Cornwall by Camper: A 14 Day Trip
A day by day itinerary
Enjoy a campervan trip to Cornwall and do the coast-to-coast route from Bude to Polperro. Pass-by beautiful beaches, dip into Cornish history, explore tiny fishing villages, stop-off at peaceful harbours, visit world heritage sites, and stop for a while on windswept moors. It’s all here in Cornwall. Enjoy your home-from-home cool campervan hire and stop when you want, visit what you want, go where you want, and stay for however long you want. Tempted? CamperConnect.com have a range of campervan hires to choose from including classic campervans, T4 and T5 campervans, motorhomes and budget campervans.
Below is a 14-day Cornwall campervan hire itinerary to whet your appetite. This itinerary covers the coastal route of this beautiful county and dips inland too. You can of course park up your camper in one particular spot and stay for as long as you like…
First thing’s first, read the CamperConnect.com Enjoy Cornwall in a campervan article. It will get your tastebuds tingling to start planning your route. Now follow our 14-day itinerary.
Start off in Bude on Cornwall’s northern coast, famous for its pastel painted beach huts, crazy golf and wide sandy beaches. Hire a beach hut for the day, mess about on the Bude canal, and visit Bude Heritage Centre at the Castle by the canal.
If it’s sunny, park your campervan at the beach and spend a day crabbing – Summerleaze Beach and the right side of Crooklets beach are great crabbing spots.
Take a peaceful drive to Boscastle with its medieval past and natural harbour, it’s one of Cornwall’s most romantic places.
And for fantastic coastal views, walk down the left hand path at Boscastle harbour that leads to a slate platform where you can see the ‘Blowhole’ an hour before or after low tide. It blows a horizontal waterspout halfway across the harbor entrance if the conditions are right.
Head your campervan inland to Bodmin Moor and enjoy a picnic at Delphi Bridge, a secluded spot near St. Breward, kids will enjoy padding in the De Lank River. Swop the campervan for a train and get steamed up at the Bodmin and Wenford Railway, Cornwall’s only full size working steam railway.
Bodmin is one of Cornwall’s oldest towns. The Cornish Rebellion started here in 1497. The imposing granite buildings reflect the town’s importance during the tin mining boom in the 19th century. A must-see attraction is the imposing and eerie county jail, renowned for its ghosts.
Point your campervan in the direction of Jamaica Inn, Cornwall’s most famous smuggling inn and famous for its stories of strange happenings. Treat yourself to a traditional Cornish steak pie supper and, when all is still, see if you can hear the sound of horses’ hooves and the metal rims of wheels turning on the rough cobbles in the courtyard. There’s an organic farm nearby that’s perfect for campervan hire camping.
If you’re lucky enough to have bikes with you spend time cycling along the Camel Trail between Bodmin and Padstow. The scenery along this popular walking and cycling route is some of the most spectacular in the country. Or, why not hire bikes for a day?
Campervans and coastline go hand in hand and the spectacular beaches around Padstow, Perranporth, Newquay and St. Agnes are all within about a 5 minute drive of eachother Harlyn Bay near Padstow is popular with families and surfers. Perranporth beach stretches two miles at low tide, it has a natural open air swimming pool that fills with seawater at high tide and is then warmed by the sun during the day. And there are numerous rock pools and caves at Mawgan Porth, just four miles north of Newquay.
Park your campervan at Padstow harbour and watch the ebb and flow of harbour life. Pop in to Rick Stein’s seafood restaurant and watch chefs assembling platters of oysters, langoustines and sashimi. It’s a takeaway restaurant too, Stein’s traditional Fish & Chips are a must.
Take a gentle campervan drive to Truro. Step in to Truro’s gothic revival cathedral, visit Lemon Street Market and taste artisan breads, see Cornish art, and sample Cornish fayre. Get to grips with Cornwall’s history at the Royal Cornwall Museum.
On to enjoy the tip of Cornwall. Penzance, Land’s End and St. Michaels Mount. On the way, stop off at St Ives where the beaches are golden, the light piercingly bright and the harbour bustles with colourful fishing boats. Reach for those tasty treats you bought in Truro and enjoy a family picnic on the white sand at Portminster Beach, then stroll through old St. Ives known as ‘Downlong’ along it’s cobbled streets past traditional fisherman’s cottages.
Linger at Land’s End, Britain’s most south-westerly point and gaze across at the Longships Lighthouse, and the Isles of Scilly twenty eight miles away. There are spectacular views here, bird-lovers don’t forget your binoculars! Sun-seekers and sun lovers, you may want to stay longer than a night at Treen Farm Campsite, it’s just a stone’s throw from some of England’s finest beaches. And, if you’re lucky, you may catch sight of grey seals, basking sharks, and even dolphins.
Penzance boasts one of the mildest climates in the UK and the town is full of palm trees and its gardens full of sub-tropical plants. From here you can see St. Michael’s Mount, home to a fairytale castle, you can walk over if they tide’s out or take a ferry boat across the causeway. Take a walk along the Penzance promenade, grab some fish and chips, sit on the seafront (or in your campervan) and enjoy the view across the bay.
Next stop Helston, a medieval town with a fascinating heritage of miners’ cottages, tin mining, and old pubs. Enjoy a campervan stop off at The Blue Anchor, a historical pub in the centre of the town that dates back to the 15th century and that serves local beer Spingo and a mighty Spingo steak and ale pie. Follow the Helston Town Trail and discover more about the history of the town.
You’ll want to take slow drive around the Lizard coastline. Here you’ll find tiny fishing ports, gorgeous sandy bays, pretty villages and lots of traditional pubs serving freshly caught crab and lobster.
Stand on the top of the Lizard and look out to sea, this is the most southerly point on the UK’s mainland.
Falmouth is gateway to the beautiful Fal River which runs through an Area of Natural Beauty. It’s home to the world’s third largest natural deep-water harbour and is a foodie paradise for freshly caught seafood, food festivals, beachside restaurants and traditional pubs.
Visit Pendennis Castle, one of the finest fortresses built by Henry VIII. Spend a day on the beach at Gyllyngvase, it’s great for rock pooling at low tide. And explore the Fal estuary on the ferries that criss-cross the water connecting Falmouth with the charming harbour town of St Mawes.
Hop back into the campervan hire and head inland to Camborne, a centre for the former Cornish tin and copper mining industry. Cornwall’s deepest mine is here.
Arrive at Mevagissey with its distinctive twin harbour, pretty village, and never-ending seafood restaurants that serve endless supplies of daily catch of skate, lobster, plaice and sole.
Swim at Gorran Haven beach a few miles from the village. One of the attractive and safest places to plunge into the water, the beach here is secluded below high cliffs.
Cycle or walk on the Pentewan trail through to St. Austell. An easy-going 5 mile round trip from the beach at Pentewan to the village of London Apprentice and back.
Take the ferry on a 35-minute trip up the coastline to Fowey. Watch out for dolphins huge basking sharks and seals sunbathing on the rocks.
Drive the campervan on to Polperro, an unspoilt fishing village. At the foot of Chapel Cliff on the small sandy beach lies a small tidal bathing pool, take care on the cliff steps as you head down to the pool. Enjoy a crab sandwich at the harbour.
Save the best ‘til last for the Eden Project, a dramatic giant global garden housed in tropical biomes. This is more than just a huge, tropical garden. It’s a fascinating insight into the story of mankind’s dependence on plant life. You’ll need a whole day to take it all in.
And there we have it. A dip in to the magic of Cornwall with a campervan hire. You’ll probably be tempted to stay a while longer at your favourite places and we know you’ll be back for more. And that’s ok too, a campervan hire gives you all the freedom in the world. So sit back and enjoy the ride, Cornwall is made for campervans.
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