Cornwall with VW Camper Hire

VW Campervan Hire for Cornwall


Cornwall has to be the 'Number One' destination in the summer for UK holidays, surrounded by the sea and with some beautiful beaches and places to explore it no surprise people visit year after year. Our Sidmouth depot is strategically based in Devon, only 10 minutes from Junction 30 of the M5, within 10 minutes of both the A30 and Exeter Airport. You can also get to us from two different railway operators – Great Western Trains or South West Trains. We have a choice of VW campervans for you to hire, from the classic Type 2 bay to the modern T5 & T6 campervans.

From Sidmouth you can make a choice which way you want to enter Cornwall, although you might want to sample the delights of Devon first before you cross the border.

North Cornwall - VW Camper Hire trip

So you've collected your vw campervan and are now heading for the Atlantic coast of North Cornwall, which stretches for over forty miles from Bude to Perranporth along a wildly beautiful landscape where towns and villages huddle in the cliffs for protection against the sea. Take the inland route along the A30 and head towards Launceston from here you can head towards the small harbour village of Boscastle. Boscastle suffered severe damage back in 2004 with flooding the village is a natural inlet protected by two stone harbour walls built in 1584 by Sir Richard Grenville. If you keep driving along the coast you can detour to the medieval castle at Tintagel, the 12th-century writer Geoffrey of Monmouth named the castle as the location where King Arthur was conceived. We have now left Tintagel without the help of Merlin and arrived at the small fishing village of Port Issac as pictured below.

St Agnes with VW Camper Hire

After dipping your toes into the Atlantic coast you keep to the coast roads and you arrive at Polzeath which is a small village was made famous by the late poet laureate, Sir John Betjeman. Polzeath has a wide beach (around 1500 feet) and is very popular with surfers, at low tide the sea can be 1200 feet away. Just a very short journey away is the village of Rock, Rock has been referred to as the Chelsea-On-Sea' following its popularity with the London set. Rock is reputed to be the home of more millionaires than anywhere else in Cornwall. Rock is also home to one of the two Michelin starred restaurants in Cornwall. Look across the water (or catch the ferry) and you will see Padstow. As you maybe aware Rick Stein opened an eatery in Padstow and this has been recognised at what kick started a dining revival in Cornwall. Keep driving south west and you will come to  the two mile long sandy beach of Watergate Bay, surrounded by camping site. Keeping on the eating theme yet another celebrity chef (Jamie Oliver) decided to open a restaurant here.  Watergate Bay is one of the twelve beaches surrounding Newquay with the likes of Fistral beach, Holywell Bay, Porth, Towan, Crantock and Lusty Glaze Beach to name just a few of them. Don't fancy the beach where there is always Newquay Zoo or Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre. If you manage to head away from Newquay, you make your way towards the St. Agnes Heritage coast finishing in Perranporth.

South Cornwall - VW Camper Hire trip

From the windswept Coastwatch station at Rame Head in the East, to the tranquil scenery of the Helford River toward the West, the South coast of Cornwall is full of contrasts and plenty of surprises. Like a thick green carpet slung across the land, the hills roll down to the shoreline, with sandy coves and bays, where the sea is framed by whitewashed fishing villages, harbour towns and exotic sub-tropical gardens. The sheltered river estuaries are ideal for messing about in boats and inland you'll find a host of pretty villages and market towns.

From Sidmouth we've taken the A38 and head into the South Hams of Devon, stopping at Dartmouth, Blackpool Sands, Salcombe and the beach at South Sands. From here you can continue on the A38 taking the bridge over the river Tamar and into Cornwall with St. Germans or Portwrinkle depending the route you choose, From here to Looe the enchanting fishing villages along the Polperro heritage coastline. From Fowey and then onto St. Austell we are eventually go to make our way to Falmouth (picture below of Gyllyngvase Beach) and eventually the Lizard peninsula of West Cornwall.

Cornwall Lizard with VW Camper Hire

West Cornwall - VW Camper Hire trip

For west Cornwall we are sweeping from the huge beaches at Gwithian (which is around 3 miles long) very popular with kite surfers and wind surfers. Gwithian beach rolls into Hayle which is another huge stretch of sand, roughly 4 miles long and the opposite bay of St. Ives. Park up at the small Hayle railway station and you can take the picturesque journey into St. Ives. Along the way you can stop at Carbis Bay before arriving at St. Ives. 

St Ives with VW Camper Hire

From St. Ives we take a journey on the A30 to Mousehole and then double back to Marazion so we can walk out along the cobbles of the causeway to the medieval Castle of St Michaels Mount, just need to make sure we get back to land before the tide comes in.!! Best to check the tide times before you go. If you want to visit the larger twin castle Mont-Saint-Michel then you will need to hop on the ferry and head to Normandy in France. From Marazion we keep on the A394 and head toward the white sand of Praa Sands. The sands look very white, allegedly from millions of years of wave action pulverising the seashells.

One of the best beaches though means travelling 3 miles before Lands' End, and you will see the stunning Porthcurno beach as pictured below. Surrounded by granite rocks it is well worth the visit. Porthcurno was famous for its training facility for world communications and you can find more about its past at the Telegraph Museum. 

Porthcurno with VW Camper Hire

The only problem you will find is not having enough time to visit everywhere.