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Dolbeare Park is ideally situated with easty access from the A38 and close to the Devon and Cornwall border.

Within one hours drive you can reach Exeter, Truro, Newquay and the north coast beaches.

Even closer to hand is the Eden Project, Looe, Polperro and the stunning beaches of the unspoilt Rame Peninsula.

Eden Project
Where to Go

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The Eden Project is a top international visitor destination. Eden is a must see attraction, it is open all year and only 40 minutes drive making it an ideal day trip from your caravan and camping holiday base at Dolbeare Park in South East Cornwall.

Hidden within a 60-metre deep, 15-hectare former China clay pit, Eden is home to the two largest conservatories (known as ‘Covered Biomes’) in the world. This spectacular global garden is a "Living Theatre of People and Plants" – dedicated to the appreciation and study of human dependence on plants.

Once you have explored the Eden Project, if you have the time and energy, The Lost Gardens of Heligan are a great place to visit.

If on the otherhand, you have the time but absolutely no energy, one of our favourite hidden places to visit is the lovely and quaint Polkerris. A tiny fishing village with a lovely fish restaurant called Sam's on the Beach, a delightful pub, called the Rashleigh Arms and a little cafe/shop/dingy sail centre to hire dinghy's and that is it!! A super sandy beach that is not dog friendly.

The only place to park is at the main carpark on the right handside going down towards Polkerris and you then walk down to the waters edge.

Where to Go

Our nearest beaches tend to be quiet without the amenities of larger resorts - there are some lovely beaches suitable for all ages and abilities. A short drive will take you to the beaches at Seaton, Downderry, Portwrinkle and Whitsand Bay - all are dog friendly, Seaton has easy access and a great beach cafe, Portwrinkle has a slope to the beach and beach cafe and Whitsand Bay has RNLI lifeguards.


Seaton is a sandy beach and has lovely walks when the tide is out to Downderry and the Inn on the Shore pub overlooking the sea. There are pleasant walks along the Seaton Valley up to the Copley . Not suitable for wheelchairs at present.

Good cafe on beach with level access. Open all year except Christmas Day. Dogs allowed.

15 mins by car

Portwrinkle Beach

Portwrinkle is a delightful beach and one of our favourites. Rockpools, surfing, exploring. Access to the beach is via a slope and a few steps. Suitable for prams. Not suitable for wheelchairs. The beach is popular with families and extends along the coast. There is a small cafe above the beach. Toilets available.

Dogs allowed

15 mins by car

Sharrow Beach at Whitsand Bay is a sandy beach with rockpools. Reached by a steep path. Lifeguards on beach. Frequented by families. Dogs allowed.

18 mins by car

Whitsand Bay

Whitsand Bay - 3 miles of sandy beaches and coves with rockpools. Various access points. Reached by a steep path. Beautiful views along coastal path to Rame Head. Dogs allowed.

20 mins by car


Looe is a pleasant working fishing town with much to see. The seafront sandy beach is popular with families and extends some way along the coast to the east. Level access. There are good facilities with many cafe's and restaurants. There are also toilets right by the beach.

20 mins by car

Kingsand Beach

Kingsand is east facing, fairly sheltered with sandy beach and rockpools. Facilities nearby including cafe/pub. Level access to beach. An old village renowned for smugglers in the past. Car park in Kingsand and walk to Cawsand. Dogs allowed all year.

25 mins by car

Cawsand Beach

Cawsand is east facing, fairly sheltered sandy beach. Level access to beach. Walk to Kingsand. Suitable for families. Facilities nearby. Seasonal ban on dogs.

25 mins by car

Lantic bay

Lantic Bay is an isolated and attractive cove of sand with some shingle. South facing with views towards Pencarrow Head. Beach is situated in between Polperro and Polruan. Reached by steep path - 15 minute walk. Two National Trust car parks 15 - 20 minutes walk from beach. Dog friendly.

There can be a strong rip current in certain conditions and there is a steep shelf very close to shore.

30 mins by car

A stunning sandy beach joined by causeway to Burgh Island. Shallow water for paddling and rock pools for exploring. Suitable for families. Great for windsurfing and kite surfing. Visit Burgh Island by unique sea tractor or walk across the causeway at low tide - the Pilchard Pub on the island is worth a visit. Cafe on beach. Beach Wheelchairs available to hire from the Venus Cafe. Dog friendly.

45 mins by car.

Polzeath is lovely sandy beach and has one of the finest surfing beaches in Cornwall and you will often see dolphins and seals riding the waves alongside the surfers! Park on beach. Facilities nearby. Seasonal dog ban.

50 mins by car.


Daymer Bay has long stretches of sand with sand dunes. Views across Camel Estuary. Short walk from car park overlooking the beach. Facilities nearby. Dog friendly.

50 mins by car.

Watergate Bay

Watergate Bay is a large beautiful sandy beach which is a great surfing beach. Good for kite surfing and kite buggy's. Surfing lessons/wet suit hire available.

Suitable for families. Easy access by gentle incline. Good cafe and restaurant on beach. Facilities nearby. Dog friendly.

50 mins by car.

Food and Drink
Where to Go

Pubs, restaurants and takeaways a short distance from Dolbeare Park

Rame Peninsula
Where to Go

The Rame Peninsula is known locally as the "Forgotten Corner" of South East Cornwall. It is a real hidden gem close to Dolbeare Parkand bordered on three sides by water, the Rivers Lynher, Tamar and Plymouth sound.

With so much natural beauty, quiet secluded beaches, magnificent scenery and the Coastal Path this area is a spectacular part of the Cornish coastline.

To find out more information about this delightful and picturesque area, please visit - there are so many places to visit and explore and they seem to have them all listed.

A place not to be missed...........

Walks from Dolbeare Park
Where to Go

Leave the car behind and head off for some lovely country walks from Dolbeare Park and maybe end up at a pub for a refreshing drink. Alternatively drive a short distance for even more choices of places to walk.

Where to Go

Plymouth boasts one of the most stunning natural harbours in the world - a playground for water sports enthusiasts and visitors and the perfect setting for a summer-long series of maritime events and festivals. Staying at Dolbeare Park means that all this in on your doorstep in little over 20 minutes......

Plymouth Hoe When you visit Plymouth, you'll inevitably end up at the Hoe. This large open space is a great place to sit and soak up the sights, whether it's taking in the views of Plymouth Sound and Mount Edgcumbe, or just watching the boats on the water - warships, ferries, fisherman and yachts.
Plymouth Fireworks Each year Plymouth hosts the excellent British Firework Championships. In 2018 these are held on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th August. More info
Plymouth Barbican The Barbican is Plymouth's historic cobbled streets and quayside quarter and is packed full of history, culture, shops and art galleries. It's where you can enjoy shopping and dining by the water.
Plymouth Sound Plymouth is a must day out with a range of attractions to keep the whole family entertained - whatever the weather. Major indoor attractions include the National Marine Aquarium, multiplex cinema, ten pin bowling, theatres and Plymouth Pavilions leisure and entertainment complex which includes a themed swimming pool and ice skating. Close to the A38 is the Plymouth Ski slope and Toboggan centre.
Plymouth Plymouth's spectacular location between the sea and the rolling hills of Dartmoor and farmland provides the city, and its award winning restaurants, with a wonderful natural larder of fine fresh food right on the doorstep. Visitors are spoilt for choice with pubs, restaurants, bistros and al-fresco dining. The Barbican is also home to the famous Plymouth Gin Distillery!
Plymouth Marine Aquarium The sea is central to another of the city's big attractions - the National Marine Aquarium. Highlights include the sharks, seahorses and most popular of all, Snorkel, the museum's loggerhead turtle.
Plymouth Theatre Royal Plymouth's reputation for being a hotbed of contemporary, classical and traditional theatre is further endorsed by a spectacular programme of events that include West End musicals of The Sound of Music, Joseph and Hairspray and wonderful productions suitable for children are Across the Deep Blue Sea at the Drum theatre and the magical adaption of The Gruffalo.
Plymouth Hoe The historic Hoe is the huge natural amphitheatre for many events during the year and is the perfect place to watch the Annual British Firework Championships UK Finals which are always held over two evenings each year. For 2018, it will be held on 8/9 August.
Plymouth Going out in Plymouth has always been a real pleasure, but away from the pubs and bars, the city is fast gaining a name for its cafe culture - whether it's enjoying a coffee overlooking the sea, or a glass of wine while watching live music. Some amazing places to frequent are The Treasury Bar, being a former 19th centruy treasury building, The Watering Hole right in the Barbican is a place to relax with a glass of wine whilst overlooking Sutton Harbour. Bacaro, a Venetian Tapas Bar is on the Barbican waterfront.
Plymouth Pannier Market If you fancy a bit of retail therapy, then Plymouth is the place to shop with Drakes Circus shopping centre and a visit to Plymouth's Independent Quarter with its Pannier Market and more than 200 unique shops and traders is certainly a good place to wander.


British Fireworks Championships
Where to Go

Fireworks Plymouth

Every year Plymouth hosts the famous British Fireworks Championships. The contest takes place over two consecutive nights with six companies (three each night) competing to become the British Firework Champion.

This year the British Firework Championships will take place in Plymouth on Wednesday and Thursday 8th & 9th August 2018.

The performances are first class and are one of the biggest annual displays put on by professional firework companies anywhere in the UK. More than four tonnes of fireworks will be set off over Plymouth Sound and the best place to view the displays is from Plymouth Hoe where a fairground, catering units and live music will be available.

Entertainment on Plymouth Hoe starts around 18.30 and the first firework dispaly will start as dusk falls round 21.30 with the evening concluding around 22.30.

Dolbeare Park is only a short drive away and an ideal base to explore Plymouth and enjoy the fireworks. Follow these links and to find out more information about the event.

As this is a busy time of year our pitches do have minimum booking requirements. To make a booking please call us between 9 & 6 on 01752 851332, use the availability checker on the left of this page or follow this link.

Cornish Mining
Where to Go

The Cornish mining landscapes are alive with activities for everyone.

Close to Dolbeare Park we have Liskeard and Bodmin Moor, Cotehele, Morwelham Quay and Tavistock in the beautiful Tamar Valley

Bodmin Moor - Walking (and it's free)
2 - 20 Mins

Since the Bronze age, Bodmin Moor has remained one of the great unspoilt areas of the South West, and still attracts thousands of visitors – from hikers and poets, to photographers and artists. Dominated by granite tors, and littered with standing stones, burial chambers, Cornish hedges, bridges, cottages and farms the moor is an ideal place to explore.

The Cheesewring at Minions is an easy and delightful walk but do keep an eye on the weather since it can change astonishingly quickly. Do not stray from the path.

20 mins by car

National Marine Aquarium - Plymouth
2 - 20 Mins


The Aquarium experience comprises a total of 50 live exhibits including 3 massive tanks. Over 4000 animals from 400 species are displayed in realistic habitats from local shorelines to coral reefs. In addition our technological zone, Explorocean focuses on ocean exploration and sustainability through innovative, interactive exhibits.
The Aquarium is made up of 6 main zones: Explorocean, The Shallows, Atlantic Reef, Meditteranean Sea, Weird Creatures and Coral Seas. Each zone is packed full of amazing Marine Creatures and fantastic facts for you to find.
Telephone 01752 220084 Postcode PL4 0LF
20 mins by car


Adrenalin Quarry
2 - 20 Mins

The Times & The Independent agreed, if you’re looking for things to do in Cornwall, Adrenalin Quarry is it!

Adrenalin Quarry has the UK’s Longest Zip Wire, hurling you over the flooded quarry at speeds that'll get your heart pumping. There’s nothing like it anywhere in the UK and it’s suitable for all ages; or

Go off the deep end in this relentless adrenalin rush: no-holds-barred wild swimming, climbing & tombstoning. Rope-free mayhem for ages 10+. Jump off. Get on.

Telephone 01579 308204 PL14 3PJ

Or visit their website

10 mins by car
2 - 20 Mins

Go Karting - open all weather

Just off the A38 near Liskeard is Go Karting at Kartworld. It's a fun place to visit for all with family with go karts to suit a wide variety of age groups.

Telephone 01579 347229 Postcode PL14 3PJ

Or have a look at their website

10 mins by car

Cotehele & Cotehele Mill - National Trust
2 - 20 Mins

Cotehele is just off the A388 towards Callington and just past St Mellion. It is the mediaeval home of the Edgcumbes with original furniture, armour, rich hangings and tapestries. It is a lovely estate with riverside and woodland walks. It has a working estate watermill, with stoneground flour for sale. It has a river quay with Edgcumbe Arms tea-room and museum.

Telephone 01579 351346 Postcode PL12 6TA

20 mins by car

Cycling - South East Cornwall
2 - 20 Mins

South East Cornwall is becoming very popular for off-road cycling. There are a number of places to choose from with the nearest in terms of distance from Dolbeare Park are:

Drakes Trail including the Plym Trail
This is a 21 mile cycling and walking path that links Tavistock with Plymouth and includes the very lovely Plym Trail. The Plym Trail is a lovely cycle ride along the old Plym Valley railway and for the most part is a tarmac path climbing very gently through beautiful woodland and across viaducts. This is a delightful ride during the autumn months. A great place to stop for lunch is the pub at Meavy. Can do an additional extension to Saltram House (NT).
20 mins by car
Tourist Information 01752 304849
Distance: Plym Trail 13.5 miles

With over 25 miles of cycle trails to explore in the heart of the Tamar Valley, there is so much to do at the Tamar Trails Centre, exploring by foot, bike or horse are just some of the attractions.

25 mins by car
Tamar Trails Centre 01822 833409
Distance: 25 miles

Cardinham Woods

You could try the Bodmin Beast blue cycle trail, which is 12.5km of moderate grade cycle trails through lovely woodland. Close by is also the trails at Lanhydrock (NT) another moderate cycle trail of around 12kms.

25 mins by car
Forestry Commission 01594 833057
Distance: 12.5kms

Churchtown Farm Nature Reserve
2 - 20 Mins

Churchtown Farm Nature Reserve in Saltash, managed by Cornwall Wildlife Trust, is an important place for both people and wildlife. The Reserve has a wild variety of different wildlife habitats, mostly hay meadows with arable fields, woodland, wetland, scrub, rocky shoreline, mudflats and an extensive network of hedgerows.

Habitat type: Grassland, estuarine mudflats, wetland, woodland disused quarries, hedgerows
Size of reserve: 61 hectares / 150 acres
OS map number:108
Grid reference: SX 419 576 (down Wearde Road) or SX 417 582 (behind St Stephen's Church)
Best time to visit: Summer for butterflies and flowers

It's location on the edge of Saltash makes it an ideal place to escape for a bit of peace and quiet.

10 mins by car

The Monkey Sanctuary Trust
2 - 20 Mins

The Sanctuary is based at Murrayton between Seaton and Looe. As well as being a home to rescued monkeys, it is also a chance to learn about primates and the problems they face both in the wild and in captivity.

Experienced monkey keepers give talks throughout the day, giving visitors an insight into the world of a busy monkey sanctuary. The orienteering trail and the bat cave is a must. Often available are children’s workshops and face painting. An award winning vegetarian café is on site.

Telephone 01503 262532 Postcode PL13 1NZ

20 mins by car

Port Eliot
2 - 20 Mins

Caught By The River and the Boathouse

The Port Eliot estate which includes the Grade 1 listed house and gardens is a fabulous place to visit and explore because unlike a National House property, it is actually a delightful home and the famous Round Room has the most wonderful paintings which all contain much history of the family.

Audience and tea trolley by Andy Bilewycz

This year, the Port Eliot Festival will be held from 19-22 July 2012 and already there is an amazing line up with over 100 performances on 10 different stages – presenting a wealth of creative talents from the worlds of books, music, fashion, food and film. For more information on the festival,

in-the-round-room-at-port-eliot-by-fiona-campbell Down in the quarry, in front of the boathouse looking over the Lynher estuary, online angling and culture magazine Caught By The River will once again present us with a refreshing mixture of bands, DJ sets, conversations, readings, discussions and archive recordings combining nature and music (not to mention the Rough Trade shop nearby) – making it the perfect spot to pull up a hay bale and take root.

Port Eliot is less than 10 mins from Dolbeare Park. A fantastic event not to be missed!



Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park
20-40 Mins

Mount Edgcumbe Country Park enjoys a superb setting and overlooks Plymouth Sound and the River Tamar. The Park has been famous since the 18th Century when the Edgcumbe family created formal gardens, temples, follies and woodlands around their Tudor house.

Lots to do here from Segway safari's to Disc golf - fun for all the family!

The South West Coast Path runs through the Park for nine miles along the coastline.

Open all Year
Telephone 01752 822586 Postcode Pl10 1HZ

25 mins by car

Trethorne Leisure Park
20-40 Mins

Trethorne Leisure Farm is open all year with indoor and outdoor family facilities including 18 hole golf and driving range, animals, a multi level play arena and one of Cornwall's premier tenpin bowling venues.

Telephone 01566 86324
Postcode PL15 8QE

Morwellham Quay
20-40 Mins


An award-winning, evocative museum and visitor centre in the heart of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site and Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Encompassing the restored 19th century village, the docks and quays (complete with restored ship), the George and Charlotte copper mine, a Victorian farm and nature reserve. Morwellham is the perfect place for the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of 21st century life as you wander through the tranquil countryside with only the wildlife for company

Tel 01822 832766 PL19 8JL

Or visit their web site

25 mins by car

Sibblyback Lake
20-40 Mins

Siblyback Lake is surrounded by the striking Bodmin Moor and offers a wide range of facilities and activities including rowing boat hire, sailing, windsurfing and canoeing and is a premier trout fishery. There is some excellent walking around the lake and dogs are welcome. Tea room.

Angling and Watersports Centre: 01579 346522
Tea Room: 01579 343305
Postcode PL14 6ER

25 mins by car

Carnglaze Caverns and Gardens - Liskeard
20-40 Mins

Carnglaze consists of three underground caverns set in 6.5 acres of wooded hillside of the Loveny Valley at St Neot near Liskeard. Within the caverns is the famous subterranean lake with its crystal clear blue/green water. During the Second World War the Royal Navy used the first cavern, known as the Rum Store, to store its supply of rum. This is now an auditorium where a variety of concerts take place.

Telephone 01579 320251
Postcode PL14 6HQ

25 mins by car

Buckland Abbey - National Trust
20-40 Mins
Courtesy of Stephen Robson

Buckland Abbey is just off the A386 towards Tavistock. It was the home of Sir Francis Drake – a peaceful place full of swashbuckling stories. There is a full program of events including storytelling and costumed interpretation.

Telephone 01822 853607 Postcode PL20 6EY

30 mins by car

Launceston Steam Railway
20-40 Mins

The railway links Launceston with the hamlet of Newmills. The line runs for 2.5 miles through the glorious Kensey Valley along the trackbed of the old North Cornwall Railway.

Telephone 01566 775665    Postcode PL15 8DA

30 mins by car

60 Mins

Dramatically set atop steep cliffs and possessing stunning views, Tintagel castle is the mythical home of King Arthur. Nearby in the old Post Office, the sagging roof, tiny rooms and period furnishings provide a fascinating glimpse into the nature of domestic life more than 100 years ago.

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