When there’s no room at the inn

I’ve heard it said a few times now - all the accommodation and camping/touring pitches in the county are booked... but luckily when hiring a campervan that doesn’t quite mean game over.

Whilst of course the preferred option is a bona fide campsite, complete with the all amenities we come to expect, if you really want some time in sunny Kernow this summer, all is not lost. Rules must be followed and there are more places with restrictions on overnight parking than not, however it is a case of “seek and ye shall find”.

There are some great websites and apps dedicated to finding and sharing parking spots, and these really take the hard work out of searching for a safe and legal overnight pit-stop. One such website is park4night, where fellow campervan and motorhome users kindly share their tips and parking-spot finds. From quiet lay-bys to pub car parks, you’ll be surprised how many options are available.

A campervan parked in a car park looking out to a beautiful calm sea, the morning light from sunrise a blush-pink over the water
Waking up at the Halezephron Inn, Gunwalloe

To make matters even easier for you, we've scoured the Park4Night website to find the best options, all with recent feedback. Here's a round - up of our top 10.

Click on the Park4Night entry links before travel to check facilities available, comments and feedback from previous users, and GPS locations/ postcodes.

Some are free (if you eat in the pub), others ask for a nominal sum in an honesty box, some landowners have taken a more commercial view and will charge.

  1. Halezephron Inn, Gunwalloe (Near Helston). We love this pub: it is our favourite local country pub (just down the road from Kernow adVANtures HQ in Helston), and it's perfect for its choice of beers, location (stunning sea views), brilliant menu and friendly staff. Ask nicely and you'll be welcomed to park up overnight - just say thank you by eating at the pub for dinner or breakfast (or both!). Park4Night entry - click here

  2. Roskilly's, St. Keverne (Near Lizard Point). Trust us, you don't want to miss out on a visit here (even if just a daytime visit). Delicious ice cream, made from the milk from Roskilly's herd of Jersey Cows, scrumptious food in the cafe (breakfasts and lunch, and a wood fired pizza oven as well), beautiful woodland walks around the woods and ponds, plus meeting the farm animals keeps the kids well entertained. It is vital to call ahead and book if you're hoping for an overnight spot. Park4Night entry - click here

  3. Old Church Road, Mawgan Smith. Car park for a rarely used village church, down a quiet leafy lane. Honesty box system. Park4Night entry- click here

  4. Church Street, Mevagissey. Some lovely comments for this motorhome parking option - a small charge applies. Park4Night entry - click here

  5. Britannia Inn, Par (Near St. Austell). Another friendly pub car park option with the handy bonus of saving you having to cook for the evening and/or the following morning. Park4Night entry - click here.

  6. Bettle & Chisel Inn, Delabole. Another no-cook option and well located for exploring North Cornwall (close to Tintagel). Free to park overnight as long as you eat in the pub. Park4Night entry - click here.

  7. The Engine Inn, Nancledra (Near St. Ives/ Penzance). Call ahead to 'book' - free if you're eating, otherwise there's an overnight parking charge. Continue your journey the next day, continuing west to Porthcurno, Sennen and Lands End. Park4Night entry - click here.

  8. Treen Hill, Near Lands End The early bird catches the worm with this one - it gets busy. Permission must be sought from landowner (see information on Park4Night entry- click here).

  9. Marine Drive, Widemouth Bay (Bude). An authorised motorhome service point and night stop. Views of Widemouth Bay. Cafe on the beach and about £20 per night. Park4Night entry- click here

  10. Maggie's Patch car park, Praa Sands (Near Penzance). Right on a beautiful long sandy beach, popular with surfers, and a great pub as well! Park4Night information - click here

We hope you've found this useful - let us know!

If you've stayed at any of these locations over night or have further recommendations not listed, please leave a comment below.

Park4Night is not the only source of this information. We found a brilliant article by Campfire Mag which lists several other similar websites and apps. Check in out here.


Please note: this blog is intended as a guide and information provider only: we advise anyone deciding to travel and camp outside of campsites to do their own research to satisfy themselves of safety and legality. We accept no responsibility for parking fines or loss/ damage to vehicles, people or possessions.

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