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Praa Sands, Penzance, Cornwall TR20 9TL
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In a county of pretty good beaches, Praa Sands is right up there, waving its blue flag with pride and cleaning its own sands every day with a gentle tide. Its wide, flat reach and safe waters mean it’s popular with families; the reliable waves are popular with surferdads, while the athletic surfers and bronzed lifeguards are popular with the mums. Yes, it’s a popular old place, but there’s plenty of room for everybody. From its bird’s-eye vantage point above all this hubbub, Higher Pentreath Farm surveys the day. It watches the crack-of-dawn surfers, the pre-breakfast dog-walkers and the café coffee-sippers. It watches the day-trippers come and go and the evening joggers to and fro. And as the setting sun lights the bay with the golden tones of summer evenings, those lucky campers at Higher Pentreath Farm need only to step outside their tents to appreciate this special cove. The three fields that form the site offer increasingly better views the higher up you go; but the payback of this hillside location is the sloping ground, so be prepared. It’s also worth noting that the slope to the beach makes it quick and easy to get to, but exponentially harder to get back from. Better just to sit and watch it all from your camping chair. Another beer anyone?
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★★★★★

Lovely place

Stayed there in August 2012 – two adults and two small children (then 5 and three) - loved it and came straight back the next year (2013 obviously) ! The first time, we took a taxi from Penzance train station which took about 10 minutes. The kids just loved the site instantly – there’s three fields with lots of space to run around, race a soapbox down the hill, fly a kite or just play - there’s always lots of the other children. Amazing views of the beach – you can check the tide (and the swell) from up the hill. It takes about 10 minutes to walk down to the beach, you can also drive but it’s really close. The walk back up can be daunting, so you better pack your beach bags carefully in the morning!

There’s a smallish restaurant at the beach – the Sandbar – and they have a nice terrace to sit and watch the waves from. The prices are ok but not overly cheap.  You can take surfing lessons and rent surf boards or body boards at the surf shop next door. The beach is good for body boarders and beginner surfers.

 A small shop at the campsite sells a few basic items – milk, crisps and sweets – and they will let you freeze your ice packs and charge your phone for a small fee. Mobile phone reception is very poor but this was a plus in our book. There’s a petrol station about five minutes’ walk from the site where you can stock up on bacon, bread and vegetables. If you need a supermarket, there’s a Morrison’s on the way to Penzance and a Lidl in town but you need a car for these. If you are into fishing, the angling shop opposite the petrol station sells the best bait. Shower blocks at the site are very basic but always clean and hot showers are free. There’s a washing machine and also a tumble dryer. The owners are incredibly friendly. John even recharged our battery the second time around when our car didn’t start – we were going to pay for it but he wouldn’t have it.  

It can get busy over the August bank holidays but it never feels packed. The only caveat is the slope – most pitches are flat but some definitely aren’t – you have been warned. Overall, it’s a lovely site at amazing value and if we could we would definitely be coming back again this year! 

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★★★★★

Brilliant!

We stayed here with two young (5&2yrs) children late in August 2012. Very impressed with the site and staff throughout our stay. Although considered basic, the facilities on site were all that was needed to fully embrace the spirit of camping. Showers always hot and clean. Beautiful view of Praa Sands beach from the campsite which is safe to let the little ones explore. Shop on site selling basic (very) supplies open twice daily 08:00 - 10:00 and 18:00 - 20:00. We met a few families which return to site every year and their children have developed close friendships from this. They welcomed our children and almost every night marshmallows were enjoyed by all around the campfire! Icing on cake - the price! With no doubt we shall be returning.

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★★★★☆

Higher Pentreath Farm

We loved this campsite. Although it is very basic and is really just a few fields and a shower block, this added to its charm. The people running it were really friendly and helpful and were happy to show the kids the animals when they wanted. Our car broke down in Penzance on the day of arrival and they were brilliant and refunded our pitch money now that we were a tent only family and not a tent and car. Showers and toilets, although basic were cleaned every day and the showers were hot.Location was great and the bus service although expensive was brilliant (luckily for us!!). The beach is perfect and the shop great, you can hire or buy bodyboards inexpensively which kept the kids entertained. The rock pools are lovely for exploring too. Both the sandbar and fish and chip restaurant were good for food and had friendly staff and good atmospheres. We will definately return (hopefully with a car!) as the site was magic.

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Higher Pentreath Farm

This is a very 'rustic' campsite. It is basically 2-3 fields on a farm. There is a toilet block for ladies and gents- the ladies were okay but very rustic indeed and not the cleanest! The poor guys though had 3 showers- one of 'which was practically a shower tray in a corregated hut. Didn't see the owner much, but the shop/office was open a few hours early morning and 6-8pm in the evening (although we didn't venture in there). The fields are very slopy but bearable. On the upside, the location of the campsite is amazing and the views in the lower field where we were are beautiful, overlooking Praa Sands beach. Although the beach looks far away, you are higher up than further away. It is a steep climb back to the campsite from the beach but worth it! Beach was pretty much empty which was lovely and we hired kayaks from the beach store for only £15 a double kayak. They also rent out surfboards, wetsuits etc. It is only £3 to park there all day, which is a bonus. The 'Sandbar' was very nice, but not the cheapest drinks. Although food looked amazing! Overall, a very rustic campsite but worth the sacrifice for the stunning location and beach.

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Cool Factor

The view, the beach, the excuse that it’s just too difficult to get back up that hill

On Site

Loads of lovely space in the main field to run around and around and around in – 'til everyone’s really dizzy.

The main block has 12 toilets and 4 showers for ladies and just 1 shower, a toilet plus some urinals for the gents. But don’t feel like you’re the victims of sexism here, guys, as there’s a smaller block behind the farmhouse with 3 toilets and another shower. They can get a bit mucky during busy times, so have your flip-flops to hand and spare loo roll, though rumour has it this situation is improving. There’s also a washing machine and ironing board available in the laundry room, 3 large sinks for dishwashing, electrical hook-ups and waste-disposal facilities.

Nanny State

Make sure the bicycle brakes work before spinning off down the hill to the beach.

Off Site

The beach. Surfboards are available to hire and there are rock pools at either end of the mile-long beach. A pub, café and beach shop are all within easy reach.

If it rains

Flambards (01326 573404) in nearby Helston is a vast adventure ride, activities and exhibitions attraction. The rides are outdoors, but the popular Victorian Village experience is inside, along with play areas and a hands-on science experience. A more cultured alternative would be the Tate – plus the cafés, restaurants and shops – at St Ives (01736 796226), about 20 minutes’ drive from here.

Food & Drink

The Sandbar Pub and Restaurant (01736 763516) is just off the beach and has incredible views. Relax with a beer or healthy smoothie while the kids play pool or air hockey; then tuck into an organic wrap, baguette or fresh beach bite. Further afield, the Bay Restaurant, Café and Gallery (01736 366890) in Penzance has a constantly changing menu featuring freshly caught fish and crabs from the local market, and it also boasts its own gallery and great balcony views.

Open

Easter/1st Apr (whichever comes first) until the end of Oct.

The Damage

Family of 4 with car and large tent costs £11.50 a night. Dogs are welcome at no extra charge, if kept on leads. Electric hook-ups available for £3 a night.

Getting There

From the A30, take the turning for the A394. After approximately 5 miles, turn right onto Pentreath Lane and follow the road for almost half a mile. Look out for the sign for ‘Higher Pentreath’ by the second track on the right. Reception is just down the track on the right.

Public Transport

Take a train to Penzance then hop onto a First Western National bus 2, 2A or 2B to Praa Sands. If the bus driver’s a good ‘un you may be lucky enough to get dropped off at the campsite

Tags

Beaches  Campervans permitted  Caravans permitted  Good for kids  Laundry  Nice views  Short walk to beach  Showers  Surfing  Tent pitches