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Exploring Cornwall In A Campervan

Updated on June 19, 2013

Are you longing to explore the hidden delights of Cornwall at a leisurely pace without the crowds ? We decided to get in early as we are exploring in our camper van and need to be able to find car parking that suits our needs .

Our trip to Cornwall was in March just before the crowds were increasing to out of control numbers and it made for a very pleasant trip - Just like where we are now in Lagos Portugal -( that is another hub to follow )

We love free camping so finding places to stay the nights was high priority as well as being early to the Must See places like ST Michaels Mount etc.

Sometimes we parked on the side of a road
Sometimes we parked on the side of a road

Free Overnight Stops in Cornwall

As we had decided to travel Cornwall out of season it made it easy for us to free camp or park overnight for free in some interesting locations as we explored the area .

We always make sure we check for signs about camping first and do not stay if camping is prohibited or going to be in the way of anyone else .

Some of the places we parked were in the woods by a stream, near the beach , out in the country in a layby, In a supermarket carpark that was open for 24 hours .

We have also joined "Brit Stops " Free pvernight parking for campervans all over Britain. You pay for a book+ sticker an it pays for itself in just 1 free night !

By a stream
By a stream

Explore Fowey

Narrow Streets in Cornwall

Avoid the narrow streets when in a campervan !
Avoid the narrow streets when in a campervan !

Maze of Fun

Have fun getting lost in an English Maze!
Have fun getting lost in an English Maze!

Whatever you do - DO NOT DO AS WE DID- If you are in a campervan in Cornwall then PARK ASAP in a car park.

It is a nightmare negotiating those tiny narrow streets barely missing the houses on each side of you with your mirrors, almost running over peoples toes as they struggle to get out of your way as they watch the horrified look on your face - The relief as you make your way into a wider street is overwhelming and only then can you breathe a sigh of relief ( Sad to say we made the same mistake again in Portugal but that is another hub to come )

ST Michaels Mount

Make sure you allow time for visiting places like ST Michaels Mount. There is easy parking for campervans .
Make sure you allow time for visiting places like ST Michaels Mount. There is easy parking for campervans .
The view from the top of ST Michaels Mounts is well worth the climb .
The view from the top of ST Michaels Mounts is well worth the climb .

Top Ten Tips

Be considerate of others while camping or parking overnight in Cornwall or anywhere you may be .

Never park overnight where there is a sign saying it is prohibited . Or in someone's driveway

Do not leave rubbish anywhere ever . Keep it with you until you find a rubbish bin.

Think of others when parking - We park away from the majority of cars .

While driving stay in the slower lane if keeping to a low speed to save petrol.

If you have a sliding door don't keep banging it shut when parked by others .

When shopping for food try go early to the supermarket when parking is easier in a bigger vehicle /

A lot of Tescos are open 24 hours and have toilets .

Support local markets for fresh fruit & vegetables as well as save money.

Keep your sense of humour & have fun exploring

Cornwall England:
Cornwall, UK

get directions

Join the National Trust

If you are going to be in Britain for a while and plan to visit a few castles/gardens etc then join the National Trust and save money .

You can park in their carparks for free as well as get entry into many places in Cornwall as well as the rest of Britain !


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    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Southern Spain

      Thanks for dropping by ! We loved Cornwall . I remember sending telegrams for weddings !

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      4 years ago from Northern Ireland

      It's over 50 years since I was last in Cornwall (camping with the Girl Guides) and I would love to go there again. I have just remembered, back then, the main way to communicate urgently with someone was by telegram. Many people didn't even have a landline telephone and mobiles hadn't been invented.

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      5 years ago from Southern Spain

      Grand old lady , Thanks for the visit . People of all ages are exploring other countries in a campervan. Most between 50-80 years of age . Go for it - You will have an an amazing time and create amazing memories !

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      5 years ago from Philippines

      I love the idea of travelling with a camper van. If I were younger, I would have done this. The castle in Cornwall is very interesting, it reminded me a bit of Lord of the Rings.

      Thank you for the tips. Maybe someday my daughter will marry and we will all go touring in a camper van:)

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      5 years ago from Cornwall, UK

      Free camping - so hard to find "in season". Glad you enjoyed your trip!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      I'll look forward to them.

    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Southern Spain

      anndango , Thanks for the visit . It is a lot of fun and we are also looking forward to exploring Canada later on. BlossomSB , Glad you liked the photos, have hundreds of them lol ! We have been by a beach so out of service ! More hubs to come yet !

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      So glad you enjoyed beautiful Cornwall. We had a campervan (called a motorised caravan) on some of our visits, but also stayed with relatives - 'Cousin Jacks.' We quickly learned that it's OK to address letters to Cornwall, UK, but definitely not call it part of England. The Cornish have their Celtic heritage of which they are very proud and many are reviving the Cornish language, too. Lovely to see your photos.

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      5 years ago

      Great tips! What a wonderful way to travel and see the world.


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