to do!
Pirates Quest. Ever wanted to join the cast of Pirates of the Caribbean? Now you have the chance to! This immersive walk-through experience can be found in Newquay. It will transport you to the 1700’s to learn about the real Pirates of the Caribbean. It combines talented theatrical actors, spectacular special effects and detailed 360° sets producing an attraction for the entire family!
Paradise Park. Travelling with young ones? Then a trip to Paradise Park should certainly make the agenda. This fun activity centre has over dozens of attractions, from feeding penguins to bird shows to exotic summer gardens. While the kids blow off steam in the ‘JungleBarn’ Indoor Play Centre, the parents can enjoy a lovely cup of coffee in the Otter Cafe.
Cornwall’s Regimental Museum. Looking to learn a bit? Visit Cornwall’s Regimental Museum, which is recognized as the finest Military Museum in the South West of England. It displays over 300 years of history and tells the story of the Duke of Cornwall’s Light infantry, volunteer militia and The Light Infantry. Tickets are £6 and under.
Flambards Theme Park. Situated in Helston, Flambards is a great family fun day out with plenty of great things to do! Brave the sky-high thrill rides, or enjoy the undercover soft play area. Discover dinosaurs in the Jurassic Journey and uncover fossils in the Dino Dig. Step back in time in the life-size Victorian Village and experience Britain in the Blitz in the award-winning Indoor Attractions. Enjoy Cornwall’s best day of the week - whatever the weather. There is plenty to enjoy even on those rainy days.
Surfing. Ready to catch some gnarly waves? Cornwall is a region renowned for great waves and gorgeous beaches, so explore them first hand! You can bring your own, rent a board or even get a lesson from one of the many surf schools!
Mix all of these ingredients together, and you’ll bake the perfect campervan trip to Cornwall! Enjoy an escape from daily life and stresses, in one of the most stunning regions in the UK. But you’ll still need a form of motorhome hire to complete this trip, which you can get through Goboony, the motorhome sharing platform. On Goboony you can search for motorhome hire options in Cornwall, or closer to home, and hire directly from a private owner. Get the engine running, your road trip to Cornwall is about to begin!