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Mousehole Camping 🏕

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· Mousehole, Cornwall, England
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A basic but spectacularly located campsite on Cornwall's Penwith Peninsula, built on the resources of Mousehole's local football club

You’ve heard of campsites with a football pitch on offer, but how about the other way round? Tucked in the far southwestern corner of Cornwall, Mousehole Camping offers exactly that – a great non-league football club that has a handy campsite adjacent to their top quality pitch.

Trungle Parc is home to Mousehole AFC of the Western Premier League. The essential facilities have long been in place - hot showers, toilets and sinks inside the main changing rooms with a well drained flat field providing the ideal conditions for camping. They have 34 good sized pitches, some hardstanding with electric, some grass with electric, some just grass. If you’re a fan of that slightly makeshift, pop-up campsite feel then you can’t go far wrong here.

The main camping season runs from mid-April to mid-September but self-contained campervans and smaller motorhomes (max 7m) can book a hardstanding pitch all year round. And there might even be a free game to watch - the season generally begins in mid-July and ends in early May.

The campsite is well laid out and the facilities are very well maintained but a real benefit of the campsite is it’s wonderful location near Mousehole Harbour and just 10 miles from Land’s End.

A stroll away from the campsite entrance, the tiny village of Paul has all the endearing characteristics you’d expect of a village with the same name as your mate from down the road. Paul’s local, the Kings Arms, is a cosy, old stone haunt, with a couple of picnic benches outside, looking across to the parish church opposite. The centre of the village’s history, this towered old building is said to have been founded in the year 409 by the Welsh saint, Paul Aurelian... though a further two Saint Paul’s are also disputably it’s rightful honouree. Today’s structure actually dates to the year 1600, after the invitingly isolated Penwith Peninsula was sacked and burned by marauding Spaniards five years earlier.

The campsite or, more accurately, the football club, takes its name from the next village over, a tiny cluster of houses encircling a beautiful old harbour. It was here that the Spanish first landed, with a plaque outside the only surviving building that reads "Squire Jenkyn Keigwin was killed here 23 July 1595 defending this house against the Spaniards". Today the picture-perfect spot, speckled with colourful dinghies, boasts a sandy crescent beach when the tide is out and excellent crabbing opportunities from the far harbour walls. It’s your first discovery of many along this stretch of heritage coastline; a peninsula on the very edge of the country with all the drama, history and intrigue that you could ask for.

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Mousehole, Cornwall, England, United KingdomTraditional, ancestral territory of various First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Mousehole Camping ..Joined in October 2015
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Nasreen R.recommends
September 1, 2023
31 - Bell Tent - Bell Tent
Great small campsite with spacious bell tents that have heating when needed for cold nights! Facilities in the football clubhouse means a walk around the pitch with a stunning view..Sue and Paul very friendly and chilled nothing is no bother! Can buy wood bbqs borrow from free cycle and yummy pizza van stops by once a week! The pub in village is also fab.. But what we loved was being so close to explore the coast! Definitely recommend :)
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Katie R.recommends
August 28, 2023
Grass Pitch with electric option
Campervan stay with child
Sue and Paul were great hosts, the pitch was lovely and flat and has all the things you need for a great stay in a campervan. As they point out the showers are a little bit of a walk around the football pitch but have very hot water and good pressure which is really much needed at the end of a day on the beach. They also have bbqs you can borrow to make a campfire. The location was great for short walks into Mousehole and Newlyn where there are lots of really good cafes and galleries and a short van ride away are some amazing beaches and towns for day trips. I would definitely recommend.
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Tracy C.recommends
August 21, 2023
Grass Pitch with electric option
Fantastic
Sue, Paul and the staff at the campsite were amazingly friendly and helpful! Loved this perfect small campsite and will definitely be back. Thank you 😊
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Vanessa E.recommends
August 14, 2023
Campervan / motorhome grass pitch with EHU
Lovely site, short walk down into Mousehole. Great standard of football to watch during the season. Close to bus stop. Plenty of foot paths to explore fantastic and helpful staff.
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Sayra S.recommends
August 11, 2023
Grass Pitch with electric option
Lovely campsite
The campsite is great and Sue and Paul were so friendly and helpful. Despite a pretty wet week we had a nice time and there are loads of lovely places nearby to visit. Thanks you for Sue and Paul for your hospitality.
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Charlie H.recommends
July 27, 2023
Grass Pitch with electric option
Great place. Lovely friendly welcome. We loved it and will be back.
From the host
Mousehole Camping is a small, family and dog friendly campsite based at a local football club in the quiet village of Paul near Penzance. Throughout the winter we make 11 all weather hardstanding pitches available to give self-contained campervans touring Cornwall a place to stay with an electric hook-up. Please note, however, that our winter facilities are limited. Our summer camping season runs from Easter to mid-September and we provide 35 flat pitches, 24 of which are large, flat grass pitches. All of our 35 pitches have the option of an electric hook up. For customers who’d like to experience a touch of Cornish glamping, we provide pre-erected Boutique Bell tents (sleeping 4 persons) for the Whitsun Bank holiday, July and August. All Bell tents are serviced with flocked inflatable mattresses, electric sockets, bedside light, fan heater, personal outdoor A table and raffia carpets. Please bring your own bedding, towels and cooking equipment. Please note that our campsite operates a ‘quiet campsite’ policy between 11pm and 7am so please look elsewhere if you prefer a busier site. Our small family friendly site gets fully booked out throughout July and August - so book early to avoid disappointment! LOCATION The campsite is just 500 metres from the Kings Arms, a local pub serving great food and beers, and just a 10 minute stroll to the famous and iconic Mousehole Harbour. The traditional and picturesque fishing harbour at Newlyn is less than 10 minutes drive away and is ideally located for access to the South West coast path. Nearby attractions include Porthcurno beach, the world famous open-air Minack Theatre, St. Michael’s Mount, Lamorna Cove, Trengwainton Gardens, numerous art galleries including the Tate at St. Ives and, of course, Land’s End. The campsite is just 2 miles from Penzance itself which provides a wide range of local amenities including supermarkets (Tesco, Co-op, Sainsburys, Lidl and Morrisons), fast food outlets and great restaurants serving a wide selection of food and drinks. Tourist attractions in Penzance include the iconic outdoor Jubilee pool, art galleries and the extensive promenade.
Nearby attractions

Walk the 15 minutes to picture perfect Mousehole, an attractive fishing village centred around its beautiful old harbour. Wander the cobbled streets visiting the art galleries and independent shops or catch a bus from there to Penzance, the most well known spot on the Penwith Peninsula and just 3 miles from the campsite. St Michael's Mount (01736 710265) is then just a 20-minute walk along the seafront and across the beach – you can walk the causeway at low tide or take the boat when it's high. Elsewhere, you can't come this far and not go all the way out to Land's End, the UK's most south westerly point. Just a couple of miles to its east Porthcurno Beach is extremely popular, though its surprising treat is actually the overlooking Telegraph Museum (01736 810966), marking what was once the world’s biggest submarine telegraph station. Step inside to find family quiz trails, secret WWII tunnels and interactive exhibits. The adjacent Minack Theatre (01736 810181) is also a must-see. Take a blanket and picnic and watch a play at the ocean’s edge.

Food and drink

Just 500 metres away, the tiny village of Paul has a great local, The Kings Arms (01736 731224), serving hearty pub meals and a wide range of beers. We are a short downhill stroll to the village of Mousehole with it's amazing harbour and more options when it comes to pubs and restaurants.

The main town of Penzance is less than 10 minutes drive away with more wide-spread amenities, such as major supermarkets (Tesco, Lidl, Sainsburys and Morrisons), fast food outlets and a great range of take aways and restaurants.

Other useful amenities in Penzance include a 24hr urgent care Hospital, numerous doctors and chemists, a main line train station, regular buses and taxis, a leisure centre, a cinema and a unique ferry service which will take you to the beautiful Isles of Scilly.

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