Camping in Cornwall with attractions for nature lovers

Regular readers may remember that I’ve mentioned Cornwall a time or three. Cornwall and its neighbor Devon are definitely on my list. I don’t remember writing about camping recently, which is funny because in real life I talk about camping way more than I talk about going to Cornwall. Camping is higher on my list, even if part of the reason for that is you can camp in lots of places.
All this is brought on because I recently found some information about camping in Cornwall. From that site, it seems summer is the right time to go. This matches up with everything I’ve heard about weather in England. A summer Cornwall and Devon travel plan seems like a possibility. The same travel plan could work based in a hotel, but since this all revolves around nature, camping seems appropriate.

Day 1

The campsite I link to above is nearby coastal walks, both into Looe and down to Polperro. So day 1 we spend taking in the views. Since it’s summer, it should be beach weather. Looe is the closest to the campground I found and often the busiest beach. A fun alternative could be the tiny smugglers’ beach at Talland.

Day 2

Next we travel inland, enjoying the countryside and the Kilminorth Woods nature reserve. Enjoy the old woods’ moss and lichen plus the estuary, a good place to see kingfishers, curlew and little egret.

Day 3

Looking further afield, the largest indoor rain forest in the world has very high reviews from nearly all visitors. Cornwall’s Eden project is just a half hour drive away. Its primary mission is to educate on the relationship between people and plants. As you might imagine, you’ll see thousands of different plants, some from a tropical rain forest and some from a Mediterranean climate. This is an all-day visit.

Day 4

The Cornish towns of St Austell (Snozzle to the locals) and Bodmin are also well worth a visit. About 12 miles apart, there’s a pretty good cycling route between the two. I wouldn’t actually go to Bodmin, but St Breward is a pretty village on Bodmin Moor. There are some shops and a nice pub in a very rural location. St Austell is on the Cornish Riviera so it’s known for beaches, but the Holy Trinity Church is worth a peek.

Day 5

It’s about 30 miles to Devon. Plymouth has a lot to offer, including the famous National Marine Aquarium and Plymouth Hoe, where you’ll want to climb to the top of the Smeaton’s Tower Lighthouse to enjoy the views.

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