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- Back to basics family camping overlooking Praa Sands
- Beach pub serving food five minutes' walk away
- Shower and toilet block, washing machine, phone and laptop charging
As family-friendly and back to basics activities go, building sandcastles on the beach is at the top of many lists. And pray, what could be better than the beach being a gorgeous mile-long stretch of golden Cornish sand, in the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – and less than five minutes' walk from a family-friendly rural campsite overlooking it all?
A few minutes' walk above the beach at Praa Sands, between Penzance and Helston on Cornwall’s south coast, is Higher Pentreath Farm Camp Site, which prides itself as a park offering camping – and memory making – as it used to be. It’s a spacious park that’s been family-run since the 1950s and the committed team prides itself on keeping guests relaxed – probably not too difficult on a park overlooking Praa Sands…
Higher Pentreath has space aplenty for pipsqueaks to run around, and a shop on site for basics (and ice cream). Facilities include a toilet and shower block with free hairdryer, washing machine (small charge applies), covered washing up area, phone and laptop charging at reception, and ice pack freezing or supplying.
A garage is half a mile away and a 24-hour supermarket within ten minutes’ drive; there's also a pub, the Sandbar, right on Praa Sands, serving home-cooked Mediterranean-style meals and Sunday carvery alongside food theme and regular music nights.
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Relaxed, friendly, spacious, very well situated, pretty, clean site
Clean facilities, very friendly, supportive staff close to beach.
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
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
Surf school nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
- Coach stations
Porthleven: The Square Coach Stop — 3.7 miles
3.7 miles Crowlas (Cornwall): Coach Stop — 4.7 miles
4.7 miles St Erth: Rail Station Coach Stop — 5.0 miles
- Train stations
St Erth Rail Station — 5.0 miles
5.0 miles Lelant Saltings Rail Station — 5.4 miles
5.4 miles Hayle Rail Station — 5.6 miles
- Ferry ports
Penzance Ferry Terminal — 6.0 miles
6.0 miles Helford Village Ferry Landing — 11.6 miles
11.6 miles Helford Passage Ferry Landing — 11.8 miles
Penzance Airport — 5.7 miles
5.7 miles Land's End St Just Airport — 12.1 miles
12.1 miles Newquay St Mawgan Airport — 29.2 miles
Satnav: please note that our postcode will bring you closer to the area rather than to the campsite itself. You will need to look for the Higher Pentreath signposts on the side of the road and follow the directions below.
We are 6 miles east from Penzance and 5 miles west from Helston. Follow the A30 nearly all the way to Penzance, then take the first exit off the roundabout on to the A394 to Helston. Continue for 3 miles until you come into the village of Newtown and then turn right towards Praa Sands just before the garage. Follow the road for a quarter of a mile before coming to a sharp left bend. We are on the right just up the lane.
This is such a lovely part of Cornwall, on the sublime south coast and the pristine beaches of Land’s End and the Lizard Peninsula, but also close to the big family attractions: the theme park Flambards and the National Seal Sanctuary are both within ten to 15 minutes’ drive.
Praa Sands West is the closest of the two Praa Sands beaches to Higher Pentreath – within a third of a mile – but the other, Praa Sands East, is still well under a mile’s walk away and very doable even if you’re carrying your surfboard.
Nearby Prussia Cove and Kenneggy Sands are quieter coves, Kennack Sands has a nature reserve to its east, and a must is Marazion, sheltered by the National Trust-managed island of St Michael's Mount ten minutes’ drive from Higher Pentreath and looking over stupendously good-looking Mounts Bay. Take a boat from here to the island or go around the harbour and village on a guided tour (held on Tuesdays and Fridays).
Once off the beach, the towns and villages of Cornwall are close to hand: the nearest to Higher Pentreath Farm Camp Site is the ancient market town of Penzance (about 15 minutes' drive), home of the Penzance pirates in Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera (try and sing their shanties after a scrumpy).
One of the oldest lidos in the country, the Jubilee Pool, is here, as well as subtropical plants at Morrab Gardens, and Poldark, the only complete underground tin mine in Cornwall. The museum and art gallery Penlee House has piles of paintings by members of the Newlyn School, and there are several art galleries in the town centre.
Artists should also make a beeline for St Ives on the north coast, Cornwall’s most famous arty area and home of Tate St Ives (if this is too yawnsome for little people, there are four beaches around the town too).
Or take the kids to Helston, to the east of Higher Pentreath and Praa Sands, for Flambards Theme Park; St Austell half an hour from Helston for the famed Eden Project; or one of the other big family attractions around Cornwall and its coast: Newquay Zoo, Crealy Great Adventure Park and the red pandas, Cornish choughs and other inhabitants of Hayle’s Paradise Park.
- St Michael's Mount (3.8 miles)
- Flambards (6.0 miles)
- National Seal Sanctuary (8.4 miles)
- Godolphin (2.8 miles)
- St Michael's Mount (3.8 miles)
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Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||2 p.m. –||Anytime|
The reception is open between 8.30am-12.30pm and 4pm-8pm. If you are arriving outside these hours, please contact the campsite using the details provided in the booking confirmation email for more details about your pitch.
Higher Pentreath Farm Camp Site cancellation policy
No refunds within 4 weeks 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.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Higher Pentreath Farm Camp Site will debit the balance from your card 4 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 4 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.
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