Mousehole Camping

UK England South West England Cornwall Penzance

A basic but spectacularly located campsite on Cornwall's Penwith Peninsula, built on the resources of Mousehole's local football club

We’ve heard of campsites with a football pitch on offer, but how about the other way round? Tucked in the far southwestern corner of the British Isles, Mousehole Camping in Cornwall offers exactly that – a minor league football club that have introduced a handy little campsite adjacent to their playing field.

Trungle Parc is home to the South West Peninsula League's finest, Mousehole AFC. Their idea, is nothing short of genius. The essential facilities have long been in place – showers, toilets and sinks inside the main changing rooms and a clubhouse bar, with cheap drinks anda fantastic community atmosphere – while the field is purposefully flat and well drained, the ideal conditions for camping. If you don’t mind that slightly makeshift, pop-up campsite feel than you can’t go far wrong here. Tents are welcome in July and August (when the footy season is over) but if you've come by campervan and secured one of the five prized, pitches, there’s a free game to watch every Saturday!

Of course, the real success of this campsite doesn’t stem from the fact that the facilities are well maintained and prices kept conveniently low (though it certainly helps), but more importantly from its knock-your-socks-off location. At the end of the day, this is the real reason a football club can get away with opening up a corner of its ground and otherwise just leaving you to it!

A stroll away from the campsite entrance, the tiny village of Paul has all the endearing characteristics you’d expect of a village with the same name as your mate from down the road. Paul’s local, the Kings Arms, is a cosy, old stone haunt, with a couple of picnic benches outside, looking across to the parish church opposite. The centre of the village’s history, this towered old building is said to have been founded in the year 409 by the Welsh saint, Paul Aurelian... though a further two Saint Paul’s are also disputably it’s rightful honouree. Today’s structure actually dates to the year 1600, after the invitingly isolated Penwith Peninsula was sacked and burned by marauding Spaniards five years earlier.

The campsite or, more accurately, the football club, takes its name from the next village over, a tiny cluster of houses encircling a beautiful old harbour. It was here that the Spanish first landed, with a plaque outside the only surviving building that reads "Squire Jenkyn Keigwin was killed here 23 July 1595 defending this house against the Spaniards". Today the picture-perfect spot, speckled with colourful dinghies, boasts a sandy crescent beach when the tide is out and excellent crabbing opportunities from the far harbour walls. It’s your first discovery of many along this stretch of heritage coastline; a peninsula on the very edge of the country with all the drama, history and intrigue that you could ask for.

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Mousehole Camping is a family and pet friendly site based at a local football club in Paul, Penzance, only a mile's walk (downhill) from the famous Mousehole Harbour. Facilities on site include newly tiled solar-powered showers, wash basins supplied with hot water, a clubhouse (open during busy times) selling soft and alcoholic drinks, a pool table, table football, television and ample car parking. There is a large stainless steel sink for washing up your pots and pans. Bell tents are also available for glamping. The campsite is just 500 metres from a local pub serving great food and beers and wifi is available on site

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  • Trusted for over 10 years
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