UK England South West England Cornwall Penzance

  • Campfires allowed
Relaxed, well established campsite with beautiful views.
It's a bumpy journey down a narrow winding track for a kilometre, maybe two to get you to this well established Cornish site, 40-50 years if I remember correctly! But in our opinion it's well worth the effort. Noongallas has a very relaxed atmosphere, no need to book just turn up. Beautifully breathtaking views of the Cornish countryside surround the gentle sloping camping fields but what seems like natural terracing means everyone enjoys the views, obviously more at the top, but as the wind was blowing slightly when we arrived protection from the hedges was the draw of the bottom of the field. The manager and owners couldn't be nicer or more relaxed, but living and surfing in that part of the world are probably to answer for that. Once or twice a week live music is put on in the converted barn, this comprised of a surprisingly good roots reggae band from up the road in Kernow, who apparently play fairly regularly. The vibes can be enjoyed in a happy, get involved, kind of atmosphere, in the barn or round your own campfire. The facilities are a little 'rustic' which isn't a bad thing in normal circumstances but on a busy bank holiday hot water and fresh drinking water did run out quite regularly but you can have everything! In our opinion a top place to spend some time, and I think our favourite camping experience in the UK, ever! If I remember correctly we paid £18 per night for a family of four in large tent.



Gangs of happy children roam the site, and this is a place that families return to again and again. There’s a stream running through a mystical glade at the bottom of the field, where children lose track of the day creating camps and making dams. There’s a gloriously dilapidated dance hall onsite; you’ll find a party in full swing most evenings. Unmarked pitches are scattered across 5 fields. There are flat alcoves and terracing to make pitching easier, as the field is on a slope. There are 2 clean, basic showers and 6 loos in a block (male and female). John provides a washing-up sink that he describes as ‘quaint’, so don’t expect spanking-new facilities, but a mellow, low-impact site. There’s a recycling area.


The best local beach is at Treen. There are another 2 beaches at Long Rock and Marazion, and at the beach at Porthcurno you might even see a dolphin. Penzance is almost at the bottom of the hill. There are fake pirate ships to explore, but don’t expect non-stop entertainment here. At Gweek there’s the National Seal Sanctuary (01326 221361), guaranteed to tug at a few heart strings. Head southwest and you’ll find the famous, rather fabulous, Minack Open Air Theatre (01736 810181).

Food & Drink

There’s an ice-cream shop on the bridge at Newlyn called Jelberts, and ices there are fantastic. There isn’t a decent pub within walking distance, and most campers choose communal campfire cooking, but if you don’t mind a drive, the Victoria Inn at Perranuthnoe (01736 710309), is very good, if pricey. For reasonable pub grub try the Newlyn Meadery (01736 365375) for chicken and chips and a decent pint. Failing that, buy a bit of haddock at Tesco in Penzance and ask John for his truly delicious chowder recipe.


Aug (licence applied for, for longer).

Family Friendly

At the bottom of the hill in the trees there’s a little stream.


A tent with 2 adults and 2 children costs £18 a night (plus £2 to charity if you want to stay past check-out time).



Noongallas, Gulval, Nr Penzance, Cornwall TR20 8YR

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Getting There

Follow the A30 from Hayle through Cockwells and Whitecross to Crowlas. At a crossroads after the pub turn right. Follow the road through Ludgvan and bear left after the sign to Vellanoweth. This road runs parallel to the A30 for 2 miles, when you come to Gulval Churchtown. Do not bear left at the church, but pass it on your left. You will soon come to a junction signed to the B3311. Turn left to Penzance, then immediately right, signposted ‘Rosemorran and Polkinghorne’. Noongallas is just over a mile up the narrow lane. Train to Penzance, walk 2 miles to the site, or catch the bus (towards New Mill) which stops near the site, or just hop in a taxi.


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