Gwel-an-Nans is based near Bodmin, Cornwall, and offers an idyllic location for both caravan and tent camping. Our family campsite is the perfect location for cyclists due to our proximity to local cycling and mountain biking trails, attractions such as The Eden Project and Restormel Castle, and our stunning Cornish beaches.
Our local attractions and activities include:
Cardinham Woods and Cycle Trails: 5 Minutes’ Drive
Lanhydrock House Gardens and Cycle Hub: 10 Minutes’ Drive
Restormel Castle: 15 Minutes’ Drive
Eden Project: 25 Minutes’ Drive
Pencarrow House & Garden: 25 Minutes’ Drive
Launceston Castle: 30 Minutes’ Drive
Polkerris Beach (for Sup/Kayak Hire): 35 Minutes’ Drive
Surfing at Watergate Bay, Fistral Beach, Holywell Bay: 40 Minutes’ Drive
The Lost Gardens Heligan: 45 Minutes’ Drive
Amazing cycling trails can be found near here, with something to get all levels pumped up. Spin your wheels on the moor right outside the entrance or challenge yourself to off-roading in Cardinham Woods, which feature the 12km Bodmin Beast and two tough, red-graded trails.
Best for families are the trails at Lanhydrock cycle hub (4 miles) or perhaps the famous Camel Trail. A quick 9-mile drive will take you to the iconic Eden Project, or you'll be equally fascinated by the Lost Gardens of Heligan (15 miles).
National Trust fans can see fairy tale-esque castle at St. Michael's Mount (49 miles), or perhaps Lanhydrock House (4 miles).
The northern coastline is known for its dramatic cliffs, surfing beaches (think of Watergate Bay and Holywell Bay) or breathtaking coastal paths. Balance that against the south coast which has a great choice of beaches for the family (Polkerris, Looe, Carlyon Bay, and Par) and these can all be found within 30 minutes in the car. Polkerris Beach is great for water sports and you can hire a SUP or kayak (10-mile drive).
To get a taste for the local culture, try a tour and a bite in these fishing villages - Fowey, Polperro, Padstow, Port Issac, Rock or Charlestown are all within a 40-minute drive.