Cerenety Camping

UK England South West England Cornwall Bude

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Serene, green and no overcrowding. Even at full capacity you’ll find just a handful of tents in each paddock.

In the eyes of the wild camping tribes, campsites are for softies. But wild camping with kids – well, it can just be a bit of a hassle. At the very least it’s nice to know there’s running water to deal with potty mishaps and stacks of dirty dishes. With its no frills, close-to-nature approach, Cerenety proves you can still enjoy the wilder side of camping on a regular campsite.

First and foremost, with the majority of the grassy fields left empty, even in the summer, across Cerenety’s seven sprawling acres, there’s plenty of space to run around like wild things. Every feature is as squeaky green as the surrounding countryside,from compost loos and solar panels to recycled materials ingeniously put to use in the site’s rustic, efficient amenities. There’s even a veggie patch and a permaculture forest garden, where you can pick your own and have a forage.

Children also flock to bottle-feed orphan lambs, and alpacas roam a few feet shy of the tents. Where nature rules and campfire smoke spirals lazily into dusky skies, it comes as a surprise that the surfer dudes, secret beaches and retro cafés of Bude are just a mile’s easy stroll along the canal. So kids can get a seaside fix without you having to hunt down the car keys. Once they’ve hit the waves, gorged on ice cream, hired a pedalo or taken a dip in the tidal pool, you might even experience a rare moment of serenity when they rest their tired little heads back at camp.



3 sprawling fields with no set pitches – just don’t cramp your neighbours’ style and check with the owners which meadow to pitch in. A field shelter houses 2 showers, 3 compost loos and 2 washing-up sinks (hot water is powered by  solar panels). Owner Jake will freeze iceblocks for you in the house, if you ask. A small shed-shop sells basics such as toothpaste and loo roll. Pick your own fresh veggies from the patch and explore the forest garden. Spot butterflies, moths and the visiting heron on the wildlife pond. Feed the orphan lambs (in lambing season) and pet the animals – Flipper the dog, Torry the pony and Red the rescue horse, as well as alpacas, rabbits, ducks and chickens. Campfires and BBQs very much encouraged.

Suitable For

Family groups, single-sex groups, small campervans, tents, dogs (by arrangement) – yes. Caravans, large campervans – no.


It’s a 5-minute walk to the campsite's 'secret beach' and a 20-minute stroll to Bude’s stunning Summerleaze, Crooklets and Widemouth beaches, which serve up a heady cocktail of surf, sand, cool waterfront cafés and amusement arcades. Hit the waves with Raven Surf School  (01288 353693), Big Blue Surf School  (01288 331764) or take a dip in the tidal pool, or row a boat along the canal (boat hire at Lower Wharf: 07968 688782). Cyclists can opt for a gentle route along the canal towpath, or freewheel all the way from Bude to Land’s End along the Cornish Way.

Food & Drink

Walk to Bude for options; the nearest family-friendly pub is The Brendon Arms (01288 354542) ¾-mile away.

Opening Times

March – October.

Family Friendly

‘Happy eco camping’ brags the tagline. And happy is just what you’ll feel here if you’re eco-minded and wild about camping. Just a short walk from the kiss-me-quick seaside at Bude, at Cerenety tent life is all about being green and taking it easy.

The Owner Says

In a nut shell - Enjoy the Wilder Side of Camping.

Serene, green, eco camping set in seven acres of sprawling fields just a short stroll from the seaside.

Cerenety is peaceful, old fashioned, back to nature camping, where you can spend lazy days in the grass or playing cricket with the kids. Spend the morning surfing, delight in a relaxing afternoon picnic and while away long summer evenings watching camp fire smoke spiralling idly into the Cornish sky. Do all this whilst happy in the knowledge that your holiday is having a limited effect on the environment.

"Back to basics camping at it's best!"

Solar powered showers, compost toilets and wood burning fires allow you to indulge in an off-grid holiday in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Make friends with our rescue animals, meander down the canal into town or take a 5 minute wander down our country lanes to our local secret beach.

"...the ground you camp on is flat and as nobody will camp in front of you, your view is never restricted!"

'We have a tidy breakfast cafe selling crepes, teas and coffees. This is often run by genuine French people ;-) Open at weekends out of season and 6 days a week in season.

Around Cerenety

Cerenety Eco Campsite is only a 5 minute walk from the beach, 15 minutes from town and pubs and 2 minutes to the beautiful Bude Canal. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we have many fantastic local beaches to suit families, dog walkers and explorers alike.The town of Bude has many great local cafes, restaurants and pubs. Bude has many locally owned boutiques selling a range of surf products, locally made crafts and creamy Cornish ice cream.

There are many easy day trip from Cerenety including areas such as the historic harbour village of Boscastle, the legendary King Arthur's Castle in Tintagel, the revolutionary Eden Project and the long forgotten Lost Gardens of Heligan.


Contact Cerenety Camping, Lower Lynstone Lane, Bude, Cornwall EX23 0LR

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Getting There

Follow signs for Bude. Once you arrive at the mini roundabout where you would turn right for the town centre, go straight across towards Widemouth Bay. Follow the main road over the bridge, around to the left and up the hill. At the top of the hill you will see Upper Lynstone Caravan Park on the right hand side, turn left opposite here and follow the narrow lane to the end where you'll come to a T-junction. Turn right at the T-junction and the campsite is the first gate on the right, you'll probably see some animals and a small field shelter in the paddock.

If you are coming from Widmouth, look out for signs from Cerenety on your right. Follow the winding road until you see Cerenety's campsite entrance.

Its relatively easy to get to Cerenety camp site by public transport. Simply get the train or bus to Exeter then get the bus  (6 or 6A) from Exeter to Bude. From Plymouth it is also just a direct bus to Cerenety (12).


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