Dennis Arbon Caradon Woods

UK England South West England Cornwall Liskeard

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Individual toilets per camping pitch
  • 24hr+ ventilation between accommodation guests
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
An exclusive-hire site for wild glamping in an ancient Cornish woodland on the banks of the River Lynher

If you want to feel good about going on holiday, get yourself to Dennis Arbon Caradon Woods in Cornwall where the idea of paying it forward underpins holidays in nature. First of all, the woods were donated to the Woodland Trust by Dennis Arbon. In turn, the Woodland Trust gave management of the place to a social enterprise who aim to boost the wellbeing of people and the planet. And then it’s your turn: by taking a holiday here, you will be supporting the work of that social enterprise. The fact that it’s a rather appealing place to holiday — a private, riverside, three-acre meadow in an ancient woodland — seems purely coincidental.

It is, however, not mere fluke that Dennis Arbon Caradon Woods campsite has come together but the result of a lot of hard work, all spearheaded by Phil and Aydin. This pair of outdoor educators have whittled, carved and created a place to stay in this special spot on the banks of the River Lynher. But it’s impact on the land is light with an eco-friendly ethos and a maximum of just four bell tents hired to a single group at a time. That means you’ll only ever share the space and its rustic facilities with those you come with. It is what you might call a wild glamping experience — with the emphasis firmly on the wild.

Your car is parked a 15 to 20-minute walk away from where tents are pitched (your luggage can be transported in a 4x4). The tents themselves are simply furnished with camp beds for which you need to bring your own sleeping bag (leave the duvet at home). The whole site is off grid and there’s no running water, save for the river flowing by. Washing facilities use rainwater, toilets are composting and drinking water has to be brought in. Phil and Aydin will fill a 300-litre bowser for your stay.

There’s a woodsman’s touch to this place and the campfire is the heart of it all. If you like the sound of that but lack the skills to survive, you can book in a campcraft workshop to learn them. And if you have them but want a focus for your stay, try the Greenwood Music course. This is a place where you have no option but to slow down, relax and immerse yourself in nature and age-old ways of life. It’s certainly designed for that. The whole site is 40 acres and it’s all yours to explore. You can swim in the river, cook on the fire, watch wildlife and walk in the woods but should you wish to venture further, Bodmin Moor is just four miles away, the Tamar Valley a few miles more. The south Cornish coast is a 30-minute drive and the north Cornish coast a little further.

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Facilities

There are two composting toilets with eco-friendly loo roll provided and a rain-water-fed wash area with eco-friendly handwash. There's a quirky 'spartan' shower and a solar shower and sinks for washing-up with eco-friendly washing-up liquid provided. There is no running water on site, instead there is a 300-litre bowser and 10-litre water containers which are filled for your stay. Each bell tent is set up simply with camp beds (bring your own bedding), rugs and mats, an eco-solar lantern, carbon monoxide detector, fire extinguisher, first aid kit and a wood burner (in the colder months). Phone charging facilities are available and there are hammocks with basha (tarpaulin) shelter available to borrow. Kit for cooking on the campfire is provided and includes a fire-bridge with a grill and various hangers for pots, kettle and a griddle. There's a wood store with a supply of wood and natural firelighters to get your fire started, handcrafted seating and picnic benches as well as an A-frame parachute cover to cover the fire area in wet weather.

Suitable For

Wild glampers only, families, couples, groups, dogs (up to three, well behaved ones) – yes. Motorhomes, caravans, infants under two years of age, campers with own tents (unless in association with the glamping bell tents and by prior arrangement) – no.

Nearby

The three-acre meadow where the site is located edges on to the River Lynher where you are welcome to splash about, swim or, by prior arrangement, to fish. Caradon Woods stretches for 40 acres and you are welcome to explore it all. If you are lacking in campsite skills, book a course in with Phil and Aydin or, for something different, opt for their Greenwood Music workshop. The emphasis here is definitely to stay on site and enjoy the natural surroundings but should you wish to explore further, it is just a few miles to Bodmin Moor on one side and to Tamar Valley on the other. Both are parts of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with plenty of great walks, cycle trails and historic sites. It's a 30-minute drive to the south Cornish coast at Looe too or 45-minutes to the north coast at Boscastle or Widemouth Bay where you can surf, swim and sunbathe and enjoy breathtaking coastal scenery.

Food & Drink

It's all about campfire cookery here but should you need to pick up supplies or want to sneak off for a bite to eat off site, you could head to the nearest town, Callington, where you'll find shops and eateries with a supermarket on the outskirts of town.

Open

May–September.

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The Owner Says

A unique family and friends experience.  "Wild-Glamping" with extra comfort. We offer you a self-catered  experience with exclusive access to our pristine woodland, camped in a three-acre meadow on the banks of the river.  Just bring the basics food clothes etc and we will provide the rest.

You have access to composting toilets with hand washing facilities, a large, covered A-frame area with tables and seating, plenty of fresh water, basic solar shower, a supply of wood for the fire pit, which comes with a tripod, hot plate and large kettle. We also provide a couple of large pans, a spatula and ladle.

All you need to bring is: clothing, swimwear, towel, sleeping bag & mat, waterproofs, torch, insect repellent, boots/shoes, water bottle, cutlery, plates, bowls and your food. We provide the rest. For a full list of what we provide, and your personal kit list visit our website and download the pdf document and will be sent to you when booking

Upon arrival, your kit will be transported by 4x4 down to the meadow camp. You will be guided through the woods and along the river to your own three-acre meadow camp on the banks of the river.

We are part of nature - not apart from it- and as more of us look to foster our connection with the natural world,  you will be able to enjoy the abundant wildlife, and ample time to explore the winding paths, dip into the cooling river and relax around the fire.

Accommodation

Four bell tents, hired together.

Wild glamping in a 40 acre ancient woodland.

Exclusive Site Hire Sleeps 20
This is an exclusive "Family and Friends" camp for up to 20 people, you will have exclusive access to 40acres of ancient woodland, staying in Bell tents, tree tents. Just turn up and unwind and relax. Pitch a hammock by the river, lay back and listen to the sounds of nature

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Location

Contact Dennis Arbon Caradon Woods, Plushabridge, Cornwall

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Getting There

From the A38 (Plymouth) or the A30 (Exeter), take the A388 towards Callington. On the north side of Callington, take the turn signposted Maders and Golberdon. After passing through Maders, turn left signposted for Golberdon. Drive through Golberdon and head down the hill until you come to a bridge (over the Lynher). Take the right immediately after the bridge and follow the road to the next junction (past barn on right). Turn right, drive past the Openreach building. The entrance to the woods is 20 metres further, on the right (you will see a Greenwood Music banner).

There are trains to Plymouth and Liskeard. If catching the train to Plymouth, the number 12 bus will take you to Callington.  A taxi could then take you the final four miles to the woods.  Alternatively taxis are available from Liskeard train station (approximately seven miles away).

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