YHA Lands End
Letcha Vean, St Just-in-Penwith, Penzance, Cornwall, TR19 7NT
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.
The Owner Says
Just five miles north of Land's End, this Youth Hostel accommodation is a great place for an activity break or to relax after exploring west Cornwall’s many attractions. The famous signpost and tourist hotspot of mainland Britain’s most south-westerly point are but five miles south, yet you wouldn’t know it. Cradled in the peaceful Cot Valley, YHA Land’s End offers a tranquil spot far from the madding crowd.
YHA Land's End is tucked away with fine views to the sea and a five minute walk to the South West Coast Path - perfect for a value family break. We're more than just a swell view of the Atlantic; beaches and the great countryside are nearby, so we're equally good for surfing breaks, birdwatching and walking holidays.
Cape Cornwall is just a 30 minute walk away if you want to admire the spectacular view from the NCI lookout station. Or head for the hills and explore the Penwith Moors - there are some amazing stone circles and Iron Age villages along the way. Whether you want to learn about the historical mining locations made famous in Poldark or just relax on a sublime beach, we're a one-stop location for paradise.