Tregedna Farm

  • Laundry
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Camping along the footpath to Maenporth Beach, a stunning bay between Falmouth and the Helford Estuary – plus ample room for ball games, bikes and kites

From its dip within the valley, Tregedna Farm is surrounded by countryside as far as the eye can see. Yet daily life here revolves around the nearby beach. And what a beach it is: wedged between the yachty buzz of Falmouth and the peaceful waterway of the Helford river, Maenporth is one of the best-located beaches on Cornwall’s south coast. But being a 40-minute walk from Falmouth town, it’s far enough to deter the maddening crowds. Putter along the coast towards the Helford and you will usually be rewarded by a deserted nook of sand.

 It’s a simple life at Tregedna Farm. While the smell of bacon and coffee still lingers, families set off along the footpath on a pilgrimage to the beach. Children skip ahead with buckets and spades; parents straggle behind pushing buggies laden with picnics and wetsuits. When teatime approaches, the pilgrims return, Hansel and Gretel trails of sand in their wake, the children lagging behind sporting salt-water mops and ice-cream smudged smiles. During the evenings, barbecue smoke fills the air and the chatter of children swirls around the tents until long after school-day bedtime. But as the sun drops so do the kids, leaving just the chink of wine glasses and the patter of footsteps to and from the dishwashing area. This easy routine greets day after day, broken only by rainy days and sightseeing excursions that see the beach gear abandoned as parents scrabble around for the car keys and spin into Falmouth for a dose of arty, maritime culture and a spot of retail therapy.

Details

Facilities

There is a play area with swings and a see-saw, but the main appeal is the masses of space for ball games and running around. In the 12 green pitch-where-you-like acres there’s a refurbished toilet block with male/female loos and a separate stone hut with showers (2 male, 2 female), a large indoor washing-up area, local information, washing machine and tumble dryer.

Suitable For

Groups, campervans, caravans, tents, dogs – yes.

Nearby

Maenporth Beach is the reason for camping here – a sheltered sliver of pebble and sand perfect for bathing and rockpooling. Don’t forget your wetsuit, as this is a haven for water sports including swimming, snorkelling and kayaking. Arvor Sea Kayaking runs sit-on-top- and sea-kayaking sessions from the beach and along the Helford Estuary. Beach hop around the headland to Swanpool, where Elemental Adventures (01326 318771) holds dinghy sailing, windsurfing and coasteering sessions among its beach activities. Stroll along the coast path and within 45 minutes you can be in the hubbub of Falmouth one way, or on the serene and green banks of the Helford the other way.

Food & Drink

You can get seasonal produce including organic potatoes from the onsite farm shop. For snacks, burgers and ice cream bang on the beach, head to Life’s a Beach at Maenporth or, just behind the beach, the Cove (01326 251136) serves gourmet cuisine made from the best local ingredients. A 20-minute walk around the headland, the Swanpool Beach Café, sells legendary ice creams and simple alfresco fare and, if you want a trendy beach hangout for a cocktail or milkshake, step further towards Falmouth to the Gylly Beach Café on Gyllyngvase Beach (01326 312884).

Opening Times

Easter – October.

Family Friendly

Be aware that the entrance track for cars slices between the play area and the camping field.

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Location

Contact Tregedna Farm, Maenporth, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 5HL

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Getting There

From Truro, take the A39 to Falmouth, staying on it until you pass Asda, after which turn right at the next roundabout (with the black anchor). Go straight across the next 2 mini roundabouts and continue on this road for about 2 miles, following signs to Maenporth. Tregedna Farm is on the right, about ½ mile before the beach.

Take the train to Penmere on the Truro to Falmouth branch line. The station is about 1½ miles from the campsite. The 500 bus from Falmouth to Helford Passage goes right past the campsite and will stop across the road from the entrance.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 2 reviews

★★★★★

Mrs Gerry Forward

Lost Cool Camping Book! Last summer we were trying to find our book so used the website to search and went to Cornwall where we had time away and this year we have hopefully secured another trip away this time to Devon!

Aug 7, 2013 by Gerry Forward
★★★★★

Tregedna Farm- excellent campsite

Stayed for almost a week- excellent location, short walk to Maenporth beach. For Falmouth beaches or town it is getting close to 1 hr on the coast path.

Helpful and friendly owner and a really nice atmosphere on site.

Facilities were good- showers, laundry, etc. basic but clean and the whole place was well maintained and attractive looking.

We saw several of the local National Trust properties- Trelissick and Glendurgan Gardens, St Michael's Mt, and Kynance cove on the Lizard. So it worked a great base for day trips too, and an Asda very close for supplies too :)

A really nice place to come back to and relax after our days out. Would definitely recommend! 

May 25, 2013 by Steve

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