Mousehole Camping

UK England South West England Cornwall Penzance

  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
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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Facilities

Facilities on site include generously large flat grass pitches (some with electric hook-ups), 11 new hardstanding pitches (with electric hook-ups), excellent free wi-fi, newly tiled solar-powered showers and washing-up area, a community freezer, free phone charging points and ample car parking for additional vehicles. Bell tents are available for glamping for the peak season (July & August).

All campers receive welcome information on arrival. BBQ’s and small fires are permitted as long as they are raised off the ground.

Please note that the facilities are a short walk from the camping site around the football pitch. This means that, unfortunately, our site is not ideal for wheelchair users. We do have a disabled toilet / shower / wet room that can be accessed but the trip around the football pitch is not the most convenient.

Football matches occasionally take place during the camping season (from mid-July to early May) and all campers get free entry! The showers are out of action whilst the matches take place but there are toilets that are always available for use.

Suitable For

Our small site is ideal for campervans, tents and small motorhomes. It is NOT suitable for larger motorhomes (6.5 metres maximum) as the approach roads from Penzance are narrow and the entrance to the site itself is steep. We welcome families, small groups, walkers, cyclists and campers looking for a quiet ‘Cool Camping’ campsite in a great Cornish location. We have a ‘quiet campsite’ policy between 11pm and 7am.

Nearby

Walk the 15 minutes to picture perfect Mousehole, an attractive fishing village centred around its beautiful old harbour. Wander the cobbled streets visiting the art galleries and independent shops or catch a bus from there to Penzance, the most well known spot on the Penwith Peninsula and just 3 miles from the campsite. St Michael's Mount (01736 710265) is then just a 20-minute walk along the seafront and across the beach – you can walk the causeway at low tide or take the boat when it's high. Elsewhere, you can't come this far and not go all the way out to Land's End, the UK's most south westerly point. Just a couple of miles to its east Porthcurno Beach is extremely popular, though its surprising treat is actually the overlooking Telegraph Museum (01736 810966), marking what was once the world’s biggest submarine telegraph station. Step inside to find family quiz trails, secret WWII tunnels and interactive exhibits. The adjacent Minack Theatre (01736 810181) is also a must-see. Take a blanket and picnic and watch a play at the ocean’s edge.

Food & Drink

Just 500 metres away, the tiny village of Paul has a great local, The Kings Arms (01736 731224), serving hearty pub meals and a wide range of beers. We are a short downhill stroll to the village of Mousehole with it's amazing harbour and more options when it comes to pubs and restaurants.
The main town of Penzance is less than 10 minutes drive away with more wide-spread amenities, such as major supermarkets (Tesco, Lidl, Sainsburys and Morrisons), fast food outlets and a great range of take aways and restaurants.
Other useful amenities in Penzance include a 24hr urgent care Hospital, numerous doctors and chemists, a main line train station, regular buses and taxis, a leisure centre, a cinema and a unique ferry service which will take you to the beautiful Isles of Scilly.

Open

July & August (when the footy season is over) for tent camping and bell tent glamping. Campervans/motorhomes all year round.

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The Owner Says

Mousehole Camping is a small, friendly and unique family and dog friendly campsite based at a local football club in the quiet village of Paul near Penzance.

The campsite has 34 flat pitches and gets quickly booked out throughout July and August - so book early to avoid disappointment!

The campsite is just 500 metres from the Kings Arms, a local pub serving great food and beers, a mile from the famous Mousehole Harbour and just 2 1/2 miles from Penzance with its large choice of shops, restaurants, takeaways and supermarkets.

Local attractions include Porthcurno beach, the world famous open-air Minack Theatre, St. Michael’s Mount, Lamorna Cove, the South West coast path and, of course, Land’s End.

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Pitches

Approximately 25 camping pitches and 5 harder spots for campervans or motorhomes. 17 pre-erected bell tents that can sleep 4 people in each.

Standard Grass Pitch - no electric

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 15 Available
Suitable for tents & campervans. Motorhomes need to book the ‘hardstanding’ and ‘grass with EHU’ pitches.

Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 4 8 Available
Our 4m Boutique Bell Tents sleep 4 people with inflatable beds and electric sockets provided. You have an outdoor A table. Bring your own bedding / towels.

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Location

Contact Mousehole Camping, Trungle Parc, Paul, Mousehole, Penzance

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Getting There

Drive to Penzance and head towards Newlyn. Do  NOT take the coast road to Mousehole as the harbour roads are too narrow - ignore your sat nav if it sends you via Mousehole! From the crossroads at Newlyn go straight across and continue up the steep hill following the sign to Paul. Please note that this road narrows in places. Continue to the top of the hill (approximately one mile) until you reach a T-junction signposted Mousehole and Paul. Turn left and in half a mile, before Paul church, turn right (the campsite is signposted). The entrance to the campsite is at the end of the road next to Paul Cricket Club.

There are good bus and train services  to Penzance and there is a local bus service from Penzance to Paul. The open-top double decker ‘Land’s End Coaster’ is easily accessible from the campsite with regular services around the peninsular to St. Ives, Penzance and, of course, Land’s End itself.

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