Looking for a 3 Day Cornwall Road Trip Itinerary? A road trip in Cornwall is truly spectacular. With pristine sandy beaches, plenty of hidden coves to dive into and many picturesque seaside villages to explore, it’s a wonderful place to travel to. If you are looking to hire a campervan in Cornwall, you will find plenty of options suited to your adventure needs in our extensive selection. Then, once you are on your way there are plenty of places to explore and some epic spots to pull up for the night. You can read about the Best Campsites in Cornwall here. If you only have a few days to see the beauty of this coast, then you’ll need to be smart with your time! Luckily, we have taken all the thinking away for you.
Here is 3 Day Cornwall Roadtrip Itinerary
This trip can be done both ways around depending on whether you would rather have a slightly longer drive at the start, or at the end of your trip. Or, if you are hiring a campervan in Cornwall, it could depend on your pickup point. Make this trip your own to get the best of the destination!
Day 1: Lands End to St Ives, via Porthcurno and Penzance
The UK’s most south-westerly point is one of the most famous landmarks in the country. Surrounded by stunning views and a snaking coastal path, it’s an excellent place to explore. You can park at Sennen Cove and walk to the landmark to stretch your legs after the drive. There are plenty of attractions to explore at the site itself and be sure to grab a selfie with the famous signpost.
Just 15 minutes from Land’s End you will find Porthcurno beach. Take it easy here and soak up the beach life that Cornwall is so popular for! You are amongst some great views, swimming spots and places to eat. If you fancy exploring a little more, you could always head to Minack Theatre, which is set on the coast and is an excellent picture opportunity.
Just a 30-minute drive will take you to Penzance. Here you will find a more built-up town, still with beautiful coastline views. It is also home to the popular landmark St Michael’s Mount, an island with a spectacular medieval castle, reached by a causeway. Boasting a Norman church and sub-tropical gardens, it’s a wonderful spot to explore.
End the evening with a short 20-minute drive to St Ives. A spot buzzing with restaurants and shops, it’s a beautiful place to dine for the evening whilst looking out onto the water. Enjoy the picturesque view of boats docked and relax after your first day of adventure.
Campsite to stay for the night: Polmanter Touring Park
Day 2: St Ives to Newquay, via Portreath and Perranporth
Wake up and enjoy another mooch around St Ives and choose from one of the many breakfast spots. Then it’s time to head to Portreath, with the option to stop at some of the bays along the way (Carbis Bay Beach or Hayle Beach) and even Godrevy Point for a quick snap! Then once you are at Portreath there is plenty to explore. Head to Basset’s Cove, Red Head Cove, Carvannel Downs and then Portreath beach itself has a lovely rock pool to relax in. Continuing North you will pass Sally’s Bottom woodland, Porthtowan Beach and St Agnes Head… all incredibly scenic spots.
Continue North along the coast for 20 minutes and you will arrive at Perranporth, with a wonderful 2-mile long beach to enjoy. The St Agnes coastal walk surrounds this region if you fancy stretching your legs a little. Relax here, or continue the climb North to stop at Holywell beach. It’s up to you how much you see!
A short 15-minute drive will take you to Newquay, the most popular tourist town in Cornwall. Enjoy the buzzing town centre, or one of the many beaches around the area (Crantock, Fistral, The Gannel). Then, when you are ready to turn in for the night we recommend driving a short 10-minute drive to Watergate Bay for a quieter place to rest for the night.
Campsite: The View at Watergate Bay
Day 3: Newquay to Bude, via Padstow and Boscastle
Your final day! In the morning, wake up and venture just half an hour to the popular fishing village Padstow. Here you can have a walk around the shops, and enjoy a world-famous pasty and a Cornish ice cream. There are also lots of beautiful sandy beaches and coastal walks to enjoy too. Just North of the town you can explore Pentire Point, home to Polzeath beach, for exceptional views and even venture to Doyden Castle.
45 minutes North will take you to the Bocastle region. Choose from visiting Tintagel Castle, Bossiney Cove, St Nectan’s Waterfall or Pentargon Waterfall… or see them all! You can lose yourself in the beautiful coastline that surrounds this area. Heading slightly North will take you to Crackington Haven, which is another excellent spot, or continue climbing even higher to Widemouth Bay. You will probably be grateful for a little bit of relaxation after all the exploring.
Your final spot, Bude! Find a beautiful beach, a town to explore and even a sea pool to cool off in. A wonderful place to pause before you begin the drive home.
Ready to head off on your Cornwall road trip?
We have plenty of campervans or motorhomes to hire within the area. Choose from our extensive selection here. Available to book online in 3 simple steps, beginning your Cornwall road trip couldn’t be easier.