Cyclists and Walkers exploring the delights of South Cornwall, UK
For cyclists and walkers who arrive under their own steam, i.e with a pack on their back, and no car, The Meadows Campsite team offer:
- A very warm and friendly welcome
- 25% discount off basic pitch price
- Powerful hot showers & complimentary hairdryer
- Food options on regular days
- A car free area to camp.
- Secure place for your equipment
- Complete BBQ & firepit hire service
- Overnight phone/tablet charging
- Laundry facilities
- Camping chairs usually available
- Flask filled
- For anything else, just please ask.
- Deck area with tables and chairs and (free wi-fi zone)
Booking is not essential – we will always find you a nice spot.
We offer tea and filter coffee on the deck any time when our office (little blue shed) is open.
Cycle Trails for exploring Cornwall
The Meadows Campsite is situate directly on National Cycle Route 3, in the Pentewan Valley close to Heligan Gardens, and Mevagissey, so is an ideal campsite for an over night stop over. You don’t need to book in advance, as we will always find you a spot to pitch your tent. This part of National Cycle Route 3 is the Pentewan Valley Cycle Trail
The Coast and Clay Trail (Lergy Arvor ha Pria)
We are also directly on the route of The Coast and Clay Trail which starts in Truro, passes through Mevagissey and Heligan and finishes in Bodmin. This is said to be the most challenging of the eight Cornish trails, though the part we adjoin is the easiest (apparently) part (though certainly not completely flat). We are a good stopping place for breaking off to visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan, and the gorgeous Mevagissey. The route provides a contrast of landscapes : rolling farmland, wooded creeks, sheltered coves, beautiful fishing villages; historic towns and views of the unique lunar landscape of the china clay industry, and so is well worth taking the challenge!
The Camel Trail
The Camel Trail for those who want to venture further afield. This is a virtually flat 18 mile route between Bodmin and Padstow.
Through the Pentewan Valley
You are straight on to the Pentewan Valley Trail from our campsite gates. Easy off the road route leading to the beach and gardens of Cornwall, and hugging the Kings Wood which contain muddier trails for those mountain bikers out there. The Pentewan Valley Trail is good for getting to and from Mevagissey, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, and St Austell.
You can cycle from The Meadows to the Eden Project, as we are directly on the National Cycle Route 3, and the Pentewan Valley Trail also leads up the The Clay Trails. Other good routes are to Charlestown and Porthpean, and then further in to the Roseland, may be getting as far as St Mawes.
Cycle Hire – We can arrange cycle hire on your behalf. Cycles can be delivered and collected from The Meadows Campsite by arrangement with Pentewan Cycle Hire. In high season it might be wise to book in advance.
You will appreciate from the above, that the Meadows Campsite is ideal for those keen cyclists out there, and a good stop over for those pedalling their way along the whole of the Coast & Clay Trail.
Walking for all levels
John, Lynn and Harvey (Camp Dog) are very keen walkers indeed. We will always be happy to give advice and suggestions for walks, of varied lengths, and difficulty! In particular a good bank of circular walks is held taking in one of the many local character eating pubs for lunch, of which there are many, and most are dog friendly. Walking books and maps are also available to borrow from our reception for perusing on our sunny deck.
The Meadows Campsite is a Business Member of the SWCP Association supporting the fantastic SWCP.
The walking in this area is varied, and fabulous, so you will be spoilt for choice, and a lot of the walks can be enjoyed without getting in the car. At the moment the favourite walk seems to be a circular one to Mevagissey via the Pentewan Valley Trail, returning along the south west coast path, via the Ship as it would be rude not to stop off for a well deserved pint of local ale/cider.
Another good walk directly from the Campsite is the walk up over the hills at the back over to the Polgooth Inn. This walk affords you great views from the hills over to Pentewan Sands, and the reward is a lovely lunch at the Polgooth Inn which is dog friendly. Check out the blog “Harvey’s walking journal ” and “walking around St Austell” or pop and see us and we will show you the route on a map.
With bus stops almost right outside our Camp Gates, you can take a walk in one direction on the SWCP, and return on the bus. Popular places are Charlestown, Mevagissey, Portmellon, Porthpean, Hallane Beach, and Gorran Haven.
Please pop and see us and we can share information, as we will also love to hear about the walks your have enjoyed during your stay. Camp Dog Harvey will also be very interested to hear about walks particularly favoured by you, so that he can try them out for himself when The Meadows Team is on down time.
The Southwest Coastpath
Fabulous Cornish coastal walking with access to some of Cornwall’s finest beaches and small coves. You will see beautiful scenery of both the Cornish coast and countryside with varied walking routes and lengths.
The coastal paths are very clearly marked, and the SCWP can be joined in the village, so you would start and finish on the Pentewan Valley Trail. We also have a regular bus route with a bus stop just a very short stroll up the road. This would enable you to walk a section of the South West Coastal Path, and return back to the campsite on the bus.
We support walkers of the SWCP and actively encourage walkers to camp with us. For us it is a pleasure to hear about our guests adventures. This is an ideal spot if exiting in either Mevagissey, or Pentewan as the Pentewan Trail links up to both exits.
One of our favourite walks is the SWCP taking in Gorran Haven, Vault, Hemmick and Caerhays (four dog friendly beaches) along the way.
We have a travel board, including bus and ferry timetables, if you only feel up to walking one way. The bus stop is just outside of the camp gates, and is a very regular service.
This trail directly adjoins the campsite, providing great walks, and some (not all) of them are flat and easy walking. The trail takes to you to the Lost Gardens of Heligan (not flat), St Austell, Mevagissey (not flat), and Pentewan. The trail is very well marked out in all directions. Note – the trail in the direction of Heligan Gardens and Mevagissey is beautiful but can be steep in places. You can also access Kings Wood from the trail which are large woods full of walking paths, and great for dogs who like to explore.
The Pentewan Valley trail links to both the Clay Trails, and also to the South West Coastal Path.
Dogs who love water, love the trail, and it is also ideal for bathing your dog at the end of a walk.
The Hall Walk
The Hall Walk is a famous walk and takes in Polruan, and Boddinick. You can either drive to the start of the walk, or take the Ferry from Fowey over to Polruan. This really is a fabulous walk, providing stunning views, including views of the Estuary. There is a good choice of pubs for lunch along the way, and this walk is clearly marked, although can be steep in places. We often add an extension to this walk taking in the fabulous and dog friendly Lantic Bay.
Hall Walk (with Lantic Bay extension) Fab photos courtesy of Jen & Al Huntington – Meadows regulars, who love trying out new walks with their dogs, and revisiting favourite ones.
Mevaggisey Circular Walk
This is a lovely walk and starts right at our gate taking the part of the Pentewan Valley Trail adjoining the campsite. Stay on the trail climbing up through woodland until you go under a road bridge. At this point take a left for Mevagissey. Skirting around the edge of Heligan the trail comes out in Mevagissey. For the return leg, pick up the SWCP more or less at the end of the left hand side of the harbour (between some cottages). Keep on the SWCP taking in the fabulous views until you reach the village. Head in to the village on the one road just before the petrol station and pick up the Pentewan Valley Trail to return walking along side the river. You will reach a bridge and it is over the bridge, take a left and you will be back at The Meadows, ready for a cup of tea, or glass of beer.
This is a fantastic website that we use a lot I walk cornwall. There are lots of local circular walks. We have walked all the local ones and so one of us (Camp Dog Harvey included) will give you an honest view! For keen walkers it is worth downloading the app prior to your visit and then for a very modest fee you can download individual walks to your phone.