Mousehole Camping

UK England South West England Cornwall Penzance

  • Contactless check in
  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
A basic but spectacularly located campsite on Cornwall's Penwith Peninsula, built on the resources of Mousehole's local football club

We’ve heard of campsites with a football pitch on offer, but how about the other way round? Tucked in the far southwestern corner of the British Isles, Mousehole Camping in Cornwall offers exactly that – a minor league football club that have introduced a handy little campsite adjacent to their playing field.

Trungle Parc is home to the South West Peninsula League's finest, Mousehole AFC. Their idea, is nothing short of genius. The essential facilities have long been in place – showers, toilets and sinks inside the main changing rooms and a clubhouse bar, with cheap drinks anda fantastic community atmosphere – while the field is purposefully flat and well drained, the ideal conditions for camping. If you don’t mind that slightly makeshift, pop-up campsite feel than you can’t go far wrong here. Tents are welcome in July and August (when the footy season is over) but if you've come by campervan and secured one of the five prized, pitches, there’s a free game to watch every Saturday!

Of course, the real success of this campsite doesn’t stem from the fact that the facilities are well maintained and prices kept conveniently low (though it certainly helps), but more importantly from its knock-your-socks-off location. At the end of the day, this is the real reason a football club can get away with opening up a corner of its ground and otherwise just leaving you to it!

A stroll away from the campsite entrance, the tiny village of Paul has all the endearing characteristics you’d expect of a village with the same name as your mate from down the road. Paul’s local, the Kings Arms, is a cosy, old stone haunt, with a couple of picnic benches outside, looking across to the parish church opposite. The centre of the village’s history, this towered old building is said to have been founded in the year 409 by the Welsh saint, Paul Aurelian... though a further two Saint Paul’s are also disputably it’s rightful honouree. Today’s structure actually dates to the year 1600, after the invitingly isolated Penwith Peninsula was sacked and burned by marauding Spaniards five years earlier.

The campsite or, more accurately, the football club, takes its name from the next village over, a tiny cluster of houses encircling a beautiful old harbour. It was here that the Spanish first landed, with a plaque outside the only surviving building that reads "Squire Jenkyn Keigwin was killed here 23 July 1595 defending this house against the Spaniards". Today the picture-perfect spot, speckled with colourful dinghies, boasts a sandy crescent beach when the tide is out and excellent crabbing opportunities from the far harbour walls. It’s your first discovery of many along this stretch of heritage coastline; a peninsula on the very edge of the country with all the drama, history and intrigue that you could ask for.

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Details

Facilities

All campers will receive an information pack from the site manager on arrival. Facilities on site include newly tiled solar-powered showers, and wash basins supplied with hot water – all of which are in the football club changing rooms. The clubhouse (open during busy times) sells soft and alcoholic drinks and has a pool table, table football, television and ample car parking. There is a large stainless steel sink for washing up your pots and pans. The referees changing room also has a freezer that can be used for ice-packs. Campfires not permitted and BBQs must be raised off the ground.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, motorhomes familes, groups, dogs – yes.

Nearby

Walk the 15 minutes to picture perfect Mousehole, an attractive fishing village centred around its beautiful old harbour. Wander the cobbled streets visiting the art galleries and independent shops or catch a bus from there to Penzance, the most well known spot on the Penwith Peninsula and just 3 miles from the campsite. St Michael's Mount (01736 710265) is then just a 20-minute walk along the seafront and across the beach – you can walk the causeway at low tide or take the boat when it's high. Elsewhere, you can't come this far and not go all the way out to Land's End, the UK's most south westerly point. Just a couple of miles to its east Porthcurno beach is extremely popular, though its surprising treat is actually the overlooking Telegraph Museum (01736 810966), marking what was once the world’s biggest submarine telegraph station. Step inside to find family quiz trails, secret WWII tunnels and interactive exhibits. The adjacent Minack Theatre (01736 810181) is also a must-see. Bring a blanket and picnic and watch a play at the ocean’s edge.

Food & Drink

At busy times the MFC clubhouse opens, serving well-priced drinks. Just 500 metres away, the tiny village of Paul has a great local, The Kings Arms (01736 731224), serving hearty pub meals and a wide range of beers. Wi-Fi is available at small extra charge. It's around a 15-minute downhill walk to the village of Mousehole with it's amazing harbour and more options when it comes to pubs and restaurants. The main town of Penzance is less than 10 minutes drive away with more wide-spread amenities, such as major supermarkets (Tesco, Sainsburys and Morrisons), fast food outlets and a great range of take aways and restaurants.

Opening Times

July & August (when the footy season is over) for tent camping and bell tent glamping. Campervans/motorhomes all year round.

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The Owner Says

Mousehole Camping is a family and pet friendly site based at a local football club in Paul, Penzance, only a mile's walk (downhill) from the famous Mousehole Harbour. Facilities on site include newly tiled solar-powered showers, wash basins supplied with hot water, a clubhouse (open during busy times) selling soft and alcoholic drinks, a pool table, table football, television and ample car parking. There is a large stainless steel sink for washing up your pots and pans. Bell tents are also available for glamping. The campsite is just 500 metres from a local pub serving great food and beers and wifi is available on site

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Pitches

Approximately 25 camping pitches and 5 harder spots for campervans or motorhomes. 17 pre-erected bell tents that can sleep 4 people in each.

Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 20 Available
Suitable for tents only – campervans, motorhomes or caravans should book the Campervan/Motorhome pitch if available.

Campervan/motorhome pitch

All-weather Sleeps 6 5 Available
Non-electric hardstanding, accommodates up to 6 people (max 2 cars).

Bell tent

Bell tent Sleeps 4 10 Available
Our 4m pre-erected bell tent sleeps four people with beds and solar lighting provided. You have your own private picnic/garden table and chairs. Please bring own bedding / towels.

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Location

Contact Mousehole Camping, Trungle Parc, Paul, Mousehole, Penzance

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Getting There

From Penzance, head towards Newlyn. At the crossroads go straight across and up the hill. Continue to the top of the hill for approximately one mile until you reach a T-junction (signposted Mousehole and Paul). Turn left and in half a mile before Paul church, turn right. The entrance is at the end of the road, next to Paul Cricket Club.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 17 reviews

★★★★★

Beautiful location and spotless facilities

Quiet rural location but with all the amenities. Loved the fact you could walk to the local pub (delicious fish and chips). Super clean toilets and shower. The sun rose over the church tower. Paul is a beautiful village just a short walk from Newlyn then around to Penzance for the train home. Thanks for fitting me in.
Sep 20, 2020 by saretta
★★★★★

Friendly welcome, Neat, with plenty of hot water, free game of football thrown in

Well laid out flat pitches for the tents, much more than a basic campsite. It also feels good to know that the local Youth facilities are the beneficiaries of the monies raised. Camp hosts were extremely nice people, the campsite was quiet at night, and the location in Paul meant that Mousehole and the South Coast Footpath were close at hand. The football game was interesting to watch , and the quality of the pitch matched the local talent on display, both excellent. A comedy sending off for the Mousehole AFC player just added to the fun. Would definitely revisit
Sep 14, 2020 by Shaun
★★★★☆

Excellent

Really nice campsite toilets and close to pub 👍
★★★★☆

A very peaceful campsite

We throughly enjoyed our stay. The campsite was very relaxing and quiet, the perfect place for a September getaway. All facilities were very clean, but sharing the football club facilities was a little tricker during matches. However, I would highly recommend this campsite as it was well run and the location was ideal. Thanks for an excellent weekend!
Sep 8, 2020 by Julia
★★★★★

Roomy site, great facilities, great location.

Had a pitch with electric hookup, very flat, great location close to Mousehole (15 mins walk) and 5 mins walk to the pub. Good clean facilities. Friendly owners.
Sep 2, 2020 by Pockett Verified Review
★★★★☆

lovely unspoilt spot

this is a lovely small quiet camp site. The location is brilliant, short walk to mousehole and short drive to penzance. There are fields all around and a sense of space. vey warm welcome on arrival, electric hook up and very clean showers and loos. The showers are communal but we always had no other users. Dishwasher area has lots of hot water but is not covered which led to some wet washing up sessions. It was a lovely site for children as there is a central space visible to everyone where they met and played. Local pub (5 mins walk) does good food.
Aug 31, 2020 by Linda Naylor Verified Review
★★★★★

Despite weathering 2 storms, we had a fab time at Mousehole Camping!

Mousehole Camping is a small site with flat pitches. It is a long walk to showers/washing up and loos but there was always hot water and everything is clean. The couple managing the site were always helpful and friendly and even let us borrow their electric kettle when we ran out of gas. The site is well placed, close to Mousehole and Penzance. There’s a great chippy in Newlyn and a lovely fish restaurant called Mackerel Sky. The walk from Mousehole to Lamorna Cove is beautiful.
★★★☆☆

Great location, bit too small

The best thing about this campsite is the location, 5 minn walk from a pub, 15 from the lovely town of Mousehole and well connected to explore the South of Cornwall. Second best would be the flat pitches. Other positives: large changing rooms, hot water in toilets, showers and washing facility, freezer for icepacks, family shower room available, some charging points around the facilities. Now the negatives: 1- being so small when we arrived (almost full) it felt like a parking lot; 2- relatively long walk to the facilities and add mentioned, small basins and beer little privacy possible in the showers/changing rooms; 3- we found the staff almost cruel... We faced a strong storm and instead of providing advise which we would have appreciated, we got sarcastic comments about the quality of our tents. We asked if we could move for the worst night to a slightly more protected area and again, no sympathy and vague comments about wings direction potentially changing. I though they being the experts in this campsite could have advised that we looked for shelter in the large changing rooms or space being the football pitch seats. On the other hand, I'll be fair saying that the technical issues with hot water were quickly dealt with and cleaning was OK. All in all, we won't be repeating this one even though the facilities were overall good. We've been camping in the UK for 10 years and this is our first slightly unpleasant experience.
★★★★★

Great site

Great site with friendly accommodating staff. Big flat pitches. Warm showers (curtained off group showers) with heated changing rooms with mirrors and plugs. 4 clean loos with paper. Washing up area had hot water too! Plenty of space as the site is next to the football and cricket pitches. A pub is an easy walk from the site with Mousehole a bit further (approx a 15 minute walk) down the hill - pretty harbour town with a pebble beach off to the left. We would highly recommend this site, plus the camping fees helps fund the youth football team so your money is going to help the local community. We will definitely be back!
★★★★★

Lovely, peaceful campsite in a great location

This is a small and peaceful campsite, with well marked and good sized pitches, and a noise cut-off time of 11pm. The facilities are basic but clean with good hot showers. The sinks are small and the toilet block is a few minutes walk away from the campsite so be prepared! We ate at the Kings Arms in Paul and the Old Coastguard in Mousehole, both within walking distance. We would definitely come back.
Aug 8, 2020 by Helen
★★★★★

Great place for camping

The beautiful quiet place to stay near the football field. And the showers have really hot water which is awesome!
★★★★★

Comfortable Camping

The campsite was nice and spacious with excellent facilities. The showers and the toilets were in the football clubhouse with hot showers and clean toilets. Would stay here again.
Jul 11, 2020 by Sam C
★★★★★

Charming if basic

So much charm - lovely guy who runs it and we were thrilled to be away from the standard holiday home type park. Very quiet and fun that cricket games are just there- we had a great meal at the local pub as well. No electric hookup (yet!) or chemical waste etc but it was our favourie place!
Jun 2, 2019 by Anna Moody
★★★★★

Great campsight

We really enjoyed camping here, the facilities were all in the club house and very good. They now have pre marked camping pitches that are a good size. We really liked the location with Mousehall being a 20 minute walk away and a very good pub a 5 minute walk away.
Aug 15, 2018 by Sophie
★★★★★

Quiet, basic facilities but suitable for what you need. Good pub within walking distance. Walking distance from Mousehole although uphill back to site!

Spaces are not defined, we arrived back from the pub one evening to find ourselves surrounded by a large group in numerous tents large and small and the ‘communal’ eating area virtually at our back door! No respect for other campers ‘personal space’ which may have been avoided by clearly defined plots.
Jul 30, 2018 by Graham
★★★★☆

Basic but adventurous camping in a good location

Our stay at Mousehole AFC was not with incident - despite it being the middle of summer the front of our tent was blown in, and the field just about held off becoming a paddy field at some points. We stayed for two weeks, and were very well looked after by the site manager Les. One problem was the lack of defined pitches in the busy period; it meant we had to move at one point just to have a decent amount of privacy. Loved the showers - very nice after a day's activity, and the location is great - easily reach stunning clifftop walks, beaches and coves.
Sep 4, 2017 by Dangermouse
★★★★★

Chilled out Cornwall

We were welcomed to the site by Les who turned up within a few minutes of contacting him and showed us where to pitch our tent, he gave us a quick run down of the local area and gave us some money off vouchers for local attractions. The shower facilities are within the football changing rooms and could cope fine with the amount of people staying on the site. The field was full with other campers and there was room to park the car next to our tent. There is a bar which is open in the evening with a pool table and table football, we made use of this as it was very damp during our stay. There was also a game on for one of the evenings which meant there was a great atmosphere in the bar as they have a good following. The campsite is in a great location with a nice walk down to Mousehole although we couldn't face the walk back up the hill so got the bus. It is just a short drive to Penzance, just a few minutes where there are a number of supermarkets. If you are looking for a decent, back to basics campsite on a small scale this place is perfect chilled out Cornwall- 'andsome!
Aug 22, 2016 by louloumatthews

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