Little Leat

UK England South West England Cornwall Penzance

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Distance markers in shared facilities
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • One-way flow
  • Campfires allowed
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Beaches
  • Walking
Easy camping by a stream in French-style house tents on a nature-rich site in the far west of Cornwall

Land’s End may have the hype but it’s the lesser-known Cape Cornwall just up the coast that might well steal your heart. This wildflower-rich, rocky headland is where the Atlantic divides into the English and Bristol Channels. To the south are the sands of Sennen Cove, to the north it’s the dramatic scenery of Poldark country and, inland, is England’s most-westerly town, St Just. A mile or so beyond it are heather-covered moorlands where prehistoric people left their mark by way of enigmatic standing stones. It’s somewhere between sea and stones that you’ll find Little Leat, a Cornish campsite that’s between in other ways too.

The experience you get at Little Leat is somewhere between camping and glamping and while it’s like no other site we’ve come across in the UK, it’s somehow rather familiar. That’s because the five house tents available to hire here are a retro French design, the likes of which you seldom see in this country but have been de rigeur for decades across the water. “It’s not glamping,” says Jo who runs the site as part of an idyllic 10-acre smallholding. “It’s camping — but with tents and beds provided.” There’s more than that actually (with camp beds, picnic table and gas stove all included), but it’s not what you’d call luxurious. In fact, this place is not about the accommodation at all but about everything that surrounds it: both out in the wider world and in the immediate surrounds of the smallholding.

Little Leat is named for a nearby watercourse which once powered a mill down the hill. The natural stream which feeds it runs through the site adding the pleasant sound of trickling water to a soundscape created by the birds, bees and dragonflies who have a more permanent home here than you will. It’s the result of a decade-long biodiversity project undertaken by Jo, her husband and her parents. Between them they have created a permaculture garden, planted thousands of trees and allowed wildlife to flourish. Tents are pitched in two little meadows, surrounded by all this and a short walk from simple facilities. Anyone who loves nature and getting back to basics will enjoy what’s on offer here but it’s worth mentioning that the wild and the water mean it’s not suitable for kids under five.

Walk out of site and half a mile up the road you’re at the Tregeseal Stone Circle. Follow the stream down the hill and after a mile, you’re at St Just or the coast. The area is part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, with the South West Coast Path providing a route past some of its historic sites. The softer sandier side of Cornwall is not hard to find either with Gwynver and Sennen Coves this side of Land’s End, which itself is just six miles away.

Details

Facilities

Tents are pre-erected and feature separated living and bedroom areas. Each tent has its own kitchen area with a two-ring gas cooker, cooking equipment and tableware and a cool box. The tented bedrooms have camp beds (guests bring their own bedding) and folding chairs are provided too. Outside, each tent has a picnic table. The entire site is off-grid so there is no mains electricity but there is solar and battery-powered lighting. There are to toilet, one a Portaloo and one composting and contained within a small wash house along with a hot shower. There's a washing-up sink and drinking water tap too. Fires are permitted in two shared fire pits and firewood is provided.

Suitable For

Glampers only, children over five – yes. Campers with their own tents, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, dogs, children under five – no.

Nearby

The campsite is in the Tregeseal Valley and it's a short walk out onto heather moorland where there are lots of prehistoric sites including Tregeseal Stone Circle, which is only half a mile from the site on the distinctive Carn Kenidjack and Ballowall Barrow. The nearest town is St Just, a 20-minute (mile-long) walk, or a five-minute drive away, where you can also find buses, a library, cafes, pubs, takeaways, shops, and a post office. The closest beaches are the rocky coves past St Just: Poth Nanven and Priest's Cove both of which have a little paddling pool carved out of the rock. You can head out on foot on the stunning South West Coast Path, which takes you to hidden coves and gives you the chance to watch for dolphins or explore the area's mining heritage. A particularly scenic route is north to Botallack, where old engine houses from the mining industry still stand and the dramatic scenery will be familiar to anyone who watched the BBC series Poldark.  For surf and sand, head five or seven miles south to Gwynver or Sennen Cove. Try Sennen Surfing Centre (01736 871561) for surf lessons. Land's End is just beyond the beach and it's not much further (nine miles from the site) to Porthcurno and the famous open-air Minack Theatre (01736 810181).

Food & Drink

St Just town has quite a few pubs and cafes. The Kings Arms (01736 788545), The Commercial (01736 788435), and The Wellington (01736b787319) all have good pub menus. The Square sandwich shop (01736 786766) has a good variety of take away options, including gluten-free while The Dog and Rabbit (01736 449811) and The Cookbook (01736 788622) are both great cafes.

Open

July and August only.

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The Owner Says

Social Distancing Measures

Our tents get a thorough anti-bacterial clean between guests, and are well spaced on the site. There will only ever be 5 pitches, plus ourselves on site. There is a shared wash house facility, which will get a twice daily anti-bacterial clean. We ask that guest use the provided sanitiser before entering the wash house, and again on leaving. Only one 'bubble' or family unit may occupy the wash house at a time, please wait observing social distancing when necessary. Antibacterial spray will be provided for guests to use in the wash house.

Accommodation

Five house tents.

Foxglove

Pre-pitched tent Sleeps 6
Equipped Cabanon House tent. 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4 (+2 in your own small tent). Bedroom 1 - double bed and single bed separated by a curtain. Bedroom 2 - single bed. Large living space with folding chairs. Kitchen area with utensils, pots & pans etc., cool box & food storage box. Overall size - 5.5m x 4.2m.

Bluebell

Pre-pitched tent Sleeps 6
Equipped Cabanon House tent. 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4 (+2 in your own small tent). Bedroom 1 - double bed and single bed separated by a curtain. Bedroom 2 - single bed. Large living space with folding chairs. Kitchen area with utensils, pots & pans etc., cool box & food storage box. Overall size - 5.5m x 4.2m.

Daffodil

Pre-pitched tent Sleeps 6
Equipped Cabanon House tent. 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4 (+2 in your own small tent). Bedroom 1 - double bed and single bed separated by a curtain. Bedroom 2 - single bed. Large living space with folding chairs. Kitchen area with utensils, pots & pans etc., cool box & food storage box. Overall size - 5.5m x 4.2m.

Daisy

Pre-pitched tent Sleeps 6
Equipped Cabanon House tent. 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4 (+2 in your own small tent). Bedroom 1 - double bed and single bed separated by a curtain. Bedroom 2 - single bed. Large living space with folding chairs. Kitchen area with utensils, pots & pans etc., cool box & food storage box. Overall size - 5.5m x 4.2m.

Violet

Pre-pitched tent Sleeps 5
Equipped Cabanon House tent. 1 bedroom, sleeps 2/3 (+2 in your own small tent). Bedroom 1 - double bed plus space for a single bed if needed. Living space with folding chairs. Kitchen area with utensils, pots & pans etc., cool box & food storage box. Overall size - 3.8m x 4.3m.

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Location

Contact Little Leat, Little Leat, Tregeseal, St Just, Near Penzance, Cornwall TR19 7PZ

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Getting There

From Penzance, take roads signposted to St Just. Before you reach the town, turn right onto New Road, towards Tregeseal. At the bottom of the hill, after St Just Rugby Club, turn right up Tregeseal valley. Precise details of how to find the site will be provided after booking. The nearest train station is Penzance, from there you can take the bus or taxi the last six miles to the village of Tregeseal.

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Rural Paradise!

Such a beautiful spot to camp-so many different little areas to explore. The tents are really well equipped-Jo and Simon have pretty much thought of everything but if you need something they're only too happy to help. The hot shower/compost loo/washing up block is perfect and the STARS are something else, the site is so dark! St Just and the surrounding area is well off the beaten track so you can definitely get away from it all and Jo and Simon are a real mine of local information. It's a magical experience camping at Little Leat and I'll DEFINITELY be back!
Sep 3, 2021 by Caro

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