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 9 reviews

★★★★☆

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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