A Round Up of Our Stay At Sennen Cove, Camping and Caravan Club Site
We love visiting France for our camping holidays but this year with less time and the thought of getting stuck at Calais we opted for camping in the UK as this is something we hadn’t tried for a few years. We chose to stay on a Camping and Caravan Club site as the location looked great and we didn’t want anything too commercialised. (If you would like to find out more about The Caravan and Camping Club and what being a member gets you, have a look at this post I wrote earlier this summer.)
Sennen Cove is right at the bottom of Cornwall, a few miles from Lands End so we knew our journey was going to take some time. We left Gloucestershire at 5.45am and pulled up at the campsite at 12.15pm which we thought was a great run down, and well timed as they don’t let you on to your pitch before 12pm so this is something worth noting when working out your timings.
When we arrived we were shown to our pitch after quite a bit of complication as our two bookings had not been linked together, something I had rung the site directly about the previous week on the advice of the central booking people. When we were setting up we were given very strict instructions on tents being exactly 6 metres away from the next door pitch. Although this can seem strange it is to prevent fire spreading quickly should anything happen. Also they do not allow any type of flames so be careful not to overload the BBQ (which are allowed). When we visited another site and saw how squashed in the tents and motor homes were we were very pleased that the 6 metre rule existed! They do not allow ball games in the camping field and have a separate area for this. There is a lovely little play area in the middle of the camping area though and the children enjoyed playing on this lots.
The Sennen Cove site is kept beautifully. It is a large site that has 72 pitches but there are only 3 male showers and 3 female showers which could lead to quite a queue forming at peak times. Plus only a couple of sinks for washing up, but these are warm and dry. This is definitely something that could be improved.
The surrounding area has stunning landscape and the beach at Sennen Cove was a child’s paradise.
The only downside was that we only had one day on the beach as the other 4 rained and rained and rained to the point where we were all very wet and windswept. With Sennen being so close to Lands End it can get quite windy and the site is very exposed. However being so exposed does make for some amazing views when the weather is good.
The rest of the week looked more like this!!
With the weather being so bad for our week away we did end up venturing further afield to escape the ever encroaching sea fog. We visited a few great places that I will pop up on the blog over the next few days.
PROS & CONS OF THIS SITE
- Amazing child friendly beach close by that has a great café/restaurant/shop/surf school within yards of the beach.
- Fantastic views
- A clean and organised site
- Great playground
- Good WiFi coverage on the site
- If the sun shines couldn’t wish for anywhere better
- Limited showers, that are closed between 10.30 and 1pm (so no lie ins if you want to be clean!)
- Not much to do if the weather is bad
- Quite a windy site
- The onsite shop is tiny so you need to make sure you are stocked up on supplies beforehand
We had a great time with our friends and the children really enjoyed themselves but it has to be said the weather got us all down but that is the risk with camping in the UK! By Saturday we were on our knees and ended up spending the last 2 nights of our holiday in a hotel as we were spending well over £100 a day to visit attractions etc. If you have great weather this campsite would be hard to beat for it’s location and the beach at Sennen, but just hope for sunshine!
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