Lower Penderleath Campsite

UK England South West England Cornwall St. Ives

  • Campfires allowed
Proper camping in Cornish countryside for tents and campervans just outside St Ives

Campers have been heading to Lower Penderleath near St Ives to pitch tents for about 30 years. It’s a farm but, according to its owner Russ, “not much farming goes on here now”. Russ says it like it is and keeps things simple; he instructs new arrivals to park up by the hedges around two fields, once grazed by cows and sheep, now set aside for campers. Then, he leaves you to it — as long as you don’t break the site’s quiet-by-10pm policy.

This is good old-fashioned family camping near the beaches of Cornwall with the basics of clean loos, hot showers and somewhere to wash pots and pans covered. There are no extras or add-ons here, apart from off-ground fire buckets to hire and the chance to plug your phone in at reception for a small charge. You won’t find a woodfired pizza, a G&T or a movie night under the stars. In fact, there’s no electric hook up, no communal fridge/freezer and there’s no firewood for sale on-site either.

At Lower Penderleath you can expect “proper” camping where pitching and parking by the hedge leaves a space for kids to run free in the middle. Away from the distractions of modern life, you might just find that the stars seem to shine brighter, the air feels cleaner and the water tastes ever so pure. And you’re not imagining it either. Light pollution is low, main roads are far from here and mineral water flows straight from source through the tap (via a UV filter).

The site lies within Cornwall’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the views here are of rolling Cornish countryside but bustling St Ives is less than three miles away. The town is known for its sandy, surfy beaches and art galleries including the cliff-top Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden. Cornwall is narrow down here and it’s also only five miles south to Penzance where you can explore a different coast. Walk on the South West Coast Path, visit St Michael’s Mount or head to the Minack Theatre. Even Land’s End is less than 20 miles from site. All this makes the Lower Penderleath Campsite a great spot for a proper Cornish camping holiday; pure and simple.



There are six toilets and six showers on-site and two sinks for washing up. Campfires are allowed in off-ground fire bowls or buckets only and must be placed on blocks that are available to borrow on-site. Wood and charcoal are not available to buy so campers must bring their own. Mobile phones can be charged in reception for a small fee.

Suitable For

Tents, small campervans – yes. Motorhomes, caravans, large groups in summer, unaccompanied under 18s, dogs – no.


The nearest beaches are between two and three miles from site. For surfing, try Porthmeor in St Ives, the most exposed of the beaches around the town and home to the St Ives Surf School (01736 793 938). For more sheltered sands, head for Carbis Bay (just over three miles from site). The town of St Ives (just over two miles from site) has lots of independent shops, places to eat out and art galleries including Tate St Ives (01736 791177) and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. For great coastal walks, you can join the South West Coast Path — in any direction.  Cornwall's south coast at Penzance is just five miles south of site and you can visit the tidal island of St Michael's Mount by walking across the cobbled causeway from nearby Marazion.

Food & Drink

There are two country pubs within walking distance of site (both around a mile away): The Engine Inn (01752 216391) or The Balnoon Inn (01736 797572). Beyond that, there are plenty of options for eating out and stocking up on local goodies in St Ives which is just over two miles away. 

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The Owner Says

Our campsite is located 3 miles from St Ives beaches and 5 miles from Penzance in the beautiful and quiet countryside of Cornwall.
  The water on site has “natural mineral water” status, conforming to the EEC directive 1989.
 Camping is for tents and small camper vans only and has all the facilities you would expect:

Toilet and shower blocks, a room for washing pots and pans etc, and an area for rinsing wetsuits and beachwear.

Fire bowls / buckets and BBQ’s are allowed. You may bring your own or hire small fire buckets at the site.
 Bring your own charcoal or wood please.


60 grassy pitches for tents and campervans.

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Grass pitch Sleeps 6 15 Available
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Lower Penderleath Campsite, Lower Penderleath Farm, Towednack, St.Ives, Cornwall TR26 3AF

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Getting There

Leave the A30 towards St Ives on the A3074 (Nut Lane). After a couple of hundred yards, at the roundabout turn left on to Mill Lane, signposted for St Ives Holiday Village. Stay on this road for four miles until you reach a T-junction. Turn left onto the B3311 towards Penzance and then take the first right towards Penderleath and then a left, continuing towards Penderleath. You will find Lower Penderleath Campsite after about half a mile. The closest train station is in St Ives (three miles from site) but, depending on where you're coming from, it can be easier to get to Penzance train station which is five miles away. Both towns link to the campsite (and each other) via the number 17 Kernow bus. The closest stop to site is Penderleath Common, about half a mile away. There is more information on public transport at the site reception.


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