YHA Lands End

Letcha Vean, St Just-in-Penwith, Penzance, Cornwall, TR19 7NT
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A well-managed campsite on the fingertip of England, all within walking distance of the beach.

Is there anywhere better named in the UK than ‘Lands End’? This dramatic coastal plinth, where cliffs meet turbulent ocean, is the countries most south westerly point – quite literally our land’s end. ‘New York 3147’, reads the mileage on the white signpost, pointing out to sea. ‘John O’Groats 874’, reads the other – the likely destination for many cyclists who appear throughout the day and set off on great adventures to pedal the length of the country.

Sadly the YHA Lands End campsite isn’t actually near to the visitor centre that sits on the end of the peninsular here. Instead, it’s a little further north, five miles away from Lands End itself. It is, however, still a truly superb spot to pitch your tent. The apron of grass outside the main hostel building is flat, well sheltered and intimate – there are enough pitches for just 12 people at any one time – and boasts sea views that reveal the most breathtaking of Atlantic sunsets. Campers still have access to all the hostel facilities, including a kitchen and evening bar and, while campfires aren’t permitted, there’s plenty of space for an evening BBQ.

The hostel is set in a Cornish Mining Heritage Site – the Cot Valley – now a famous area for spotting rare migratory birds. It’s a five-minute stroll through the valley to the South West Coast Path, with relics from the sites industrial past to be found along the way. Indeed, many campers arrive and leave the hostel on foot, following the entire length of the footpath and camping along the way. It’s easy to see why. The Penwith Peninsular has something to see over every rise and fall in its nobly coastal landscape. YHA Lands End is just one small part of the treasure trove.

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A well managed campsite in the garden of a YHA youth hostel out on the western tip of Cornwall.

YHA Lands End: A well managed campsite in the garden of a YHA youth hostel out on the western tip of Cornwall.

A well managed campsite in the garden of a YHA youth hostel out on the western tip of Cornwall.

YHA Lands End: A well managed campsite in the garden of a YHA youth hostel out on the western tip of Cornwall.

A well managed campsite in the garden of a YHA youth hostel out on the western tip of Cornwall.

YHA Lands End: A well managed campsite in the garden of a YHA youth hostel out on the western tip of Cornwall.

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