The rain hammered on the caravan roof running in rivulets down the panoramic window as we watched a couple unzip their tent and disappear under the canvas. Sitting in the warmth with a glass of prosecco watching come dine with me the purchase of a caravan seemed like an excellent choice. I know it sounds smug but after years of tenting and looking enviously at the caravan owners in their cocooned world, I think a little smugness can be excused.
Gwithian farm campsite is a well laid out site with pitches separated by hedges and Shrubbery providing a feeling of privacy lacking in more open sites. With modern clean facilities, powerful showers and no shortage of hot water it is certainly a site to consider.
The site is situated in Gwithian Village opposite the Red River Inn. A traditional Victorian ale house where lovers of real ale (Camara Good Beer Guide) and tasty food can enjoy a drink and a meal in unpretentious surroundings. If you want to avoid disappointment we would recommend you book a table, during our stay in June the place was packed with tourists and locals alike.
For those who prefer to eat in their own surroundings, the site is well catered for with mobile fish and chips van, wood-fired pizza, Greek kebabs and fresh fish from Newlyn. (the Megrim Sole was delicious and reasonably priced) Food is available on different nights of the week, with pastries delivered fresh each morning with a well-stocked shop providing essentials.
Gwithian Farm Campsite is located just outside the village of Hayle and within easy reach of St Ives. The site is close to a superb stretch of sand with good surfing within walking distance of the site. Hayle has a Lidl supermarket and Marks and Spencer food outlet providing real choice for fresh food.
The local surf school is popular with daily surf lessons, board, and wet suit hire. The great thing about surfing lessons is that the rain does not seem to affect the enjoyment when covered in a neoprene wet suite and immersed in the surf.
Walking is very popular and the area is a great place to walk with Gwithian Green Nature reserve just along the dunes from the site. The reserve provides a varied habitat with a rich biodiversity of wildlife, flora, and fauna. The site is fed by a stream and provides a wetland for over 84 species of visiting birds, and 25 species of butterflies.
Following the coastal path is a pleasure for the senses. the spectacular Godrevy Light House, built by Trinity House in 1859 marking a dangerous reef off St. Ives called the Stones. It is best viewed from the headland opposite the island with its dramatic cliffs, wild birds and the occasional seal popping its head up from the waves or sunning on the shingle beaches below. A walk to the devil’s hole cafe and back makes a good day out and is a moderate walk for most people.
With St Ives and Carbis Bay only 7 miles away, it will not be long before you venture out to take in the sights of this unique town and the surrounding coastline. Loved by artists for its unique light, the winding streets, quaint shops, and harbour make a lasting impression on many visitors.
As parking is restricted in St Ives is best to park at Lelant Saltings Park and Ride and catch the train for a scenic route into St Ives. The local attractions include the Tate Modern and the picturesque harbour which has a variety of activities available including boat hire, fishing trips and thrill-seeking rides on offer. Or if you prefer a more relaxing experience Porthmeor Beach provides an ideal place for a picnic and taking in the sun and is a renowned beach for surfing and bodyboarding. If you are a lover of alfresco dining or like a coffee and cake with a view Porthmeor Beach Cafe is a fantastic venue overlooking the beach.
At St Ives you are spoilt for choice for Cafes, Restaurants and Bakeries. If you are enjoying your pasty or ice cream while sitting on the harbour always be aware of seagulls as crafty thieves who seem to delight in taking pasties and ice creams from the hands of unwary visitors.
Gwithian Farm Campsite has 10a electric hard standing and grass pitches available and caters for both caravans and camping. The site is well drained and even after 3 days of constant rain, the pitches were firm and accessible.
Our only small criticism would be the limited access after turning off the main road from the road with only room for one way traffic up to reception, and limited area to wait while checking in reception. We found the staff were polite and friendly could not be more helpful so heartily recommend you consider this site for your next visit to Cornwall.