Ruthern Valley Holidays

UK England South West England Cornwall Bodmin

In the middle of Cornwall, this is a magic place to escape the beach crowds
After a nice day on the beach at Polzeath or Rock, surrounded by surfers and Sloanes, Ruthern Valley is somewhere you can escape to, hidden among the green canopy of Cornwall’s countryside interior. Close to Bodmin Moor, this secluded, beguiling little site is humming with wildlife, so children can have plenty of fun spotting rabbits and squirrels, and budding ornithologists can look out for woodpeckers a-pecking and hear owls a-hooting. Having said that, they’ll probably enjoy feeding the chickens just as much, too. It’s a top location, with the wild delights of Land’s End an hour or so away, and Bodmin Moor, the perfect place for stomping around with children, as you regale them with heady stories about smugglers and highwaymen, isn’t far. Or you could cycle to Padstow for a crabbing session on the quay and perhaps a slap-up portion of Mr Stein’s famous fish and chips, which is a pretty-much perfect way to while away an afternoon. Grogley Woods are close to the site and lovely for shady walks. So, at the end of a busy day, when you’ve had your fill, and more, of sun, sea and sand, what could be better than the peaceful, leafy shade of Ruthern Valley?



Fun is of the tent-made variety, but there’s a small play area and a football space. In the woods there are lots of places for making dens. The family keeps pigs and chickens, which children can help to feed. The 4 most secluded pitches are in the wood. There are 4 solar-powered showers and 2 washing-up sinks. Laundry facilities include 2 washers, 2 dryers and an ironing board, so no excuse for campers looking crumpled. There are also ‘camping pods’; timberbuilt insulated huts for 2 adults and 2 kids; great if the weather gets dodgy and you feel like a little TLC. Lambs’-wool insulation makes autumn camping positively cosy. Sturdy wooden wigwams, sleep up to 5 people with memory foam mattresses, kettle, fridge, microwave, heating and lighting. Also a large deck and picnic bench.


Part of the appeal of Ruthern Valley is its proximity to the Camel Trail (01872 327310), a disused railway track running 16 miles from Wadebridge to Padstow. It’s a great route for walking or cycling. Hire bikes at Bridge Bike Hire, Wadebridge (01208 813050); which has children’s bikes, bike seats and trailer bikes. There’s a riding stable at St Breward (01208 851500). The Camel Cycle Trail - a level 4 minute ride from the site, is particularly of note, while the more adventurous can try the forestry (Grogley Woods), which has a huge downhill biking track.

Food & Drink

There’s a small shop onsite for basic groceries and local produce. They sell award-winning curries from the Little Cornish Curry Company, Roskilly’s ice cream, fresh baguettes and local Rattler cider. Cycle 3 miles along the Camel Trail to the Borough Arms (01208 731118), a child-friendly pub.


All year.

Family Friendly

Cornwall isn't all about sun, sand and surfing. What about rabbits, woodpeckers, squirrels and trees? Woody, green Ruthern feels a million miles from the bustling Cornish coast, but it's actually only a short drive away.

The Owner Says

Nestled in a beautiful wooded valley near Bodmin Moor, this is a holiday site that offers a selection of accommodation styles, plus a fully equipped, designated camping and caravan area – you choose which you prefer.


Contact Ruthern Valley Holidays, Ruthern Valley Holidays, Ruthern Bridge, Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 5LU

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Getting There

Come down the A30 past Bodmin to Innis Downs to the roundabout for St Austell. Take the slip road off the A30 and turn right at the first roundabout, taking you back over the A30 to the next roundabout. Take the second exit off the roundabout signed for Lanivet (A389). Keep going through Lanivet until you see Presingoll Pottery on the left. Immediately before the pottery turn left, signed for Nanstallon. Turn left again, signed for Ruthern Bridge (chalets), and continue for approximately 2 miles, turning left immediately before the small bridge Bus sightings are rarer than those of the Beast of Bodmin Moor, so catch a train to Bodmin Parkway and taxi from there. Or bring your bike, jump on the steam train to Boscarne which is on the Camel Trail and pedal along (past the vineyard if you fancy a glass of local prize winning bubbly) to Grogley Halt - the site is a miles level cycle from there.


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