Arthur’s Field

UK England South West England Cornwall Falmouth

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Beaches nearby
A hop and a skip across a field and you can jump straight into the sea, with fantastic walks along the South West Coastal Path
You could call site-owners Debbie and Peter Walker’s relationship with Arthur’s Field something of a love affair. And a pretty passionate one at that. When they first visited the site with their two young sons, to surf and explore the south coast at the point where Cornwall dips her heel into the dazzling waters of Falmouth Bay, the field was little more than a grassy farmer’s paddock. One visit, though, and the Walkers were in love. The next time they arrived they were moving in.

Sitting on the cliff-top just above Treloan Cove, and within strolling distance of postcard-pretty Portscatho, Arthur’s Field is a site that stressed-out urbanite campers can only dream about. Certain things have changed since the rustic meadow of old but the place is far from overcome by the Cornwall summer hordes, retaining that simple-but-effective campsite charm. Having pitched your tent, there’s really no need to get into your car again until going-home time comes around. Problem is, you’ll probably never want to go home at all. Just like Debbie and Peter, you’ll end up wanting to live the dream.

Every dream comes with a certain amount of variation, it must be said, and the couple have left ample room for each to live out their own. Crafting a site for all, the tents and caravans that were always welcome are now joined by a cosy eco-pod and yurt, offering some seaside glamping comforts. Against the outside of the pod walls you’ll find sandy buckets and spades leaning idle as children abandon beach plans to follow the sound of Debs’ ringing bell. The resident sheep, chickens and pigs make this an authentic camping-on-the-farm experience, and in the morning it’s up to the little ones to collect freshly laid eggs. This is also a time for them to socialise with other families, meaning by evening, when you recovene around the fireside for one of the famous weekly social events, firm friends have already been made. Between the campsite, the beaches, the animals and the friends, the only downside at Arthur’s Field is plain for all to see. Taking the kids home can be a more than tricky business and since the Walkers aren’t going anywhere I’m afraid you can’t move in.

Details

Facilities

There are 11 showers, including 3 family, and 6 sinks, including 1 at child-height, so Junior has no excuse for not washing up his hot-chocolate mug. BBQs permitted in trays. Every morning Debbie rings a bell, Pied Piper-like, and children come running to help her collect eggs and feed the rabbits. In summer the cow’s field is mowed to create a football pitch, and there are cricket stumps, too. Unsurprisingly, children are devoted to Arthur’s Field and tantrums at going home time are not uncommon. The site is within walking distance of the cliffs, so little ones should be accompanied.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, carvans, families, couples, dogs - yes

Nearby

There’s private access to 3 secluded beaches, all great for swimming, fishing and diving, especially Treloan Cove and Peter’s Splosh. Slightly further are Carne and Towan beaches, but worth it for the sand. Porthcurnick beach is walkable from the other side of Portscatho, and seals are regular visitors – both beaches often seem empty after the heaving crowds of Polzeath and Padstow. Portscatho (01872 580989) is a lovely place to spend the afternoon fishing or rock-pooling; if you’re lucky you might spot the distant flipping tails of dolphins. Wander along the coastal path from the site and you may see buzzards, badgers and foxes.

Food & Drink

The Walkers organise a family evening twice a week. Simon, from the famous Hidden Hut on Porthcurnick beach, comes to cook paella and other more local dishes and a pizza van and chip van also come on occasional evenings. Tesco will deliver and the Plume of Feathers and the Royal Standard are within walking distance. Locally caught fish lifts their menus above standard pub grub. The Boathouse (01872 580326), in the village, is nice for cream teas, and you can buy fantastic seafood from Ralph’s Shop. Down the road is the Blue Carrot (01872 580942), where you can buy just-picked goodies.

Open

All year.

Family Friendly

With three little beaches and a heritage farm just outside your tent, it's not hard to see why kids absolutely adore Arthur's Field. Just be ready for hissy fits at going-home time. Well, you can always come back next year.

Location

Arthur’s Field, Treloan Lane, Gerrans, Nr Portscatho, Truro, Cornwall TR2 5EF

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Getting There

Follow the A3078 until you reach Trewithian. Turn left at ‘Treloan Coastal Farm’ towards Gerrans and Portscatho. Stay on this road until you reach Gerrans Church square and stop beside the church, opposite the Royal Standard inn. Treloan Lane is marked on the wall and runs directly to Arthur’s Field, 300 yards down this lane on the left-hand side.

Catch a train or coach to Truro (about 19 miles from the campsite) then take a bus (50/51) towards St Mawes. Hop off at Portscatho and walk from there

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