Mount Pleasant Eco Park

UK England South West England Cornwall Porthtowan

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Beaches
  • Walking
Eco-friendly camping with campfires, an excellent café and knock-out sea views, all within walking distance of the beach

Mount Pleasant Eco Park isn’t far short of the campsite we all dream of. Spacious, eco friendly and with views not just of a quintessentially Cornish copper mine but also out to the sparkling sea beyond. There’s a handful of hook-ups for campervans but nothing that intervenes with the natural, grassy acreage for tents and, along with campfires permitted at your pitch, there’s also a sheltered, walled courtyard with a pizza oven and communal fire. The only thing missing is a free, unlimited supply of marshmallows and perhaps a magic carpet to get you back up the hill from the beach. But it wasn’t always this way.

“In 2001 when we took over the 42-acre farm it was derelict; an old potato sorting shed was half collapsed and the land was exhausted by 37 years of intensive farming,” affable owner Tim explains. In the intervening decades, Tim and his team have steadily transformed the place, not just into a tremendous campsite with room for about 40-odd camping pitches but also into an exciting hub of community life. The spirit of the old farm remains, even if the method has changed, with a vast allotment patch and well-stocked polytunnels. A local community group tends to the organic crop and the vegetables are used in an excellent on-site café, which also makes for a relaxed chill-out space and reading area. Through summer there are numerous courses, events and workshops too. The outcome is a campsite that’s not just somewhere for holidaymakers to escape to but also a place to feel a part of the local community, eat the most local of local produce and find out beach tips and secret swimming spots from the people that actually live here.

As the name suggests, Mount Pleasant Eco Park is at the forefront of all things environmentally friendly. A wind turbine on the site provides some of the power, suppliented by a batch of solar panels on the café roof, and heating comes from a wood-chip boiler supplied by off-cuts from a timber business. Protecting the environment seems particularly poignant in a setting such as this. When campers peg down in the lush green grass of the camping meadow they overlook the Tywarnhayle Valley, a Special Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI) and once a busy copper mine where an old stone mining building still stands to tell the tale. Today it looks wild and overgrown but the old mule path once used by the miners is still clear and weaves its way down to the coast and Porthtowan Beach. Winding your way through the gorse, to the sound of the waves beyond, you feel utterly bedded amongst nature; stepping out of your dream atop Mount Pleasant and venturing down to the just-as-pleasant beach below.

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Facilities

Solar and gas-powered showers in a brand new toilet and shower block, plus a separate washblock for pots and pans, which also has plug sockets, a mirror and a kettle. There’s a communal freezer in the atrium for ice blocks and an excellent on-site vegetarian café. Drinking water taps are dotted around and campfires are encouraged in the cob courtyard area. Fire pits and barbecues are also welcome on the campsite as long as they are kept off the grass (environmentally friendly BBQs available to buy). The site hosts regular events, workshops, craft and food gatherings. Spectacular views and good access to the beach via the cleared mule track that leads down through the valley to Porthtowan Beach.

Suitable For

Everyone! Glampers, campers, tents, campervans, caravans, kids, dogs... but it books up fast and those in the know book in advance. With many pitches only available for Saturday-to-Saturday, week-long bookings, however, there's often availability if you look for the right dates!

Nearby

For all the superb activities on the campsite, people don’t come to this neck of the woods to stay put. With sea views from your tent there’s no doubt that one of the first places you’ll be heading is to the beach. A sign on the campsite points you in the right direction, down an old mining path that leads through the picturesque valley to Porthtowan Beach (about a 15-minute walk). Porthtowan is wide, sandy and popular with surfers (you can book a lesson at Porthtowan Surf School or hire a bodyboard from Tris Surf Shop; 01209 890990). At the very lowest tides of the year you can walk along the sands to the next beach north, Chapel Porth, which is owned and run by the National Trust (car park right on the beach) and is overlooked by the famous Wheal Coates Mine. Both beaches have good cafés, where you can watch the sun go down and you can walk between them via the South West Coast Path (along with many other beaches along the coast). Those on the hunt for a more dog-friendly option should try Trevaunance Cove, while, from here, at low tide you can also get round to Trevellas Porth, the smallest and quietest beach in the area (but there is no lifeguard, so it’s not recommended for families and you must stay aware of the tide).

Away from the beaches, the campsite is just up the road from the Mineral Tramway cycle path, which runs all the way between the north and south coast and takes in the areas mining history with good signage and information. It’s an easy flat ride and is almost entirely on purpose built cycle paths making it perfect for young children and families. If you don’t want to bring your own bike, you can hire one from Aggie Cycles – a great range of bikes and they’ll deliver them right to the Eco Park. Good local walks can be found on the St Agnes Forum website, while sea kayaking is also popular – Koru Kayaking (07794 321827) run guided tours and know all the secret spots.

Food & Drink

Mount Pleasant Eco Park is home to the excellent Cabana Kitchen & Café. The food is vegan and vegetarian, with produce grown in the site’s allotments on the surrounding organic farmland or sourced locally. The café is only open Tuesday–Friday, 10am–3pm, though it does sometimes extend outside of this in peak season and the park hosts a number of special foodie events on weekends and other dates. Elsewhere, walk down to Porthtowan for a drink at shabby-chic Blue Bar (01209 890329) or a bite at the beach café (01209 899016; BYO booze permitted) – there’s another good café at the next beach up the coast too, Chapel Porth (01872 552487). If you’re enjoying keeping all things local, head a tad further north for a tour of Driftwood Spars Brewery (01872 552 591), just outside St Agnes, finished with a well deserved pint at the end.

Opening Times

April–October.

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The Owner Says

The Mount Pleasant Eco Park campsite near Porthtowan and St Agnes offers a beautiful, peaceful place to stay on the North Coast of Cornwall.  We offer spacious grass pitches for tents and campers or tourers (with or without hookup), as well as a glamping option with handcrafted Shepherd's Huts and fully furnished canvas Bell Tents.

Located in a huge field, surrounded by countryside and complete with a footpath to the beach, even in summer at full capacity there is plenty of space to get away from it all and immerse yourself in the great outdoors.

The Eco Park has many extraordinary spaces to explore and use. With a cafe serving delicious vegetarian breakfast and lunches, cob pizza oven next to the fire pit, under cover atrium and outdoor amphitheatre.

We love hosting events here, but don’t worry, our campsite is situated in the perfect spot in our 42 acre grounds, so it is always a restful place to stay.

Whilst our immediate surroundings are perfect for holiday relaxing,  with a footpath leading to Porthtowan Beach directly from the campsite and the picturesque village of St Agnes just a 5 minute drive away, we are also perfectly situated to explore the rest of Cornwall. We are more than happy to share our favourite spots and recommendations with visitors!

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Accommodation

17 pitches in the wild meadow with views across to Tywarnhayle Mine, 21 pitches in the main camping field closer to facilities (including five with electricity), four campervan pitches with electricity in the orchard, plus six furnished bell tents and two beautiful shepherd’s huts. At times, all of the pitches and accommodation can appear fully booked, but with many only available for Saturday-to-Saturday, week-long bookings, there's often availability if you look for the right dates.

Small Woods Shepherd's Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 3
The Small Wood’s Shepherd’s Hut is a cosy romantic retreat, complete with it’s own log burner. Available for 12 months of the year and situated in it’s own small woodland area, the hut comes with a comfortable double bed and cooking facilities.

The Beacon Shepherd's hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 5
With it’s own private sunset deck, the Beacon hut is the perfect space for families looking for a Cornish adventure. The hut comes with a double bed and single bunk beds which convert into a sofa plus the option of an additional roll out mattress. Complete with sink, double hob and all the cooking essentials.

The Tye View Shepherd's Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 3
The Tye View Shepherd's Hut is a comfy base for couples or small families looking to enjoy a Cornish adventure, complete with a cosy double bed and cooking facilities.

Morning Star Converted Library Bus

Quirky Sleeps 4
A lovingly converted mobile library bus with self contained 4 berth accommodation.

Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 3 3 Available
Located onthe main camping field with views to the Atlantic Ocean. Sleeps up to 3 people

Large Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 4 3 Available
Located on the main camping field with views to the Atlantic Ocean. Sleeps up to 4 people

Main Camping Field Large Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 12 Available
A grass pitch with views across to the Atlantic Ocean

Main Camping Field Large Pitch with Hook up

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 6 5 Available
A grass pitch with views across to the Atlantic Ocean including hook up

Main Camping Field Standard Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 4 Available
A grass pitch with views to the Atlantic Ocean

Tywarnhayle View Large Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 17 Available
A grass pitch with views across to Tywarnhayle Mine. For either a tent + car (tent up to 5m x 9m), campervan with awning or a motorhome. Bookable from Saturday to Saturday for £28 per night

Tywarnhayle View Grass Pitch with Hook Up

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 6 2 Available
A grass pitch suitable for a tent, campervan or motorhome including electric hook up.

The Orchard Campervan Field inc hook up

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 6 5 Available
Nestled among the apple trees, these pitches are exclusively for campervans and tourers and include electric hook-up. Please do not book this option for a tent pitch.

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Location

Contact Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Chapel Hill, Porthtowan, Cornwall TR4 8HL

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Getting There

With a SatNav, the site's postcode should bring you directly to the entrance. Follow the A30 straight into the South West and exit left at the Blackwater Bypass, where you see signs for the A3047. Follow this right over the bypass and continue straight on Westway until you reach a T-junction with Rose Hill just outside Porthtowan (roughly two-and-three-quarter miles). Turn left here, choose the left hand fork onto Chapel Hill and the site will be on your left shortly after.

On arrival, you will find the reception at the far end of the car park on the right, above the barn. To access the campsite, drive to the left of the building at the far end, and follow the path and signs round to the left. Hook-up pitches are clearly marked on the right side of the camping field. All tent and car pitches are on the left of the camping field, and bell tents are situated at the bottom of the field.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 30 reviews

★★★★★

Beautiful campsite with great facilities

Amazing views, loads of space, lovely facilities. Great that dogs were welcome and fires were allowed really added to our experience. Lovely walk down to the beach, steep but my 4 year old managed it fine.
★★★★★

Cheap camping, great facilities

Very reasonable priced camping Great central location Nice toilets, washroom and shower facilities which were exceptionally clean Pleasantly surprised with the lovely bar and cafe, good selection of drinks and delicious food! The curry night was delicious! Will definitely be returning again!
Oct 13, 2020 by Ruth
★★★★☆

Really wonderful experience

We stayed for a week in the smaller shepards hut. Had a great time. Enjoyed the privacy of where our hut was positioned and the cosiness of the hut, which was perfect for getting away from it all. They have a lovely kitchen with amazing food. Will definitely be back!
Oct 6, 2020 by Claire Nel Verified Review
★★★★★

Perfect site, well managed and would definitely recommend!

Booked two nights here (extended to three) for a last-minute dash to the Cornish Coast for a few days. Brilliant site, great views and scenery, amazing campsite manager and good indoor/outdoor bar (open Wed, Fri and Sat) - nothing too much trouble. I was solo (except for the dog) but I'd definitely return with my children in the future.
★★★★☆

Well maintained camp site

Lovely clean campsite with plenty toilets and showers. Fantastic views and we were lucky to have the sunshine for most of our stay. Unfortunately the cafe was fully booked on the first night we arrived then wasn't open the next couple of days. Something to consider if you are camping without kit and in need of coffee! I would definitely recommend staying here, lovely walk down to the beach too!
★★★★☆

Great location and very well maintained.

Location and facilities very good. Staff friendly.
Sep 22, 2020 by Charles Bauccy
★★★★★

Fantastic campsite!!

Where do I start. The reviews don’t do this place justice. The lovely lady who greeted us from Argentina was an absolute delight. Nothing was too much trouble. Always on hand first thing in the morning and last thing at night she was always smiling and so helpful. She even gave us some garlic granules as we forgot ours. Our little dog Tilly loved her too. This was probably the most friendly camping site we have visited and we’ve camped quite a lot!! The atmosphere in the bar was fab, there were themed nights and welcome smiles all round. You can hire camp fires and buy wood, you can walk in to Porthtowan from the site and work off your lunch on the way back up. The fish and chip shop in the town was in a different league. We had a surf lesson from the school on the beach too. We will definitely be back!! Thank you for a fantastic long weekend!!!
Sep 21, 2020 by Lisa Cobbett
★★★★★

Loved it!

3 of us stayed in the Beacons Hut for 3 nights and it was bliss. Campsite host was very helpful and friendly. Facilities were everything we needed and the guy was ideal for a not so weather affected camping experience! Would highly recommend.
★★★★★

We were lucky with the weather but...

This site was fantastic for our first camper van holiday. We have stayed on a few sites for weekends but this was a week to explore Cornwall and we were very impressed with the location, facilities and the whole experience. We stayed in the orchard which was beautiful and we loved the space was available for us to set up the awning and spread out. The showers, toilets and wash up areas were kept replenished regularly with soaps, hand sanitisers and washing up liquid was available. We loved that it was quiet and peaceful with amazing views from parts of the site. The walk into Porthtowan was great via a steep mountain path or even along the road to the site. If you are used to walking or looking for walks locally it’s a great location. We would not hesitate to stay on this site again and will return to hopefully visit for live music.
Sep 20, 2020 by Clare
★★★★★

Lovely site

This is a wide open site, but with lots of secret paths and places to go. The site manager is very friendly and helpful. The views are stunning, and the walk down to the beach is lovely, through heather and gorse heathland. But it is a steep hill, and entirely unsuitable for buggies or the infirm. The facilities are clean but basic, however there is hot water and plenty of toilet roll! We arrived just in time to use the delicious cafe, which closes earlier than advertised on the website. Some pitches are not level, so chocks are necessary for campers vans. The atmosphere and ethos of the site are really nice, and it’s quiet and peaceful, most of the time. The open sided bar has a free juke box playing good music, and is open in the evenings at weekends. No worries at all about either social distancing, or hygiene. Everything is well spaced out and clean. We loved it there, and would like to return.
Sep 15, 2020 by Janis Goodall
★★★★★

10 out of 10 for us

We had a fantastic stay here. Amazing views everywhere you looked and lovely clean facilities. No nonsense with checking in/checking out, which helped to relax into the stay. Plenty of interesting spots to gather and chat to other like minded people if you desired. The site itself was lively,(not in a bad way) with a bar and restaurant in the evening, but by 10pm the quiet time was respected meaning those with families weren't disturbed through out the night. The walk to the beach was easy on the way down (a bit harder on the way up!) only took 20 minutes with 2 spaniels and a 1 year old! The beach was AWESOME. Lovely sandy beach with crystal clear water. Can't wait to go back.
★★★★★

Amazing and serene place

We had an amazing 3 day get away here! It was a surprise trip for my boyfriends birthday and they were kind enough to provide a bottle of wine and a card upon arrival for a small cost. The views are amazing, it’s in an ideal location, and the bell tent was very homely. We would definitely visit again!
Sep 11, 2020 by Katie
★★★★★

Relaxed eco-friendly campsite just a 20-minute walk from the nearest beach

A lovely location for a campsite, with views of the countryside in one direction and down to the beach in the other. Plenty of drinking water taps on the site, some compost loos that worked well (the kind that are elevated up some steps) plus a block with flushing loos, showers, washbasins, washing up station and a freezer for your freezer blocks. The walled area with a firepit surrounded by benches is a particularly nice touch, and you can buy a wheel-barrow load of wood from reception for £10. We stayed for three nights but didn't see anyone from the actual campsite management - it would have been nice to have had a welcome and a rundown of the facilities. Otherwise, it was great and we hope to return.
★★★★★

Lovely relaxed campsite with onsite cafe and bar - walking distance to beach and Porthtowan.

We had a lovely 6 night stay at Mount Pleasant Eco Campsite - it was clean and well maintained and the showers were hot and worked well. We loved the onsite bar and cafe - only downside is we were unaware of the planned pop up food events until too late so missed out on that - we camped in the Orchard field for which we were super glad of given that the storms which came through this week. The only downer was that it was not especially well signposted when we arrived to the orchard on the map attached to the reception so we ended up disorientated and grumpy after a long journey. The hot cider was very welcome this week and the music stopped just after 9pm every night with last orders. We loved it so much that we are returning in October to stay in the Shepherd's hut:)
★★★☆☆

Peaceful and good location

We stayed at Mount Pleasant Eco Park for 3 nights and our stay was very enjoyable dispute the high winds on top of the hill! We were a little disappointed by the facilities as felt the price of our stay should have included better shower/ toilet/ washing up facilities but they were perfectly adequate. Over all would recommend staying here and the location for the beach and surfing was excellent!
Aug 26, 2020 by Izzy Minter Verified Review
★★★★★

Relaxed and friendly eco campsite

Wide open spaces, meadow grass, lovely views across the valley to the old tin mine, clean toilets and showers, the Cabana café, great eco credentials... we liked all of these aspects of Mount Pleasant Eco Park. We were in the Orchard as we wanted electric hook-up for our camper, so no views for us, but our friends, in tents in the main Tywarnhayle View field certainly had them! The campsite is in a great position on the north Cornish coast near St Agnes, and we walked the coast path from Crantock to Portreath while we were there. It was great to be able to walk to Porthtowan, the beach and the South West Coast Path from the site -- but be warned: it's a stiff and steep walk back home again at the end of the day! We booked supper on the Mexican evening in the Cabana and enjoyed tasty vegetarian food at a great price (especially with the government's Eat Out to Help Out scheme). Nice to have the bar to relax in, too, but it could be noisy if you have little children trying to sleep. We didn't. The staff were welcoming and laid-back, and the atmosphere was altogether very relaxed and family-friendly. While it looked as if the toilets and showers might get busy, in fact we had no problem at all.
Aug 24, 2020 by Kate Barnett Verified Review
★★★★★

Nice place

Great location, really relaxed tidy campsite. All the facilities were good and well maintained. Didn't feel crowded
Aug 23, 2020 by Adam
★★☆☆☆

Few comments

We have recently stayed at the Mount Pleasant Eco Park camp site. The camp site was OK in general and staffs were friendly. It runs a mini bar, a shop and it has all the basis facilities. Nice view overlooking Tywarnhayle and ocean (depending on the pitch location). We have booked about 1 month in advance for Tywarnhayle View Grass Pitch with Hook Up, but only to find out when we arrived that this was not available. Instead we have got allocated to the Orchard Campervan Field, which is a small field situated in the middle of the camp site without any view. It was very crowded on the day that we arrived, and the only free pitch available was one right next to the main drive way of the camp site and was about 10 meters away from the bar, where they played loud music until 10pm every night. This was not ideal as we were staying there with 2 small children. On one morning at 5:30am, we could hear a loud noise of a truck on the drive way right next to our tent, what could be delivering goods or collecting rubbish that lasted for about 20 minutes. We could not get back to sleep afterwards. The campsite has 3 showers and 4 sinks which could get quite busy at times, specially during mornings. In general, the campsite was somewhat crowded without much space in between pitches. I feel that they have over accepted bookings than their usual capacity during this busy summer period. I just wish that they had inform us about the change of pitch location, point out any issue, and be given options about our booking in advance.
Aug 18, 2020 by Kenneth Mak Verified Review
★★★★★

Beautiful views and great accommodation

We decided to treat ourselves to glamping instead of camping this year and stayed in a bell tent. We had a fabulous time in this gorgeous, friendly campsite. It is so close to lots of beautiful beaches and lovely days out.
★★★★☆

Calm, good view, chilled.

Very pleasant and relaxing few days.
★★★★☆

Friendly place and people

Just did 3 nights in the bell tents here. Cool Camp site and really loved and embraced the eco ethos. We all stuck to a veggie diet while on site and have committed to continuing it at home. Nice and spacious place, plenty of friendly people and the staff are more than happy to help with anything you need. The only feedback I would have would be for the site to raise the soil pipe that is by the toilets to above the toilet building itself. The wind pushed the vapour into the wash area which isn’t great. But other than that- would certainly recommend! 👍🏼
Aug 10, 2020 by Gary Murray Verified Review
★★★★☆

Peaceful high on a hill

We had a very relaxing stay with views of the beach down the valley and an old tin mine on a nearby hill. Plenty of fresh air and spectacular views of the sunset. Happy times 😊
Aug 2, 2020 by Anna H.
★★★★☆

Lovely Site

A lovely site with a chilled atmosphere. Stunning views of the sea from our pitch. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast at the cafe.
★★★★★

Chilled campsite with gorgeous views down to the beach

We had a lovely couple of days. Love the enclosed orchard where we parked the bongo. The kids had so much fun exploring the Campsite and we loved the beach just 1/2 walk from the campsite (steep walking home!) Thanks for a great few days, see you again soon!
★★★★★

Picturesque place to stay

The place is easy to get to and nicely located with a sea view.
★★★★★

Lovely place for a staycation

Great campsite just a 15 minute walk away from Porthtowan beach and other things like pubs, shops, bars. The campsite is really friendly and has great facilities, including a great cafe that serves good coffee and a bar with an old jukebox in. It's perfect for couples, groups of friends and families. Showers are good and toilets were very clean. There's loads to do nearby - visit the beach or walk along the coastal path to St. Agnes.
Jul 28, 2020 by Lois Wilson Verified Review
★★★☆☆

A Good place to stay

Enjoyed one night here, lovely view of the Tin mine however on arrival it was confusing as no one in Reception when we had arrived in good time, our pitch number was very tricky to locate as was not on the numbered sign by the Reception. We found there was a lack of toilet roll in the evening and limited toilets did get a bit dirty, maybe with a little more care this could be an awesome site.
Jul 26, 2020 by Judy McMahon Verified Review
★★★★★

Lovely chilled place to stay!

Overall nice place, family friendly and has a small bar and cafe onsite close to all camping fields, which is a real bonus.
Jul 22, 2020 by Tom Rigby Verified Review
★★★★★

Great campsite

We stumbled upon this campsite whilst searching the Internet for exactly this type of place. The campsite itself is very well set up, lots of shower blocks and toilets dotted around. The cafe and shop on site had everything we wanted and we would love to return here soon.
Jul 20, 2020 by Mark V
★★★★★

Perfect spot

Stunning views of the sea and surrounding area. It was a perfect and peaceful place to camp. The staff were friendly and helpful. Facilities were kept clean and we were put a good distance apart from others that were camping. We can't wait to come back!

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