How to Camp in St. Ives, Cornwall

How to Camp in St. Ives, Cornwall
St. Ives is a charming little seaside town in Cornwall, the extreme southwestern part of England. It used to be a fishing town, but today it is more of a resort and is popular with British surfers who want to pursue their sport closer to home. Camping is a good way to see the area and keep costs down, but a lot depends on the kind of camping chosen.


Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Know British terminology to help you find the right campground. In the U.K., RVs and trailers are called "caravans." Many, but certainly not all, RV-friendly campgrounds will have a phrase such as "caravan park" in their name. Knowing that can steer you to or away from RV-heavy campsites.
Step 2
Choose carefully from among your campground options. Almost all campgrounds accept both RVs and tents, but some are better suited to one than another. A few do not offer hookups, and others offer tents-only fields that are removed from the RV sites.
Step 3
Decide between staying next to the shore or further inland. Some campgrounds in St. Ives are just steps from a beach. Surfers in particular will want to be that close, but hikers and bikers may wish to be a bit removed.
Step 4
Consider a campsite's special facilities. Some offer free ice pack freezers (essentially coolers with extra insulation), and others have pubs or playgrounds on-site.
Step 5
Check the rules regarding fires and pets. Some campsites have fire pits, others have charcoal grills, and a few require camp stoves and prohibit fires altogether. Also, some campgrounds want pets to be on leashes, and others ban them outright.
Step 6
If you bring a dog, pick up its droppings. It is required by local law, even at campgrounds.

Tips & Warnings

There is no backcountry camping in the St. Ives area.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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