A rustic, Cornish pop-up site with excellent views and a wild location
You know you’ve got an authentic wilderness campsite when it’s not even there 90% of the year. For those who want rustic, back-to-basics camping, The Little Wild Campsite is the place to go. This charming Cornish site is pop-up and proud, a simple spot that appears in the grassy scrubland every summer, delighting any visitor who pitches up the tent and kindles the campfire.
High on Tregonning Hill campers can peer from their tent flaps and enjoy commanding views across the countryside to the Cornish coast beyond. From its prized perch on the slope, The Little Wild Campsite is the perfect base for roaming through the hills with the South West Coast Path passing a mile or so beyond the field. The beaches and coves that make Cornwall so famous are 5 minute's away in the car – a succession of wave-pounded cliffs interspersed with golden sands, the Penwith Heritage Coast to the west, and The Lizard Peninsula to the east.
While the winning location may draw you to this hill-top haven, it's the onsite atmosphere that really makes the place stand out. All pitches are in one field with a large, communal fire pit at its centre where groups can chat the night away. It’s a short wander to the sanitary facilities, a composting loo housed beneath a turf roof and a shower in its own separate shed – equally rustic but both more than adequate. When the crackle of the main fire dies away, retreat to the comfort of your pitch where you can have a smaller campfire by the tent, toasting marshmallows beneath the star-studded skies.
Once daylight returns there's the rest of the campsite to explore and activities to throw yourself into. A selection of courses include an afternoon spoon carving, gypsy basket weaving and a forest school, run by affable campsite owners Baya and James. And the sheep and pigs that nuzzle the camping field borders will captivate the children for hours.
There’s a good reason that Tregonning Hill comprises part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The views of Mounts Bay are stunning, the location is a dream and this pastoral seven-acre small holding lies in wait for the summer to appear so the pop-up paradise can re-open once again.
Helston, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by James B.Joined in November 2015
6 Ratings · 20 reviews
August 23, 2021
Lovely small campsite with campers well spaced out, beautiful view of the coast, nice facilities including a really lovely hot shower! Plenty of space for children to run free and play with each other, and highly recommend the "forest school " which my daughter really enjoyed.
September 7, 2020
Laid back, friendly, beautiful view. Everything we need from a site.
August 25, 2020
Would really recommend this pop-up wild campsite in Cornwall. Distant views of the sea, dog friendly, beautiful open fields and forests to play hide and seek in, lots of kids running around together and you can make campfires to toast marshmallows. We met one of the owners -James Who was lovely and very helpful and friendly. They run forest schools which I bet are great - we had to leave the day it was on. Very close to lovely dog friendly coves and other lovely beaches. Our daughter had a brilliant time running wild with all the children and foraging !
August 25, 2020
Would really recommend this pop-up wild campsite in Cornwall. Distant views of the sea, dog friendly, beautiful open fields and forests to play hide and seek in, lots of kids running around together and you can make campfires to toast marshmallows. We met James one of the owners and he was lovely and really helpful - he also runs forest schools which I bet are great - we missed the day it was on. Very close to lovely dog friendly coves and other lovely beaches. Our daughter had a great time running free and playing with all the kids. Will definitely return👍
August 20, 2020
If you perfect campsite is one that is well organised with designated pitches, lots of strict rules and home from home facilities then I guess this place isn't for you.
If however you prefer to turn up and pitch where there is some good space, unwind and enjoy some wonderful views, get back to nature, have adventures, watch the stars, become part of what this place is and take things at a slower pace then you'll love it here!
This place is pretty much what it says on the hand painted sign as you drive in, it's little and it's wild camping. At maximum capacity there is probably space for 10/11 tents in a well spaced out layout over a couple of small fields. The place is beautifully set up.with lots of little hedges creating magical tunnels to places like the shower or compost toilet (more on that later). The trees and bushes divide the area in a great way to allow you to pitch is an area offering more privacy or a more communal area - still not crowded and it's this part that offers the best views over the bay and some incredible sunsets.
The facilities are basic, but this is wild camping. The compost toilet is fine, in my opinion, others in our party would have preferred something more conventional. Either way it's quirky and unique and kept clean and tidy by the wonderful and friendly owners.
This place is so small that the vibe and atmosphere is made up by those who stay here. All very like minded yet hugely different people while we were here and it was fabulous. Everyone was so friendly and keen to share recommendations for the wonderful beaches and coves that are within easy reach.
This place is perfect for kids of all ages and for those without, although if you haven't got kids and want a more peaceful stay then perhaps the smaller, further field would be recommended.
The only gripe would be that not everyone adhered to the request that cars are parked along the hedge by the entrance, most did But some didn't.
Other than that this place is idyllic.
August 16, 2020
Pretty little site . The owners make the site rustic and simple ( The write up is rather dated though and some facts incorrect and the photos definitely don’t reflect how pretty and green the site is now 💚)
Very easy to reflex here . Sadly we had to leave early due to ill health but plan on returning .
From the host
The Little Wild Campsite is located high on Tregonning Hill, a world heritage site, and has stunning views of Mounts Bay and the surrounding area. It is located on a 7 acre smallholding run by Baya and James and their 3 children Arthur, Lilly and Joe.
Walk from the site directly up onto Tregonning and Godolphin Hill or take the longer walk down to the beach (30mins) and to the South West Coastal Path. The north coast is a 15 min drive away where you'll find dozens of excellent beaches. The Penwith Heritage Coast and Lizard Peninsula also boast particularly spectacular cliffs and coves. The old port town of Penzance is the largest local settlement and the place to catch ferries out to The Isles of Scilly. Closer to home, Porthleven and Marazion are smaller, equally pleasant spots, the latter opposite the fairytale island of St Michael's Mount (01736 710507).
Food and drink
There are several local stalls beside the road that sell vegetables and the excellent Trevelyan Farm Shop (01736 710410) is only 3 miles away. The nearest town is Porthleven (2 miles) which boasts a delicatessen, a small supermarket, pubs and restaurants, including The Ship Inn (01326 564204), The Harbour Inn (01326 573876) and The Atlantic Inn (01326 562439). Helston and Penzance are both 15 minutes drive and have a major supermarket each.