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- 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.
Open from 01/04/2021 to 30/09/2021
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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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Excellent location with friendly hosts. Hot showers
Amazing site with fab facilities. Will definitely come here again!
Perfect for short breaks, kayakers and dog walkers
Basic campsite , great showers - lovely peaceful pitches.
A jewel of a location
We loved this place - really quiet, right on the …
Nice small site with basic but good facilities.
I’ve stayed at over 300 campsites throughout Europe in the …
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Electric car charging point(s)
Gas cylinders available
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Dog walk nearby
Public transport nearby
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
- Coach stations
Liskeard: Barras Street Coach Stop
— 6.2 miles
6.2 miles East Taphouse (Cornwall): Bus Stop — 6.3 miles
6.3 miles Dobwalls (Cornwall): Coach Stop — 6.4 miles
- Train stations
Looe Rail Station
— 1.4 miles
1.4 miles Sandplace Rail Station — 1.7 miles
1.7 miles Causeland Rail Station — 2.8 miles
- Ferry ports
Bodinnick Ferry Landing
— 6.6 miles
6.6 miles Fowey Custom House Quay Ferry Landing — 6.8 miles
6.8 miles Fowey Town Quay Ferry Landing — 6.9 miles
Newquay St Mawgan Airport
— 23.6 miles
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.
- Eden Project (12.3 miles)
- Lost Gardens of Heligan (15.5 miles)
- National Marine Aquarium (15.7 miles)
- Cotehele Mill (14.4 miles)
- Cotehele (14.4 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
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.
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. During COVID-19 you can transfer your deposit to a future stay booked within 3 months of your arrival date. Read more.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.
Payment methods accepted on the parkCash
Terms and conditionsSite 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.
- 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