Lamanva Camping

UK England South West England Cornwall Falmouth

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
Acres of space, off-grid pitches and a lakeside setting close to the beaches and coves of Cornwall's south coast

You don’t have to be good at maths to know that 30 pitches on a 27-acre campsite means almost an acre of space for everyone. It’s an impressive ratio and one that belongs to Lamanva Camping in Cornwall — a county where space in summertime usually comes at a premium. Not here, though. Lamanva is a good-value, back-to-basics campsite with views of nearby Argal Lake. This peaceful rural setting is no more than four miles from sandy coves, turquoise waters, subtropical gardens, and the harbour town of Falmouth. Go this July and the numbers are further in your favour, as the campsite is operating a soft launch with just ten pitches in this vast and lovely lakeside spot.

The space and the pitch-where-you-please policy of Lamanva Campsite lend it a wild camping feel, that will appeal to self-sufficient campers who know how to pitch their own tents and cook on their own campfires. Out here in this sleepy backwater, there’s no electricity and only simple facilities, but it’ll be just enough for those who like what’s referred to as “proper camping”. There’s a water supply, compost loos, washing-up sinks, and hot-water showers. Campfires and barbecues are allowed, but only in off-ground fire pits which campers must bring themselves. Owner Rob — who’ll either meet you at the gate or pop by to see you later — will sell you logs and let you in on local secrets, like when’s best to get a parking space at nearby Maenporth Beach (spoiler alert: it’s not 11 am on a Saturday).

Lamanva is near the South Coast, just North of the Helford River. The site’s 27 acres are spread across seven fields with cars parked in one, campers in another, and the rest free for campers to explore. The land slopes away to the north with a vista across Argal Lake to rolling farmland, beyond which the sun sets. It’s a perfect spot to enjoy peaceful evenings by the campfire but, let’s be honest, the big attraction here is the beach.

Maenporth is a ten-minute drive or an hour's walk away and a lovely safe place to swim, kayak, or paddleboard. A similar distance are the family-friendly beaches around Falmouth, Gyllyngvase and Swanpool among them. Further south is beautiful, secluded, woodland-backed Grebe. Take your pick but if sunbathing is not for you, there are other things to do, too. Hop over the fence at the bottom of the campsite for the two-mile walk around the lake, hike the South West Coast Path or explore subtropical gardens. There’s a recommended farm shop just up the road and three good pubs within a short drive. You don’t need to be good at maths to recognise that all this added together makes for a pretty perfect summer holiday in Cornwall.



We have hand-built hot showers, and hot water for washing up, but no electric hook-ups. There is a compost loo (with two more on the way in August 2021), four hand-built showers and two sinks for washing up, both with hot water. We welcome BBQs and campfires and have a number of metal drums that you are welcome to use for fires. We also sell wood. Please, though, do not make fires in the ground.

Suitable For

Campers, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, couples, families, well-behaved groups and dogs – yes. Stag and hen dos, noisy groups – no.


The site is on the shores of Argal Lake which has a circular two-mile trail around it if you fancy a walk with, perhaps a stop at the Wild Vibes Café along the way. The lake is also popular with anglers and you can find out about permits and day tickets from the South West Lakes Trust. One of the closest beaches is Maenporth, a ten-minute drive (about four miles) from site, half that distance if you walk cross-country. It's ideal for families as it has soft sands and shallow water in a beautiful bay that's sheltered from the wind by coastal headlands. There are kayaks and paddleboard for hire from Arvor Sea Kayaking (07990 515263). You are advised to arrive early for parking, though. Or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can even hike directly from the campsite. The attractive, creative harbour town of Falmouth is just four miles away. The South West Coast Path offers great walking along the coast and a recommended route for keen walkers is the stretch west from Maenporth to Helford Passage. Trebah (01326 252200) and Glendurgan Gardens (01326 252020) are both about four miles away (almost next door to each other) and well worth a visit, the latter has an outdoor maze that's popular with kids.

Food & Drink

For a morning coffee or breakfast, stroll around the lake to The Wild Vibes Café (01326 702105). There's good food on offer by the water's edge at The Cove (01326 251136) in Maenporth or at The Ferryboat Inn (01326 250625), in Helford Passage, four miles away. Other recommended pubs within a short drive away from the site are The Red Lion (01326 250026) in Mawnan Smith and The Trelowarren Arms (01326 372264) in Budock. For local supplies, Argal Farm Shop (01326 372737) is just half a mile down the road and there's an Asda supermarket a ten-minute drive from the site. The towns of Penryn (three miles away) and Falmouth (four miles) have plenty of places to eat and drink and stock up on supplies too.


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The Owner Says

Lamanva Camping is a peaceful, inclusive, family-friendly campsite set over twenty-seven acres. We offer a simple outdoor-life and camping experience that gets you back to basics, with space and nature all around.

We hope you enjoy a peaceful stay.


30 pitches in July and August.

Simply Camping Family Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 15 Available
This is simple, spacious camping at its best, with room for kids and dogs to play and run free. Our Family Pitch includes 2 adults, up to 4 children (under 18 years) and 1 dog. On site you are free to pick the spot you like best to set up camp.

Simply Camping Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 15 Available
This is simple, spacious camping at its best, with room for kids and dogs to play and run free. On site you are free to pick the spot you like best to set up camp.

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Contact Lamanva Camping, Lamanva Farm, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9BJ

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Getting There

Travelling west along the A30, at the very first roundabout you encounter — Carland Cross — follow the A39 to Truro. Just before you enter Truro, near Waitrose, join the A390, signposted to Falmouth. Once past Truro, join the A39, and continue following signs to Falmouth. Stay on the A39 until, eventually, you get to a double roundabout next to Falmouth University. Follow the sign to Mabe Burnthouse. Continue through and out of the village, eventually snaking downhill and past the entrance on your right to Argal Reservoir. Then, at the crossroad, turn right. Follow for less than a mile into Lamanva Village. You'll see the campsite on the right. 

The rural location means that a car is recommended, especially if you are bringing tents, pets and kids. But, if you travel light, then cycling is a great way to arrive on site; just be mindful of the notorious Cornish hills. A bus route does pass by the campsite – 35 and 35A. This route operates infrequently between Falmouth and Helston. Falmouth has a train station, on a branch line; change to the main line at Truro.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 7 reviews


Simple and quiet spacious camping

Simple camp site with large field for chill out. Lovely view and you can catch lovely sun set. Spacious place for every one you don't need worry to be next someone tent. Basic toilet and shower with hot water. cleaned regularly. you can park car next to tent. Only one thing, camping is hard to find so drive slowly through the village and turn after last house (white one - Elmgrove). if you looking for peace and quiet it is right place for you.
Aug 20, 2021 by Konrad Verified Review

Stunning views, spacious site

Lamanva Camping was recommended to us by a friend, knowing we would love the site. It was so spacious and without marked pitches, meaning we were free to find a suitable spot and take up as much space as we needed for our family and friends. Amazing location for Falmouth, we nipped in a couple of times for take outs and apart from that we didn’t actually leave the campsite during our 3 night stay. The lake was perfect for walking our dog. Rob, the owner was very kind and friendly. We will definitely return again.

Beautiful spot for a long awaited weekend with pals

A group of us camped here for the weekend and had a brilliant time. The campsite is in a lovely location, close to Falmouth and some gorgeous beaches. It overlooks the lake and some very pretty scenery and there was plenty of space for us all to hang out. It's well served with excellent loos and showers and Rob the owner was friendly and very accommodating during our stay. The kids and adults alike enjoyed the weekend immensely, lots of games, fires and general relaxation!
Aug 17, 2021 by Ciara Donegan-Davies

Amazing views and lots of space

A bit of a hidden gem, we really liked this campsite. Showers and toilets were well maintained and clean - even the compost toilets didn’t put my wife off! Lots of space and a great view. Lovely walk to the reservoir which our dog enjoyed exploring! Rob the site owner was really welcoming and friendly with good tips for local pubs. Site ideally suited for Falmouth and the surrounding coast. Worth noting that you had to take your rubbish home. Highly recommended and we look forward to coming back.
Aug 17, 2021 by David Maher Verified Review

Camping with the best views!

My family and I have just returned from an idyllic few days camping at Lamanva. The views of the lake are sensational and a real treat to wake up to. The facilities are minimal yet beautifully made from wood with nice details and maintained daily. Rob the owner was very welcoming, knowledagble about the area and nothing was too much trouble. We were allowed campfires, which was an absolute bonus as lots of campsites no longer allow this, we were even able to buy a bag of logs from Rob when we had run out. Lots of space to play rounders, frisbee and let the children run free, plus the local beaches were a mere 5 minute drive away. We will definitely be returning!
Aug 17, 2021 by Charlie Guidal

Response from Lamanva Camping

Thank you for your kind words Charlie, always welcome to come again!  Rob

Serene, family and dog friendly campsite near the Helford River and Falmouth

Just spent the weekend on this fab campsite. We slept under the stars and loved the serenity of this peaceful location. The compost loos are the best I have ever experienced in a camping situation. And the showers are great too. You are just ten minutes from Falmouth and the idyllic Helford River, what more could you want. I recommend Awna in Mawnan Smith for amazing coffee and cakes, or Potager Garden Cafe for the best breakfasts. We will be back!
Aug 17, 2021 by Emily

Response from Lamanva Camping

Hello Emily,

We are glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you again in the near future!

Warm regards,


Great stay at Lamanva camping!

The campsite was exactly what we needed - just a field not too busy we had plenty of space around us, toilets and showers were nicer than usual campsites! Owner Rob was very chilled and gave us a fire pit to use and we bought fire wood off him too.
Aug 14, 2021 by Chloe Barber Verified Review

Response from Lamanva Camping

Thank you Chloe, Glad you enjoyed your visit, please do come back and stay with us again soon.  Best, Rob

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