Just returned from 5 days at Highertown Farm Campsite. This is a stunning and peaceful location with great views, and the facilities were immaculately maintained - great eco focus as well. Would definitely return here IF I could pre-order good weather - the downside to this campsite is its exposed location and we were constantly battered by winds throughout out stay - got a bit tedious towards the end! But if the forecast is for sunny and balmy days ahead, I couldn't think of a better place to pitch a tent.
Best campsite I've stayed on for a long time. Small and basic, with one shower (20p for 6 minutes) with flush toilet and two compost toilets. Lovely venue with beautiful cove a short walk (15-20 minutes from the site). Very quiet with very helpful staff re local walks and info. National Trust owned and run and this shows with an emphasis on conservation. Good coastal walks to Polperro and Polruan with lovely views.
I have used this campsite these past two years and will be going back next week. Although on our previous visits we were extremely lucky with the weather. I love Highertowns secluded location and beautiful views.
The campsite has compost toilets, which I liked the idea of, but also has normal toilet if, when night falls, weeing whilst juggling with a torch isn't your thing. (Also a few flies). Beside the toilet and the shower (which was satisfactory as far as showers go) I haven't used any of the other facilities offered at the site.
Although we did sit in the barn on the site one evening which was good.
The campsite is very quiet and this is reinforced. Last year a small group of us having a few quiet drinks resulted in a polite note on the windscreen the next morning reminding us of the quiet curfew. Which was fair enough, I suppose.
I usually use the campsite in early June, and the campsite is never very busy at this time, with just a few other users.
Although in the middle of nowhere, there is still lots to do.The nearby beach is just a short walk (through some trees with a trickling stream,and a field of wild flowers) away, and is nice for a swim (if limb numbingly cold)and also whilst there I have seen some huge crabs.
There is a really nice coastal walk to the nearby Polperro, which is a gorgeous. The walk is about 4 miles with quite a few ups and downs, but the views are well worth it. It's not too strenuous,i did it in flip flops and that was with a detour through some brambles.
Polperro is also a short drive away, and Looe being a bit further on. Both have pubs,shops etc.
We have used it as a base to go to all sorts of places in surrounding Cornwall, and yet still have stuff to see, for example I have only just heard about the 3 mile walk to 'kiss me arse steps'.
Basically this campsite is ideal for a few happy & peaceful days camping in the stunning Cornish countryside.
My favourite bit is probably hopping over the wall of the campsite to the neighbouring cow field, and watching the sun set over the rolling hills and stunning rugged coastal line. (The cows are rather friendly/inquisitive too and as a wildlife is a big bonus for me, I have seen crabs, bats, rabbits & badger!)
The site location and facilities was as described below (and in indeed on the National Trusts own website) so I won't repeat what has been said. The view is mostly the fields, hedges and the church - except from the outdoor basins where I brushed my teeth while watching the Fowey Regatta fireworks three miles away. 20p in the shower provided five minutes of hot water, with an audible warning when only 60 second was left. The warden come round once or twice a day and was knew about the local area. Quite a few families, with plenty of space for the children to play in the middle of the site; my daughter welcome the chance to play cricket. Dogs welcome as well. It was the quietest camp site I have been on yet.
The problem we had was the weather. Perhaps picking a camp site near the top of a gap in cliffs which encourages the clouds to cross over the site brushing the grass was a bad move! But I would certainly think about going back if sun could be provided.
First thing to say is that this campsite is the most wonderful location - fabulous views toward sea, wonderful walk down to a beautiful shingle beach. Loads of rock pools and little coves to explore along the coast path. The air is so fresh and lovely on the campsite, it's great.
However, we were very unlucky with the weather when we stayed, and the site is not great with bad weather!
Toilets - 2 compost loos which were very good and not very smelly at all! Two other indoor normal toilets.
Showers - one shower in separate room, one shower as a wet room with one of the toilets. You have to put 2 x 20p in for hot water. Pressure is not wonderful but was ok. The wet room shower got very muddy, despite people trying to keep it clean, was just too boggy in field because of rain. Also three cold water basins outside with the most fantastic view from them, I always cleaned my teeth in them as it was fun!
Washing up area - good - again have to pay for hot water, but you get plenty to wash up with and it was good and hot. Also was a washing machine - but to be honest it was a tumble dryer everyone needed when we stayed! (Nearest launderette is Liskeard and is not cheap - but very good service wash.)
Field itself had large flat area and then sloping section. There was plenty of space when we were there. There was also a section where you could park your car just off the track so it didn't get bogged in.
Their website says there is a drying room - but nothing would dry in it in the weather we had - it didn't get enough air and was just a line in a barn.
Good bins and recycling. Plenty of drinking water taps. Facility to refreeze ice packs - 50p into honesty box.
Also a grocery van with fruit, veg, eggs, bread etc came round which was quite handy if you didn't want to get in the car.
Lovely medieval church just next to campsite. Also, reasonable walk to Polperro and Polruan/Fowey for tourist things/pub. (approx three miles on coast path - but is very up and down so takes twice usual time. Roads fairly quiet to walk on.)
All in all this campsite would be fabulous in good weather - but in wet I would say only for a couple of days at a time, unless you have a big tent and are hardcore! We were in a three man at the time - which was very awkward when to go to the loo you had to scramble to put on wellies and macs. We now have a bigger tent (that you can stand up in) and would return to site, but probs only book 3-4 nights as 8 nights in a boggy campsite in the cold and wet was a bit much. Also being right by the coast the winds were very strong and many other tents had problems - so take plenty of extra guy ropes etc!
I imagine that if the sun shone this would be absolutely idyllic. But as weather cannot be guaranteed the site facilities just weren't up to it.
Children staying with other people seemed to be having a wonderful time as it's very safe and plenty of space.
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