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River Valley Holiday Park
London Apprentice
St Austell
Cornwall (East)   (Browse area)
PL26 7AP   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01726 73533

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Pitches: 45
Open: April - End Of September

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 70 Reviews
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Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Tanya Watt 1 review from this member

We have visited this site for several years now and will go back again! The staff are always friendly and really helpful. The toilet block is always clean and fresh. Each pitch has an electric hook-up. The pitches haven't been squeezed tightly together so there is a feeling of space and lots of grass for the children to play. There is a playground for small children and a zip wire which the older children love. The Pentewan Valley Cycle path runs from the back of the site so you can cycle from the site to Pentewan village off-road (about 4 miles). We took a picnic lunch there on a grey day and wheeled the bikes the last little bit to the beach. There is a laundry room, a games room and an indoor swimming pool (which we tend to use on rainy days as it gets very bright and hot on sunny days - tinted goggles would be helpful!).

There are lots of beaches nearby - we would recommend Porthpean which has rock pools at low tide and nice sand as well as fish and chips and a toilet block on the beach. We also like Caerhays which is a bit further away, but worth the drive.

The Eden Project is worth a visit, especially on wet days.

Our only suggestion is that the hot water for the washing up could be fixed - it is regularly cold or intermittently hot.

Overall this is a fantastic site and perfect for those who enjoy peace and serenity.

Date of Visit: April 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Beerandtools 8 reviews from this member


What an absolutely fantastic site.

The wife, the pooch and I spent a marvellous Ester Weekend here. We have used other sites in the Pentewan Valley, but this was our first visit to this gem of a site.

On arrival you need to have a £10 note at the ready as a security deposit for entry barrier card. This will be received by some of the friendliest reception staff I have ever met.

All the pitches are generously sized, level, and gravelled with a coarse shingle so good stout pegs are required for your awning or tent.

The grounds are very well maintained and you can tell that the staff take immense pride in their work.

The site, although quite close to a road is peaceful and enjoys all day exposure to the sunshine. (YES WE HAD SUNSHINE. AT EASTER. AMAZING)

The swimming pool, which is under cover is a great facility, included in the pitch fees.

SHOP: A small table in the reception sells a few basic items but there is no shop to speak of. However; do not fear, Queenie's here. Across the road from the main entrance, is a great little shop called Queenie's. It is a proper Aladdin's cave of produce selling everything from Alcohol to soft toys. Fresh baked pies, pasties and cakes etc. And Newspapers, should you really want to stay abreast of the outside world.

BAR / RESTAURANT: None. But there are some great drinking houses not too far away. My favourite is the Ship Inn, at Pentewan Village, which is a 5 minute drive away r a relaxing 50 minute walk along the river bank. Can also recommend very highly The Polgooth Inn which is a one mile walk along a wooded road. The Kingswood Bar and Restaurant is only a 2 minute walk away.

TOILET / SHOWERS: Immaculate. I would fear, however, that inn busy times there would be a queue.

ELSAN DISPOSAL: Perfectly situated at the Shower block.

PLAYGROUND: BRILLIANT, safe play surfaces with swings and slides and a zip wire.

BEACH: Pentewan Sands is a 50 minute walk or 5 min car trip down the road. It is a beautiful beach attached to the Pentewan Sands Caravan Park.


LOCAL AREA: You are situated in the heart of some of the most picturesque places in Kernow. The Village of Pentewan is stunning with the Ship Inn, and a great Ice Cream / Gift shop and Tea room. There is also a Petrol Station on the main road as you turn toward the village.

I can recommend a visit to Gorran Haven, which has a lovely Dog friendly beach a and a superb array of quaint shops and cafes

Mevagissey is always worth a visit. Fantastic Bars, shops and fresh fish stalls.

St. Austell Town is only a short journey away, and I can recommend using the buses t get there.

ASDA TESCO ALDI all in St. Austell.

SUMMARY: A great Dog friendly site, with some lovely walks and plenty of things to see and do. AND IN MY OPINION ONE OF THE BEST VALUE FOR MONEY SITES ANYWHERE


Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: PatriciaM 13 reviews from this member

We stayed here for 3 nights last week. Pitches are well laid out and kept immaculate. Plenty of waterpoints around the site. Showers and toilets kept very clean and loads of hot water. The site was very busy, but everyone was so friendly. We cycled to Mevagissy but its not for the faint hearted. Two massive hills there and back, but Mevagissy is very pretty. We also cycled to Pentewan. There's a couple of nice pubs for eating and drinking. A lovely beach but the day we visited it was really windy, so there were only a few kite surfers. We could also cycle to St Austell town centre which we did a couple of times. Only one massive hill to contend with. Wheal Martyn clay mine is in cycling distance but again a few hills to tackle but great on the cycle back. A lovely campsite and very cheap. Certainly one to go back to. We spoke to a couple of people who used the site regularly and you could see why they keep returning

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Claydoncamper 19 reviews from this member

This is an excellent camp site. It is easily accessed from the main road between St Austell and Mevagissey. The pitches are level and of a good size and the hard standings and surrounding grass are kept in tip top condition. There are plenty of taps around for water. The site has a real safe feel to it and has a small and intimate feel to it also. Entry is by a key card operated barrier that you pay a £10 deposit for and returned on departure. Most cars obey the speed limits – there are the inevitable exceptions to this, but were rare – and the kids can play on their bikes and scooters safely. There is also a small playground but the big hit with the kids is the zip wire and the swimming pool. There is also a small games room and laundry. The pool is indoor but can be ‘aired’ on warm days by a series of moveable glass panels. There is seating for parents who would rather supervise from the side than the pool itself. The pool is lovely and warm too. The toilets and showers were always clean and warm, though on one occasion the shower did decide to alternate with hot and cold blasts every time the water button was pressed. Like all camp sites the shower units are designed by a person who will never use them but that’s hardly the fault of the campsite nor is it unique. As campsite facilities go, they are some of the best I’ve come across. There are loads of things to do including a nice cycle trail from the site to Pentewan beach. The key questions are always, would I recommend it and would I go back again and the answer to both these questions in this case are an emphatic YES!

Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: Webboss 2 reviews from this member

We have been to this site 5 or 6 times and every time has been great.

The toilets and showers are always clean with hot water for showers. The swimming pool is warm and clean and is a good size and safe for children with it not being to deep. The children's playground is really nice with swings, slide and a zip rope.

The campsite has a security barrier to enter which you have a key card to enter which you pay a small depoist for, The campsite at night is nice and quiet never had any problems with noise.

Out the back of the campsite is a nice bike track you can cycle down to Pentewan or if you don't mind the hill climb all the way to the lost gardens of heliagan. You are also within 10 mins of Mevagissey and about 20mins of local beaches.

Overall the campsite is excellent in every way.

Date of Visit: September 2013 Unit:  Static Rating:
Reviewer: Tommytorets 5 reviews from this member

This was our forth time at River valley and it was as excellent as ever.

I have posted four reviews about this site since 2009 and there's not much to add except that this still has to be the best site in Cornwall.

The static caravans are immaculate, the staff are absolutely brilliant, in fact 10 out of 10 for everything.

Caravan number 13 this year, swimming pool brilliant, grounds lovely, location excellent, what more can I say.

The only down side was that the pigs and chickens in the field next door have now been moved, we used to love meeting them and going into the field with them but this is only a minor downer.

To the family, keep up the good work and never change a thing.

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