Reclaim The Canvas

‘Guests at Gluvian Farm’ We’ve had guests camping on the farm for a very long time!

What does camping mean to you? Let me give you a bit of background to what camping means to us and how that helped shape our vision for Higher Pendeen Camping.

My first experience of camping, like many other people was in the back garden. As a youngster in the early 1980s, I have fond memories of spending the night under canvas in a rather thin sleeping bag, surrounded by chocolates for sustenance. Mom was kind enough in the morning to bring me some pre cooked potatoes which I fried in lard with a couple of sausages over a camping stove known simply back then as ‘the bomb’ for it’s highly unreliable exploding nature. That breakfast was delicious, I can taste it now.

My parents were not big campers, but my friends’ families were. We used to meet up with them on holiday in North Devon, we stayed in a farmhouse and they used to wild camp on an absolutely stunningly dramatic beach which I won’t mention as it’s still relatively unspoilt and undiscovered. They used to shower in the beach waterfall and I was always so envious of such carefree accommodation.

At Primary school, I was a member of the Woodcraft Folk and I’m delighted to see the movement still going strong. Camps were nature-centric, involving great fun building bivouacs from deadwood, nighttime rope walks and many team building activities.

By Secondary School it was the Duke of Edinburgh Award (of which I went on to be a leader of), residentials and general high jinx of teenage camping weekends once we passed our driving tests. University led to Remote Survival Weekends as part of my degree and post graduating, becoming a South West Mountain and Moorland Leader.

The common themes throughout these experiences were wilderness, simplicity, nature and making memories in good company.

Three of five best friends for over forty years, times and circumstances change, but we are still enjoying camping, canvas and beach life together!

So time passes us by, we get older, some of us have children, our requirements change. That is why we decided to offer both camping pitches and minimally furnished Bell Tents, whilst staying true to our core values when it comes to camping. We knew that there were people who shared our sentiments and were looking for exactly what we were offering. The spacious Bell Tents mean no pitching up or taking down and proper beds for a great nights sleep.

We are ecologically friendly and off grid, so it’s back to basics, but with such a small and exclusive site, we’ve made it safe and easy for you to spend your precious time enjoying yourself. Quiet, starlit nights, with only the wildlife and sound of the sea to send you to sleep. Campfires are welcome and we provide fire pits, with logs and kindling available on site.

With only a ten minute walk through our farm to the beach at Mawgan Porth, everything is just so easy. With plenty of quality eating options or fresh local produce delivered to your pitch, you can create your own camping experience to suit. Reclaiming the canvas doesn’t mean settling for less, it’s creating an individual, enriching and sustainable travel experience. Let us help you shape that. See you soon!

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