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Discover the birthplace of the British surf scene down in the west country
If you enjoy sitting around a camp fire, sleeping under the stars, or taking your home on the road with you. Here are just some of the best reasons to camp out on the shores of the English West country. Occupying the peninsula between the English Channel and Bristol Channel, South West England has more coastline than any other region in England. Cornwall and West Devon's landscape is of rocky coastline with beautiful views from grassy cliff top campsites, waiting to be discovered.
Summer temperatures range from 18 °C (64 °F) to 22 °C (72 °F).
Experience pleasant walks to Land's End, or a day out at Sennen Cove, Whitesands Bay, one of the best surf beaches in Britain. Enjoying the same protection status as a nature reserve the area has an abundance of wild life and wild flowers for visitors to see along the many walking routes to choose from.
Moving farther east along the coast you’ll find the traditional Cornish fishing port of St Ives with idyllic surroundings and stunning beach views. Fishing and boat building has long been part of the towns culture, and visitors can take a boat ride from the harbour to seal island or brush up on the local history at the museum in the Downlong. A visit to the Tate St Ives or a stroll through the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden will provide insight into the areas rich art history. Fresh-from-the harbour seafood, Cornish Cream Teas, homemade ice cream and the mighty Cornish pasty are just some of the many culinary delights visitors can indulge in. This is a popular destination for surfers heading to Porthmeor Beach, looking for sand, surf and sunsets. Pitch your tent a few hundred yards from Chapel Porth beach in one of the tranquil cliff top paddocks, nestling in the gorse-covered hills of St Agnes in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
On the opposite side of the peninsula, take in the views from the picturesque fishing village of Polperro on the south coast. Once a thriving centre for the area's smuggling the smuggling museum brings this rich heritage back to life. The towns small sandy beach and tidal pool have both long been popular with locals and visitors alike. Beautiful walks extend eastward toward Talland and Porthallow, fishing trips or pleasure cruises are also available to visitors from the town harbour. Cast your eye out over the waters of the English Channel to St George's Island and West Looe on the far side of Hanner Fore.
Farther east between Thurlestone and Challaborough, and picking up more swell than any other south Devon beach, is Bantham a popular surf spot. Approximately a quarter mile from the sea, the town of Bantham lies on the estuary banks of the River Avon, a ferry across the Avon sails from Bantham to Bigbury on Sea. An ideal location for family holidays Bigbury beach has safe shallow waters dotted with rock pools and is popular with wind and kite surfers. Good beach side facilities are available including a café with one of the best surf ‘n’ turfs on offer. Accessible from the beach by a low tide causeway or high tide sea tractor, the famous Burgh Island is an ideal location for nature enthusiasts and to finish the day, tea and scones at the 1930's art deco hotel . Beautifully clean swimming beaches and a popular golf course can also be found in Thurlestone a mile east of Bantham, and the dramatic coastline is well worth exploring on foot or bicycle.
Following the coast eastward, you’ll find the village of Slapton with it’s huge shingle beach and stunning views out over Start Bay, a great camping destination any time of the year. This particular piece of coastline has also been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Find out more about the important historical role the beach area played in the tragic Second World War, D-Day story. The village is situated about a half mile inland and lies in a hollow depression sheltered from the sea and separated from the beach by the fresh-watered Slapton Ley. Walk to the the solitary Start Point Lighthouse about 2 miles south and take in the breath taking views from one of the most exposed peninsulas on the English Coast.
So if it's surf and turf you are looking for off the western shores of England and a beach side, dune side or cliff top campsite over looking the Atlantic or English Channel sounds like the perfect idea. Then the Sea view camping the west country campsite guide may be just the help you are looking for.