So if you haven’t heard… Cornwall is probably one of the BEST destinations in the U.K. Especially if you’re lucky enough to have nice weather!
Recently we took a 5 day (4 nights) Motorhome trip to Cornwall and back (from Bristol). And, quite honestly, out of all the travelling we have done over the last few years this has got to be one of the best trips yet!
We didn’t officially plan much about this trip, but we know there are a lot of you out there that like to plan ahead, or least have some kind of idea as to what to expect. So here is our itinerary for our 5 Day Cornwall Road Trip!
Bridport is actually in Dorset, but as its part of the Jurassic Coast, we couldn’t miss it off the list whilst we were heading down to the South Coast!
Where to stay (Night 1):
If you’re not familiar with the U.K. then you may not already know – quite a few pubs in the U.K. actually allow you to park up your campervan/motorhome over night in their car park for free (check the size of the space with the pub before you arrive). You can purchase the book with the list of pubs and more detail on the spaces HERE – it is £27.50 + P&P but well worth it considering 1 night on a campsite can cost you almost that amount!
For our stop in Bridport we stopped at The Bottle Inn – there is actually quite a big space here, which fitted two Motorhomes for the night.
What to do:
Bridport is a cute little Market Town close to the sea, the main attraction is;
West Bay – or otherwise known as Bridport Harbour, which is a beautiful little harbour settlement on the English Channel. Take a stroll around the marina or even along the sandy stretch of Charmouth beach with a towering golden cliff.
Looe & Charlestown
After spending the day with some family in Bridport we headed off to Looe – a place Steff was familiar with as she had spent some time down here in her teens.
Looe is a small coastal town which has a beautiful little fishing port – this is where you start to feel like you’re in the Mediterranean rather than England!
Where to Stay (Night 2):
We had a bit of a fiasco in the morning with our shower running out of water (mid shower) so we decided we’d stay on a campsite in Looe so that we could fill up our water tank and have a back up shower in case something went wrong!
We picked an absolute beauty of a spot called Bay View Farm Camping Site which had the most incredible view over Looe Bay and a gorgeous sunset!
This site cost us £25 for the night with an electric hook up.
What to do:
Looe Harbour – A gorgeous little harbour at the bottom of a hill with turquoise clear water. You can grab a crab line/bucket and go crabbing along the harbour walls.
Looe Beach – A short stroll through the town from the harbour, you will find the beach. There’s actually two parts to the beach – the main beach which is soft golden sand and the rocky part which is to the left (perfect for a bit of crabbing!)
Coastal Walk – Whilst walking through the town you will see a couple of signs on the side of houses which point you in the direction of the coastal walk. If you have enough time we highly recommend you take the walk as it takes you to a few other beaches and bays. We didn’t go too far but we are pretty sure if you walk far enough you can actually reach the campsite we stayed at!
The parking In is Looe is actually really good, just over the bridge is a massive car park which coaches and camper vans can fit in, it’s fairly cheap too!
Once we had explored Looe, we did try to go to Polperro but when we got to the car park it was £9 to park the motorhome, which we thought was extortionate considering we’d only be an hour or two. So we headed on to St Austell and the historic port of Charlestown.
What to do:
Charlestown is quite a cute little village, with some history to it. Poldark was actually filmed here and you can see why with the big pirate looking sailing ships in the dock.
Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre – here you can go on a guided tour round the centre and even down to the sailing ships which are in the gated off area of the dock.
Pub lunch over looking the Pier at Pier House – We tried the local Cornish cider – Rattler and had some really yummy calamari sat out on the veranda overlooking the turquoise sea. It was stunning.
From here we headed on to our next destination, St Mawes.
We arrived in St Mawes late afternoon, so once we checked into our campsite, we headed down to the seaside village of St Mawes and went for a beautiful little walk along the beach and harbour before heading back to The Rising Sun pub for our evening dinner!
St Mawes is actually part of the Roseland Heritage Coast.
Where to stay (Night 3):
Living the life of luxury, we headed to another campsite so that we could do the necessary things you need to do when you have a motorhome (waste…).
The campsite we stayed at was called Trethem Mill Touring Park and it was the most pristine campsite we had ever been on. Luscious green grass, well maintained hedges and foliage and a beautiful play park for the kids.
The site cost us £22 for the night with an electric hook up.
What to do:
St Mawes Castle – This is a great little treasure sat on the hillside right next to the sea. An Artillery Fort constructed for Henry VIII which is elaborately decorated.
After spending the morning at the Castle we hit the road to our final destination, The Lizard.
The Lizard & Kynance Cove
The Lizard or Lizard’s Point is considered the most South Westerly point of England and the U.K. and it really is a stunning coastline.
When we arrived at The Lizard in the early afternoon, we checked into our last and final campsite (we were going to go to a pub car park but we couldn’t miss this campsite… you’ll see why in a bit…) and then took the coastal walk down to Lizard Point!
Where to stay (Night 4):
When we came across this quirky little campsite we just couldn’t resist booking in to stay our final night here! The campsite was called Herny’s Campsite and it was actually awesome.
IT has ducks, chickens, alpacas, pigs – you name it, they’ve got it. It’s quirky and alternative with an awesomely decorated snug. We highly recommend staying here.
We payed £26 for the night with electric hook up.
What to do:
Lizard Point Coastal Walk – This really is something straight out of Lord of the Rings. A beautiful walk direct from Henry’s Campsite, takes you to the bellowing cliffs of Lizard point in just 15 minutes.
If you swing a left when you get to the coast and follow the National Trust path, in a short distance you will come across the old lifeboat house and a couple of restaurants that over look the bay and serve cream tea and Pimms.
Kynance Cove Coastal Walk – Just a 10 minute drive from Lizard Point, this was most certainly the highlight of the trip! An easy 30 minute costal walk from the National Trust Car Park brings you to one of the most stunning Coves in the U.K. – Kynance Cove. Turquoise waters, crashing waves and beautiful rock formations. At low tide you can even go down onto the beach and into the caves.
Pasty on the Beach @ Kynance Beach Cafe – Ever wanted to try a real deal Cornish Pasty? Well THIS is the place to try it! The pasty is probably as large as your head and is delicious, and what better way to try a Cornish pasty than sitting in a beautiful cove watching the waves crash against the rocks!?
So that concludes our 5 Day Cornwall Trip (with a little slice of Dorset). We didn’t pre-plan and we either called the campsites on the day or just turned up and booked a pitch there and then – it did help that we did this trip the week before the school half term holidays, so it was fairly quiet. So do make sure you check when the school holidays are before you set off on your trip because the roads and campsites can get quite manic!
Now that you’ve seen just some of what Cornwall has to offer, what are your thoughts on the U.K.? Did you know there was such beauty on this little island of ours? Let us know in the comments below!