People love the idea of buying a camper van and hitting the open road. The idea of not knowing the end destination is enough to lure a lot of people into this style of travelling.
Although it’s fun to be sporadic, it can sometimes be good to have an idea of where you might want to stay and the landmarks you wish to visit.
People often overlook the beauty that is right on their doorstep. One of the most amazing places to travel around in the UK is, of course, Cornwall.
Here is the perfect guide to Cornwall if you are travelling in a camper.
Begin your Cornish camper tour in Bude, on Cornwall’s northern coast, where you can visit the famous pastel coloured beach huts, play crazy golf and enjoy the wide sandy beaches.
Park your van for the day if you are lucky enough to catch nice weather and go crabbing. Summerleaze Beach and the right side of Crooklets beach are great for crabbing.
Next, drive to Boscastle which is rich in history and has a lovely natural harbour.
If you head inland, you can visit Bodmin – one of Cornwall’s oldest towns. Enjoy a picnic at Bodmin Moor before wandering around the town. Visit the eerie county jail, which is renowned for its ghosts.
The Jamaica Inn is Cornwall’s most famous smuggling inn, well-known for its stories of strange happenings. After treating yourself to a well earned Rattler cider, see if you can hear the sound of horses’ hooves on the cobbles in the courtyard.
There is also an organic farm nearby which is good for camping and parking up your camper van.
If you have a bike – or would like to hire one – then you can cycle the Camel trail between Bodmin and Padstow.
Camper vans and beaches go hand in hand near Padstow, Perranporth, Newquay and St. Agnes, which are all around a five minute drive from each other. Perranporth even has a natural open air swimming pool which fills with sea water at high tide.
Park your van at Padstow harbour and pop into one of Rick Stein’s restaurants, or pick up a fish a chips and sit by the harbour.
After you have been fed and watered, take a drive to Truro and visit the cathedral, which is one of the only three three-spired Cathedrals in the UK, the other two being in Lichfield, Staffordshire and Edinburgh.
Now to visit the tip of Cornwall. On the way, stop off at St. Ives and stroll through old St Ives, known as ‘Downalong’, where there are cobbled streets and old fisherman’s cottages.
When you reach Land’s End, the most South-westerly point, take a look out at the Longships Lighthouse, and the Isles of Scilly which are just eight miles away. If you’re lucky you might spot grey seals, basking sharks or even dolphins.
Next it’s on to Penzance, which has one of the mildest climates in the UK. Here you can see St. Michael’s Mount, home to a fairytale castle. Take a walk along Penzance promenade and grab some fish and chips.
Move on to Helston, a medieval town full of miner’s cottages. Enjoy a camper van stop off at The Blue Anchor, a historical pub in the centre of the town that dates back to the 15th century.
Take a slow drive around the Lizard Coastline, where you’ll find tiny fishing ports, sandy bays and lots of adorable villages full to the brim with traditional pubs.
If you stand on top of the Lizard and look out to sea you’ll be on the most southerly point of the UK’s mainland.
Visiting Falmouth should be the next stop in your journey, where you’ll find the world’s third largest natural deep-water harbour. It’s also a seafood lover’s paradise.
Pendennis Castle is an amazing attraction and is definitely worth a visit. It is one of the finest fortresses which was actually built by Henry VIII.
After this, head back to your van and drive towards Camborne, which is the home of Cornish tin and the former copper mining industry.
Coming up to the end of your trip, you should make sure to visit Mevagissey, which has a distinctive twin harbour.
Next, swim at Gorren Haven beach which is just a few miles from the village. This is one of the safest places to plunge into the water where the beach is secluded below high cliffs.
Now it’s time to drive the van on to Polperro, an unspoilt fishing village. At the bottom of the Chapel Cliff on the small sandy beach lies a small bathing pool.
Finally, make sure to visit the Eden Project – an enormous global garden within huge tropical biomes. You’ll probably need a whole day to fit all of this in, but it’s well worth it.
If you take this trip, be sure to share your experience with others who we’re sure will agree that Cornwall is made for camper vans.