Elm Farm

UK England South West England Cornwall

Elm Farm Campsite, Nancekuke, Redruth, Cornwall TR16 5UF
Quiet camping meadows and a friendly café located beside some of Cornwall's most popular cycling routes.

Opened in 2014, Elm Farm is far more than just a campsite. Capitalising on its prime North Cornwall location beside the Mineral Tramways cycle network, this is a campsite-cum-cycle-centre with a cute little café thrown in for good measure. The family-run establishment is just two miles from the nearest beach – pick from Portreath and Porthtowan or explore secret swimming holes like Prussa Cove – while the inland cycle trails weave you through the county’s 19th-century mining history, past moonscape quarries and ancient copper mines that have been reclaimed by the greens of nature.

The two camping meadows are wonderfully simple, off-grid affairs and have been left purposefully alone in order to maintain their natural appeal – to people and wildlife alike. Buzzards are common, barn owls are sometimes heard in the night and stoats have also been spotted, hidden beyond the great elm trees that border the field and give the farm its name. Numbers have been kept low – just 25 pitches – so there’s space for ball games and the pair of family shower rooms and composting toilets are more than adequate. You can wander up to the café for proper flushing loos if you prefer.

If you haven’t brought your own bikes for exploring the many routes on offer, you can hire them from the Elm Farm café and cycle shop. Campers get a discounted rate, while those who’ve booked one of the site’s two pre-pitched, furnished bell tents are given bikes for free. Even as you stride to the café, housed inside a cute, converted shed, your eyes are drawn to the landscape beyond. Laity Moor stretches out in the distance to Carn Brea hill, one of the highest points in the local area, from which you can see both the north and south Cornwall coast.

If you don’t fancy schlepping up the hill on your bike, you can stick to the easy ride down to the beach instead. Alas, you can’t cycle with a board under your arm but there’s a surf school at Porthtowan from which you can hire them if needed. So if you fancy throwing yourself into the laid back surfer vibe of the place, you’ve got no excuse.

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The Owner Says

Elm Farm Camping has provided an authentic slice of rural Cornish life for hundreds of guests over the years. If you’re trying to get away from it all, one afternoon watching someone trying to herd stubborn farm animals might persuade you that the stresses of the city aren’t really quite so bad after all. Our lovely camping pitches are positioned around the perimeter of two spacious fields which leaves plenty of space in the middle for the kids to play.
Many cyclists doing the Lands End to John o’ Groats trip use us as their first or last stopping point, but you normally have to get up pretty early to see them! The camping fields are supplied with clean drinking water and solar fairy lights around the facilities. There are two composting toilets, two family size washroom cubicles with hot showers and sinks and two dish/laundry washing sinks all with hot water. There is also a flushing toilet and chemical disposal point for guests beside the cafe a short skip up the hill. Elm Farm boasts an abundance of birds and wildlife: buzzards are common as are barn owls, whilst foxes, badgers and stoats can often be observed. We are happy to advise you on the many beautiful coastal and country walks in this area.

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