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Coastal Valley Camp & Crafts

UK England South West England Cornwall Newquay

  • Staggered showering times
  • Distance markers in shared facilities
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Beaches
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Cornish camping and glamping, with arts, crafts and activities on site and the beaches of Newquay just a stroll away

Coastal Valley isn’t just a campsite. Imaginative owner Tanya also bills the place as a ‘crafts site’, with willow weaving, slate painting and fabric printing on offer in a pop-up craft tent at peak times. A blackboard propped up outside the reception-cum-farm shop is used to spell out any activities that day, swirled in neat, chalky handwriting.

What’s clear, though, is that the creativity of the owners knows no bounds. The philosophy behind their craftworks seems to extent to the campsite beyond – a veritable collage of the camping world. Around its borders young and mature trees combine, linked by colourful pampas grasses and the dusty yellow of gorse bushes, and a narrow stream gurgles along the southern edge. It all frames an eclectic interior where there’s something for every camper.

For ‘regular’ folk, follow the hard driveway past reception and an oval loop provides access to the 25 grass pitches. For maximum privacy pitch your tent closest to the stream or stay up near the driveway for access to electricity. Coastal Valley operates a low-traffic policy, so once you’ve pitched your tent or parked up the caravan, campers are requested to return the car to the main parking area. The result only accentuates the tranquillity of the setting. Children play safely, you can always sleep soundly and the stream and birds can all be heard.

Glampers, meanwhile, have a range of options. There's a safari tent, nudged against the trees in a far corner of the site, fully kitted out for up to six people, and there's a timber pod for couples. A ‘BBQ lodge’, meanwhile, sleeps a further four people, with bed fitted along four sides of the hexagonal structure all surrounding an inbuilt barbecue. Finally, for the really adventurous, Tanya and the team have recently parked up a converted mobile library that once rumbled down the lanes lending books to rural readers. It's a very quirky vintage find and, today, has a double bed, sofas (which can sleep an additional two children), and a small kitchen.

From the campsite it’s around a mile to surfer-central Watergate Bay, walking through the sheep dotted fields and following the gentle course of the stream. And the same distance to Porth Beach – flanked by rocky promontories making it an ideal location for safe family bathing. Popular Towan Beach, too, is within easy reach, with all three backed by cafés and waterfront bars. If you don’t stay down at the waterfront for a pint of the local bitter then be sure to wander up the slope behind the campsite for a view across the beach instead. The Atlantic sunsets are stunning.

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Facilities

Platinum awarded toilet and shower facilities, six showers, eight toilets, disabled facilities, hair dryers and shaving sockets. Picnic tables, water points, recycling everything possible. A chemical disposal point for the vans. A communal kitchen chalet has two gas hob cookers,  a small microwave, a double sink and drainer, two fridges and a small freezer. Basic surf wetsuit washing facilities and hanging space. Bring your own kitchen utensils, crockery and cutlery (though a few pots, pans, plates and cups are available). A craft tent runs regular activities (especially on wet afternoons), including willow weaving, wet felting, silk painting, morsbag recycling projects and slate painting. There is a wild play area for children and a rope swing over the steam.

Suitable For

Campers, glampers, tents, campervans, caravans, dogs on camping field, couples, families – yes. Groups should ring in advance to discuss.

Nearby

Nearby Newquay is the Cornish surf capital and to its north Watergate Bay is considered the key beach for hitting the waves. Joel at West Country Surf (07772 251 778) offer family friendly surfing lessons from Watergate Bay and you can also do coasteering, kayaking, paddle boarding at Fistral Beach (01637 498200), and expansive Crantock Beach. Busy Towan and Porth Beach are best for bathing and, unusually for the South West, the area is great for pet-friendly beaches that allow dogs all year round, Newquay, Polly Joke, Mawgan Porth, Porthcothan, Holywell Bay, Towan Head and Crantock Beach all amongst them.

Food & Drink

The site's farm shop sells essential, locally sourced produce, including excellent Padstow Chough Bakery breads, flans and pies; dry cured bacon, meats and homemade sausages from a local family butcher and free range eggs from a local small holding. There's also a pop-up craft marquee, proper coffee, cake and tea mornings and specialist foodie nights during peak and July–August summer periods. Newquay has something for everyone (and vegans and vegetarians are very well catered for– Tanya and Andy are a goldmine of information for the local bar and café recommendations.

Opening Times

Easter–end of October.

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Getting There

Heading away from Newquay on the B3276, Alexandra Rd. Turn right into Trevelgue Rd and then see below...

Heading away from Padstow/Watergate bay. Follow the coastal road. (If you are directed to go down the farm at Trebelsue (by a big wind turbine) ignore the SatNvand take the next left turn half a mile further down the road into Trevelgue Rd...

Then on the Trevelgue Rd travel for 2 miles, past Smugglers Camp site on your left and the Lighthouse Park, the hamlet of houses and horse stables. Ignore the No Through Road sign. The road narrows, 50m ahead, follow the road round to the right and down a single leafy road for 100 metres. Coastal Valley is right ahead of you signposted off the tarmaced road on the right by the stream.

Newquay centre train and bus station is around four miles away.

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