Penmarlam Caravan & Camping Park

UK England South West England Cornwall Fowey

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
A long-established camping park above Cornwall's beautiful Fowey Estuary

Recommending a special campsite is something of a double-edged sword. On one hand you don’t want to upset the camping clientele who discovered this little pocket of paradise; “Pleeeeease don't tell anybody where it is" and "We don't want this place overrun with tourists" are both statements often heard around these parts. On the other hand, Penmarlam Caravan & Camping Park is such a lovely site. With its idyllic location, welcoming staff and faultless facilities, Cool Camping simply had to share the secret. So if you enjoy estuary walks and stunning coastal scenery, do yourself a favour and pay the friendly folk of Penmarlam a visit. But just try and keep it a better secret than we did!!

Penmarlam is divided into two camping areas. The top field offers breathtaking views across the surrounding Cornish hills, whilst the lower is more sheltered and screened by shrubbery. Both areas provide generously-sized pitches with enough room to give neighbouring families a wide berth. Better yet, campers can choose their preferred location upon arrival. The reasonably-priced onsite shop is jam-packed with groceries, guidebooks and camping accessories. Plus, there's free Wi-Fi, immaculate showers, award-winning loos (yes, you read that right!) and an information centre to help campers make the most of the local attractions.

With its assortment of cliff-top paths and woodland trails The Fowey Estuary is the perfect place for all types of walkers. By far the most popular of these estuary strolls is ‘The Hall Walk’, which offers striking views all the way out to sea. Its circular path follows the banks of the river and utilises both ferries (via Bodinnick, Pont Creek and Polruan or vice versa). For a longer walk you can divert at St Wyllow Church, then join the coastal path, heading towards the ancient fishing village of Polruan. Most savour the still green waters in summer, but the walk is lovely in autumn too, when the leaves start to turn and heather adds its colour to the heathland.

If you’re lucky enough to own your own boat, then spending lazy days relaxing on the Fowey Estuary is plain sailing at Penmarlam. Campers can set sail straight onto the shimmering waters from the slipway that borders the site. Or you can always hire a kayak, or simply jump aboard one of the ferries to pretty Fowey and beyond. Whichever way you decide to set sail we think you’ll love the local area and Penmarlam Caravan & Camping Park itself. But remember, it’s a secret!



The reception/shop stocks a wide range of groceries, provisions, fresh fruit & veg, beers, wines, spirits, confectionary and ice cream. Local guidebooks, maps, gas, mobile phone top-ups, camping accessories and other seasonal items are also on sale. Ice pack freezing & battery charging service available. Modern, centrally-heated toilet, wash & shower facilities with hairdryers, shaving points, washbasins (privacy cubicles for ladies) and baby and toddler room. Wheelchair and disabled facilities with washbasin, WC, shower – this facility is also available to families. Coin-operated washer and tumble dryer (no washing powder required), hand wash sink with free hot water and ironing board with iron. Tourist information, broadband internet access (via wireless network) and numerous drinking water points around the park.

Suitable For

Everyone’s welcome! Tents, caravans, campervans, sailors, dogs and cats – yes.


The charming village of Bodinnick (on the east bank of the River Fowey) is at the start of the famous Hall Walk. Beloved by walkers, this tiny village is surrounded by rolling countryside and farmland. Many of the nearby farms date back to Doomsday records of 1086, and the majority of the landscape has changed little since. A short drive away is the world famous Eden Project (01726 811911). Each football-like Biome takes visitors into a different region of the world; trek through a humid South American rainforest, or experience the dry deserts of Northern Africa. There’s plenty going on in the Outdoor Biome too, with 13 hectares of garden containing almost 2,000 plant species. For one week each August the usually tranquil town of Fowey (a short ferry ride across the river) attracts some 2,500 visiting yachts who flock there for the Fowey Royal Regatta, one of Britain’s premier sailing events. It is also a fun-filled week for all the family, sailors and landlubbers alike.

Food & Drink

Away from the onsite shop there are plenty of eating options nearby, including: Sam’s (01726 832273), a cool 60’s style joint serving fish and famous burgers; The Old Quay House (01726 833302) with its award-winning restaurant and The Lifebuoy Café (07715075869) who’s affable staff and quirky, comfortable surroundings ensure a visit is a revitalising and indulgent experience. If you're feeling a wee bit flush, treat yourself to the gourmet six-course tasting menu at Langmans (01579 384933) in Callington, a traditional market town.

Opening Times

April – October.


Contact Penmarlam Caravan & Camping Park, Penmarlam Caravan & Camping Park, Bodinnick, Fowey, Cornwall PL23 1LZ

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Getting There

From the east: on the A38 (Dobwalls bypass) turn left at roundabout onto A390 towards St Austell. On leaving East Taphouse turn left onto B3359 signposted Polperro, Looe. In 4 miles turn right at signpost Bodinnick, Fowey via Ferry. Penmarlam Park is clearly signed on the right, 1 mile past the village of Lanteglos Highway at the entrance to Bodinnick.

From the west: from the A390 from St Austell, after Middle Taphouse turn right onto B3359 signposted Polperro, Looe. In 4 miles turn right at signpost Bodinnick, Fowey (via Ferry). Penmarlam Park is clearly signed on the right 1 mile past the village of Lanteglos Highway at the entrance to Bodinnick.

Par and Lostwithiel serve as the sites closest train stations, with trains operated by both First Great Western and CrossCountry.


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