Caravan campsites in Watergate Bay with campfires

Surf, sand, and sea cliffs draw beach lovers to this Cornish beach.

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12 top caravan sites in Watergate Bay with campfires

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The Camping Field

35 units · Motorhomes, Tents6 acres · Bodmin, Cornwall, South West England
Back-to-basics camping in beautiful Cornish countryside
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Cornish Tipi Holidays & Camping

127 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents20 acres · Cornwall, South West England
Wake up to the sound of birdsong, go swimming before breakfast in the clear water of a secluded lake. Cook your bacon and eggs over an open fire while you plan your day, or just laze it away in the peace and quiet of your own personal tipi. You can always go fishing tomorrow, and walk along the cliffs the day after that… The site is a unique woodland valley folded around a clear, spring-fed lake created from the old Tregildrans Quarry. Our tipis and tent pitches are dotted about this secret 20 acres full of ferns, bluebells, oak and meadowsweet. Left in peace for many years there's been no modern chemicals or poisons on the land, meaning we've got bluebells, dormice, Red Admirals and shy woodland Jays for you to spot. It’s a place set apart from the rush and clutter of the modern holiday experience, with an atmosphere that makes you forget the world outside, and just lounge, ramble, or potter about in a boat. We're committed to giving you a genuinely individual service from first contact to your time staying with us. We established CTH in 1996. This was the first and we believe still is the best tipi holiday site in the UK. We know our area inside out and can always help with local knowledge or contacts if you need them. We want to offer our guests a sustainable holiday. A return to real camping means the lowest possible impact on the land and environment - our tipi poles don’t even break the surface of the earth. Your footprint while here could only be bettered by a survival expert. You don't have to fly! a major bonus, and we source all our wood, fish and canvas locally and work with local people wherever possible.
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South Penquite Farm

33 units · Motorhomes, Tents4 acres · Cornwall, South West England
Location, location, location. Traditional tent camping and Mongolian chic on the moor’s edge.
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Elm Farm Camp, Cafe & Cycle hire

26 units · Motorhomes, Tents2 acres · Redruth, Cornwall, South West England
Quiet camping meadows and a friendly café located beside some of Cornwall's most popular cycling routes
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Coverack Camping

113 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents7 acres · Cornwall, South West England
Traditional family camping near Coverack, with the promise of coast, countryside and Cornish ice cream
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Cadgwith Wild Camping

21 units · Motorhomes, Tents7 acres · Porthleven, Cornwall, South West England
A dog-friendly campsite on a farm in Cornwall where every pitch offers a sea view
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Meldon Lake and Woods Wild Camping

5 units · Motorhomes, Tents8 acres · Okehampton, Devon, South West England
Seriously simple but beautiful wild camping beside a lake on Dartmoor
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Trewan Hall

20 units · Motorhomes, Tents36 acres · Saint Columb, England
The grounds of a 17th century manor where a relaxed atmosphere and sense of pleasant privacy rules
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Bush Farm Campsite

50 units · Motorhomes, Tents200 acres · Saltash, England
As close to wild camping as you can get on a rewilded 200-acre farm in Cornwall
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Mount Pleasant Eco Park

81 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents42 acres · Cornwall, South West England
Eco-friendly camping with campfires, an excellent café and knock-out sea views, all within walking distance of the beach
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Glamp or Camp at Magical Mena Farm

16 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents15 acres · Bodmin, Cornwall, South West England
Easily accessed camping on a 15-acre farm, with family facilities and a vast amount of wild space to explore
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The Growing Circle

2 units · Motorhomes, Tents10 acres · Camborne, England
A three-pitch campsite in Cornwall between north and south coast beaches
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Caravan campsites in Watergate Bay with campfires guide

Overview

For those looking to escape the crowds of Newquay, the golden sands of Watergate Bay lie just to the north. Life in Watergate Bay is all about the beach. Stroll along the sea cliffs, take to the water to swim or stand-up paddleboard, or enjoy kite-surfing along the 2-mile long sands, then grab dinner at a restaurant with views of the ocean. Summertime is peak season for swimmers and campers, with lifeguard patrols from May through September, and several campsites to choose from. For surfers, the biggest swells hit the shore in winter—just don’t forget your wetsuit!

Where to go

Northwest Coast

West of Watergate, Cornwall’s north coast is wild and windswept. The surf Mecca of Newquay is one of the region’s busiest hubs, while further south, St Ives is surrounded by sandy beaches and seaside holiday parks. Coastal hikes don’t come more spectacular than the South West Coast Path, which runs the entire length of the Cornish coast. 

Northeast Coast

Sweeping headlands and rocky coves line the coast east of Watergate Bay. Enjoy sea-cliff walks along the Trevose Head Heritage Coast, spot sea-birds swooping along the shore, or take in the views from Pentire Point. Further north, discover the legacy of King Arthur at Tintagel Castle or hike up the High Cliff, Cornwall’s highest point. 

South Coast

St Austell, Falmouth, and Fowey are the headline acts of the ‘Cornish Riviera’, a 30-minute drive south of Watergate Bay. Camping options range from family-friendly holiday parks to glamping in a luxury yurt, but whichever you choose, the beach is never far away. Don’t miss a visit to the Eden Project, famed for its giant rainforest biomes. 

Bodmin Moors

Misty moorlands and ancient standing stones tempt intrepid hikers away from the coast to the Bodmin Moors. Visit in the summertime to hike amid fields of purple heather, picnic by Golitha Falls, then pitch your tent at a hillside camping ground. Look out for native ponies grazing the hillsides along the way.

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