Railway 5 - Wild Camping - Private Pitch

UK England South West England Cornwall Port Isaac Cornish Tipi Holidays & Camping

  • Sleeps 6 (max 6 adults, 5 children)
An open sunny camping pitch situated on the old Waterloo to Padstow train line! (Last train was 1966...) Offers seclusion and character and has its own water standpipe & fire pit - 16 m long & 5 m wide, would suit a large family tent or bell tent. (Please note, no trailer tents permitted.)

The Owner Says

A lovely sunny pitch along a disused train line. Offers seclusion and character and has its own water standpipe & fire pit - 10 m long & 4 m wide, would suit a small family tent: 5m x 3m  maximum size (Please note, no trailer tents permitted.)

Cars are not permitted on the grass or to park next to tents on this private pitch. Camping equipment can be dropped off at the pitch, then cars are parked in the car park a short walk away.

Toilet and shower facilities are separate and located a short walk away.

About Cornish Tipi Holidays & Camping

Suitable For

Campers, tents, campervans, couples, families, kids, groups – yes. Caravans and dogs – no.


It’s a 5-minute drive to the some of the best sea kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and adrenaline-filled coasteering in the UK – all out of beautiful Port Quin. Try Cornish Coast Adventures (01209 880280) for routes and equipment. Head to Port Isaac (01208 880200), a great place for sea-kayaking, and buying scallops or crabs. Pick up the Camel Trail near Wadebridge (01460 221162) and explore the 16 miles John Betjeman described as ‘the best journey in England’. Lanhydrock House (01208 265950) is a Victorian mansion near Bodmin, with over 50 rooms to explore. On the south coast stop at Charlestown Shipwreck Centre (01726 69897) in the historic china-clay building. You can walk through underground tunnels and there’s an exciting collection of dive treasures.

Food & Drink

The Gastropod our on-site cafe -  great for a lovely breakfast and evening meals such as Woodfired pizza night, Thali night , Taco night etc– all delicious! Check seasonal opening times.
For groceries use the Spar in Delabole (01840 213897).  You can buy excellent pasties from either Aunt Avice's (great egg-and-bacon pie) at St Kew or Cornish Maids in Camelford (01840 212749). We’ve got a spectacular local pub just inland, 5 mins drive away, St Kew Inn (01208 841259) . The Port Gaverne Restaurant & Hotel in nearby Port Isaac offers great food and is right beside the sea (01208 880244).
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Rated ★★★★★ over 86 reviews


Fantastic stay

Had a wonderful, relaxing stay here - we were camping in Lake View 1 which has a fantastic fire pit spot overlooking the lake! Very romantic and peaceful, fantastic to be able to kayak/canoe/swim in the lake, lovely hot showers, great cafe on site too, and all the staff were friendly. Really recommend it. Only gave 4 stars instead of 5 as there was a dead fish floating in the lake, which ruined the romance slightly (!) and it didn’t look like the bin by our toilet/shower block was emptied at all in the three days there, but these are minor points - will happily return!
Sep 21, 2021 by Georgie Verified Review

Amazing campsite

The campsite is lovely, amazing facilities, the lake is beautiful and the staff are really welcoming and friendly. Could not recommend it anymore, shame about the weather we had!
Sep 14, 2021 by Danny

Magical, unique, meditative

We live in Cornwall and have camped all over, but Cornish Tipi Holidays is genuinely a world apart from the rest. The drive down steep tracks into the valley set the tone for adventure and our lovely partly wooded pitch complete with totem pole, fire pit and a kind of wooden mega lounger did not disappoint! The emerald lake is ideal for swimming and boating alike, and ourselves and children adored seeing rare birds and dragonflies abound. The woods are alive with squirrels and wildlife yet silent of any hint of noise pollution, ditto the sky absolutely spangled with stars. Toilets and showers were clean and even the compost ones smelt fresh. And they are abundant within the woodland which is ideal for kids! Completely fallen in love and recommend unreservedly. Possibly only improvement would be more paddles and oars as occasionally weren’t enough to go round, and do take a torch to the toilets and showers as they are not lit after dark! Aside from that utter camping perfection and a delight for water and woodland lovers. We stayed in the lower meadow right near the lake and loved it. The fact that cars aren’t allowed to be parked on pitches is excellent, the less reminders of modern life the better. Basically the ideal hybrid of glamping (hire a tipi with all stuff included easy peasy) and wild camping for those like us with all the gear and some idea 😂. We didn’t even venture to the cafe as preferred to cook over the campfire 🔥 but hear it’s great. Enjoy!!

Amazing place soon I need come back.

The place is amazing and cheap the lake is so beautiful I felt so relaxed and chill I’ll come back soon.Was a perfect weekend for me and for my lovely husband.

Very rowdy, facilities are not adapted

A disappointing stay in a very expensive campsite - tents are packed in small areas without any marking. I have not been so close to other tents since festival days - it's a very noisy campsite. The "no amplified music" policy is completely ignored by most campers, with no attempt whatsoever by the staff to enforce it - the facilities are too few, hot water only works if nobody else uses any other hot tap (ie never as they are so few facilities), and despite the high usage the staff admitted that the toilets are only cleaned twice a day - having a firepit is nice. It's not as nice when there are 50 firepits at the same time in such a small area. You cannot breathe... Conclusion: the lake makes nice pictures for the website. Reality is very different, you can get much better for that money. With a third of the people, that could make a great campsite, it's a shame. Warning: the tent area is next to the wedding marquee. Good luck when there's a wedding on...
Sep 2, 2021 by Ianosh
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Cornish Tipi Holidays & Camping is located at Tregildrans Quarry, Trelill, St Kew, Cornwall PL30 3HZ

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Getting There

Take the M5 to Exeter then the A30 to Okehampton and Launceston. Turn right onto the A395 to Camelford. Just before Camelford turn right at Collan’s Cross onto the B3314 to Delabole. Follow the road out of Delabole for a couple of miles, then turn left for St Teath at the Port Gaverne crossroads. Stay on the road curving around to the right, over an old railway bridge, then take first right before Normansland Cottage, and go down the track.

The nearest station is Bodmin Parkway, or fly to Newquay then take a taxi.