Carnon Downs Club Campsite

Carnon Downs, Truro, Cornwall, TR3 6JJ

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Ideal for ...

  • Beach stays
  • Cycling
  • Dogs
  • Families
  • Motorhomes
  • Walking

Why stay here ...

In April 2021 we purchased the award-winning Carnon Downs Caravan Park (now known as Carnon Downs Club Campsite), set in beautifully landscaped grounds near Truro in Cornwall.

Just three miles south of the cathedral city of Truro with its excellent shopping centre, restaurants, museum and theatre, Carnon Downs Caravan and Motorhome Club Campsite offers 20 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds with spacious pitches, backed by hedges and flowering shrubs. The nearby village of Carnon Downs is charming and peaceful, with a mini market, garden centre, fruit farm and fortnightly farmers' market. The caravan park is also located close to Loe Beach, which offers water sports tuition and hire. After a hard day's fun, there are three inns within walking distance to satisfy any appetite.

The Carnon Downs Caravan and Motorhome Club Campsite is an excellent base to explore the beauty of Cornwall. Wonderful walks can be enjoyed on and from the caravan site, with the River Fal and the creek side hamlets of Penpol and Devoran just a short stroll away.

Things to do on site ...

  • Bike hire
  • Games room
  • Play area
  • Playground

Facilities on site ...

  • Baby changing facilities
  • BBQs allowed: charcoal, gas, electric
  • Disabled facilities: facilities for wheelchair disabled
  • Disabled shower room
  • Dishwashing area
  • Dog walk from site
  • Dog walk on site
  • Drive over waste disposal for motorhomes
  • Electric hook-up
  • Family washroom
  • Gas
  • Gaz
  • Holiday Cottage
  • Laundry facilities
  • Motorhome service point
  • Toilet block
  • TV reception: good
  • TV room
  • Wi-Fi

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Walking notes:

Check out the huge range of free pre-mapped walks and hikes near our campsites at Outdooractive's website. You can download the free Outdooractive app and member's can save €10 on an Outdooractive Pro or Pro+ annual subscription.

Supermarket notes:
The nearest supermarket is 3 miles away.

Great savings on days out

Offers available to Club members

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Directions

The site is on the left of the A39 (Truro - Falmouth) at the roundabout in 2.5 miles.

Sites key: Club Site

Postcode:
TR3 6JJ
GPS:
Lat 50.225144 / Lon -5.080747
Plan a route to this site
OS field ref:
SW805407
OS map ref:
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Handbook map ref:
C1

Transport links

  • Bus stop within 1 mile
  • Buses go to: Falmouth, Truro and West Cornwall
  • Car hire on site
  • Daily public Transport within 1 mile
  • Nearest park and ride: Truro
  • Nearest train station: Truro
  • Train station within 5 miles

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Well didn't expect this..

Carnon Downs Club Campsite
First visit here and it is quite obvious this is not like most Club sites. It is beautifully landscaped with all the plants and trees you expect in this part of Britain. It is quiet even though there is a pleasant cafe/bar area too. What really stood out though are the totally different shower blocks compared to the usual dimly lit ones you find on club sites. Beautifully tiled in bright colours and with plenty of natural light much more typical of sites abroad. And totally free WiFi that actually works like home why are all Club sites not like this. An excellent location for touring Cornwall that is easy to find and access. Only one negative observation is that white peg pitches are not plentiful and several are very small here. Most hard standing pitches are fully serviced and will cost extra so if you want a larger pitch and more choice you might be better booking a red peg pitch. Otherwise it's a real pleasure to stay here and one of the best sites we have found in forty years with the club I hope they don't mess it up. Interesting to compare this recent addition to the network with the Cayton Bay site we stayed at last month. That has a huge shower block that is quite dimly lit inside and lacking very much space. Very little new planting either yet so hope that improves.

PATRIK

Reviewed on 26/05/2022 12:21

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Good but very expensive

Carnon Downs Club Campsite
I echo the views of The real BFM. As a private site the value for money and running was excellent. As an example I booked the site for a week when it was privately run, following the take over by the club the cost increased by some £50. I always thought that the club was run for the benefit of members, not for excessive profit. Some where along the line I think the club has lost its original ethos. After our last stay I do not think we will return. There are other sites which provide better value for money.

Vickers

Motorhomer

Reviewed on 26/04/2022 13:29

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Spectacular - in more ways than one

Carnon Downs Club Campsite
I should preface this by saying that we have been Carnon Downs regulars for at least 10 years. Make no bones about it, this is a super campsite; spacious, good quality cloakroom facilities, in a marvellous position near Truro with a bus stop in easy walking distance, a beautiful modern licensed bar/cafe, storage facilities, a large dog walking field and sympathetic and intelligently designed landscaping. However, this was all put in place by the original owner and has simply been taken over as a going (indeed, thriving) concern by the Club. We have now stayed twice since the takeover, and I do have some concerns about the new direction, and some of the old aspects that need urgent attention. The first major concern is safety. The site is designed in paddocks, and the far paddocks are the other side of a lane that runs right through the campsite to properties and other facilities. This lane is completely open so that people can access the campsite from the road. Previously there was an understanding that this lane was off limits to users of the site and this was briefed on arrival. but I saw several campers simply access the site bypassing the reception. This is terrible security. This has to be dealt with before something worse happens. There is also no barrier at the entrance; there never was, but that’s not acceptable any more. The facilities are great but starting to look tired. They need redecoration – simple things like varnishing the doors to stop the wood deteriorating. One toilet block is permanently shut. The staff mow the grass every other day - which sounds fine until the entire day is full of loud, droning lawn mowers and you are cleaning grass cuttings off everything all the time. Not quiet or relaxing. We weren’t allowed to choose a pitch beforehand – but once we arrived little signs started appearing on pitches saying that they had been prebooked. I don’t understand how that can happen. However, the most spectacular change must be the pricing. The prices used to be higher than most, but fair. The prices have risen stratospherically since the Club took over. Stay on a serviced pitch in high season, which is most of the summer, and you are paying almost £45 a night for two people and a caravan or motorhome. Add £12.50 a night for any additional person, add for another car and it all mounts up very quickly indeed. You can get a hotel room for that! And really - what are you getting - a piece of a field with a tap and a power point and not even one you asked for. I have to be honest and say I think Carnon Downs is no longer value for money.

TherealBFM

Caravanner

Reviewed on 25/04/2022 16:18

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Nice site, a few minor niggles

Carnon Downs Club Campsite
Pluses: Nicely located - close to Truro, close to King Harry Ferry which gets you on the other side of the bay, right next to the road to Falmouth and the Lizard. Reasonably quiet. The road is barely audible. Lots of places to cycle and walk nearby. Kayaking and other water sports need a car to get to the closest place for portage (5-10 mins drive). Gigantic pitches. Width is same as usual, length is a meter or two longer than most campsites. Reasonable facilities which have unisex cubicles and do not fully close down for the usual two hour cleaning like on most UK campsites. Food van with good quality food on site every evening. Minuses: All sinks use the ancient 1960-es style dual tap arrangement. While the toilet/shower blocks are quite nice, I have some doubts about them having sufficient capacity in high season. Though, on a second thought, the site is mostly serviced pitches for large caravans and motorhomes which have their own facilities. So, maybe, it is enough after all. Notes: The water pressure at the serviced pitches is several bar, if not the maximum 8. Make sure you have good hoses and connections and turn off the water while away from the rig. All water taps terminate with a 3/4 screw, not a quick connect.

kotbegemotuk

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Reviewed on 22/04/2022 13:17

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Top Site - perfect for touring

Carnon Downs Club Campsite
First time to this site, located 5 minutes outside Truro, which having a Motorhome was fantastic. Being so close we picked up a hire car as we passed on way to site. Hired for 2 days to allow us to explore. Just outside the site is the bus stop which takes you down to Falmouth etc. The site was very quiet when we went there just before Easter. I cannot fault this site, I can see why this was purchased by the club…..there are hundreds of sites for us to try but this will definitely be a returning one

Born2L8

Motorhomer

Reviewed on 21/04/2022 20:35

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Telephone:
01872 862283

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Before you travel

Ahead of your arrival onsite, please check our Before you travel webpage (camc.com/beforeyoutravel) for key information about roadworks or diversions and any site works that may be underway.

With our campsites busier than ever right now, we'd really appreciate your support with a few things to help everyone have a safe and enjoyable stay. Please be mindful of site arrival times (as they do vary), keep children and pets close by and within sight, and ensure you keep your speed below 5mph. Thank you!