Ryn Gwari Farm

UK England South West England Cornwall Penzance

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
A family-friendly, 10-pitch campsite in Cornwall with big views, rustic facilities and a touch of magic

No, it's not an ice-cream induced mirage. This really is a quiet campsite in Cornwall within walking distance of a beach, standing stones, a wild swimming spot and a pub. Located on a six-acre smallholding with sheep, horses and a mule, it has views of the sea and beautiful sunsets. Campfires are allowed; tents, campervans and dogs are all welcome. If you’re wondering what the catch is with Ryn Gwari Farm, we’ll tell you: it’s only got 10 pitches. But, of course, that’s only a problem if you’re not fast enough to book one.

Before you get carried away though, there are a few things you need to know before you reserve your place at this site. Its rustic facilities and exposed location won’t be for everyone. There are just a couple of compost loos and a basic, but hot, shower as well as an outdoor sink for washing-up and, er well, that’s about it. This is camping like it used to be and should the heavens open or a Cornish wind blow in off the sea, it’s just you and your tent against the elements. There’s no under-cover area and little by way of shelter but Rebecca, who’s had the smallholding here for over 15 years, will let you know if something’s brewing. And, if you’re here in good weather, the pay-off is as huge as the skies you’ll be camping under.

This two-acre field offers expansive views and ample room for the ten families who’ll share it at any one time, some in their own tents, others in the pre-pitched tipis provided – and Rebecca’s animals, including an especially friendly farm-yard cat, will be a hit with the kids. The closest beach is just a mile-and-a-half away at rocky Priest’s Cove, where there’s a sea-water pool hewn out of the rocks. From there you can walk out on the glorious South West Coast Path for miles safe in the knowledge that you can ride the open-top bus back.

For sand and surf head for Sennen or Gwynver, about six miles down the road, stopping to pick up a pasty at nearby St Just. But, if you don’t fancy getting in the car, you can simply walk straight out the back gate and on to Truthwall Common to discover a little bit of Cornish magic. It’s a short walk to the ancient Tregeseal Standing Stones with a delightful little swimming hole nearby. While other parts of Cornwall are swamped with visitors in summer, it’s possible to enjoy a stroll and a swim here without seeing a soul.



Two composting toilets, one hot water shower, one washing-up sink. Campfires are allowed at the shared campfire area and wood is provided.

Suitable For

Campers, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, groups (by prior arrangement), dogs – yes. Big noisy groups – no.


You can walk from the campsite out on to Truthwall Common, the edge of West Penwith Moors within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Here you can see the Tregeseal Stone Circle and take a dip in a nearby pool. The moors stretch all the way to St Ives, more than 10 miles away. Cape Cornwall is a mile-and-a-half from from site. You can walk there or drive the short distance and park up at the National Trust car park. The stunning South West Coast path passes here and an open-top bus provides a service along the coast. The Priest’s Cove, just below, is a rocky beach with a small sea water pool carved out of the rocks and a slipway for local fishermen. Sennen Beach is six miles away Gwynver Beach, just before it. St Just (two miles from site) is a good spot for picking up supplies, eating out and browsing independent shops and galleries. The South Coast Beaches of Perranunthnoe and Praa Sands are within 20 miles of site too.

Food & Drink

Rebecca can organise deliveries of milk, bread and a few other basics from a nearby dairy. There’s a pub with a beer garden, The Queens Arms (01736 788 318), half a mile down the road in Botallack. For more places to eat out and pick up supplies, head to St Just (two miles away) where there’s plenty of choice; the Dog and Rabbit (01736 449811) café comes recommended.



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The Owner Says

Welcome to Ryn Gwari Farm. We a family run 6 acre small-holding with camping available during the summer holidays. Ryn Gwari is situated along a quiet lane 1 mile from the nearest small town of St Just. Our Camping Field is a 2 acre field, with panoramic sea views towards the Isles of Scilly. The 6 family-sized pitches are spread across the 2 acre field, with loads of room between pitches. On the small-holding we have sheep, ponies and a very friendly farm cat.

We are popular with people who love the rustic, simple nature of our farm and being away from the crowd. We are a quiet campsite, orientated towards families or adults that are looking for a relaxing time. We are pleased to offer a relaxed way of life up here, but we do love a gathering round the campfire and there is wood available for you to share a fire with other campers each night.

The area is the wild far-west end of Cornwall. Expect epic sunsets and big skies. We are close to the fantastic surfing beach of Sennen (6 miles) and Gwenvor and easy access to the south-coast beaches of Perranuthnoe and Praa Sands. Nearer to the farm and within walking distance (1.5 miles) is the cove of Cape Cornwall. We also love the moorland behind the farm, it’s possible to walk for miles without seeing a soul, even in August! From the Camping Field you can walk up to the moors without touching the road. Up here you will find a beautiful natural environment with a rocky carn, a stone circle and a pool that you can swim in. This moor links up to others that stretch all the way along the North Coast to St Ives. Less than a mile from the farm in the other direction, you reach the South West Coast Path. Here you can turn left or right and walk for miles. We can help you to plan circular walks from the farm, or for larger groups, we may be able to organise guided day walks. In St Just there are various cafes, pubs and takeaways, coop and local shops. There is also a pub about half a mile from the farm in the village of Truthwall.

We also offer the whole farm or Camping Field for hire for events such as weddings and large gatherings, please contact us if you would like further information on this. We can also offer exclusive use of the site for large groups of campers or camp groups including school groups.


Six spacious camping, two bell tents and two tipis.

Sea Tipi - Front Field Camping

Tipi Sleeps 6 2 Available
21ft Tipi, sleeps 4-6

Star Bell Tent

Pre-pitched tent Sleeps 4
Pitched and simply furnished Star Bell Tent. Sleeps 2-4 people.

Camping Pitch in our Front Field

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 9 Available
Large camping pitch. Accommodates up to 6 people and 2 dogs.

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Contact Ryn Gwari Farm, No-Go-By Hill, St Just, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 7PS

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Getting There

From the Mount Misery Roundabout on the A30, just past Penzance, turn right on to the A3071, signposted for St Just. After six or seven miles you reach St Just. Pass through the town staying on the road and at the bottom of a steep hill, there are two right hand turns separated by a pottery. Take the one that goes to the left of the pottery; No-Go-By Hill. Follow this for just over half a mile until you see a sign on the right for Ryn Gwari Farm.

The nearest train station is at Penzance from where you can hop aboard the A17 Atlantic Cruiser bus towards Pendeen. The closest bus stop is after St Just, about a ten-minute walk from site. The same route can take you to St Ives and be used to return after walks on the South West Coast Path.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 22 reviews


What a find!

A great location with spacious pitches - excellent value for money!
Sep 20, 2021 by Adam Clucas Verified Review

Nearly Wild Camping

Lovely and helpful. I arrived late, agreed with the site that this was no problem and they would catch up with me in the morning. Roomy pitches, gorgeous views. Properly lovely walks to the coast. I will be back.
Sep 18, 2021 by Vicky Lee Verified Review

Epic sunsets and big night skies at a quiet, sustainable, paradisical camp site

Climbing (with the bike) the no-nonsense No-Go-By-Hill to the Ryn Gwari campsite rewards you with a spectacular view of the Atlantic and the Cornish landscape, which is a unique blend of moorland and intriguing mining heritage. The Milky Way just leaves you speechless at night. The site is exposed to the weather which I consider a benefit (I do enjoy a bit of wind and wild). The surroundings can easily be explored on foot or by bike and have lots to offer from the Coastal Path, the moorlands, the sea, rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, near-by towns and art scene and the vast mining heritage dotted along the coast (I’m a built heritage scientist so this is my sort of heaven). This is most likely one of the best camp sites I stayed at as I do prefer being as close to nature as possible but with the ‘luxury’ of basic facilities. Thus, I particularly appreciated the eco-friendly compost toilet for which no drinking water is wasted (huge plus in my eyes). The shower (though temperamental at times) is in a wooden cubicle but roofless which was a great experience and surprisingly warm. Becci and Harriet were very relaxed, attentive, and welcoming. I highly recommend this place and already thinking of coming back.
Sep 13, 2021 by katrinwilhelm

Basic yet expensive

Arrived at our bell tent at 16:00 check in is at 15:00. Opened the tent to just a mattress on the floor in the middle of the place. Yet the photos show a little extra than you receive. We got in and started to regrettably unpack our bags ready for our night ahead. Suddenly had to stop this to relocate quite a number of creepy Crawlys (we’re aware we are camping but didn’t expect to find so many) After doing this we were quick to find alternative accommodation and left. Later received a text from the owner saying we can come and check in, after making them aware we left they acknowledged that the bed wasn’t made up and apologised yet didn’t offer any discount for leaving. £50 for a tent with just a mattress seems very steep, when pitching your own tent only costs £10? We were aware it would be basic, however even this came as a surprise. Won’t be making the same mistake twice

Response from Ryn Gwari Farm

Thanks for your feedback Harry.
Our apologies again for forgetting the bedspread. It certainly does add to the colourful atmosphere in the bell tent, and I do agree, a bare mattress is not a welcoming picture! However, we are always on the end of the phone and a quick call would have had us skipping down the field to you with a freshly washed bedspread, a big apology in person, and a sunny hello. Although on that wet, windy afternoon, I may have been not so skippy, more slippy!
Oh for the insects! We are in the middle of nature, and I think they were also trying to find shelter from the storm! I would have gladly done a quick clear out for you, no problem.
As for our prices, £50 can feel a lot for a cosy night snuggled together in a tent, but with a basic camping pitch, with bring-your-own-everything, starting at £17 at our campsite and much more at others nearby, its a fair deal we think, and far cheaper than a hotel. And on that stormy afternoon, putting up a tent would be my last on my to-do list, a warm pub with the fire on would have been my choice.
Many thanks again, and we hope you had a lovely stay in West Cornwall.

Stunning views and perfect location to explore the region

The campsite is very well described on the site. Don't expect luxury as it is not what you will get but in exchange you get fabulous views on clear days and amazing skies. It is not too busy and there are enough spaces between the pitches, which makes it feel private and yet very sociable. We met some wonderful people there in search of similar experiences. Nevertheless, I have reservations about my time there but it is more to do with the Tipi then the actual campsite. We booked one for a week (as there were no other pitches left and despite having a tent with us). I was really looking forward to something quite special as it was very dear (as opposed to your normal camping) and I think that did not meet my expectations. The tent was big, the mattresses were clean and comfy but we were freezing at night and lacked some lighting. I think I expected a lot more in view of the costs involved. I would happily come back but with our tent.
Aug 30, 2021 by Olivia Verified Review

Wonderful views, lovely relaxed site

Wonderful massive views across the fields, cliffs, farms and old mine ruins out to the Atlantic and, on some days, the Scillies. Perfect sunsets, moon rises, and stars. This site is hugely weather dependent but we were lucky on the front and had a brilliant time. Lovely fellow campers with the kids all playing together. Super outdoor shower.
Aug 29, 2021 by Claire Verified Review

Great place, plenty of room between campers. Lovely area and good basic set up.

So I was a bit worried about the showers but turned out to be really good. Nice and hot and never had to wait for one. Everyone on the site respected each others space. Toilets, although basic were clean and always stocked with loo roll. Soap dispenser and hand wash and wash up facilities although I always do my own. Don't go there if you want a hotel experience in a field, this is more of a domesticated wild camp. Best bits, not overcrowded, campers respectful. Good clean natural site. Worst bits, the weather. Will deffo go again.
Aug 25, 2021 by Jan Bagshaw Verified Review

The setting of the campsite is beautiful and peaceful , excellent to have rest and relaxing holidays. However the facility are below basic - the toilets are revolting and very smelly.

Beautiful view and very peaceful
Aug 21, 2021 by Agnieszka Verified Review

Response from Ryn Gwari Farm

Thank you for your review and your complementary words.
Our eco-friendly composting toilets are a nasal challenge at times I agree! However, with their twice daily clean, sweep, and generous restock of loo rolls they are a basic off-grid facility that does a good job of looking after our calls of nature 😊

Away from the madding crowd s in the big open skies of West Cornwall. Chilled out rustic and no stresses ...with a beaut view. Loved it

Away from the madding crowds in the big wide open skies of West Cornwall. Chilled out ....rustic and no stresses ...with a beaut view. Loved it

It was very lovely

Really enjoyed my stay ☺️

Highly recommended - Tranquil and amazing views

Just got back from our trip . Had an amazing time staying here. Views were absolutely stunning and the farm was so tranquil. Becci could not have been any more helpful and attentive. We booked a Teepee which was at the top of the field . Waking up in the morning you have the beautiful views of the sea. Plenty of space for kids to run around and a few friendly animals to say hello to. The farm has the feeling of remoteness yet St Just is just a wee walk / drive away for any essentials . Cannot fault Becci and how lovely she was during our stay here . She was Extremely helpful and helped out with anything we asked for . The location of the farm is perfect for keeping busy in the day with Lands end , Sennen beach , Penzance and St Ives only a short drive away then you can come back to a relaxing evening with a bbq or a camp fire inside the teepee or outside your tent or campervan . I highly recommend this place if you are looking for a nice peaceful and relaxing camp with the most lovely company of the staff there and the animals . Go and see for yourself ☺️
Aug 1, 2021 by Kim Lee Verified Review

Windy but worth it!

The camp site was mostly quiet with great views of the sea and hills, compost toilets are actually clean and easy to use. Just make sure you bring a good tent as weather conditions can sometimes get windy!


Absolutely have to stay here if you can! Spectacular 360 views in rural location. Great base for exploring local area and coastal walk route nearby. Back to basics with a compost toilet and outdoor shower but well worth it for the views and relaxed, small and welcoming site. Absolutely loved our stay!!
Jul 28, 2021 by Katie Hyland Verified Review

Amazing views and sunset

A lovely campsite with very clean and decent amenities. An amazing view and a lovely sunset ! It is however very exposed so can get windy make sure you and your tent are prepared !
Sep 22, 2020 by Maya Sacre Verified Review

Beautiful location with sea views

We had a lot of fun camping at Ryn Gwari. The views of the sea were amazing and the campsite was small, friendly, clean and quiet. Beccie was very sweet and checked on us a few times. The facilities are basic but very clean and actually quite fun. The shower is open air, but very private within a wooden cubicle and the toilets are composting toilets. It was a wonderful location if you like hiking straight from your tent and we walked to the local carn and standing stones. Beautiful. Pack your walking boots!
Sep 19, 2020 by Su Verified Review

Response from Ryn Gwari Farm

Thanks for your review Susannah. I’m so pleased you had a good time with us and got out and enjoyed the local walks. See you again maybe! 

Back to basics

The site was quiet with an amazing view as the sun went down. The 2 composting toilets and 1 open top shower did bring you back to the basics and we liked that! The hand washing water by the toilet ran very low at one point but gel was also available. There was a short walk to the pub. Beccie looked in on us and made sure we had what we needed. I would happily stay there again.

What no sawdust?

This campsite is exactly what it says on the recyclable tin, very rustic , basic and eco friendly. The view, when it wasn't foggy was lovely and it was quiet with only 8 groups camping in the field. The downsides for us were the difficulty in actually accessing the site; it was very narrow, uphill and potholed with loose stones. We do have an average sized motorhome but other campers with T5s said that they had the same problem. Compost toilets need sawdust and loo roll which often ran out and the steps were disintegrating so actually getting to them was dodgy. Good points; outdoor shower was surprisingly hot, standing stone circle and pool nearby was great for wild swimming. Would I come again? Probably not. This site relies on the view and it's just not that great if it's raining, windy and foggy, but that's the chance you take. Beckie was very nice, she has a children's nursery on the site so is often about in the day.

Response from Ryn Gwari Farm

Thanks for your review Lisette. The track was resurfaced on Saturday, it has certainly taken the strain this summer! Beccie 

Simply Pitch Perfect

With no interrupted views of the Atlantic perfect pitch to bed down I rate this as one of my all time favourite camp spots to watch the Milky Way. Becky was seamlessly easy and welcoming and finding our home for the night was super easy. Thank you we will come again.
Sep 15, 2020 by Ellie Ghosh

Response from Ryn Gwari Farm

Thanks Ellie, it was a pleasure to have you to stay! I’m so pleased you enjoyed it. 

Great camping spot

Really enjoyed our stay here. Good facilities,namazing location right by the coast to watch the sun set. Lots to explore in the area . Will come again!

Fantastic Site!

Well, the description of the site in the advert does not do it justice! What a wonderful spot..the views are amazing...sunsets, full moon, we experienced both... basic but ample facilities, very relaxed, close to st just which is a lovely little town. The pasties ordered through beccie were fabulous! Really couldn’t fault it and we shall be returning! Thank you!
Sep 5, 2020 by Tim Verified Review

Amazing, friendly, cozy

We stayed here this weekend and honestly this was such a lovely campsite, quite rural So it’s lovely and quiet but not too far from pubs and shops, we had an amazing time the shower was nice and hot the owner was lovely honestly could not recommend enough, will deffo be coming back thank you so much! X
Aug 31, 2020 by Jordan

Response from Ryn Gwari Farm

Thanks Jordan, was lovely to meet you two! And I’m so pleased you had a great time. Beccie

Beautiful, peaceful, spacious

Wonderful place. Great host. Always happy to help and advise. Plenty of space for kids to play and be free while enclosed safely. View is pretty epic and the local pub is only 15 min walk. Does good food and nice beer. Local beaches are a short drive away as well as some beautiful fishing villages. Will be coming back to this special place.

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