Blue Hills Touring Park

UK England South West England Cornwall Perranporth

  • Dogs welcome
  • Laundry
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
A small, coastal campsite ideally placed between Perranporth and St. Agnes on the South West Coast Path.

In darker days the Cligga Cliffs in Cornwall hummed with the iconic drone of Spitfires. Fighter pilots, scrambling east towards the cities or returning from scrappy dogfights out at sea, would bobble down the runways at RAF Perranporth. The tin mine chimneys of St. Agnes beacon were always a welcome site to returning aces. The view from the cockpit back then wasn’t too dissimilar to how it looks now – sandy beaches, craggy cliffs and rolling, hedge-lined countryside. But at the end of the old RAF base, now decommissioned and used instead by a local flying school, is a new addition that’s nestled more subtly amongst this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Open for some years and once hosting camping fighter pilots, Blue Hills Touring Park is run by affable owners Ginny and Martin Brant. This delightful spot on the route of the South West Coast Path is as charming from terra firma as it looks from above the clouds. Despite the name, beckoning at the mobile home community, this is not a spot gleaming with a grid-work of static caravans. Yes, it has a healthy dose of the motoring types – electrical hook-ups at every pitch and chemical waste facilities see to that – but it also keeps a natural, countryside feel, untarnished by tarmac artificiality. There’s no clubhouse or bar and the only music you’re likely to hear is the gentle tune on entering the toilets.

Tent campers can hideaway in their own tent-specific field or pitch in the main area where spaces are equally flat and well spread out. Even as a whole the campsite has just 30 pitches, so there’s never a fear of being wedged amongst a crowd. Martin and Ginny have also cleared the neighbouring field since they arrived, to create an open space for playing ball games – certainly a popular decision with the kids. Dog owners too can come safe in the knowledge that part of the meadow is set aside for off-lead enclosed play.

While facilities are excellent and the camping fields retain their rural feel, it is the atmosphere that creates the real pleasantness of this site. There’s a lively mix of types. Caravan and campervanners bimble down the narrow Cornish lanes, family campers head kid-first towards the beach, surfers rinse out their wet-suits in the sun and walkers pack away their slim-line tents, ready to rejoin the 630-mile coastal path. It’s a half-hour stroll for the less serious ramblers, heading across to nearby St. Agnes – home to a few great eateries. A little further inland, the Miner's Arms is the old RAF haunt. Sip a pint of Bass Pale Ale at the bar and imagine the place smokey with the pipes of World War II airmen. Flyers of small planes can still park up the lane and take the 10 minute wander to camp, just like the old days.  A short stroll to Trevellas Porth (also known as Happy Valley) gives you access to a lovely dog-friendly beach. At low tide, you can head to Trevaunance Cove to see the old harbour and have a well-earned pint at Driftwood Spars’ micro-brewery – pretty much the perfect summer’s day.

Details

Facilities

Along with showers and toilets the sanitary block features baby changing facilities, hair-dryers and a separate disabled and family shower room. There is a utilities room with fridges and freezer, washing machine and tumble drier. A small shop (seasonal), Wi-Fi, free mobile phone charging point and dog walking area are all for campers use. There is even a wetsuit dip and hanging area for surfers! Family and group camping areas are designated along with an exclusive D of E field (also available for rally events). There is a playing field for ball games and frisbee.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, motorhomes, families, DofE and family groups, well-behaved dogs – yes.

Nearby

RAF Perranporth retains a little of it's history – with fine examples of WWII air-raid shelters, revetments and bunkers –but since its decommission is now known as Perranporth Airfield (01872 552266). You can take flying lessons, go for a ride for the best views of Cornwall or use it as a departure point for a quick trip to the Isles of Scilly. Blue Hills is also located directly on the South West Coast Path and a short walk away from dog friendly cove of Trevellas Porth. If you want to wander a little further then it takes about 45 minutes to reach the surfing town of Perranporth or, in the opposite direction, pretty St. Agnes, a rightfully popular little spot with a couple of excellent pubs.

Food & Drink

Nearby pubs include the St Agnes Hotel (01872 552307), particularly good for it's breakfast and Sunday roast; The Miners Arms (01872 552375), a traditional old spot with a real community feel; and the Driftwood Spas (01872 552428), with the best views and a lovely beer garden over the road. For beach side bars try the legendary Blue Bar (01209 890329) or the Watering Hole (01872 572888), right on the sand of Perranporth beach.

Opening Times

March – October.

Pitches

30 pitches all with 16amp electricity available.

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Location

Contact Blue Hills Touring Park, Blue Hills Camping and Touring Park, Cross Coombe, Trevellas, St Agnes, Cornwall TR5 0XP

Getting There

At Carland Cross roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A30 (signposted Redruth). At Boxheater Junction, turn right onto the B3285 (signposted Perranporth). At T-junction turn left onto Newquay Road – A3075 (signposted Redruth) Entering Goonhavern, at the mini-roundabout turn right onto the B3285 (signposted Perranporth). Continue forward onto Budnic Hill – B3285. Entering Perranporth, continue forward onto the B3285 signposted St Agnes (pass the George Country House on your left, Airfield on the right). On Entering Trevellas turn right on the bend, brown signed, and signed Trevellas Porth/Crosscoombe. Follow signs to Cross Coombe and Blue Hills Touring Park. There is a bus-stop just under 1 mile from the site with regular services to the main tourist towns.

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