Sandy Acres

UK England South West England Cornwall St. Ives

  • Dogs welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Beach bliss: roll out of your tent, downthe dunes and on to 3 miles of sand

This campsite is made for those campers who want to fall asleep to the sound of the waves and wake up metres from the sand – three miles of sand in this case, stretched between Hayle rivermouth and Godrevy Lighthouse. It’s perfect for kitesurfers, surfers, coastal-path walkers, beach-lovers, and, well, anyone really, though it’s probably best suited to those who seek a lifestyle with sand between their toes.There are no airs and graces – and relatively sparse facilities – at this simple campsite tucked behind and among the coastal dunes.

The dunes themselves are lovely, and a natural playground for children; they’re also part of a designated SSSI and a haven for wildlife. When the sun shines you can kick off your shoes and do away with the car keys; in fact, the only world you’ll be interested in is the one in view over the jungle of marram grass knitting the dunes together. As for the beach, it’s made for every type of sea-and-sand-based activity, from paddle-boarding to simply, er, paddling. Once you’ve tired of what the beach has to offer, you could pull on some footwear for a stroll along the coastal path or, for a ‘big’ day out, hop on the coastal train to St Ives, whose relative urban vibe, with great restaurants and galleries, makes a pleasant change. However
you decide to spend your time, though, come prepared: the scene may look like the Caribbean on a balmy day, but it can get breezy here, so howling onshore winds aren’t unusual.And don’t forget your wetsuit and your waterproofs – this is Cornwall, after all. 

Details

Facilities

32 pitches, 2 loos and showers (unisex) and a couple of outdoor sinks. There's also a bell tent for hire (sleeping 4–5). BBQs must be kept off the grass. No campfires.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, dogs – yes. Groups – no. 

Nearby

There’s a beach café footsteps away at the top of the sand dune (summer holidays only), where you can hire wetsuits (£5 per day) and boogie boards. If you’re serious about learning to surf, head to the Gwithian Academy of Surfing (01736 757579). You’re also bang on the South West Coast Path, with St Ives to the west and the shipwreck coast around Hell’s Mouth to the east.

Food & Drink

Grab a bacon bap from the kiosk just metres away from the site or, if you fancy doorstep sandwiches and homemade cakes, you can wait in line at the Godrevy Beach Café (01736 757999). For a decent pint, delicious pub food and a friendly welcome (for dogs too) you can’t beat the Red River Inn (01736 753223), a 5-minute drive away in Gwithian village.

Opening Times

June–September. Phone for availability for groups out of season.

Accommodation

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Location

Contact Sandy Acres, 22, Sandyacres Road Hayle Cornwall TR27 5BA

Getting There

Come off the A30 at Hayle, turn right at the double mini-roundabout (towards Gwithian) and take the first left, signposted ‘beach car park’.

It’s a 45-minute schlep from Hayle station, or take a bus from Penzance or Truro to Hayle (get off at the stop nearest Lidl supermarket), from where it’s a 25-minute walk.

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