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Escape the life admin with a break to Bodmin...At Ruthern Valley Holidays, a friendly site tucked into a tree-filled dell near Bodmin Moor, the emphasis is on making the most of the ravishing natural surroundings - think birds and bunnies rather than bingo nights, and babbling brooks instead of the boom of a disco bar.
The site is carefully laid out to offer visitors maximum space and seclusion, with a choice of lodging options: wooden ‘wigwams’, which sleep five and come with beds, a kettle, fridge and microwave; camping pods in the bluebell copse; and 26 roomy pitches set amongst the trees for tents and tourer, some with electric hook-ups.
If you’re bringing the kids, they’ll love roaming around the woods building dens and wildlife spotting, chatting to the resident chickens and pigs, and bouncing around the leafy playground area.
Ruthern Valley Holidays also has a licensed shop selling bonzer bangers and other local goodies, plus essential camping gear; other amenities include solar-heated showers, loos, laundry and washing up facilities.
Nearby attractions and activities
Cornwall’s countless charms are all within your grasp: moors and tors; fantastic beaches (both the northern and southern coasts are within ten miles of Ruthern Valley Holidays, and the surfing mecca of Newquay is just a few miles further); the rarefied atmosphere and intriguing specimens of the uniquely utopian Eden Project; the romantic Lost Gardens of Heligan; classical castles and mansions (Tintagel and Llanhydrock House are popular choices); zoos and wildlife centres; theme parks; museums and more.
If you’ve always wanted to ride the waves, book in advance for the Surf’s Up school on Polzeath Beach, guaranteed to help you find your feet; alternatively, you can surf the forest canopy instead, at the adrenaline-busting ‘Tree Surfers’ complex of rope bridges and zip wires, near Tavistock.
In fact, there’s all manner of outdoorsy fun in the area (sea kayaking, kite surfing, horse riding...) but the cycling deserves a special mention. Five minutes on two wheels brings you to the Camel Trail, 16 miles of converted railway track that makes for an idyllic ride through the Camel Valley, and links to the Cornish Way for trips further into Cornwall. Bikes can be hired at numerous cycle centres nearby, including Wadebridge, Bodmin and Padstow.
Slake your pedal-induced thirst en route with a wine-tasting at the renowned Camel Valley Vineyard, or take a bottle away to wash down some fish and chips from the Rick Stein takeaway in Padstow. This picturesque fishing village is only a short ride from Ruthern Valley Holidays and is a fully-fledged foodie destination, with several acclaimed restaurants and takeaways, and lovely little boutiques where visitors can cheerfully wave ta ta to some of their holiday wonga.
Attractions near Ruthern Valley Holidays
- Cornwall's Crealy Great Adventure Park (5.9 miles)
- Eden Project (6.7 miles)
- Rock Beach (8.1 miles)
- Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps (10.0 miles)
- Trerice (11.8 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Activities near Ruthern Valley Holidays
Wadebridge Woods and River (3.5 miles) Walking
Lanhydrock House - the River Fowey (4.9 miles) Walking
Cardinham Woods (5.4 miles) Walking
Overall rating based
Stayed in one of the site's camping pods. Cold the first night but a blanket under the air bed meant we were toasty the second. Lovely, fantastically maintained site in a beautiful setting. We were planning to return before we left.
Karen H. (Family with young children, 1 review, 0 photos) Confirmed ?
Liked: 18 month old loved the animals and children's play area.
Disliked: Not a dislike but there are rumours of other sites with similar pods that have heaters in them...
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Electrical hook-up points for tourers
Hard standingsMax. motorhome length: 6.0 metres
Commercial vehicles allowed
No dogs allowed
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
Surf school nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Small (11-25 pitches)
Jumbo tent pitches
Tipis, yurts, or wigwams
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
Bodmin Coach Stop — 3.7mi
Wadebridge: The Link Rd Coach Stop — 4.1mi
Bodmin Parkway: Rail Station Bus Stop — 6.3mi
- Train stations
Roche Rail Station — 3.4mi
Bugle Rail Station — 4.4mi
Luxulyan Rail Station — 5.7mi
- Ferry ports
Rock Padstow Ferry Landing — 7.8mi
Padstow Ferry Landing — 8.0mi
Fowey Custom House Quay Ferry Landing — 11.3mi
Newquay St Mawgan Airport — 9.1mi
From the North
Take the A30 past Bodmin to Innis Downs roundabout, signposted for St Austell.
Take the slip road off the A30 and turn right at the first roundabout taking you back over the
A30 to the next roundabout. Take the second exit off the roundabout signed for Lanivet (A389).
From the South
Travelling up the A30 leave at the St Austell exit. At the roundabout take the second exit off the roundabout signed for Lanivet (A389).
Keep going along this road through Lanivet, up the hill and turn left immediately before the building, signed for Nanstallon. Take the left signed for Ruthernbridge (chalets) and continue for approximately two miles. Immediately before the small bridge turn left - the site is approximately 200m on the left.
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