Treen Farm Campsite

UK England South West England Cornwall Penzance

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Walking distance to outstanding Cornish beaches

Treen Farm has been in the Halls family for time eternal. During the last war, one of the fields on the cliff top was commandeered by the Royal Air Force as a communications post. A few military buildings were constructed on the land, rendering it useless for farming – but perfect for camping.

Since then, campers and cows have co-existed at Treen Farm and the camping field has been updated. A fancy tap with running water was installed in 1974, and there are now even toilets and hot showers. The spacious site is a comfortable field’s length back from the cliff top so isn’t overly exposed, but there are sea glimpses over the hedges that gives the site a sense of place.

What you can’t see are the beaches, but you don’t have to go far. The nearest is Pedn Vounder, a tiny, isolated cove of golden sand accessed by a 10-minute cliff-top walk and a five-minute rocky scramble from the campsite; it’s never busy, but it does get cut off at high tide, so keep an eye out. At low tide, you can walk along the sand to Green Bay and the larger Porthcurno beach, a popular family favourite and much more accessible.

If that’s not enough beach for your buck, it’s just 10 minutes in the car to Sennen on the north coast, where Whitesands Bay provides a huge, sweeping arch of yellow, fluffy sand and one of Cornwall’s best surfing spots. Bliss. Bucket-and-spade summer days don’t come any better than this.

Treen used to be a popular tourist destination thanks to Logan Rock, a 70-tonne lump of granite naturally balanced so that it could be rocked back and forth. People came from far and wide to try their strength at rocking the stone, until in 1824 testosterone and bravado got the better of a bunch of drunken sailors who pushed it clean over into the sea. Local residents were outraged at this act of mindless vandalism and the ringleader of the sorry gang was ordered by the Admiralty to return the stone to its rightful position at his own expense. It was a project that took considerably more time and energy than the original drunken prank, and nearly bankrupted the young sailor. Needless to say, the rocking action has never been the same since.

Thankfully, modern-day attractions in the area are enough to topple a wobbling rock from its position as principal tourist draw. Alternative diversions include the the Minack Theatre, an open-air auditorium cut into the cliffs west of Porthcurno. Its dramatic cliff-side setting and the backdrop of the crashing sea makes the Minack a unique theatre experience – and like the fine beaches here, it shouldn’t be missed.

Details

Facilities

Showers (token operated, 25p for 5 minutes), toilets (including disabled facilities), laundry and washing-up area. The shop sells most things you might need.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, dogs – yes. Groups – by arrangement. Mobile homes, caravans – no.

Food & Drink

Sample some of the delicious unpasteurised Treen Farm milk, straight from the cows. They sell yoghurt and organic eggs, too. Treat yourself to a meal (or a night if you’re feeling flash) at 17th century The Abbey (01736 351163) in Penzance, which has a Michelin starred restaurant as well as rooms and suites. The Logan Rock Inn (01736 810495) in Treen is a friendly pub selling St Austell Ales and a wide range of meals, with plenty of local fish and seafood options.

Opening Times

April – Oct. No pre-booking.

Location

Treen Farm Campsite, Treen, St Levan, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 6LF

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Getting There

Take the A30 southwest from Penzance, then turn onto the B3283 through St Buryan to Treen. The campsite reception is at the shop in the village. From Penzance train station catch the bus to Land’s End. Get off at the foot of the hill in Treen, and it’s a 5-minute walk.

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