Our local area
Camping Caradon is located central to the two harbour towns of LOOE and POLPERRO up from TALLAND BAY.
This South Eastern section of Cornish coastline is home to the bustling harbour towns of Polperro and Looe, popular with tourists for their fishing and smuggling history, numerous shops, cafes and restaurants. There is a good choice of well facilitated safe family beaches close by to explore
(within 2-3 miles of Camping Caradon) such as East Looe & West Looe beach, Talland Bay has a great beach and huge rock-pools.
Polperro has a sandy beach with smuggling caves at low tide. Millendreath Beach is great for water sports (within 4.5miles).
Click some of the many links on this page to find more information and ask for maps on your arrival.
Explore our local area with the Looe Marine Conservation Group find information and dates for local events.
To explore some of the beaches and rock pools to the full, you might wish to print out the tide table for the time of you stay.
Tide Table for Looe. Beaches South East Cornwall
Camping Caradon Touring Park is bordering on to one of Cornwall’s Costal Area’s of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The area covering
Par Sands and up to the Fishing port of Looe.
To the back of Camping Caradon we have beautiful views over Caradon Hill located by the Minnions on the outskirts of Bodmin Moor. Its also home to the Caradon Mining District “World Heritage Site”. Bodmin Moor is also one of Cornwalls Area’s of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Looe Lions Car Boot Sale is on from June time into September every Year, located just 5-10min. walk from Camping Caradon or 2min. by car (free parking).
Places to visit close by
LOOE 2.5 miles from Camping Caradon Looe is the principal seaside town of South-East Cornwall and Looe harbour is the base for an important fishing fleet. In medieval times there were two towns on opposite banks of the River Looe.
East Looe includes the fishing harbour, the main hustle and bustle and a sandy beach safe for swimming.
West Looe is quieter, but also has shops and cafes. Follow the road up to Hannafore with its fantastic rock pools & fine views of Looe Island. The two towns are joined together by a bridge across the river. (Bus to & from campsite) Beaches around looe: East Looe West Looe
Looe Old Guildhall Museum Located in the middle of East Looe is housed in the 15th century former Guildhall, this museum holds a fascinating display of Looe’s history, especially fishing, boat building and smuggling. The building itself still has many original features including prison cell, magistrate bench and original stocks.
POLPERRO 2 miles from Camping Caradon Polperro is a picture book village with narrow, winding streets, interesting shops, beautiful views and wonderful cliff-path walks overlooking a small harbour. You can really get at feel of the smuggling and piracy thats gone one in time.. investegate the smuggling caves on Polperro beach. (Bus to & from campsite) Beach Polperro
The Polperro Heritage Museum of Smuggling and Fishing houses a remarkable collection of exhibits and 19th century photographs as well as many items of memorabilia dating from the 18th century when both smuggling and fishing thrived in Polperro. It vividly brings to life the story of this Cornish fishing village’s extraordinary history and many of the people who featured in it.
TALLAND BAY 2 miles from Camping Caradon Talland Bay is a special place – many who have spent their holidays here, especially in childhood, will never forget it. You will find the most fantastic Rock Pools to explore at low tide at Talland Bay. The Bay is safe for swimming and Brilliant for body boarding and snorkeling. Parking is available; refreshments, beach goods and kayak hire available at Talland Bay Beach Cafe Talland Bay is dog friendly.
The South West Coast Path 2 miles from Camping Caradon The picturesque fishing villages of Polperro & Looe are just a short walk away along the South West Coast Path which passes through the bay. Walk down to Talland Bay “2 miles” along a Cornish road from our campsite, have a pit stop at Talland cafe for an Cornish Ice cream before you continue on the coastal path to either Looe or Polperro.You can also go by bus from our campsite to either Looe / Polperro walk the 4 miles of coastal path between the two harbour towns, “you will pass through Talland Bay on your walk” and then go by bus back to site again from either Looe / Polperro. Get maps on near by “Coastal Walks” in our Reception or at The South West Coast Path Escape the crowds and visit some of the secret beaches between Hannafore at West Looe and Talland Bay Portnadler Bay and Hendersick Beach
St George’s Island “Looe Island located out from Hannafore in West Looe” The island is a marine nature reserve and the waters around it are teeming with life. It provides a quiet haven for wildlife, with a variety of habitats including woodland, maritime grassland, sand, shingle and rocky reef. The island is part of the Looe Voluntary Marine Conservation Area (Looe VMCA). Read More
Island life Human occupation of the island has been recorded as far back as the 12th century, although evidence of much earlier activity was unearthed by Channel 4’s Time Team dig from 2008. Throughout the ages, a small number of people have lived on the island, farming its 22 acres. In managing the whole island, Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s objectives are underpinned by a commitment to sustainability.
The island was kindly bequeathed to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust in 2004 following the passing of the Atkins sisters. The story of how the sisters came to own the island is told in two books: We Bought an Island and Tales from our Cornish Island, both by Evelyn E Atkins. They can be ordered from the Trust’s headquarters or bought during a visit to the Island.
How to get to St George’s Island Visits to the nature reserve can be made on the ‘Islander’ boat, visits are weather and tide dependent. The crossing takes approximately 20 minutes and you will have around two hours to explore. Please note that dogs are not allowed to visit the island.
Each year there is a number of “guided walks” around the Island. The numbers of places on these popular escorted tours are limited, so to avoid disappointment book early!
It is possible to walk across to the Island from Hannafore Beach a few times a year when the tide is very low (0.1 or below), also depending on the weather.
KILMINORTH WOODS 0.5 Miles behind Camping Caradon Kilminorth Woods Local Nature Reserve is located just outside the historic fishing port of Looe in south-east Cornwall. It is a beautiful ancient woodland site, which runs adjacent to the estuary of the West Looe River. Kilminorth Woods See the link for guided tours throughout the year.
Kilminorth woods joins with Polzion & Ten Acre woods, all perfect for dog walks and for both kids and adults to take in the natural beauty of the place whilst following some of the many trails or the stream running down into West Looe river. If quiet, you might see some of the wildlife too.
It is a beautiful walk from Camping Caradon down into the woods. Discover a carpet of bluebells in the spring or collect “Hazel nuts” and “Horse Chestnuts” in the Autumn. Follow the estuary from Watergate down to the Mill Pool carpark in West Looe through the woods 4 mile walk.
FOWEY “AONB” 9 miles from Camping Caradon via Bodinnick Car Ferry From the small village called Bodinnick, further up the Fowey estuary, there is a vehicle ferry to Fowey. The famous author Daphne du Maurier once lived in Fowey. It’s a great “day out” for visitors staying in Looe to visit Fowey, it’s an interesting small harbour town on the west side of the Fowey estuary. There are lots to see around Fowey estuary and town. As the water stay in Fowey Harbour it holds boats of every size from rowing boats to global freighters. On the eastern side of the Fowey estuary is a village called Polruan which has beautiful views and is connected to Fowey by a pedestrian only ferry. Many enjoy walking the scenic 12 mile long Coastal Path from Looe to Polruan, then either return by bus or taxi.
View photos on West Country Views website of Fowey, Bodinnick & Polruan. Along the coastline between Polruan & Polperro lies two hidden gems Lantic Bay & Lansallos Cove
BODMIN MOOR“AONB” 16 miles from Camping Caradon Minions Heritage Centre is at the foot of Caradon Hill The Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project New mobile App for the Caradon Hill area.The app provides information and guides to the various fascinating areas on this part of Bodmin moor.
Behind the moorland village of the Minions THE MINIONS ON BODMIN MOOR on the south-eastern edge of Bodmin Moor, Minions Heritage Centre is unusually located in a Cornish engine house. The Centre interprets the history of the landscape from the Stone Age, through the eighteenth and nineteenth century mining, to the present day.
This area was granted World Heritage Site status in 2006 Cornish Mining sites around the Minions and Caradon Hill
The Caradon Hill and Minions area (the major part of the “Liskeard Mining District”) is one of ten areas of Cornwall and West Devon that won World Heritage Site status from the United Nations. This mining area, which is very local to us, includes the South Caradon Mine which during 2004 was also the subject of the BBC programme “Restoration”, plus many other copper and tin mines, dated between 1700 and 1914.
After having won World Heritage Site status for Cornish mining heritage in the area, the Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project (CHAHP) will be building on this, and will provide for significant conservation of the natural and industrial heritage of this part of Cornwall. The project area covers not only Caradon Hill, but most of the south east corner of Bodmin Moor and south to Liskeard, and includes several significant copper and tin mining in the area.
Circular walk around Caradon Hill, with start at the Minions phone app & printable walks around Bodmin moor
Poldark saga: The cast and crew found themselves on Bodmin Moor for a large part of their time in Cornwall. Scenes featuring the exterior of Ross Poldark’s cottage, Nampara, were shot here along with many capturing the cast on horseback. With a rugged character and wild streak, Bodmin Moor provides the perfect backdrop to Poldark’s plot of passion and family dramatics.
Interesting places to visit close to the Minions and Caradon Hill: Golitha Falls and the ancient woodland through which they flow is a National Nature Reserve of great importance for its lichens, liverwort and mosses. Over 50 species of liverwort grow here and 98 species of moss, some of which are quite rare. The reserve is open all year and has free admission.
Hurlers Stone Circles Three fine late Neolithic or early Bronze Age stone circles arranged in a line, a grouping unique in England.Hurlers Stone Circles are probably the best examples of ceremonial circles in the south west. According to legend, they are the remains of men petrified for playing hurling on a Sunday.
Siblyback Lake sits on the edge of Bodmin Moor offering a perfect lake location to enjoy windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, wakeboarding, cycling and climbing in Cornwall.
Carnglaze Caverns is a much recommended all-weather family tourist attraction Visit this former slate mine where slate was both quarried and mined underground in Cornwall. Tours Underground; One of Cornwall’s and Devon’s premier underground experiences.
Bodmin Moor is a good place to bring bicycles or hire; Why not pick up your bikes from Trevallick’s Farm Shop and explore the old mining district of Caradon and take in nine monuments, breathtakingly beautiful scenery with wild horses, fresh air and exercise, all in a day!!!