Centrally located in the heart of Cornwall for easy access to the whole region, Wheal Rose is a great base for your holiday. 

surf school

Cornwall is famous for its wonderful beaches, and there are a wide range close by to choose from. Portreath beach is a soft sandy beach popular with young families. It has café, toilets and carpark. It is a 30 minute cycle ride direct from the campsite using the mineral tramway trail or just 15 minutes by car.

Porthtowan beach is the closest beach and is 3 miles away from the campsite. This sandy beach is surrounded by dramatic cliffs and sand dunes and is full of the summer, surfing vibe, with great cafés and a children’s playground just off the beach. It is an award winning blue flag beach set in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and manned by lifeguards throughout the summer months. Learn to surf or paddlebaord with the brilliant Eskinzo - many of our customers loved this last year and soon became hooked! They are running a weekly programme in the summer months and can be found at https://www.eskinzo.com/ or ask at reception for more details.


From the beach at low tide you can walk to the neighbouring and equally stunning beach at Chapel Porth – host of the World Belly Boarding Championships. Just make sure you walk back before the tide comes in!


Perranporth beach is 8 miles away and is the closest all year round dog friendly beach. It has something for everyone, with three miles of golden sands, cafes, lifeguards, waves to surf and a tidal pool. There’s plenty of room to have family ball games or explore the rock pools.




Wheal Rose is centrally located so no attraction in Cornwall is very far away - even Lands End is under 30 miles. You can reach the big main attractions – the Minack Theatre, Eden Project, The Tate at St Ives, Flambards Theme park, Lands End, St Michaels Mount, the Seal Sanctuary all within an hours drive. 


We have lots of information leaflets in reception for you to browse through and a free Cornwall information pack when you check-in.


Due the warmer climate here Cornwall has many beautiful gardens to see and you could fill a whole week with garden visits!

The historic Estate Gardens at Trevince (and their fantastic cakes) are just a few miles away or hop over to Falmouth to Trebah Gardens which are dog friendly and offer fun for children with zip wires and play areas.

Trelissick Gardens In Truro and Godrevy are always very popular with National Trust members. Further north around 45 min drive away are the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the incredible Eden Project.

Local Days Out

Kernow Adventure Park in Penryn is an aquapark built in a disused quarry and great for all an active day out.

Healey's Cider Farm is a must for cider lovers, or even apple juice or jam lovers!

For a taste of real mining history visit East Pool Mine (park in Morrison's car-park opposite).

Newquay Zoo with lions, penguins and monkeys is just 20 minutes away; owned by Wild Planet Trust a leading conservation charity for endangered species.


The Cornish Mineral Tramways provide a perfect way to explore the history of the area. The 60km network of trials is mainly traffic free and follows the ancient tramways used to transport copper and tin.

A short walk from the campsite is the ancient tin mine at Wheel Peevor, where the mine shafts and engine houses are safe to explore and you can read about what life was like in this mining town.

You can step straight onto the Portreath Tramroad trail (part of the the Coast-to-Coast) from the campsite and cycle to Portreath beach or  for a longer cycle go in the opposite direction to the coast at Devoran and enjoy a well deserved rest and food at The Old Quay Inn.

For a longer ride from the Portreath trial you can link into the Tehidy trail which leads through Tehidy Country Park. This is the largest area of woodland in West Cornwall and contains walks and cycle paths, café and a wild bird lake. 

Ask at reception for your free walking and cycling trials information pack and map and for more information visit: www.cornwalltrails.net/


Food Shopping

Of course the first question to answer is where can you get a Cornish Pasty from! In just a 5 minute walk along the tramway you can be at the local Prima bakery. Open 7 days a week selling bread and cakes too. 

At the edge of the village and a 2 minute drive is the award winning Etherington's Farm shop, where you can get locally produced BBQ packs, delicious Wheal Rose sausages alongside fancy rums and gins, wild garlic pesto and Cornish yarg. Oh yes; and pasties.

For bigger shops there is an Aldi and a Tesco supermarket a short drive away.  And if you are here on the first Saturday of the month try Redruth Market

(5th June, 3rd July and 7th August) from10 am to 2 pm, for local produce, crafts and free live music. A little further afield is Truro's Farmers Market, in the main square (by Marks & Spencers) it is on every Wednesday and Saturday. The Truro park and ride at Langarth is a 10 minute drive away.

Eating Out

There are so many of places to eat out in Cornwall to suit all budgets, but here are some of our local favourites.

For a special treat and cocktails The Unicorn on the beach at Porthtowan beach is hard to beat, and for more casual bar food and a view of the beach try the Blue Bar. Don't miss the ice-cream from the Moomaid of Zennor too (shipwrek or almond and cherry flavour? impossible to choose).

Porthtowan also has our favourite fish and chips - Seasmiths which has recently won a taste award and was voted in the top 50 fish and chip shops across the UK (highly recommend the homemade tartare sauce and any fermented pickles they do at the time - so worth it).

For a great traditional pub meal the Red Lion at Blackwater is always lovely, as is the Comford Fox and Hounds. For a delicious Mexican food for all the family try Cabana at Threemilestone.


Finally for something different there is a feast night at Nancarrow Farm; live music and woodfired food awaits, but do book early, after their appearance on the recent Rick Stein Cornwall programme they will be really popular. 

Booking in advance is advisable in the summer holidays