Elm Farm

UK England South West England Cornwall Redruth

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Quiet camping meadows and a friendly café located beside some of Cornwall's most popular cycling routes

Opened in 2014, Elm Farm is far more than just a campsite. Capitalising on its prime location beside the Mineral Tramways cycle network, Elm Farm is a campsite-cum-cycle-centre with a cute little café thrown in for good measure. It’s a family-run establishment less than two miles by bike from the nearest beach – pick from Portreath and Porthtowan or explore secret swimming holes like Fisherman’s Cove – while, inland, trails weave you through the county’s 19th-century mining history, past moonscape quarries and ancient copper mines.

The site’s two camping meadows are simple, off-grid affairs and have been left purposefully alone in order to maintain their natural appeal – to people and wildlife alike. Buzzards are common, barn owls are sometimes heard in the night and stoats have even been spotted, hidden beyond the great elm trees that border the field and give the farm its name. With just 25 pitches there’s ample space for ball games, and the pair of family shower rooms and compost toilets are more than adequate, though the café has flushing loos if you prefer.

If you haven’t brought your own bikes for exploring the many routes on offer, you can hire them from the Elm Farm café and cycle shop. Campers get a discounted rate, while those who’ve booked one of the site’s two pre-pitched, furnished bell tents are given bikes for free. Even as you stride to the café, housed inside a cute, converted shed, your eyes are drawn to the landscape beyond. Laity Moor stretches out in the distance to Carn Brea hill, one of the highest points in the local area, from which you can see both the north and south Cornwall coast.

If you don’t fancy schlepping up the hill on your bike, you can stick to the easy ride down to the beach instead. Alas, you can’t cycle with a board under your arm but there’s a surf school at Porthtowan from which you can hire them if needed. So if you fancy throwing yourself into the laid back surfer vibe of the place, you’ve got no excuse.

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Facilities

Drinking water taps. Solar lights around the facilities, with 4 compost toilets, 2 family-sized washroom cubicles with showers and sinks, and 2 dish-washing/laundry sinks. There is also a flushing toilet and chemical disposal point beside the café (a short skip up the hill). Braziers provided and logs for campfires. Fully furnished bell tents available (see website for full furnishing details). Bike hire available at a reduced rate to campers.

Suitable For

Everyone! Campers, glampers, tents, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, dogs, groups, special events...

Nearby

If you venture over the hill that shelters Elm Farm from the sea winds you'll find the rugged North Cornwall coastline waiting. It takes about 30 minutes to walk to the cliffs. The campsite is just inland from 2 sandy north coast coves – Portreath and Porthtowan – that are great for surfing and family days out. The latter has a certified blue flag beach. Slap bang on the coast to coast cycle trail (sometimes called the Bissoe Trail), the site is ideal for cycling, so grab your bikes (or hire from the site) and head to Portreath on 2 wheels (you can detour off to Porthtowan too). Boards can be hired from the villages if you want to hit the waves. If you follow the cycle trail to the south coast it takes you to Devoran, while there are also various other local loops taking in the area's 17th, 18th and 19th-century mines – The Mineral Tramways network. There is also a north coast footpath. St Ives, St Michaels' Mount (01736 710507) and The Eden Project (01726 811911) are all within easy driving distance.

Food & Drink

The Elm Farm Café & Bar is excellent. It offers a wide variety of refreshments including Lavazza coffee, specialist teas, freshly made cakes, sandwiches, all day breakfast, light lunches and locally made ice-cream. Check out the sausages made from pigs reared at Dunkirk Farm in Mount Hawke or treat yourself to carrot cake and clotted cream. The bar is licensed, too, so expect Cornish real ale from Skinners Brewery and a glass of wine for your evening by the campfire. At times there may also be a cocktail of the day waiting for you in a jug in the fridge! For anything else, there are pubs and restaurants in Portreath and Porthtowan, so pedal downtown and take your pick.

Opening Times

April–October (glamping late May–September).

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The Owner Says

Elm Farm Camping has provided an authentic slice of rural Cornish life for hundreds of guests over the years. If you’re trying to get away from it all, one afternoon watching someone trying to herd stubborn farm animals might persuade you that the stresses of the city aren’t really quite so bad after all. Our lovely camping pitches are positioned around the perimeter of two spacious fields which leaves plenty of space in the middle for the kids to play.

Many cyclists doing the Lands End to John o’ Groats trip use us as their first or last stopping point, but you normally have to get up pretty early to see them! The camping fields are supplied with clean drinking water and solar lights around the facilities. There are four composting toilets, two family size washroom cubicles with hot showers and sinks and two dish/laundry washing sinks all with hot water. There is also a flushing toilet and chemical disposal point for guests beside the cafe a short skip up the hill. Elm Farm boasts an abundance of birds and wildlife: buzzards are common as are barn owls, whilst foxes, badgers and stoats can often be observed. We are happy to advise you on the many beautiful coastal and country walks in this area.

Accommodation

20 grass pitches and 3 fully furnished bell tents.

Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 4 3 Available
We will position, erect and furnish a high-quality 5-metre Bell tent for you and help transfer your possessions to our beautiful, sheltered and natural camping field for the perfect glamping experience. All Bell tent glamping residents get 1 day free bike hire for 2 people.

Camping Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 20 Available
A level, sheltered camping pitch on our small eco-campsite. The lovely pitches are positioned around the perimeter of two spacious fields which leaves plenty of space in the middle for the kids to play.

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Location

Contact Elm Farm, Elm Farm Campsite, Nancekuke, Redruth, Cornwall TR16 5UF

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Getting There

Leave the A30 at Redruth turn off and follow the direction to Porthtowan. When the road arrives at a T-junction (Chapel Hill) turn left and Elm Farm is a about 300 yards on the right.

Redruth (0845 748 4950) is the nearest train station, 2 miles away. The campsite owners can help organise transfers by taxi if needed. Newquay Cornwall Airport (01637 860600) is 25 miles away.

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Why book with I Love This Campsite?

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