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- Peaceful parkland in a wildlife and stargazing haven
- Pitches limited for maximum space and privacy
- Excellently-kept amenities, tourist info and covered dining area
Nightclubs making you narky? Looking to have a restful break at a peaceful family-friendly Cornwall park where the only tunes you might hear will be from your own contented humming as you wander around the parkland? Head down to Poldown Camping and Caravan Park, in a peaceful and sunny little hollow, sheltered from wind and three miles from the nearest beach.
St Ives, Falmouth, Penzance, Mullion, The Lizard, Hayle, Gwithian and Godrevy are among the places under a 20-minute drive from this peaceful spot; on site, this is top stargazing land for spying night skies on clear eves.
Poldown keeps its number of pitches low, on two acres of parkland landscaped to have a garden feel, with plenty of open space among the flower beds for kickabouts and walks. The spacious and level pitches are restricted to only one or two per camping area, so you can hide away to your heart's content. There’s a playground on site, free hot showers, portable barbecues around the park and a covered dining area with table, chairs, barbecue and wood burner.
For food, Poldown has five child-friendly pubs serving meals within a three-mile radius; within two miles, there are a couple of supermarkets in Helston and restaurants, takeaways and a top fishmonger in the fishing village of Porthleven a couple of miles away. Closer to home there's a farm shop within half a mile.
If you're stuck for ideas on what to do off site (or, more likely, all of a flutter trying to narrow the many Cornwall options down), an extensive tourist information chalet is also on site; owners Gilles and Nelly are more than happy to point ditherers in the right direction too.
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Nice quiet site very clean
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Drainage hook-up points for tourers
Fully serviced pitches
Water hook-up points for tourers
Commercial vehicles allowed
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Surf school nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Small (11-25 pitches)
- Coach stations
Helston: Coinagehall Street Coach Stop — 2.3 miles
2.3 miles Porthleven: The Square Coach Stop — 2.5 miles
2.5 miles Hayle Coach Stop — 6.4 miles
- Train stations
Camborne Rail Station — 6.2 miles
6.2 miles Hayle Rail Station — 6.4 miles
6.4 miles St Erth Rail Station — 6.6 miles
- Ferry ports
Helford Village Ferry Landing — 8.3 miles
8.3 miles Helford Passage Ferry Landing — 8.5 miles
8.5 miles Penzance Ferry Terminal — 9.4 miles
Penzance Airport — 9.0 miles
9.0 miles Land's End St Just Airport — 15.7 miles
15.7 miles Newquay St Mawgan Airport — 26.4 miles
From Helston - follow the directions for Penzance for 1/2 mile. At the top of the hill turn right in the direction of Hayle and then take the second left in the direction of Carleen. Continue for 1/2 mile up to our entrance.
Cast off from Porthleven harbour, hire a dinghy or kayak from Gilles and Nelly, take your feet around the Cornish coastal walks or make it your mission to visit as many beaches as humanly possible…and that's before even mentioning golf courses, horse riding trails, adventure parks or tin mines...
But to the beach(es) first: as well as Praa Sands and Porthleven, there are several sandy spots along this stretch of coast and coves close by at Kynance, Mullion, Poldhu and Pollurian for watersports, fishing or just basking sunbaked and contented on the sand.
Take the A3083 towards the Lizard to reach Kennack Sands, a family-friendly beach in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or go the other way towards Penzance for Longrock Beach and safe swimming. Towards Falmouth, diving tuition, shore dives and beach dives are available from Porthkerris Beach to swim among the local basking sharks or the area’s shipwrecks.
Marazion is a good family beach that doesn’t get too crowded; while you’re there, take a trip to the island of St Michael’s Mount for castle tours and summit climbing. It’s managed these days by the National Trust, which also keeps an eye on the house and medieval garden at Godolphin a mile or two from Poldown and on the working harbour of Mullion Cove.
Once the kids have tired themselves and you out at Flambards, the Eden Project is about 30 miles from Helston, or they can tire you out again at Newquay Zoo, Hayle’s Paradise Park and the Crealy Great Adventure Park; add some history into the mix by bringing them underground to Poldark Mine to see how the tin miners used to put in their days.
As it’s Cornwall, you’ll find most other places within easy reach: Falmouth and Penzance are close by, but heading to the north coast, St Ives, Portreath and Newquay are all easily doable for a day trip.
Or stick closer to home and sample the Cornish cream teas and seafood in and around the villages of the south coast: if you’re going to Cadgwith to pick up lobster and shark, you can also squawk sea shanties with the Cadgwith Singers in the local inn on Friday nights.
- Flambards (3.3 miles)
- National Seal Sanctuary (5.2 miles)
- St Michael's Mount (7.1 miles)
- Godolphin (1.8 miles)
- Penrose Estate: Gunwalloe and Loe Pool (2.8 miles)
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