Beach bliss: roll out of your tent, down the 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.