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Dennis Cove Camping, Dennis Lane, Padstow, Cornwall
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Dennis Cove Camping, Dennis Lane, Padstow, CornwallDennis Cove Camping occupies a lovely spot within easy boat-watching proximity of the Camel Estuary, at Cornwall's famous Padstow. Comprising just two simple grass fields - an upper overflow that opens during the busy school holidays, and a sheltered lower field available throughout the season - this well cared-for campsite is all about simple, old-fashioned camping.

The Camel Trail runs adjacent to the site, and any stretch of its incredibly scenic 17 miles makes for a pleasant day of easy walking or cycling. The route follows the estuary and continues inland alongside the River Camel to Poley's Bridge.

But you don't have to stretch your legs much during your relaxing stay at Dennis Cove, for charming Padstow is only a 10-minute walk away. At the heart of this fishing port is its busy harbour, buzzy with activity year-round as fishermen bring in the catch. Fresh off the boat and into the pan, the fish is dished out to hungry tourists at many a fine restaurant here, including those owned by celebrity chef Rick Stein, who's helped transform the tiny town into Cornwall's gastronomic capital.

Dennis Cove Camping, Dennis Lane, Padstow, Cornwall


COOL FACTOR The perfect spot from which to enjoy all that Padstow has to offer.

WHO'S IN? Tents, camper/caravans, dogs - yes. No groups.

ON SITE The lower field is sheltered; busy at peak times. The upper overflow field has unmarked pitches and space. There are 5 electric hook-ups, and a well-maintained shower block (tokens - 40p for 5 minutes), with family shower room; washing-up area; laundry. No campfires, but BBQs allowed.

OFF SITE If you're not whizzing along the Camel Trail in the sun then head to one of north Cornwall's sandy beaches. If it's raining, the waterproof biomes at the Eden Project (01726 811911; www.edenproject.com) are only a 25-minute drive away, in Bodelva.

FOOD AND DRINK Padstow is a Mecca for seafoodies thanks to Rick Stein's empire of quality eateries. Treat yourself to a meal at his Seafood Restaurant (01841 532700).

GETTING THERE Entering Padstow on the A389, turn right atTesco, drive down the hill, then turn right on to Dennis Lane and continue to the end.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT Train to Bodmin Parkway then bus to Padstow and walk to the site.

OPEN April-September.

THE DAMAGE Tent plus 2 adults and a car Ј14.50-Ј19.




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