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Children will love this wild eco-friendly break at Bosavern farm

Pitch-up for frills-free camping in Cornwall: Children will love this wild eco-friendly break at Bosavern farm

  • Bosavern Community Farm isn’t quite wild camping – but it’s pretty close
  • Its basic set-up is a wonderful way to relax and get back to nature
  • Nearby there’s surfing beauty spot Sennen Cove, and sleepy town St Just


Bosavern Community Farm, near St Just, is about as far west as you can go on British soil before you fall off a cliff and into the Atlantic.

It is a deeply green, not-for-profit working farm, growing fruit, vegetables and herbs, and raising chickens. The income produced enables its volunteers to visit schools, spreading the word about ethical farming — as well as hosting regular community events.

Rugged beauty: Sweeping views from the top of Cape Cornwall, near Bosavern campsite

Camping here is quite the opposite of glamping — not quite wild, but as close as you can get. The field could do with a haircut and has just one cold tap. And if it rains, your only refuge is ‘The Hive’, a room above a barn with chairs, tables, board games, kettle and sockets.

The toilets, christened ‘treebogs’, are a pair of booths with deep pits beneath.

You sprinkle a generous handful of sawdust on top. Inside each is a framed picture of a similar set-up in Pakistan, headlined ‘Twinned’.

My boys were even more miffed to learn there’s no hot shower — though the camp has now got a temporary gas-heated one and a solar-heated shower is in the pipeline.

Even so, such Spartan provisions do not seem to bother the rest of the children holidaying in the little enclave — Bosavern has space for just ten tents. They delight in joining egg-gathering and Cornish new potato-picking sorties, or wandering at will over the farm’s 34 acres.

Make a splash: Eye-catching surf spot Sennen Cove (pictured) is not far from the farm 

Make a splash: Eye-catching surf spot Sennen Cove (pictured) is not far from the farm 

And there’s plenty to do in the area. Within a ten-mile radius of the farm is the incomparable Minack open-air theatre, the surf spot Sennen Cove and the artists’ hamlet of Lamorna. 

And if you are carless, St Just is only a ten-minute stroll. Here is a town in miniature, largely free from tourist tat, with fine pubs, fish and chips, village-baked pasties, a post office and a cash machine. 

 What else do you need? Fed and watered, you can pop into the tiny parish church, whose incense-infused bare granite walls house Cornish saints. Peace at last.

Travel Facts: Book your own break in Cornwall 

Camping at Bosavern (bosaverncommunityfarm.org.uk, 01736 788454) £7 per night for adults and £3 for children aged 2-17. Open July 2-24 and August 1-31.

Bring your own tent. Book at pitchup.com. 

 

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