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The Growing Circle

· Camborne, England
10 acres hosted by Sarah B.
1 glamping pitch · 1 motorhome/tent pitch
A three-pitch campsite in Cornwall between north and south coast beaches

Chycarne Pastures is a tiny campsite on a smallholding in rural Cornwall that’s within reach of beaches on both the north and south coasts. That means that if you stay here you should be able to find a stretch of shore to suit you whichever way the wind blows. To the north there’s Gwythian and St Ives, to the south it’s Falmouth or Praa Sands—with plenty more in between. Here, on the edge of Troon, you are in a good spot to explore them all but it’s also rather a nice place to enjoy even without all the sand.

This three-pitch site is located on the edge of Chycarn Moor and within classic Cornish tin-mining country. Both are well worth exploring—and you can easily do so on foot. You need only step off the campsite and you’re out on the moor within minutes. For mining history, there’s a museum with a good cafe a half-hour stomp down the road.

Back on the evolving Burton-Bragg family smallholding, each off-grid pitch is privately situated in its own meadow with a fire pit. Facilities, however, are shared. They are centrally located, simple and sustainable: a compost loo and a semi-outdoor, hot shower. Both are timber and wavy tin constructions that fit perfectly in the landscape —and with the ethos of the farm. Outside, a washing-up sink sheltered by a willow and access to the no-dig veg patch are the only other facilities for visiting campers—though the pigs, chicken, and sheep are an added attraction for many.

Away from beaches and bustle, this is a place to get a real taste of life in the Cornish countryside. But despite the rural feel, there’s a final feather in this campsite’s cap that we think is well worth mentioning: it can be reached by public transport. Campers coming from as far away as London can use the train to reach Camborne then jump on a bus to Troon. The same network will help you get around. This campsite is earthy, rustic and, we think, rather lovely—but it’s surprisingly well connected too.

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3 Ratings · 2 reviews
Claire D.recommends
April 16, 2024
Pasture Meadow Camping Pitch
Very friendly welcome. Loved the the site and the fact we could have an open fire. There was a picnic table and bench for us to use and the toilet and shower we lovely and clean. Very relaxing - thank you
Philip S.recommends
March 28, 2024
Pasture Meadow Camping Pitch
Lovely hosts, quiet spot with plenty of outdoor space
Camborne, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Sarah B.Joined in August 2021
From the host
Come stay on our organic 10 acre family smallholding on the edge of the Cornish village Troon. With only 2 pitches in total it feels private and we touch the land lightly. We are starting to re-wild the farm, so it's a rustic countryside experience - composting toilet, hot shower and water from our borehole. We keep some pigs, sheep and chickens. Families very welcome! Great central location for exploring all the beaches in south and west Cornwall. 30 minutes to both St Ives and Falmouth. Quiet country walks from our private lane around historic mining landscape; a UNESCO world heritage site. Beautiful sunsets over our pastures and a view of St Ives head and the sea on a clear day.
Nearby attractions

The road that leads you to Chycarne Pastures continues, as a footpath, out on to Chycarn Moor which is a great place for a wild wander with views (if the weather is fine). Walk in the other direction and you reach Troon in 10 minutes and the King Edward Mine Museum in half an hour (it’s a mile down the road). Open Sunday-Weds in summer only, it teaches you about the history or tin mining in this part of the world. It has a good cafe (see below) and is on the route of the eight-mile Great Flat Lode Trail. It’s the beach most people come for and Gwithian is one of the closest (about eight miles away). For a change of scene Godrevy is about the same distance and the five beaches around St Ives are not much further (14 miles) with the town’s art galleries and eateries providing a further attraction. If you don’t fancy taking the car (parking can be tricky), you can take the train in from Camborne railway station. If the wind is blowing in from the west, you might prefer to head to Cornwall’s south coast which is also within easy reach. It’s 11 miles to Porthleven and 13 miles to Falmouth.

Food and drink

The closest shop to Chycarne Pastures is a well-stocked Morissons in Troon, a 10-minute walk (less than a mile) away. For local produce, including organic beef, head a couple of miles up the road to Cornish Organics Farm Shop. And if you don’t fancy cooking at all, there’s The Croust Hut Cafe, at the King Edward Mining Museum, a half-hour walk away for breakfast and lunch. For dinner try the fish and chips from Cousin Jacks or Real Pizza in Camborne.

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