Large Grass Pitch

UK England South West England Cornwall Newquay Higher Pendeen Camping

  • Sleeps 4 (max 4 adults, 3 children)
6m x 7m Grass Pitch

The Owner Says

Guests share the compost toilet and outdoor gas shower. Camping pitches are requested to use their own BBQs and camp stoves on bricks which we can supply. Please ensure your tent will fit within this size pitch before you book.

About Higher Pendeen Camping

Suitable For

Campers, glampers, families, couples – yes. Caravans, motorhomes, campervans, dogs – no.


The campsite is located within a 25-acre farm. Mown pathways allow campers to explore (when cows are not in the fields) and it’s a 10-minute walk across the farm to Mawgan Porth, and the nearest beach. There’s a recommended surf school, King Surf (01637 860091) on the shore and you can join the South West Coast Path to walk towards well-known Newquay (five miles) or Padstow (10 miles on the road, longer on the coastal path); a handy bus means you don’t have to walk back. If you head in the direction of Padstow you pass the stunning coastal rock formations, the Bedruthan Steps. Despite being a rustic, back-to-basics site it is thoroughly modern in someways and has a handy app-based guestbook with more suggestions. Plus, owners Liz and Mike have a wealth of knowledge on the local area and are happy to offer tips. There’s also plenty more information on things to do in the area on the Visit Cornwall website.

Food & Drink

Campers are spoilt for choice when it comes to local produce as fresh eggs and vegetables from the farm are on offer when in season and Liz is happy to organise deliveries from the local fishermen, butchers, bakers and honeymakers. There is a small grocery store in Mawgan Porth, a 10-minute walk, from site and there are supermarkets in Newquay and Padstow. For a smoothie by the beach try Beach Box Cafe (01208 895576), for lunch or dinner there’s The Kitchen By The Beach (01637 860594) and for a pub atmosphere try The Merrymoor Inn (01637 860258) or head inland to St Mawgan and The Falcon Inn (01637 860225). For a sea view and a fancy dinner try The Scarlet (01637 861800) or head to Padstow where there are plenty of options including, of course, Rick Stein’s famous seafood restaurant (01841 532700).

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Rated ★★★★★ over 12 reviews


Fantastic site with perfect location and facilities

We stayed at Higher Pendeen for 4 nights mid September and had the most wonderful time! The location of the camp is perfect, just a 10 min stroll to Mawgan Porth which has a number of local shops and restaurants and stunning beach with surf hire/school. There are some great walks along the costal path within easy reach of the campsite too. We stayed in a bell tent which was fabulous. Much more spacious than expected and we had use of a fire pit and picnic bench which was lovely to sit out in the evenings watching the sun set. Liz kept the camp spotlessly clean and it felt very safe and COVID secure with all the measures that were in place. Hot shower was a nice addition too. It was nice to hear the local wildlife, horses, goats and bats going about their business at night too. Liz was an excellent host, very accommodating and helpful. My only regret was not staying here longer and if I’d have known how much we would enjoy our time here I would have booked extra nights. Thanks again for a wonderful time 💙
Sep 23, 2021 by Ruth Allen Verified Review

Response from Higher Pendeen Camping

Thank you so much Ruth, it really does mean so much to us that our gorgeous guests have the best time staying with us. We are absolutely thrilled. We hope to see you both again soon!

Small but perfect campsite in great location

What a fabulous campsite! Located 15min walk over the fields to the incredible beach at Mawgan Porth this campsite was perfect. Our large bell tent even had solar lights and proper beds😀. The solar shower was excellent and we loved cooking our tea over the fire. The host was fantastic… helpful and knowledgeable she introduced us to her goats and horses and even had some home grown produce. There was plenty of space for the kids to play cricket and run around. We didn’t want to leave!
Sep 4, 2021 by Kate Bond Verified Review

Response from Higher Pendeen Camping

Thank you so much for your lovely review Kate, it was a delight to meet you all and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to see you again soon!

Fantastic host

Host really friendly and couldn’t do enough for us. Excellent eco site with very clean composting toilets. Just 5 pitches (although there are other sites nearby) and 10 minutes walk from the beach with a selection of restaurants.

Response from Higher Pendeen Camping

Thank you so much for your kind review Hazel. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and our little site. We hope to see you again soon!


A wonderful back to basics site.

This site really is as described. It’s just five pitches, which is great if you don’t like the crowds. The pitches are marked out so no neighbours encroaching on your space. Clean composting toilets and outdoor showers and genuinely a short walk to the beach. People with xl tents would find the pitches a bit small but they are plenty big enough for a 5/6 berth tent and they all have a great separate fire/cooking area. Well worth a return visit.
Aug 22, 2021 by Laura Crosby Verified Review

Response from Higher Pendeen Camping

Thank you so much for your review Laura, it was fantastic having you and your smashing family stay and we really hope to see you again soon!

The campsite has a relaxed and friendly feel

This is a tiny camping/glamping site just off the narrow road leading to Mawgan Porth, a coastal village that is a small but lively holiday spot with a surfing/rockpooling sandy beach. The campsite has a relaxed and friendly feel, with spacious pitches surrounding a small wild meadow. It has no reception/office but the owner Liz comes to greet you and explain ins and outs. Liz is full of local knowledge and she also grows veg which is on offer to the guests. There's lots to do in the area, and the blog on the campsite's website has very helpful suggestions for lesser known places! We stayed with our 7 year old son in a bell tent, which had lots of room and comfortable beds, and it felt like a very good base for exploring.

Response from Higher Pendeen Camping

It was lovely to get to know you all Anna and thank you for the lovely review of our site and location. We are pleased you enjoyed the Bell Tent and your stay, we hope to see you again very soon!
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Higher Pendeen Camping is located at Gluvian Farm, Mawgan Porth, Newquay, Cornwall TR8 4BG

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Getting There

Head towards Newquay Airport. Pass the entrance and when you reach a T-junction, turn right on to the B3276. After about a mile-and-a-half, you reach Mawgan Porth. Pass the beach and cross the river, and take the third right. Higher Pendeen Camping will be on the right and is signposted from this road.

The A5 bus between Newquay and Padstow calls in at Mawgan Porth, a 10-minute walk from the campsite. The closest railway station is at Newquay.