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Quiet camping meadows and a friendly café located beside some of Cornwall's most popular cycling routes

Opened in 2014, Elm Farm is far more than just a campsite. Capitalising on its prime location beside the Mineral Tramways cycle network, Elm Farm is a campsite-cum-cycle-centre with a cute little café thrown in for good measure. It’s a family-run establishment less than two miles by bike from the nearest beach – pick from Portreath and Porthtowan or explore secret swimming holes like Fisherman’s Cove – while, inland, trails weave you through the county’s 19th-century mining history, past moonscape quarries and ancient copper mines.

The site’s two camping meadows are simple, off-grid affairs and have been left purposefully alone in order to maintain their natural appeal – to people and wildlife alike. Buzzards are common, barn owls are sometimes heard in the night and stoats have even been spotted, hidden beyond the great elm trees that border the field and give the farm its name. With just 25 pitches there’s ample space for ball games, and the pair of family shower rooms and compost toilets are more than adequate, though the café has flushing loos if you prefer.

If you haven’t brought your own bikes for exploring the many routes on offer, you can hire them from the Elm Farm café and cycle shop. Campers get a discounted rate, while those who’ve booked one of the site’s two pre-pitched, furnished bell tents are given bikes for free. Even as you stride to the café, housed inside a cute, converted shed, your eyes are drawn to the landscape beyond. Laity Moor stretches out in the distance to Carn Brea hill, one of the highest points in the local area, from which you can see both the north and south Cornwall coast.

If you don’t fancy schlepping up the hill on your bike, you can stick to the easy ride down to the beach instead. Alas, you can’t cycle with a board under your arm but there’s a surf school at Porthtowan from which you can hire them if needed. So if you fancy throwing yourself into the laid back surfer vibe of the place, you’ve got no excuse.

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The Owner Says

Elm Farm Camping has provided an authentic slice of rural Cornish life for hundreds of guests over the years. If you’re trying to get away from it all, one afternoon watching someone trying to herd stubborn farm animals might persuade you that the stresses of the city aren’t really quite so bad after all. Our lovely camping pitches are positioned around the perimeter of two spacious fields which leaves plenty of space in the middle for the kids to play.

Many cyclists doing the Lands End to John o’ Groats trip use us as their first or last stopping point, but you normally have to get up pretty early to see them! The camping fields are supplied with clean drinking water and solar fairy lights around the facilities. There are two toilets, two family size washroom cubicles with hot showers and sinks and two dish/laundry washing sinks all with hot water. There is also a flushing toilet and chemical disposal point for guests beside the cafe a short skip up the hill. Elm Farm boasts an abundance of birds and wildlife: buzzards are common as are barn owls, whilst foxes, badgers and stoats can often be observed. We are happy to advise you on the many beautiful coastal and country walks in this area.


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Great experience. Highly recommend

Dad with 3 kids had great time camping here. Owners and helpers friendly, kind and generally lovely. Spent week exploring coast with beaches. Bike rental gets you top bikes. Cafe has great food. Kids want to know when we can go back! Many thanks to all.
Aug 20, 2018 by nickleam

Lovely campsite in perfect location for cycling

This is a lovely, quiet campsite in beautiful surroundings. The bike rental service was excellent and it's ideally located for visiting beautiful beaches. Brilliant facilities although be prepared to queue for showers as there are only two. Thoroughly recommend.
Aug 17, 2018 by Martha

Very helpful owners, great location, super showers.

Owners were very helpful when updating my booking. A quiet spot and we didn’t want our time to end there.
Aug 6, 2018 by Simon Hampshire

Response from Elm Farm

Thanks Simon, glad you enjoyed your time and please come again!


A well kept campsite with flat pitchings and fantastic and basic amenities. Everything we wanted.
Jul 2, 2018 by VICKY

Response from Elm Farm

Thanks Vicky, pleased you enjoyed your stay!

The beauiful natural environment.

Hot showers, super friendly owners & staff. This year, no compost loos but porta loos, which are fine. Great food & plenty of advice from the cycle shop.
May 27, 2018 by Arthur Curwen

Friendly owners, great location

Nice sheltered camping fields and site is easy to find and well located. Lovely little cafe and very friendly owners. Down sides, the compost toilets were awfully smelly (which is not normal) the ammonia was eye watering and if you take a discounted hire cycle you get the ‘left overs’ after the full paying customers. We were kept waiting for ages and given bikes that were far too small for us
Apr 29, 2018 by Debbie Kew

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