Elm Farm Camp

For a natural eco-camping experience in Cornwall

Camping in Cornwall at Elm Farm

Elm Farm, camping in Cornwall, has provided an authentic slice of rural Cornish life for hundreds of guests over the years. If you’re trying to get away from it all, one afternoon watching someone trying to herd stubborn farm animals might persuade you that the stresses of the city aren’t really quite so bad after all. The pitches are positioned around the perimeter of 2 spacious fields which leaves plenty of space in the middle for the kids to play.

Many cyclists doing the Lands End to John o’ Groats trip use us as their first or last stopping point, by camping in Cornwall at Elm Farm, but you normally have to get up pretty early to see them.

The Campsite

If you are looking for a natural camping in Cornwall experience then Elm Farm is the place for you. Our beautiful camping fields are enjoy natural shelter from a border of mature trees including the increasingly rare Elms of our name. Running along the southern perimeter is a little gurgling stream. In addition to visiting tents, caravans and camper vans we place large furnished bell tents around the site for people that want to experience glamping.

swing at elm farm

There is an abundance of birds and wildlife on and around Elm Farm. Buzzards are common as are barn owls. Foxes, badgers and stoats can often be observed. We are happy to advise you on the many beautiful coastal and country walks in this area.

We try to keep the camping field as natural as possible so that we do not interfere with the local colonies of bats nor distract the badgers from their nightly patrol.


If you want a real fire while you are camping, Elm Farm is the place for you.

We provide upcycled washing machine drums as braziers to burn wood in. A brazier and wood costs just £5 per night. Please book this before 5pm at the Bike Barn.

Setting and surroundings

Elm Farm is a smallholding in the West of Cornwall. We are situated in a peaceful valley called Nancekuke (Nanskoog). The name actually comes from the Cornish language and means: Empty Valley. We are lucky to benefit from uninterrupted views, across Laity Moor, to the two largest local landmarks: Carn Brea and Carn Marth.

If you venture over the hill that shelters Elm Farm from the sea winds you will find the rugged North Cornish coastline – it takes about 30 mins to walk to the cliffs.

wildlife at elm farm

Discount bike hire for campers

We offer cycle hire at a reduced rates for campers at just £10 per day.


The camping fields are supplied with clean drinking water and solar fairy lights around the facilities. There are two composting toilets, two family size washroom cubicles with hot showers and sinks and two dish/laundry washing sinks all with hot water. There is also a flushing toilet and chemical disposal point for guests beside the cafe a short skip up the hill.


We have a very simple pricing structure:

May bank holiday weekend & Whitsun half term holiday, July & August – £10 per adult and £5 per child each night.

All other nights between March – November- £8 per adult & £4 per child.

Under 5s – Free

Dogs – Free (as long as they have an human to clean-up after them).

We are closed between November & March- exact dates are weather dependant so please call or email if looking to camp close to beginning or end of season.

Bolster the Giant

Bolster the giant

Bolster must have been of enormous size: since it is stated that he could stand with one foot on St Agnes’ Beacon and the other on Carn Brea (which can be clearly seen from Elm Farm Campsite; these hills being distant, as the bird flies, six miles, his immensity will be clear to all. In proof of this, there still exists, in the valley running upwards from Chapel Porth, a stone in which may yet be seen the impression of the giant’s fingers.

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