Campervan Hire – Cornwall Guide

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Pastys, beaches, and surfers! Cornwall is a beautiful part of the UK and a mecca for surfers. We have some gnarly waves up and down the country but Cornwall won’t involve a plunge into the north sea!

So hire a van from us and go on your dream surfer holiday today!

Cornwall is home to the furthest point south on the British mainland Lizard Point. It has its own microclimate and an artificial biosphere! Naturally, every inch of the southern county is rife with history, and Lizard point is no exception.

Recommendation on things to do in Cornwall

Cornwall is famous for its long sandy beaches and smugglers’ coves. One of the best ways to explore the Cornish coast-line is to walk parts of the South West Coast Path. The path covers 630 miles from Minehead in Somerset to Poole in Dorset, so is more than a morning stroll. But if the weather is kind and you have time to explore the views are amazing.

Newquay is the center of UK surfing and welcomes beginners and tourists trying their hands at a new sport. There are an estimated 186 surf schools in Cornwall, all with their own take on the best way to “pop” on the board. We have surfed in Cornwall many times and always found the surf schools really good. Here is a list of the ten best surf schools in Cornwall, according to South West News.

The Lizard Peninsula is a historical place on the south coast. Infamous for its shipwrecks as its treacherous winds and rocky cliffs have barraged ships for centuries! These days though the only thing you should be worried about is capsizing your surfboard! The seas around the southwest coast are famous for drawing in crowds of surfers.

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Cornwall is one of the most popular holiday spots in the UK, with parts of it averaging 15 degrees warmer than other parts of the country.

I went to stay at Mount Pleasant Eco Park near Porthtowan which is a campsite and community space trying to make the best environmentally friendly camping experience.

You’re really spoilt for choice when looking for campsites and hotels in Cornwall so your top bit of advice is book in advance, this county is popular for a good reason!

When is it best to go to Cornwall?

Cornwall is a popular tourist destination for both British people and international tourists, with some sources stating 4.5 million visitors per year! The school holidays do get busy in the summer so try and avoid peak dates if you can. However, the county’s largest industry is tourism so you’ll be in good hands whenever you do decide to go!

We’ve been recommended MagicSeaWeed for our surf forecasting needs! Includes forecasts and live feeds of beaches for you to help decide the best time to get down the sea!

If you’re looking for bigger and more advanced waves then March/April would be a good bet!

How to get to Cornwall

As road trips go, this is one you’ll struggle to beat! It’s home to Lands End for a reason, the most westerly point of England. Not in the UK though, that point you’ll find up in Scotland!

From our forecourt, in Hemel, the drive will take you from 4 to 5 hours depending on when you leave, with 9 am rush hour probably being the worst time to hit the road. We would definitely recommend adding in 2 service station stops or finding some places on the way. The route can take you through many beautiful rural parts, especially if you go via Bristol so the first day of the holiday, instead of just getting there, can also be an adventure!