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Out in the Open ....
... no ordinary campsite! Deliberately small-scale, with limited numbers & lots of space. Friendly atmosphere. Excellent facilities & moorland views. We offer camping & 'glamping'; with shepherd's huts, & a tipi, for hire. Centrally situated & within easy reach of north & south coast beaches. Gay-friendly & dog-friendly!
Nearby attractions and activities
The area is steeped in mining history, is part of the Wendron World Heritage Site and there are several engine houses within sight of the property. Walkers will find footpaths linking the farm to the moorland beyond. There are many bridle-ways locally for cyclists, as well as a network of off-road cycle- paths a few miles away.
The local pub in Porkellis is very friendly, does excellent lunches & evening meals, has occasional entertainment & is within walking distance! ( http://starinnporkellis.com/ )
There are 24-hour supermarkets in Falmouth & Helston; both a short drive away & farmer's markets, full of local produce, take place in all major towns.
Stithians Lake is about 3 miles away, (less by footpath), and provides a range of water-sports for all levels. There is an award-winning pub with excellent food alongside the lake, (www.golden-lion-inn.co.uk) & a very good local butcher.
Porthleven, (just outside Helston), offers beaches, harbour, fishing & canoeing trips, pubs & fish restaurants. Pothleven Cycle Hire offer free delivery of bicycles to the campsite, (www.porthlevencyclehire.co.uk )
Helston is the gateway to the beautiful Lizard peninsula & also nearby is the Helford River, (home of Du Maurier's 'Frenchman's Creek').
Falmouth has 4 beaches, hosts a variety of sailing regattas, is home to the National Maritime museum & now has its own Rick Stein's fish & chip shop! There are a range of boat trips from the quay, visiting places such as St Mawes, Frenchman's Creek, Trelissick Gardens & Truro; many stopping on the way at Smuggler's Cottage for a cream tea!
The cathedral city Truro is a 20 minute drive & has a wealth of small, independent shops & good restaurants to explore.
Other local attractions include Poldark Mine, Flambards Theme Park, Gweek Seal Sanctuary, Goonhilly & a number of sub-tropical gardens.
Lands End, St Michael's Mount, The Eden Project & Lost Gardens of Heligan are all under an hour’s drive.
The surfing beaches of the north coast and the sailing waters and waterside villages of the south coast are all within around 15 minutes drive.
We have a recommendations board at the campsite with our own & campers' ideas on where to go & what to do, which is regularly added to.
Attractions near Out In The Open (gay/lesbian)
- National Seal Sanctuary (4.2 miles)
- Flambards (4.7 miles)
- Trebah Garden (5.4 miles)
- Glendurgan Garden (5.4 miles)
- Cornish Mines and Engines (5.4 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Activities near Out In The Open (gay/lesbian)
Helford - St. Anthony-in-Meneage - Gillan Creek - Manaccan (5.7 miles) Walking
Maen Porth (5.9 miles) Beach - Excellent Water Quality Beaches
Swanpool (6.4 miles) Beach - Excellent Water Quality Beaches
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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
Tents for hire
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
Surf school nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
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
Rame Cross (Cornwall): Coach Stop — 1.6mi
Helston: Coinagehall Street Coach Stop — 4.6mi
Camborne Bus Station — 5.4mi
- Train stations
Penryn Rail Station — 4.9mi
Camborne Rail Station — 5.2mi
Redruth Rail Station — 5.5mi
- Ferry ports
Helford Passage Ferry Landing — 5.5mi
Helford Village Ferry Landing — 5.5mi
Ponsharden Ferry Landing — 5.8mi
Penzance Airport — 13.4mi
Land's End St Just Airport — 20.3mi
Newquay St Mawgan Airport — 22.3mi
• From Exeter, take the A30
• Take the exit for Truro (A39)
• At Truro, follow signs to Falmouth, (A39)
• At Falmouth, take the Helston road, (A394)
• Go through Longdowns & Herniss & into Rame
• At Rame, turn right at the Post Office, signposted Carnkie & Stithians
• At the next junction, turn left, signposted Carnkie & Wendron
• Go all the way through Carnkie & keep going for a way
• Pass a red phone box & start going uphill
• At the top of the hill, there is Halwin school on the right hand side
• Immediately opposite the school is our farm track on the left hand side (see note
• Go down the track, past the first farm, (which is not us) & keep going until you see a
post box with our logo on it.