Numphra Downs Farm9.4
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'Green' camping on partly cleared moorland (heather regeneration project) in South West Cornwall, overlooking the sea, near the small town of St Just and Sennen beach. This is 'Wild West Penwith' so be prepared for all sorts of weather, wildlife and birds, and compost toilets! It's near a very minor road that 'wiggles' from farm to farm for about three miles between St Just and Sennen.
We aim to keep our prices on the cheap side. There is a large dry barn as a communal space where you can socialise, read, or make music or a cup of tea on a wet day. The low level climbing frame, the trampolines or a game of football will keep the kids amused in the evening, while you relax and watch the sun set over the western ocean.
Water is provided by a modern hand pump from a deep borehole - it's clean and very cold. We pass it through ceramic filtration to provide some drinking water on site, and we have an (unheated) shower set up. There is a screened wash area and a sink. We also have a communal fire pit and (if you stick some firewood under the tank!) a hot tub. The newer of the two compost toilets has 'luxuries' like a door, a roof and a seat!
The hot tub is free of charge but campers must provide their own firewood (available in bags from a shop about three miles down the road) and you have to fill it yourselves (with hand-pumped water from the borehole).
Sennen and Gwenver beach are great for surfing. The area is wonderful for walking (especially amongst the wild flowers in the spring) and cycling. Lands End, Penzance, the Tate Gallery at St Ives and other attractions are near enough for a rainy day.
We are surrounded at three miles distance by sea in three compass directions, with many wild coves and secret places to explore. There are rock pools to swim in, bays to snorkel with the seals or fish, the coastal footpath (and its links), artists' studios, cafes, ancient sites, stone circles and monuments, and of course the local celebrations in St Just (Lafrowda) and Penzance (Maisey Day). Folk clubs, real ale and good honest ethical food, fresh fish, trips to the Scilly Isles, surf schools, kayaking, horse-riding and birdwatching are also within reach.
Water quality at nearby bathing waters
|Mounts Bay Wherry Town
|Mounts Bay Penzance
|Mounts Bay Heliport
- Land's End (3.8 miles)
- St Michael's Mount (8.0 miles)
- Tate St Ives (10.7 miles)
- Levant Mine and Beam Engine (3.0 miles)
- Trengwainton Garden (4.1 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
- Sancreed - Carn Euny - Boscawen-Un (2.1 miles)
- Around Chun (2.5 miles)
- Sennen Cove - Land's End - Nanjizal Bay (2.6 miles)
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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
Horse riding nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Surf school nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Small (11-25 pitches)
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- Coach stations
Penzance Bus Station — 5.7mi
Crowlas (Cornwall): Coach Stop — 8.4mi
St Erth: Rail Station Coach Stop — 10.4mi
- Train stations
Penzance Rail Station — 5.7mi
St Erth Rail Station — 10.4mi
Carbis Bay Rail Station — 10.6mi
- Ferry ports
Penzance Ferry Terminal — 5.8mi
Helford Village Ferry Landing — 23.3mi
Helford Passage Ferry Landing — 23.5mi
Land's End St Just Airport — 0.6mi
Penzance Airport — 6.4mi
Take the A3071 St Just Road for about 6 miles west out of Penzance (just keep going around the ring road and turn right at the last roundabout). Approximately 3/4 mile before St Just, the road goes over an angled crossroads then turn hard left (signposted to 'Numphra' and 'Sancreed'). Continue up here about 300 yards, taking the second turn off on the right (small sign to Roselands Caravan Park). Follow this road as it passes the caravan park on the left, winds right and left through a farmyard (little Dowran), goes down and up a small hill and turns hard right past the dirt track (signposted to 'Bartinney Barns') on your left. After another 100 yards, there is a big metal gate (into an apparently empty field) on your left there is a painted sign saying 'Numphra Downs Farm'. Drive in, park at the bottom of the field (see the barn and trampolines) and put up your tent.
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|Arrive:||8 a.m. –||11 p.m.|
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