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The Foreshore Campsite (was Dennis Farm)
Dennis Lane
Cornwall (East)   (Browse area)
PL28 8DR
Tel: 01841 534 925  or  07759 933 395
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Pitches: 24
Open: 01/05/2022 to 15/09/2022

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 5 Reviews
                9/10 from 5 Reviews

 Tent Pitches   No Caravans   Motorhome Pitches   Small Campervans 
 No Glamping Units   No Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches 
 No Electric Hookups   No Hardstandings   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   No Wifi Access 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <1 mile 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing On Site   Wild Swimming <1 mile   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   Cycle Hire <1 mile   Golf <5 miles   Tennis <1 mile 
 Beach <1 mile   Watersports On Site   Boat Launch / Mooring On Site 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 Coastside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 


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Date of Visit: July 2014  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: Ratty 279 reviews from this member

 Very friendly owner when we phoned to enquire on spec, and she directed us in from the nearby Tesco, which is just up the steep hill.

The entrance road is narrow and steep and can understand why they state tents only,if we had been in anything bigger than a small campervan we may have struggled.

We got a great pitch overlooking the river next to the bin area and fresh water tap. This is a clean and tidy site and they recycle all rubbish too.

The facilities are great with 5 toilets and 4 sinks in the ladies and 4 toilets, 4 sinks and urinals in the mens. There are two showers which are token operated and cost 40p and last 5 minutes. There is a washing up room with loads of hot water and a laundry room too.

The site is simply a strip of land next to the river and has a gravel road up the middle with grass pitches either side. They have their own slip for launching boats and you can keep your boat here on a trailer if required.

It is located right on the Camel Trail which is very popular with cyclists and walkers and once on this path you are no more than a ten minute walk into Padstow.

Padstow is an absolutely delightful town with loads of cool shops, bars, restaurants and boats to watch to pass the day away. You can get a ferry to Rock for 3 return per person.

We had a meal in The Shipwrights pub overlooking the harbour and was about 30 for the three meals, drinks were normal prices of around 10 for a wine, pint of cider and lemonade.

We paid 28 for a campervan, two adults, one child and a dog, without electric, which considering the location and facilities is a great price.

Overall we were more than happy and booked a second night and would return and certainly recommend to anyone. 

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Reedyreedy 4 reviews from this member

 This site is in an amazing spot. If you get a pitch on the 'high' side, you have gorgeous views out over the estuary, and across to Rock, with its twinkling lights at night, and you are just a short walk from Padstow.

The facilities are excellent, although it was difficult to get a shower, unless you got up really early! And at 40p each, I had hoped they would last a little longer. 4 mins is barely enough if you need to wash you hair too. But plenty of toilets, and everything kept extremely clean and tidy. The owners were totally charming, always ready to help, and so friendly.

I did find the slope of our pitch disappointing, it made for some really uncomfortable nights, sadly. But being on a sloping pitch did mean a lovely view, I guess you cant have it all!

Be warned, if you come in August, the site is jam-packed with enormous tents and gazebos, and the pitches are really not roomy. This is obviously a well-loved place, full of people who come with their families year after year, so there is a lot of noise, and activity at close quarters. As a couple on our own without children, used to quieter sites, it was a little overwhelming at times!

Padstow is beautiful, but unbelievably crowded at this time of year. It was literally shoulder to shoulder in the streets around the harbour, with queues out of nearly every shop down the pavement! You really could only shuffle through at a snails pace. We discovered, however, that if you got up early, went out for breakfast at the cafe on the front, then you could really enjoy the place, and it is such a wonderful little town. Just as long as you are out of there by about 10am, when hoards of day trippers, and coaches start arriving. Also, you can catch a ferry across to Rock for three pounds, from around 8am, and have a very (pricey!) delicious breakfast at the Blue Tomato Cafe. Wonderful views, and beautiful beaches to walk along.

This really is such a popular place, and we did love it here, but perhaps next time we'll come out of season! 

Date of Visit: May 2011 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Paula68 5 reviews from this member

 We (my husband and I) stayed at Dennis Farm campsite for Whitsun week, and would very happily go back. It's a small site, as other reviewers have said; only 24 pitches and while they are a little on the 'snug' side, there are many things about the site which more than make up for that.

The location of the site is unbeatable. It has fantastic views over the estuary and feels quiet and peaceful whilst only being a 10-minute walk out of Padstow - the best of both worlds. The pitches slope slightly but not enough to be really detrimental.

There are only 3 showers which doesn't seem much, but given that we only had to queue once in a week when the site was full, it obviously works.

The shower tokens are 40p and provide enough time for a proper shower; the water is hot and all the facilities are very clean. I thought at first that having to buy tokens was a bit cheeky, but on balance it does mean that people don't spend hours in there and it keeps the queues down.

The owners were friendly and very helpful and spent a lot of time around the site making sure everything was running as it should and that people had what they needed, without it feeling like we were being kept an eye on!

There were a lot of regulars at this site and I can see why. Most people were families with children but it didn't feel overly noisy and was very quiet and peaceful at night.

Padstow itself is, obviously, rather touristy these days and very 'Stein-branded', but there are half a dozen decent pubs which all do lunch and evening meals - we particularly liked the food at the Harbour Inn.

Plenty of souvenir shopping opportunities. There is an hourly bus service to Newquay and Bodmin in the other direction - but pretty expensive. It's only really handy if you want to get a bus to a starting point for a serious hike.

We caught the bus to Bedruthan Steps and did the 20 miles back to Padstow around the SW Coastal Path. Sore legs the next day!

Bike hire for the Camel Trail is reasonable; about 11 a day for an adult bike. The trail is flat as far as Bodmin and not challenging at all even for a very unpractised cyclist like me!

There is a fairly large Tesco a 5-minute drive from the site, in fact you have to pass it to get there; very handy as it means you don't need to bring all your provisions from home.

All in all a fabulous week and I am definitely hoping to return. Thoroughly recommended. 

Date of Visit: June 2010 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Spidercat 2 reviews from this member

 We have just returned from a fantastic week staying at Dennis Farm. The weather helped but this is just one of those sites that you know you will return to again and again. It's a small site, has around 20 odd pitches and overlooks the camel estuary. Its perfect for the camel trail as well, as you have to cross the trail to get to the spotlessly clean facilities.

You can walk directly into Padstow in less than 10mins. Beaches at trevone and harlyn are also just 5/10mins away by car. Owners are friendly and really helpful. Everyone on the site we spoke to is intending to return and return sooner rather than later. If you've got boats or kayaks, it's even better as there is a slipway that leads directly from the site straight into the estuary. This is also great at high tide for the the long held traditional crabbing experience. Padstow itself has become a bit of a tourist mecca but has some great pubs, cafes and restaurants serving really good local food and beer. 

Date of Visit: June 2009 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Helen Maleary 3 reviews from this member

 This is a brilliant campsite, I was a bit dubious when I originally booked as I do like to look at pictures / details on a website beforehand (I have a slight phobia of horrible bathrooms so like to see pictures!) but I'm so glad we went.

We have now been 2 years running, it's a nice, small, tent only site with approx 25 marked pitches with room at the end for backpackers.
The site is on a bit of a slope which can be fun on some of the pitches as you tend to slide down your sleeping bag in the middle of night but the view and facilities are well worth it - pitch 13 has the best overall view.

It's situated right on the Camel Trail so makes getting to Padstow extremely easy - a 5 minute bike ride or 10 minute walk.

Padstow is a lovely town, plenty of shops, restaurants and pubs - not all owned by Rick Stein which some people may say - even though his Bistro and main restaurant are both nice, there is also the Custard Diner and The Basement Cafe (Both good for full English breakfasts).

The facilities are great, separate gents and ladies toilets then 2 separate shower cubicles - not free but a 5 min token is cheap and plenty of time even for me. Also, an indoor washroom area with sinks, washing machine etc.

Owners are friendly, husband and wife couple who are also campers. Last year they did have wardens looking after the site who were also helpful and chatty and did daily checks of the site.

The pitches are a tad on the expensive side (though I'm not familiar with standard Cornwall prices so it could be on par) but I would pay double to stay on this site, it's nice an peaceful, perfect location and stunning views over the estuary and towards Rock. They also have their own slipway which is good if you have your own kayaks, boats etc. It's probably not the best for families if you need activities to keep you busy but it's perfect to introduce kids to cycling holidays as the Camel trail is so easy and safe.

I would recommend this site to anyone - it's one of the best I've stayed on and well worth a visit. 

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