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- Attractive park in meadows and woodland, family-run for generations
- Stream and lake on site for fishing
- Takeaway and bar available in high season
Ever been to one of those parks which have been run by the same family for generations and those who have been welcoming guests for decades? Pensagillas Park, at Cornwall’s St Austell, has been run by the Kent family for six generations and its oodles of park pride provide a pristine place for pitching up.
Pensagillas has had guests staying here since 1970; it’s all looked after and laid out to be tidy and attractive, with trees, hedging, shrubs and a tarmac roadway connecting the grass meadows. The pitches are in a five-acre field at the end of a private drive, with Cornish countryside views to hand anywhere you pitch up.
Once you’ve sorted your berth, have a stroll around the park meadows and woodlands, give an enthusiastic greeting to the farm animals or explore the farmland at the other end of the private drive beside the camping field: there are footpaths leading from here as well as fields to wander.
And bring your rod: there’s an old mill with stream on site for contemplative casting off (and/or picnics), and a two and a half acre coarse fishing lake on site to land roach, tench, golden rudd and carp of up to 28lb.
The well-maintained shower block comes with covered outside areas for washing-up and a laundry room with washers and dryers. Wifi is available on site.
During high season, there’s a takeaway and a cosy bar serving beer and cider, with more tipples and food available in the local village a couple of miles away.
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Excellent , friendly site
Great site ideally located for Mevagissey
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Tents for hire
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Tourer storage facilities
Water hook-up points for tourers
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Lake and/or mountain
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
Surf school nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Medium (26-50 pitches)
- Coach stations
Grampound (Cornwall): Coach Stop — 2.4 miles
2.4 miles St Austell Bus Station — 4.5 miles
4.5 miles Probus: Square Coach Stop — 4.5 miles
- Train stations
St Austell Rail Station — 4.5 miles
4.5 miles Par Rail Station — 8.0 miles
8.0 miles Bugle Rail Station — 8.3 miles
- Ferry ports
Mevagissey Ferry Landing — 3.2 miles
3.2 miles Tolverne Ferry Landing — 8.8 miles
8.8 miles Philleigh King Harry Ferry Landing — 9.2 miles
Newquay St Mawgan Airport — 13.1 miles
From the M5, turn off at junction 31 to Okehampton/Exeter and go on to the A30. Stay on the A30 for about 70 miles then take the first exit left for St Austell. Go through Bugle until you come to a mini roundabout and go straight over.
Coming in to St Austell round the sharp right-hand bend, go through two sets of traffic lights. At the T-junction, turn right for Truro (A390). Follow this road for approx 2-3 miles and fork left for the B3287 (the sign should say Tregony). Follow this road for 2 miles. At the end of the road is a T-junction - turn left at this junction. Follow this road for one mile.
You will see the sign for Pensagillas at the end of the drive. Turn right into the drive and the campsite is a few hundred yards down the drive on the left. If you have any problems please do not hesitate to contact us.
Pensagillas Park has tourist information on site if you’re stuck for info on what to do, but any problem you're likely to have will be trying to narrow your list down... Pensagillas is at the busy St Austell and one of the closest parks to one of Cornwall’s biggest attractions, the mighty Lost Gardens of Heligan (1.6 miles).
Leave the car behind and reach Heligan by the Pentewan Valley Trail which links St Austell to the gardens and to Pentewan via a scenic valley; you can hire bikes on the trail or take to the water at Pentewan which has a fine beach and two sailing clubs with boats for hire (there’s also a St Austell Ales pub here for real ale adorers).
Use several more bike routes around Pensagillas and Pentewan to reach more top Cornish attractions: the fishing port of Mevagissey with fish and chip shops for the casual and top fish restaurants for the connoisseur; the clay trails around St Austell; the old port of Charlestown with its Shipwreck and Heritage Centre; and the huge Eden Project less than seven miles away from Pensagillas, where discounted tickets are available to those who arrive by pedal power.
Mountain bikers and the energetic should beetle towards the bike routes of Bodmin Moor, taking a pitstop at Jamaica Inn, an almost essential stop in these parts. The inn, the setting of Daphne du Maurier’s smuggling novel of the same name, has a museum telling the tales of Cornish smugglers throughout the centuries, and apparently several ghosts too.
Natch there are sandy beaches, beauteous bays and tiny villages handy all around too, or take the kids to fly at the Cornish theme parks and play centres peppered around the county: Flambards at Helston, Kidz World at St Austell and Springfields Fun Park and Pony Centre at St Columb should keep small ones out of mischief for three trips at least, with the Crealy Great Adventure Park probably OK for another two.
- Lost Gardens of Heligan (1.6 miles)
- Eden Project (6.9 miles)
- Truro Cathedral (9.1 miles)
- Trelissick Garden (9.5 miles)
- Trerice (10.8 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||2 p.m. –||9 p.m.|
|Arrive:||2 p.m. –||9 p.m.|
Pensagillas Park cancellation policy
If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now.
The remainder is payable on arrival.
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