Treglisson

UK England South West England Cornwall St. Ives

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Dogs welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
A warm welcome awaits at one of Cornwall's best-located campsites

In astronomy, the circumstellar habitable zone is the name given to the universal region where conditions are perfect for supporting life. Not too hot, nor too cold, you might know this foundation of astrophysics more commonly as the 'Goldilocks zone'. Here at Cool Camping, we employ similarly empirical methodology when searching for that perfectly-placed campsite. And nestled in the heart of western Cornwall, we've found just such a spot... and nary a family of bears in sight!

Five minutes inland from the coast, Treglisson announces itself with a swinging green sign beckoning you down a quiet country lane. And the site which reveals itself is, as promised, not too big; not too small; but just right. The spacious main camping field comprises 26 grass pitches (all with electric hook-ups), with half a dozen hardstandings for campervans and motorhomes. As it lies a little inland, you are sheltered from the coastal gales, but still just an achievable walking distance to the nearest beach. Though it sits on a slight slope, pitching is no great hardship. What's more, conscientious owner Steve Reeves is sure to give ample berth between neighbouring pitches. In the school summer holidays when the crowds descend upon Cornwall, Steve also opens a smaller, off-grid field that can accommodate an extra eight pitches. 

Situated on the site of a former farm orchard, Treglisson is a verdant, herbaceous hideaway embraced by trees and hedgegrows that are a magnet for an array of avian tenants. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears open for buzzards, sparrowhawks, woodpeckers and, as dusk descends, tawny owls and bats spooking the rabbits and frequent visiting foxes. 

While it might not be the campsite of choice for teens, Treglisson is refreshingly uncommercial which means a convivial, communal vibe reigns. Amusement-wise, highlights include an outside play area with sandpit, plus a small covered second play area should the Cornish skies uncharacteristically darken with rain clouds.  

Steve is on hand to help with anything in an attentive-but-not overbearing way. And, unlike a few campsite owners that spring to mind, he isn't totalitarian about rules... just keep the noise to a minimum after 11pm, out of courtesy to your canvas compadres. He's also a mine of local knowledge, so whatever leaflets and maps you don't find in the small info-shed, just ask Steve for his pick of local places to go. 

Hayle is just 20 minutes' walk downhill (30 minutes back uphill) via the main B road into town. England's sunshine highway, the A30, is also easily picked up from Treglisson and will take you all the way to Land's End and Cornwall's innumerable lovely locales. 

While modest in scale, Treglisson has nailed that happy medium between space and seclusion for camping couples, and a buzzing kid-friendly centre where the littl'uns can make friends in the play areas. It's a testament to the design and all-round good vibes at Treglisson that guests return year after year. Like we said – just right. 

Details

Facilities

Modern, tiled shower and toilet block (free hot showers); undercover dish-washing area; small laundrette; freezer and microwave; free Wi-Fi, chemical disposal point; outside children's play area and covered children's play area. Campfires not permitted. 

Suitable For

Tents, caravans, campervans and motorhomes (on hard-standing pitches) – yes. Dogs, young families and couples all welcome. 

Nearby

Cornwall is filled with breathtaking beaches and coastal delights. St Ives is just a 15 minute drive away. Leave your car at the park and ride and enjoy the 12 minute train journey along the coast for its spectacular scenery en route to town. The nearest beach to the site is St Ives Bay – a dog-friendly, sandy stretch that's amongst the finest in the South West. Nearby Godrvey beach is just seven minutes away by car (National Trust members can park here for free). It boasts rockpools, surfing and the historic Godrvey Lighthouse, said to have inspired Virginia Woolf's To the LighthouseHayle Golf Range (01736 753655) is just a chip-shot from the site, while the RSPB Hayle Estuary reserve attracts a dizzying array of birdlife. Flambards (01326 573 404), Cornwall's premier family attraction, is just down the road in Helston and features rides, live entertainment and interactive exhibits. 

Food & Drink

Hayle boasts several supermarkets and places to eat. There's an outstanding farm shop and restaurant in Trevaskis Farm (01209 713931). The shop stocks a wealth of lovely local produce and you can also pick your own fruit and veg when in season. Diners can grab everything from a proper cooked breakfast, to a light lunch or Eastern-influenced evening meal. Their portions are legendary and any carnivores up for a challenge should get stuck into the famous Trevaskis mixed grill. The nearest local boozer is the Angarrack Inn (01736 752380) which also serves pleasing pub grub. For an authentic Cornish experience, seek out the seaside and grab a cream tea at Godrevy Beach Café (01736 757999). 

Opening Times

Whitsun–end of September. 

Accommodation

26 pitches, 6 of which are hard-standing and all have electric-hook ups. A smaller, off-grid field is also opened during the school summer holidays to accommodate an extra 8 pitches. 

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Location

Contact Treglisson, 11 Wheal Alfred Rd, Hayle, Cornwall TR27 5JT

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Getting There

Heading west on the A30, you will come to a large roundabout just outside Hayle. Take the 4th exit into Hayle and at the first mini roundabout turn left (Treglisson is signposted from this roundabout). Travel a mile up the hill, under the bridge, past the golf course and you will see the sign on the left. Turn down the lane and you will find the campsite at the end. 

There is a bus stop at the bottom of the hill by the mini roundabout and the nearest train station is Hayle. If your train doesn't stop there, the next station is St Erth. Arrangements can be made to collect people from the station or bus stop.

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