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Watergate Camping: Pitch

General

  • Small family-run site by the West Looe river, three miles from Looe
  • Half an hour's drive from the Eden Project
  • Direct access to the river for fishing, paddling and canoeing

Paddling and campfires and wildlife watching… what a fab collection of outdoorsy antics can be had at Watergate Camping, a small family-run site three miles from the beach and harbour of Looe.

Settle in at this peaceful place and you’ll be right on the banks of Cornwall’s West Looe river, with direct access for walks, paddling and pottering about in canoes or small boats. Keep your eyes open for movement at the water’s edge: kingfishers and herons love this place, and all sorts of small mammals and pretty moths frequent the site too.

Bring your rods along too, for you can also fish in the river; if you’re successful, you’re welcome to light up a barbecue or campfire to cook your catch, collecting firewood in the woods or gathering by the communal firepit. For an easier way to snag eats, there are plenty of shops, cafés and pubs in Looe, which can be reached with a 10-minute drive or a 45-minute amble along the lovely riverside path.

To preserve the peaceful vibes, facilities have been kept to a minimum, but the site has been kitted out with a smart modern toilet and shower block, and there’s a washing-up area to deal with the remnants of your alfresco feasts.

Please note

No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

Single-sex bookings of 6 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Coronavirus update: please note that the site currently has portaloo facilities in place.


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9.5

Overall rating based on 132 reviews

 

95% would recommend this site to a friend.

92% would stay here again.

  91% described as Peaceful ?

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Everything18/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMichael s.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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Excellent location with friendly hosts. Hot showers17/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJoe H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Relaxed and freiendly hosts, great location on the river, hot showers were great after a days walk. Would stay again!

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Amazing site with fab facilities. Will definitely come here again!17/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMegan D.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    The view is amazing and the facilities are exactly what you want and need. Very peaceful site with a direct walk into town through a nature reserve

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    Nothing

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The site was very good , lovely area to camp …15/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomIan S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    The site was very good , lovely area to camp and owners very helpful and pleasant .

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Perfect for short breaks, kayakers and dog walkers14/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomFreya V.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Beautiful setting Perfect spot to pitch a tent, lovely right by the river and lots of walking near by

    Disliked: 

    Facilities - toilets and showers are not the nicest

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Basic campsite , great showers - lovely peaceful pitches.12/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAly T.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Basic campsite , great showers - lovely peaceful pitches.

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A jewel of a location12/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomTed N.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Informal family atmosphere, very helpful and relaxed. Best location, river access to Looe 45 mins by kayak! Log fires and king fishers.
    Just great.

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    Nothing whatsoever!

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We loved this place - really quiet, right on the …12/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomOrla J.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    We loved this place - really quiet, right on the river, alive with the sound of birds, plus you're allowed campfires. The perfect campsite!

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Nice small site with basic but good facilities.06/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLucy S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Location was nice, right by the river, and we were allowed to just keep to ourselves. Facilities were basic but the water was hot so no complaints about it. There was washing up facilities and a fridge/freezer to store freezer blocks and a small amount of food. Fires were allowed.

    Disliked: 

    Kids running riot, fair enough its a family friendly site but kids weren’t supervised and running all around our tent.
    Came back from being out to find a big slashed hole in our tent that wasn’t there before.

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I’ve stayed at over 300 campsites throughout Europe in the …04/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomTim J.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    I’ve stayed at over 300 campsites throughout Europe in the last 30 years. Watergate campsite is situated in an almost unique location with the UK. Set within a high sided valley with ancient Western Oak trees thickly covering the limbs of the valley.

    There’s plenty of bird life around, when quiet the valley is a serene spot to sit and enjoy nature.

    Disliked: 

    Unfortunately. The 3 days I stayed at this campsite was completely ruined by a group of young children running around all evening screaming and shouting.

    The noise went on past 9pm, it was relentless. The parents need to think about other people and not be so selfish. After around 8pm children should be made to be quiet to allow adults to enjoy this beautiful part of Cornwall.

    In summary, avoid times when young families with very selfish parents are staying there!

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal fridge

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transport nearby

Type

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Golf nearby

Tennis nearby

Location

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  • Lower Bracken, Watergate, West Looe, Looe, Cornwall, England, PL13 2NE
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.3669°N 4.4859°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Liskeard: Barras Street Coach Stop — 6.2 miles
East Taphouse (Cornwall): Bus Stop — 6.3 miles
Dobwalls (Cornwall): Coach Stop — 6.4 miles
Train stations
Looe Rail Station — 1.4 miles
Sandplace Rail Station — 1.7 miles
Causeland Rail Station — 2.8 miles
Ferry ports
Bodinnick Ferry Landing — 6.6 miles
Fowey Custom House Quay Ferry Landing — 6.8 miles
Fowey Town Quay Ferry Landing — 6.9 miles
Airports
Newquay St Mawgan Airport — 23.6 miles

Directions


Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

If your on-site fishing has you angling for more action, take the 10-minute drive to Looe harbour for sea fishing trips – pollack, cod, mackerel and plaice are among the swimmers you may snag. Prefer to leave them in the sea? Clamber onto a glass-bottom boat for a trip around Looe Island, with a window into what’s going on below.

Back on shore, the kids can go crabbing along the harbour walls or poke about in the rockpools at the beach – the sandy beach here is also fab for sandcastle building and safe swims in shallow waters. If you’re up for a seaside stroll, pick a suitable stretch of the South West Coast Path, which runs through Looe.

Beasts big and small can be seen on visits to the Porfell Wildlife Park & Sanctuary (15 minutes’ drive), the Wild Futures monkey sanctuary (20 minutes) and the Fowey Aquarium (40 minutes), where there’s a focus on local and native species. To take a look at nature from all around the globe, it’ll take you just over half an hour to drive to the famed domes of the Eden Project.

Must see

  • Eden Project (12.3 miles)
  • Lost Gardens of Heligan (15.5 miles)
  • National Marine Aquarium (15.7 miles)

National Trust

  • Cotehele Mill (14.4 miles)
  • Cotehele (14.4 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  11:30 a.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

Watergate Camping cancellation policy

No refunds within 4 days of arrival date.

Bookings cannot be amended within 7 day(s) of arrival.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Watergate Camping will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

Payment methods accepted on the park

Cash

Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does Watergate Camping have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Watergate Camping dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Watergate Camping? If your on-site fishing has you angling for more action, take the 10-minute drive to Looe harbour for sea fishing trips – pollack, cod, mackerel and plaice are among the swimmers you … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Watergate Camping?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  11:30 a.m. –  9 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Watergate Camping? From £20 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 7 day(s) of arrival.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

General
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.
You'll need an Environment Agency rod licence (you'll need to apply for this beforehand).

Occupancy
Single-sex bookings of 6 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Pitches
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Reception
Reception is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. between 01/05 and 30/09.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Firearms are not permitted.

Vehicles
No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

Visitors
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

Additional terms

Please note that this park accepts tents only; campervans, motorhomes and caravans are not permitted.

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