Acorn Camping and Glamping8.8
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Budding scholars, get ready to blossom. Acorn Camping and Glamping in Cornwall’s Luxulyan Valley (your first lesson will be learning how to pronounce that) is an artfully environmentally friendly site with courses for all sorts. Get back to basics with an art, craft or sculpture workshop, indulge your inner clown by picking up some circus skills, or go all modern and pumped with alfresco Zumba.
Kids can scavenge about on a woodland hunt and learn how to make dens and build fires, nosy at the local wildlife and build their own mini campsite for the valley’s insect inhabitants – and fiction fans of all ages can listen enthralled to the storyteller who visits in summer. We don’t remember school ever being this cool...
The Luxulyan Valley is a World Heritage Site and has an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with Acorn Camping and Glamping at its heart near Par: expect seven acres of meadows and woodland, a private woodland walk, an abundance of wildlife and a network of waterside walks to investigate, all centrally placed to some of Cornwall’s most famed attractions – the Eden Project is just a mile away and the beaches of Par Sands and Polkerris within a few miles.
As a tiny back to basics site, it’s Par for the course that Acorn allows campfires: blocks are available to stand barbecues on and the communal firepit takes care of campsite cooking (pick up some logs from the site owners). The site is non-electric, and facilities include two loos, two hot water showers, two hot water washrooms and a washing-up area with cold water. Only logs are sold on site, but a shop and a pub are a mile and a half away.
Pitches are non-electric on a gently sloping three-quarters of an acre: park at the site entrance and offload your gear, trolleys provided to get to your pitch or park by your tent if weather permits.
The site is open all year round, but sorry, but because of the local wildlife, Acorn Camping and Glamping can’t accept dogs.
Cornwall has hundreds of miles’ worth of walking and cycling trails, but if your head’s spinning at the choices ahead start off on the pretty pilgrims’ trail of the Saints Way, only five minutes’ walk from Acorn and meandering across Cornwall from Fowey in the south to Padstow in the north (the Eden Project is on the route too). It’s a belter of a tourist trip even if you only do a few of its 27 miles: parts of it are ancient paths linking hill forts, holy wells and old churches, and you’ll be able to scramble through a variety of habitats such as ancient fields, moors, valleys and woodlands.
Take to two wheels to cover this part of Cornwall’s cycle trails such as the Camel Trail from Padstow or one of the Clay Trails; a country road 2.5 mile bike trip runs from Luxulyan railway station to the Eden Project too. An ever gentler trip is the cycle route from the campsite to Luxulyan village; from here you can take the Atlantic Coast Line trains that runs from Par to Newquay for valley sightseeing.
Five minutes in the car brings you to Cornwall’s south coast – the nearest beach to your berth is three miles away but it won’t take too long in the car to reach other acclaimed beaches, seaside towns and fishing villages of the south like Fowey, medieval Pentewan and Charlestown with its shipwreck centre.
Fish, rockpool, surf or hide yourself away among the beaches and secluded coves all around here; go shark-spotting at Looe, dolphin and seal spotting from Mevagissey, or take the kids to one of the many family attractions around the coast like St Austell’s Tortoise Garden, the Wingz Bird and Animal Sanctuary at Par and sea safaris further along the coast at Falmouth.
National Trust houses and gardens are plentiful in Cornwall too: Falmouth’s Trebah Gardens and its children’s trails should be a hit for all ages, and one of the very-must-sees in Cornwall is St Austell’s Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Water quality at nearby bathing waters
|Cosy traditional atmosphere and plenty of space in interconnected rooms of friendly village pub said to date from 12th century; pews, painted settles, armchairs and sofas, flagstones and carpets, ornate stained-glass window in lounge; very accommodating staff, well kept Bass and Hancocks HB on handpump, no music or games nachines, good reasonably priced waitress-served lunchtime bar food, evening restaurant; bedrooms in separate accommodation by garden (no dogs allowed in these)||Crown
|Timeless 18th-c local, friendly and relaxed, with Bass tapped from the cask and St Austell ales on handpump, caring friendly landlord, back games/children's room with juke box, open fires; large secluded garden behind, nice village setting, bedrooms, open all day||New Inn
|Flower-decked 18th-c pub with chatty locals and welcoming staff, enjoyable straightforward food including evening carvery, well kept Fullers London Pride, Sharps Doom Bar and a guest from rowing-boat counter, roomy bar with lots of hanging whisky-water jugs and big stove; background and live music, TV, cash machine; children and dogs welcome, two garden areas (one with summer bandstand), camping and self-catering cabin, open all day||Ship
|Modernised early 19th-c pub with nautical touches, public bar, lounge and dining area, well kept St Austell ales and two guests, good wine choice and coffee, enjoyable competitively priced food all day including popular Sun carvery, friendly obliging service; background music (live on Fr), free wi-fi; children welcome, dogs in bar, disabled facilities, front terrace and garden with picnic-sets, eight bedrooms (some with sea views), open all day||Rashleigh Arms
|Glass-fronted warehouse conversion alongside hotel, great spot looking over classic little harbour and its historic sailing ships, up to seven ales inc Sharps Doom Bar, enjoyable pubby food, friendly efficient service, live music Sat night; sports TVs, pool; interesting film-set conservation village with shipwreck museum, good walks, parking away from pub||Harbourside Inn
- Eden Project (1.6 miles)
- Lost Gardens of Heligan (7.2 miles)
- Cornwall's Crealy Great Adventure Park (11.7 miles)
- Trerice (13.6 miles)
- Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps (14.9 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Polkerris to Readymoney Cove
- Polkerris to Gribbin Head and Polridmouth (3.5 miles)
- Porthpean, Charlestown and Carlyon Bay (4.1 miles)
- Polkerris to Gribbin Head and Polridmouth (3.5 miles)
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Loved it - peaceful location yet close to interesting sights. 24 Aug 2014
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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
Commercial vehicles allowed
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Surf school nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Small (11-25 pitches)
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- Coach stations
St Blazey (Cornwall) Church Street Coach Stop — 1.4mi
1.4mi Eden Project: Bus Stop — 1.4mi
1.4mi St Blazey Gate (Cornwall): Coach Stop — 1.8mi
- Train stations
Luxulyan Rail Station — 1.1mi
1.1mi Par Rail Station — 1.9mi
1.9mi Bugle Rail Station — 3.1mi
- Ferry ports
Fowey Custom House Quay Ferry Landing — 5.0mi
5.0mi Fowey Ferry Landing — 5.2mi
5.2mi Bodinnick Ferry Landing — 5.2mi
Newquay St Mawgan Airport — 13.0mi
From the A390 in St Blazey take the road opposite the Gulf petrol station New Road leading to Prideaux Road (we are 1.5 miles from this point). Take the next right signposted Prideaux. Go through the hamlet and along the width restriction road; 400m down the hill pull into field entrance on the right where you will see a small acorn sign on a rock.
However if you're coming from the A30, from the A30 follow the signs to The Eden Project. At the Eden Project roundabout, take a left, next right, next left and left again, and we're 400m as above.
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