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Small, family run holiday park in North Cornwall. Rural, wooded site with timber lodges, camping, camping pods, Wigwams. Very little light pollution so the stars are great! David Bellamy Gold Award, On The Camel cycle trail for family days out.

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Rooms: 8 cabins 4 lodges 1 caravan 3 eco pods 4 wigwams, 28 pitches

From £12.50 per night for tents to £195 for static caravan hire in low season

Meals: Provisions including ready meals made locally available in on site shop,
Open: All year around
Address: Ruthern Valley Holidays, Ruthernbridge, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5LU
Tel: 01208 831 395
reviewed by greentraveller

Why we've chosen Ruthern Valley, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall:

A family run place perfect for families! With something for everyone: from a pitch for your tent to a fully furnished lodge. Rent a wigwam if you want a camping pod without the hassle of pitching your tent, or try a mega pod - with an en suite loo. A site small enough to feel friendly, with fabulous hosts and farm raised pork and eggs available for sale. Let your kids run free in the playground, explore the woods and damn the stream or help feed the pigs. Fido is welcome, too.

Bike, Body Board and Wetsuit hire available at Ruthern. From this quiet rural valley, you are twenty five minutes from the beach in either direction, or an inspiring walk on Bodmin Moor, or a family bike ride on car-free Camel Trail.

Eco credentials:

How do you reduce your draw on energy: We have Solar thermal panels for shower block and laundry. All showers are water saving aerator types. Hippo bags in the loos. Washing machines A rated. Lights are either energy saving or LED. When appliances are replaced they are A rated. The lodges have had the insulation improved and we are just fitting new condenser boilers.

How you minimise the amount of waste you send to landfill: We recycle as much as possible, there is a recycling station at the shower block for - glass, plastic, tin and paper. Guests provide there own toiletries so no waste there. There is a compost for them to use.

How you reduce your consumption of water: All water metered. All showers fitted with water saving aerator heads (7 litre per minute) all loos have hippos bags. Cleaning products are Trecos accreditted or Ecover.

How much of the food your serve is sourced locally (where possible): Shop has a good range of local and Cornish products. Burgers from the farm behind us, Bacon from the valley and sausages from our own pigs ( 0 food miles!) Cornish beer, cider and Camel Valley bubbly. Milk, cheese and yoghurt from local dairy. Suma organic products. Some vegetarian products.

Do you actively encourage guests to arrive on foot, by bike and by public transport?: There are no close bus links but once here we are right on the Camel Trail so encourage people to bring their bikes or hire some so they can enjoy car free days out.

Additional information: We use local woodland offcuts for fencing, fallen trees for bbq stumps on the campsite and have very little external lighting to reduce light pollution. We also have some educational letter hunts through the site to help the children explore and learn.

Review by Lucy Symons

"If I wanted my kids to know what it was like to run free, paddle in a stream and feed the pigs whilst I sat enjoying the evening with a glass in my hand, this is where I would head. Everything you need for a brilliant active holiday if you can just winkle the kids away from the fun happening on site."

>> Read Lucy's full review of Ruthern Valley Holidays


Top green features of Ruthern Valley:

  • solar thermal panels for shower block and laundry

  • showers are water saving aerator type

  • lights are either energy saving or LED

  • insulation in the lodges improved

  • recycle as much as possible

  • shop has a good range of local and Cornish products

  • bacon from the valley and sausages from our own pigs

  • cornish beer, cider and Camel Valley bubbly. Milk, cheese and yoghurt from local dairy



Ruthern Valley, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall
Nearest train station: Bodmin

Directions from station:
Take your bike on the Bodmin and Wenford steam train from Bodmin to Boscarne Junction and cycle from there on the Camel Trail to Grogley Halt then by road to Ruthern.

Plan your journey by train

Buy rail tickets online and then collect them at any main station.
Bookings usually open 10-12 weeks before your date of travel.

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