Lamanva Camping

UK England South West England Cornwall Falmouth

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
Acres of space, off-grid pitches and a lakeside setting close to the beaches and coves of Cornwall's south coast.

You don’t have to be good at maths to know that 30 pitches on a 27-acre campsite means almost an acre of space for everyone. It’s an impressive ratio and one that belongs to Lamanva Camping in Cornwall — a county where space in summertime usually comes at a premium. Not here, though. Lamanva is a good-value, back-to-basics campsite with views of nearby Argal Lake. This peaceful rural setting is no more than four miles from sandy coves, turquoise waters, subtropical gardens, and the harbour town of Falmouth. Go this July and the numbers are further in your favour, as the campsite is operating a soft launch with just ten pitches in this vast and lovely lakeside spot.

The space and the pitch-where-you-please policy of Lamanva Campsite lend it a wild camping feel, that will appeal to self-sufficient campers who know how to pitch their own tents and cook on their own campfires. Out here in this sleepy backwater, there’s no electricity and only simple facilities, but it’ll be just enough for those who like what’s referred to as “proper camping”. There’s a water supply, compost loos, washing-up sinks, and hot-water showers. Campfires and barbecues are allowed, but only in off-ground fire pits which campers must bring themselves. Owner Rob — who’ll either meet you at the gate or pop by to see you later — will sell you logs and let you in on local secrets, like when’s best to get a parking space at nearby Maenporth Beach (spoiler alert: it’s not 11 am on a Saturday).

Lamanva is near the South Coast, just North of the Helford River. The site’s 27 acres are spread across seven fields with cars parked in one, campers in another, and the rest free for campers to explore. The land slopes away to the north with a vista across Argal Lake to rolling farmland, beyond which the sun sets. It’s a perfect spot to enjoy peaceful evenings by the campfire but, let’s be honest, the big attraction here is the beach.

Maenporth is a ten-minute drive or an hour's walk away and a lovely safe place to swim, kayak, or paddleboard. A similar distance are the family-friendly beaches around Falmouth, Gyllyngvase and Swanpool among them. Further south is beautiful, secluded, woodland-backed Grebe. Take your pick but if sunbathing is not for you, there are other things to do, too. Hop over the fence at the bottom of the campsite for the two-mile walk around the lake, hike the South West Coast Path or explore subtropical gardens. There’s a recommended farm shop just up the road and three good pubs within a short drive. You don’t need to be good at maths to recognise that all this added together makes for a pretty perfect summer holiday in Cornwall.



We have hand-built hot showers, and hot water for washing up, but no electric hook-ups. There is a compost loo (with two more on the way in August 2021), four hand-built showers and two sinks for washing up, both with hot water. We welcome BBQs and campfires and have a number of metal drums that you are welcome to use for fires. We also sell wood. Please, though, do not make fires in the ground.

Suitable For

Lamanva Camping is a site suitable for tents and campervans and those looking for a space with peace and tranquility. We are family and pet friendly, with plenty of space for children and four-legged friends to roam and run free. Please, though, do be responsible for your pets, and be mindful of fellow campers. We also welcome groups. Although, as much as we respect stag-dos and like a good party ourselves, this is not a site for raucous affairs. By all means bring an instrument – just not a sound-system.

In July, we are limiting numbers to just ten pitches while we await further facilities in August. Then we'll allow just thirty pitches. So, whenever you are here you will have plenty of space to pitch-up and play in. Twenty-seven acres, in fact!


Argal Lake

Start your day right by stepping straight onto the circular two-mile trail surrounding Argal Lake. Blessed with wonderful wildlife, the path ambles through woodland and meadows, and passes Wild Vibes Cafe along the way. Around the lake you’ll also find picnic and BBQ areas, plus a rustic kiddies’ play space. Even anglers can fill their boots and nets here. A true haven of peace. And no need for the car.

Maenporth Beach

One of our favourite beaches in the area, Maenporth is ideal for families. Set in a beautiful bay and sheltered from the wind by stunning coastal headlands, here the sand is soft and the waters calm and shallow. You can rent a SUP, enjoy refreshments from the cafe, or dine in style at The Cove. Do arrive early for parking, though. Or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can even hike directly from the campsite.


A leading cultural and creative hub of Cornwall, today Falmouth is as famous for its culinary flair as its rich, nautical heritage. And yet, if you simply want to fill buckets on sandy beaches and shopping bags in beautiful boutiques, this attractive harbour town remains a must visit. In summer, make sure you catch the world-renowned International Sea Shanty Festival – a seaside musical fiesta unlike any other.

Helford Hikes

If you’ve never visited the Helford River before, then a special experience awaits. The South West Coast Path heads west from Maenporth, winding through meadows, woodland and glades, tucked-away gleaming coves and hamlets lost in time, and leads – eventually – to Helford Passage, where the Ferryboat Inn awaits. It’s the stuff of hiking heaven, with crystal-clear waters guaranteed to draw you in.

Subtropical Gardens

Sheltered from the severity of the Atlantic by the dramatic Lizard Peninsula, this tucked-away corner of Cornwall is blessed by its own microclimate. And, two stunning subtropical gardens celebrate that paradise in it all its floral glory. Trebah is one of the Great Gardens of Cornwall, with rare and exotic species and a private, secluded beach. And Glendurgan is every bit as special, where kids will simply adore the outdoor maze.

Food & Drink

We are lucky to be situated in a very rural and peaceful place – on the northern tip of the Helford River area, on the South Coast of Cornwall. Traffic here is light, and nothing is far away. You’ll find an Asda superstore ten minutes away by car, and the wonderful Argal Farm Shop, for all your local supplies, just moments up the road. The towns of Penryn and Falmouth, for anything else that you might need – and some of the best pubs and most creative kitchens in the county – are less than fifteen minutes away by car.


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Lamanva Camping is a peaceful, inclusive, family-friendly campsite set over twenty-seven acres. We offer a simple outdoor-life and camping experience that gets you back to basics, with space and nature all around.

We hope you enjoy a peaceful stay.


30 pitches in July and August.

Simply Camping Family Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 15 Available
This is simple, spacious camping at its best, with room for kids and dogs to play and run free. Our Family Pitch includes 2 adults, up to 4 children (under 18 years) and 1 dog. On site you are free to pick the spot you like best to set up camp.

Simply Camping Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 15 Available
This is simple, spacious camping at its best, with room for kids and dogs to play and run free. On site you are free to pick the spot you like best to set up camp.

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Contact Lamanva Camping, Lamanva Farm, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9BJ

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Getting There

We are situated in the village of Lamanva, in Cornwall, less than fifteen minutes by car from Falmouth. Our postcode is TR10 9BJ, and you can find us on Google Maps. Travelling west along the A30, at the very first roundabout you encounter – Carland Cross – follow the A39 to Truro. Then, just before you enter Truro, near Waitrose, join the A390, signposted to Falmouth. Once past Truro, rejoin the A39 and continue following signs to Falmouth. Stay on the A39 until, eventually, you get to a double roundabout next to Falmouth University. Follow the sign to Mabe Burnthouse. Continue through and out of the village, eventually snaking downhill and past the entrance on your right to Argal Reservoir. Then, at the crossroad, turn right. Follow for less than a mile into Lamanva Village until you see our signpost by a large oak tree, pointing you in on the right.   Being so beautifully rural, if you are bringing tents, pets and kiddies, you are better off arriving by car. But, if you travel light, then cycling to us is a delight; just be mindful of the notorious Cornish hills. A bus route does pass by the campsite – 35 and 35A. This route operates infrequently between Falmouth and Helston. Falmouth has a train station, on a branch line; change to the main line at Truro. 


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