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  • Back-to-basics pitches next to a traditional Cornish country pub
  • A five-minute drive from St Ives and 10 from Carbis Bay beach
  • Friendly pub with home-cooked food, beer garden and gorgeous views

Chug on over to The Engine Inn, a traditional pub in rural Cornwall five minutes’ drive from the sought-after seaside town of St Ives, for cosy times in a friendly inn with real log fires, snug seating and a fine selection of local ales, ciders and spirits to go alongside the home-cooked meals. Just outside is an enormous beer garden with cracking views of the gorgeous surrounds plus a play area for kids who don’t have such an interest in taking in the scenery...

Pitches here also come with those splendid views – so setting up a camping chair, opening up a bottle of Cornish ale and surveying the area’s a top way to while away your time on a hol here – and allow you access to amenities within the pub during opening hours (please be aware, however, that there are no separate facilities in the pitches field).

To keep the whole site as safe and peaceful as possible, car parking isn’t allowed on the pitches but plenty of free parking is available a minute’s walk away from the field, ensuring it's as easy as possible to access your ride and rev it over to the best attractions and activities nearby...

A central location between north and south coasts means lots of outings are in fact easily doable from here: Land’s End and the seafront Minack Theatre are all within 40 minutes’ drive and there are plenty of beaches to pick from too with Carbis Bay and Zennor (both under 15 minutes) being a couple of the closest for sunbathing sessions on the sand.

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Site attached to a pub with breakfast included.01/10/2019

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  • Non-electric forest floor tent pitch (wild)
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    Site attached to a pub with breakfast included.


    A toilet of some kind would be useful.

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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away



Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport


Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area


Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year




Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping


Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transport nearby


Pub campsite

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Horse riding nearby

Restaurant nearby


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  • Cripplesease, Nancledra, Penzance, Cornwall, England, TR20 8NF
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.1787°N 5.5030°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Richmond Way — 2.0 miles
Longstone Cross — 2.1 miles
Bus Station — 2.5 miles
Train stations
Carbis Bay Rail Station — 2.2 miles
St Ives (Cornwall) Rail Station — 2.4 miles
St Erth Rail Station — 2.7 miles
Ferry ports
Penzance Ferry Terminal — 4.4 miles
Helford Village Ferry Landing — 17.4 miles
Helford Passage Ferry Landing — 17.5 miles
Penzance Airport — 3.5 miles
Land's End St Just Airport — 9.0 miles
Newquay St Mawgan Airport — 28.8 miles


Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Drive down to St Ives for watersports on one of its white-sand beaches – there are surf schools galore in this wave-obsessed town – or peer at the artwork in both the Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden (five minutes in the car).

To eye up the birds instead travel to the RSPB Hayle Estuary 10 minutes’ drive away; if kids aren’t interested in watching out for wigeons and teals, you might rather let them flit about at the Paradise Park and Jungle Barn animal park and play centre around the same distance.

Five minutes further from the park is St Michael’s Mount, best visited at low tide to cross over the bay and onto the isle by foot, while the Geevor Tin Mine’s educational underground tours take 25 minutes to reach.

Must see

  • Tate St Ives (2.7 miles)
  • St Michael's Mount (4.4 miles)
  • Cornwall Industrial Discovery Centre (11.1 miles)

National Trust

  • St Michael's Mount (4.4 miles)
  • Trengwainton Garden (4.6 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

  • How much is payable upfront? A 15% transferable deposit is payable when you book, with the balance payable on arrival. Read more
  • Does The Engine Inn have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is The Engine Inn dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near The Engine Inn? Drive down to St Ives for watersports on one of its white-sand beaches – there are surf schools galore in this wave-obsessed town – or peer at the artwork in both the … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of The Engine Inn?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  12 p.m. –  10 p.m.
    Depart by:  12 p.m.
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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the terms and conditions.

Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 7 day(s) of arrival.

Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro) and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.

Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
Bookings must not be for more than 28 consecutive nights.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.
This site has no on-site toilet and shower facilities.

Group bookings of 4 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
No hen/stag parties permitted via
Single-sex bookings of 4 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via

Reception is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. between 01/07 and 01/10 and between 01/10 and 01/07.

Firearms are not permitted.
Open fires are prohibited.

This area is not subject to city tax.

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.
No vehicle movement between 11:30 p.m. and 7 a.m..