Mena Campsite, Bodmin – a quick review

The view over the dog field towards the pond area

Recently we went down to Cornwall for a 4 day camping trip. Whilst we have stayed many times in Cornwall and camped alot in the South West we havent stayed in the Bodmin area before. We were recommended the campsite by friends and since we had downsized our car from last year, we decided to take a smaller tent. We were hoping for good weather as the smaller tent is…ahem…smaller and not great for sitting out downpours! Well as it turned out the weather was actually very good although the last morning was misty.

So the campsite.

The shop, cafe and shower block 1

Mena is a small campsite thats been family run for over 15 years. The owner Ian is the hub of the place and is always on hand for help, advice or just a good old chin-wag. The site is about 15 acres in size and I reckon it could hold around 50-60 pitches in a mix of tents and caravans. There is a lovely play area in the centre of the main field for the kids as well as an indoor games room and TV area.

The playing field

We didnt need to use it beyond watching the final day of the Tour de France but in wet weather it would provide a great refuge for the evening. There are 2 toilet/shower blocks and a small shop as well as a cafe and outdoor seating area. Just beyond the main camping area, there is a field and a walk down to a lovely pond area where you can fish for a small fee. The field is also the dog exercise area. In fact the site is very dog friendly and at least half the people staying had dogs with them. Barney loved it 🙂

The games room

The price is about in the middle range (for high season) and cost us £29 a night for 4 people and a dog with electric hook up which I thought was reasonable given the facilities. The site doesnt charge for pup tents or gazebos and the pitch sizes are very very generous indeed. All in all we were very happy with the cost and the site facilities.

The local area is full of things to do and see. Bodmin itself is worth a visit and just a few miles away. The North and South coastlines are only 10 miles away in either direction as well as countless visitor attractions if thats your thing. A must to go and see if Helman Tor which is just a couple of miles from the campsite and gives a fantastic view of the surrounding area from the top. Also being fairly central the Bodmin area in general is a great platform for exploring Cornwall. We could have stayed longer and not got bored in the slightest.

Helman Tor

So, all in all a very nice addition to the list of campsites we have tried and liked in Cornwall and we can see ourselves going there again next year. Definitely worth a visit

http://www.campsitesincornwall.co.uk/

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I am a keen hiker, camper, cyclist and general all round gear addict..... I also manage to be a professional brewer in my non-spare time :->
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