St Winnow Campsite

After a short stop at the CO-OP in Lostwithiel I started the last stretch to St Winnow. On the way there I biked on the road, when the road was fully blocked by a car. I wondered what was going on and then a small spectacle happened. A pheasant was on the street and didn't want to move. The driver tried to make it move, and then laughed, saying that these birds are the most stupid. Eventually it went off the road.


St Winnow Barton, Lostwithiel PL22 0LF, United Kingdom

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St Winnow Campsite - view on church

The most idyllic view

St Winnow Campsite - campground, all for me

The benefit of traveling during the week. Nobody around :)

Beautiful morning on the St Winnow Campsite

Beautiful morning on the St Winnow Campsite

To have a little bit of a framework to evaluate campsites for bike travelers, I wrote my criteria down in another post. The review is based on these criteria.


St Winnow is really, really small. And when I arrived there was a very beautiful field. But not so much else around. I was happy to see a little sign with a phone number, which I called. It was the mother of the owner and she was very friendly and telling me that I could set up my tent almost everywhere.

Place away from cars

This comes with a caveat. There were absolutely no cars on the campground. Even no other person. But I was there during the week and it seems to be different during the weekend.

Chair or seating

There were picnic benches

Access to electricity

I don't really know, didn't have to charge my phone. But there might have been some sockets in the toilet facilities.

Land's End to John o'Groats - St Winnow campsite

Common room

No, not really. It's basically an orchard with not too many facilities.

Shop or onsite imbiss

There's a little honesty shop in St Winnow, where you might find some vegetables. But I would definitely stock up in Lostwithiel where you find a nice CO-OP with an excellent bakery, Nelly's, right beside it.

Located near a bike route

Not really, it's roughly 6km off the National Cycle Route 3. And be warned. There are two ways to get from Lostwithiel to St Winnow. One is a street, one is a path. A very rocky path. The rocky path might be fun for mountain bikers, but with a fully loaded bike it's almost impossible.

Beautiful location

The campsite is absolutely gorgeous! You'll be hard pressed to find a more beautiful place. Beautiful meadows and orchards on the banks of the River Fowey.


A real recommendation! At least when you're happy to camp very much in nature. The campground is dreamy, the river is great, there's a little church with an old graveyard and the overall feeling of St Winnow is really nostalgic. But make sure that you have some food with you.

Last update: 7. February 2024
Mood: happy :)