Dennis Arbon Caradon Woods

UK England South West England Cornwall Liskeard

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Individual toilets per camping pitch
  • 24hr+ ventilation between accommodation guests
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
An exclusive-hire site for wild glamping in an ancient Cornish woodland on the banks of the River Lynher

If you want to feel good about going on holiday, get yourself to Dennis Arbon Caradon Woods in Cornwall where the idea of paying it forward underpins holidays in nature. First of all, the woods were donated to the Woodland Trust by Dennis Arbon. In turn, the Woodland Trust gave management of the place to a social enterprise who aim to boost the wellbeing of people and the planet. And then it’s your turn: by taking a holiday here, you will be supporting the work of that social enterprise. The fact that it’s a rather appealing place to holiday — a private, riverside, three-acre meadow in an ancient woodland — seems purely coincidental.

It is, however, not mere fluke that Dennis Arbon Caradon Woods campsite has come together but the result of a lot of hard work, all spearheaded by Phil and Aydin. This pair of outdoor educators have whittled, carved and created a place to stay in this special spot on the banks of the River Lynher. But it’s impact on the land is light with an eco-friendly ethos and a maximum of just four bell tents hired to a single group at a time. That means you’ll only ever share the space and its rustic facilities with those you come with. It is what you might call a wild glamping experience — with the emphasis firmly on the wild.

Your car is parked a 15 to 20-minute walk away from where tents are pitched (your luggage can be transported in a 4x4). The tents themselves are simply furnished with camp beds for which you need to bring your own sleeping bag (leave the duvet at home). The whole site is off grid and there’s no running water, save for the river flowing by. Washing facilities use rainwater, toilets are composting and drinking water has to be brought in. Phil and Aydin will fill a 300-litre bowser for your stay.

There’s a woodsman’s touch to this place and the campfire is the heart of it all. If you like the sound of that but lack the skills to survive, you can book in a campcraft workshop to learn them. And if you have them but want a focus for your stay, try the Greenwood Music course. This is a place where you have no option but to slow down, relax and immerse yourself in nature and age-old ways of life. It’s certainly designed for that. The whole site is 40 acres and it’s all yours to explore. You can swim in the river, cook on the fire, watch wildlife and walk in the woods but should you wish to venture further, Bodmin Moor is just four miles away, the Tamar Valley a few miles more. The south Cornish coast is a 30-minute drive and the north Cornish coast a little further.

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Facilities

We provide  bell tents with wood burners or why not set up a hammock & basha in the trees for a memorable night under the stars.
40-acres of ancient Cornish Woodland on the River Lynher

Fully erected 5m Bell Tent with camp beds, rug, mat, eco-solar lantern, carbon monoxide detector, fire extinguisher, first aid kit & wood burner (in the colder months)
Phone charging facilities
Plates, bowls and cutlery
Fire-bridge with grill & various hangers for pots/kettle & Petromax Griddle/firebowl
Wood store with supply of wood and natural firelighters to get your fire started
Drinking water in 300 litre water bowser & 10l water containers per tent
Seating made from recycled wood & 2 x 6-foot picnic tables lovingly crafted by us
A-frame with tarpaulin cover & set up parachute to weather-proof firepit area if required
2 x composting toilets with eco-friendly loo roll
Gas ring and gas (just in case)
Wash area, rain-fed, with eco-friendly hand wash and antibacterial wash
Kettle and two cooking pots, washing up bowl with scourer, spatula & ladle
Bins plus hot bin composter for food waste etc
Eco-friendly washing up liquid and shower gel
Quirky ‘spartan’ shower & a solar shower

Suitable For

We provide all the accommodation you will require, however you are welcome to bring a small two person tent if you want that extra bit of privacy.

There is no access to any vehicles to the camping area.

The carpark is limited to 6 cars

This is an ancient Oak woodland an as such it is managed sustainably, please use only the fire wood provided and do not collect your own

We accept a maximum of 3 well behaved dogs which must be cleaned up after

This is a wild glamping site, infants under 2 years old are not catered for, however please contact us for more information and we can discuss opt

Nearby

The woods are located in the heart of Cornwall, with a short drive to many local attractions, the area is full of history, walks and cycle trails. It's a 45min drive to either the South or North Coast where you can surf, swim and sun bath and enjoy breath taking coastal scenery.

Open

May–September.

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The Owner Says

A unique family and friends experience.  "Wild-Glamping" with extra comfort. We offer you a self-catered  experience with exclusive access to our pristine woodland, camped in a three-acre meadow on the banks of the river.  Just bring the basics food clothes etc and we will provide the rest.

You have access to composting toilets with hand washing facilities, a large, covered A-frame area with tables and seating, plenty of fresh water, basic solar shower, a supply of wood for the fire pit, which comes with a tripod, hot plate and large kettle. We also provide a couple of large pans, a spatula and ladle.

All you need to bring is: clothing, swimwear, towel, sleeping bag & mat, waterproofs, torch, insect repellent, boots/shoes, water bottle, cutlery, plates, bowls and your food. We provide the rest. For a full list of what we provide, and your personal kit list visit our website and download the pdf document and will be sent to you when booking

Upon arrival, your kit will be transported by 4x4 down to the meadow camp. You will be guided through the woods and along the river to your own three-acre meadow camp on the banks of the river.

We are part of nature - not apart from it- and as more of us look to foster our connection with the natural world,  you will be able to enjoy the abundant wildlife, and ample time to explore the winding paths, dip into the cooling river and relax around the fire.

Accommodation

Four bell tents, hired together.

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Location

Contact Dennis Arbon Caradon Woods, Plushabridge, Cornwall

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Getting There

Directions to Caradon Woods
Search for Caradon Wood, Callington on Google Maps or Caradon
Wood on WAZE
From the A38 Plymouth (westbound)

Go over the Tamar Bridge, through the tunnel and up to the Carkeel Roundabout.
Take third exit onto A388 toward Callington and drive to Callington
Drive through Callington, take the left turn signposted Maders and Golberdon
Drive through Maders and turn left signposted Golberdon
Drive through Golberdon and head down the hill until you come to a bridge (over the Lynher)
Take the right immediately after the bridge and follow the road to the next junction (past barn on right)
Turn right, drive past the Openreach building (Big block white building with car parking area in front)
The entrance to the woods is 20 metres down on the right (you will see a Greenwood Music banner)

Coming via the A30 from Exeter (west-bound)

Turn off the A30 at Liftondown and take the A388 towards Launceston
 Staying on the A388 follow signs for Callington
As you come into Kelly Bray you will see the Swingle Tree Pub on your left
Just past the Pub on your right is a Post office turn right just past the Post Office down Redmoor Rd
At the bottom of Redmoor Rd turn right and drive straight though Maders
Turn left signposted towards Golberdon
Drive though Golberdon and head downhill until you come to a bridge (over the Lyhner)
Take the right immediately after the bridge and follow the road to the next junction (past barn on right)
Turn



There are trains to Plymouth and Liskeard the nearest bus stop is in Golberton.  If catching the train to Plymouth, the number 12 Bus will take you to Callington.  A taxi could then bring you the 4 mile to the woods.  Alternative a taxi would be availiable from Liskeard train station (approx 7 miles)

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