Outdoor Activities

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When the weather’s right we can be, and often are, on the beach in half an hour. One advantage of being equidistant from each coast is that you can choose your destination based on conditions. Cornwall being a peninsula, even if the weather is dull on one coast, it might be gloriously sunny on the other. Again, we can usually make recommendations, based on reports from friends in the various corners of the Duchy, or intuition (not always reliable!), or even, in this day and age, webcam pictures.

For information about all of Cornwall’s beaches visit the Cornwall Beach Guide.

Favourite beaches:

North Coast


Bude-Widemouth, Summerlease, Crooklets

Polzeath, Daymer, Greenaway

South Coast

Fowey- Polkerris, Polridmouth, Lantic


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We are also well placed for a variety of excellent golf courses, from the local and relatively casual Trethorne (10 minutes away), to world renowned competition courses such as St Mellion (20 minutes). St. Enodoc is considered a must by serious golfers:

Trethorne Golf Club

Launceston Golf Club

Bowood Park Golf Club

St Mellion Golf Club

St Enodoc Golf Club


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For surfing, we go to any number of beaches between Bude and Newquay. The main beaches have instruction and equipment hire available. To book lessons or courses, we like:

Surf’s Up Surf School, Polzeath

Big Blue Surf School, Bude

Fistral Beach


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When you think of sailing, Fowey, Falmouth and Rock come to mind. However, for dinghy sailing or windsurfing it’s definitely worth looking at two local reservoirs – Siblyback Lake and Roadford Lake.

For dinghy sailing and instruction in the Camel estuary, try Camel Sailing.

Yacht courses, including one day courses, can be organised in Fowey via Fowey Maritime Centre.

For a different experience, consider chartering the classic yacht Josefine out of Torpoint.

Day and half day fully skippered and crewed cruises on the south coast:


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Horseriding in Cornwall

For riding, you can opt for anything between dressage or jumping instruction and a trek on the moor (maybe taking in a convenient pub.) If you want to book in advance, some establishments we recommend are:

Lower Tokenbury Equestrian Centre

St Leonard’s Equestrian Centre


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Outdoor activities

For outside activities with a difference, have a look at Active Cornwall.

Everything from kayaking on the River Fowey, to coasteering on the rugged north coast, taking in bouldering on Bodmin Moor in the middle. Activities with a difference, tailored to meet your adrenaline appetite- a gentle paddle up the river, or a 65ft plunge into a disused quarry…

More conventional activities also abound. For river fishing, the world renowned Arundell Arms is a short drive away.

With miles and miles of beats on the best West Country rivers, and instruction available.

Details of more casual coarse fishing, and reservoir trout fishing, are available here. Purely for fun, our own stream has lots of lively (but timid) little brown trout. For sea fishing (including shark!) out of Looe.

A series of spectacular cascades and waterfalls along a section of the River Fowey as it makes its way through the ancient oak woodland of Draynes Wood can be found at The Golitha Falls.


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Close at hand is Bodmin moor. With a startling variety of different geographical and historical features, it’s just as mysterious and exciting as when we first started discovering it more than forty years ago. We can give lots of advice on good walks.

For stunning scenic walks Cornwall’s coastal path is hard to beat and as it takes in the whole of the Cornish coast you can do as much or as little as you please.

For many more walks visit:

National Trust Walks

Walking World



Once off the main roads there are hundreds of miles of quiet country lanes to explore by bike. There is also the Camel Trail which gives a range of cycle rides (or walks) Between Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow. The section between Wadebridge and Padstow is the easiest and the most spectacular and bikes can be hired cheaply at either end.

For more information:

The Camel Trail

Cycling at Lanhydrock