Bush Farm Campsite

UK England South West England Cornwall Liskeard

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
As close to wild camping as you can get on a rewilded 200-acre farm in Cornwall

Most kids have some pretty wild ideas about what they want to do when they grow up – and some of them just can’t wait. Take 12-year-old Sophie and her 13-year-old sister, Rosy, who wanted to start a campsite on the family farm. Instead of fobbing these two entrepreneurial kids off with the standard: “That’s nice dear”, their parents embraced the idea and very soon their wild idea became a sold-out-for-summer wild campsite in Cornwall.

Opened for the first time in August 2020, Bush Farm Wild Camping’s 20 pitches pretty much sold out on their first day of advertising. So high was the demand that they have decided to add more facilities and more pitches for 2021 (watch this space). But don’t worry, whether there are 20 or 40 pitches, this place will never be crowded. Campers are essentially let loose on the 200-acre farm with a map and the sensible advice to leave at least 50 yards between you and the next tent. It’s a far cry from the neat rows of pitches on some of Cornwall’s more traditional campsites and, in fact, the words “campsite” and “pitches” don’t sum up exactly what’s going on here.

So what is going on at this most unusual of farms? Formerly a cattle farm, the Renfree family decided to rewild their land at the beginning of 2020. They have planted 100 acres of wildflower meadows and 20 acres of crops which will be harvested only by the birds they attract. It’s a conservation and biodiversity project that sits well with the low key, off grid camping that’s now on offer. Facilities are simple: a couple of toilets and a couple of showers with a sink for washing up in the less-than-pretty yard area at the entrance of the campsite (don’t let that fool you on arrival). Campfires are allowed in off-ground fire pits and Sophie and Rosy will sell you some recycled wood for your fire – as long as it’s not a school day.

But the facilities are not what wows campers here; it’s perhaps more the lack of them. You can pitch up on the hill, down by the river or in amongst the trees. You could spend your whole holiday here but that would be to ignore the other thing that drove the camping bonanza of 2020; the location. Situated just over the Devon-Cornwall border, Bush Farm is about as easily reachable as Cornish campsites get. It’s less than 15 miles from Plymouth and the same distance from the lovely beach at Whitsand Bay and the harbour town of Looe. For families with kids, the Amazing Cornish Maize Maze pops up just down the road in summer season. If your kids have an ounce of the can-do attitude of the Renfree kids they’ll make short work of the maze but don’t forget there’s a wilder chance to get lost back on Bush Farm.

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Facilities

Two toilets, two hot-water showers and a sink for washing up plus 200 acres to explore. There are wildflower meadows, a lake and a river to explore (with a Canadian canoe to help you do it). Campfires are allowed and fire pits are provided free of charge. Recycled wood is available for firewood at £5 per bag.

Suitable For

Everyone: campers, caravans, motorhomes, caravans, families, couples, solo campers, groups, dogs...

Nearby

You are free to explore the 200-acre family farm which includes woodland, river and lakes. Off site, the nearest attraction is the Amazing Cornish Maize Maze (01579 351833) just a mile away. For more adventurous activities, try Adrenaline Quarry (01579 308204), 20 miles from site, where there’s a water park, bungee jumping, go karting and even axe throwing. It’s about the same distance (a drive of 20 minutes) to the nearest beach, Whitsand Bay, where there are three miles of golden sands and a little further to Looe where there’s a beach and a harbour with cafes, shops and facilities. Grown ups might like the golf and spa facilities at St Mellion Estate (01579 351351), 15 miles from site, and if you haven’t been before it’s not too far (30 miles) to the inspiring Eden Project (01726 811911). Plymouth is about 12 miles from site.

Food & Drink

The Weary Friar (01579 350238) is the closest pub - just a five minute drive or a one-and-a-half-mile walk along country lanes. There’s a dog-friendly pub, The Crooked Inn (01752 848177), a ten-minute drive away. For a Cornish Cream Tea or a proper English fry-up with a view head for the hills and the spectacularly located Louis Tea Rooms (01579 389223), in the Kit Hill Country Park which is eight miles away and nice for a walk. It also has a farm shop with Cornish produce for sale. The ironically-named Foreign Muck (01752 841133) is recommended and serves burgers, burritos and craft beers in Saltash High Street, five miles from site. The Route 38 American Diner (01752 851038) is about the same distance and a good place to stop en route to Whitsand Bay.

Opening Times

All year.

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The Owner Says

Located near Saltash, Bush Farm is a friendly and welcoming destination with great access to Plymouth and the rest of Cornwall. We offer Wild Camping which gives you the option to pitch up anywhere on the 200 acre farm, allowing you to get maximum peace and quiet and fully immerse yourself in the camping experience!

Woodland walks, strolls through green fields and waterside wanders by rivers and the lake are all on offer here. Our family-friendly spot is a fab site to bring the kids to, especially if they’re avid nature fans. When you roll up at our green and grassy spot, you’ll be given a map and be left to explore and settle down wherever you please.

Pitches

40 grass camping pitches.

Main Campsite Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 5 Available
Pitch up close to the site facilities, Perfect for people who want to use the site location to explore Cornwall

Wild Camping Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 25 Available
Wild camping is about getting away from the busy campsites and caravan parks, pitch up anywhere wild-style on our 200 acre site.

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Location

Contact Bush Farm Campsite, Bush Farm Wild Camping, Pillaton, Saltash, Cornwall PL12 6QY

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Getting There

From Plymouth/Saltash direction head north on the A388 and turn left on to Leigh Lane, signposted for Pillaton and the Cornish Maize Maze. From the north this is a right turn. Follow Leigh Lane for a little over a mile, past the Cornish Maize Maze. Turn XX into the lane with the SR Training Sign and follow onto the farm. There will be a number of huts on the right – reception is signposted.

The closest railway station is at Saltash (six miles away) but to reach it most people will have to change at Plymouth Train Station (12 miles way). You can catch a Plymouth Bus from either station on the Plymouth-Callington route to get to the closest bus stop to site on the A338 junction with Leigh Lane. This is about a mile-and-a-half from site and the closest that public transport will get you.

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Proper wild camping experience

We loved our stay at Bush Farm. The owners were very welcoming and helpful. Recommended a good spot for us to put up our bell tent and we were the only ones there! Definitely felt like proper wild camping. Facilities are basic but clean and provide everything you need. It ended up raining a lot and the field got a little but muddy, so our van got stuck. The owner was kind enough to give us a lift to a local shop and at the end of our stay, tow us out of the field. You can't ask for much more than that! Beautiful space to explore and for our dog to run around off lead. The closest beach was very beautiful and not at all busy. We will definitely be back again.
Oct 27, 2020 by Darya Verified Review

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