Wild Camping Cornwall

UK England South West England Cornwall Penzance

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Campfires allowed
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Beaches
  • Walking
Off-the-beaten-track camping and bell tent glamping in an ancient Cornish setting.

Celtic fire festivals used to be held at Bartinney Castle, dedicated to the sun god Belenos. They seem to have worked. Cornwall’s Penwith Peninsula is one of the sunniest spots on the British Isles and today, half a mile down a footpath from the castle’s faintest of earth remains, there’s a tiny wild campsite well placed to enjoy it.

There are just a couple of pitches and a pre-erected bell tent at Wild Camping Cornwall, which opened in 2021 after moving from another temporary location nearer the coast. The new site has been planted with dozens of trees that will make for quite the hideaway in years to come. For the time being it’s best to hope Belenos keeps the wind gods at bay, since the place can feel a little exposed when it gets gusty.

Facilities consist of a composting loo, a gas-powered shower and a firepit at each pitch (a bag of logs comes with every booking), and the stars are excellent night lights. The nearest neighbours here are a nature reserve and a string of Iron Age humps and bumps of significance, cared for by English Heritage, so light pollution is non-existent.

There’s more to the location, of course, than hiking through history. There’s a beach within 10–15 minutes’ drive in almost every direction you choose. Sennen Cove (six miles) is Cornwall’s most westerly surfing hotspot and frequently tops lists of the UK’s best beaches, while lesser-known spots like Lamorna Cove, St Loy’s Cove and Penberth offer smaller nooks where you can enjoy rock pooling under jagged cliffs.

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Facilities

There are three compost toilets, two gas-powered showers, a covered dining area for bad weather and sinks with mains drinking water that can be also used for washing. No electricity. Each pitch and bell tent has an assigned fire pit. Bell tents feature a double bed (bedding and linen provided; extra beds can be added if needed), soft furnishings and a wood-burning stove.

Suitable For

Glampers, tent campers, couples, families, friends – yes. Campervans, caravans, dogs, large groups – no.

Nearby

There’s a beach within 10–15 minutes’ drive in almost every direction. Sennen Cove (six miles) is Cornwall’s most westerly surfing hotspot, link up with the South West Coast Path and, from here, it's easy to follow the trail much further afield to smaller coves and nooks. Elsewhere, it's a half-hour drive to the galleries of St Ives, a quarter of an hour to Lands End and 20 minutes to St Michaels Mount.

Food & Drink

The nearest pubs are all in St Just, two miles away, where The Star Inn (01736 788767), The Wellington Hotel (01736 787319) and The Kings Arms (01736 788545) are all just off the main square.

Open

Late June–early September.

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The Owner Says

Looking for a peaceful holiday experience in West Cornwall? Come and spend some time with us at Wild Camping Cornwall! We have a small exclusive site with 4 independent pitches available, all offering different camping and glamping solutions. Whether you are a single person, a couple or a family, looking for a quiet time and wanting to spend time in nature

Offers & Deals

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Accommodation

Just three pitches despite plenty of space, two of them occupied by pre-pitched bell tents.

'Wild View' Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
Bring your own tent and camp in the comfort of an exclusive pitch – based in the heart of beautiful West Penwith. This pitch has its own fire pit and an independent area, comprising a 8m x 10m levelled ground.

Private Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 4
Fully-furnished Bell tent to hire on the beautiful West Cornwall coast. The Bell tent has its own, independent area – a whopping 50m by 50m, basically a field for yourself – follow trails into the trees and explore protected wildlife habitats straight from your tent.

'Surf's Up' Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
Bring your own tent and camp in the comfort of an exclusive pitch – based in the heart of beautiful West Penwith. This pitch has its own fire pit and an independent area, comprising a 8m x 4m levelled ground.

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Location

Contact Wild Camping Cornwall, Higher Trevarthen, Grumbla, Penzance, Cornwall TR20 8QY

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Getting There

There’s a parking area at the site entrance, then it’s a 20–100-yard walk to the pitches. The owners can help move your stuff in their truck on Mondays and Fridays.

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