Campsite Camping

Dear Mom and Dad,

I wanted to tell you about a campsite we found. It’s set up so differently from the state parks we’re used to, so I’ll show you some details. We stayed at Highertown Farm, which is managed by the National Trust. Honey and I loved it and it was perfect to ease her in to camping! There’s no ranger’s station and registration is either beforehand online or when you arrive at the gate.

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Instead of marked out and numbered sites, you pick your place in the field.

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The site has several faucets for drinking water, two latrines, two flushy toilets (one’s fully wheelchair accessible and the same goes for the showers), two showers (20p for a six minute shower; I was usually done by 3-4 minutes), and a washing station with hot water (dish water is free and laundry is charged). Laundry can be hung outside or in the barn.

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The barn, home to a family of swallows, has maps and local information, tables for late night scrabble matches, games and books to borrow, a chest freezer and sockets for charging phones. They ask that you pay for the things that use power, using an envelope and the honesty box.

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For cold water, there are two sinks by the latrines and the laundry lines, overlooking a field with beautiful sunsets: a nice place to brush your teeth!

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There are no campfires allowed at the site (cooking only on camp stoves or bbqs), which took a little getting used to in the evening. The stars, however, are beyond gorgeous and I haven’t seen the starry night like that in years. We saw shooting stars on several nights and there were so many stars visible that I felt as though I would fall upwards into the clear Milky Way. The campsite is dog and kid friendly and perfectly placed for day trips around South Cornwall.

The beach is a short walk through a wooded path opening up to a rocky, cliffed coast with startlingly clear water. The brave ones swim and the smart ones use a wet suit.
To the right, there are tide pools to ‘rock out’ to.

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We really enjoyed our stay there and found ourselves on the second day saying ‘next time, we’ll…’, so I know we’ll head back!

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