Kids Love Cornwall Living2019
5 of the best outdoor adventures 2019
Whether you want to hit Cornwall’s famed surf breaks, or stick to dry land and explore the county on two wheels, here are just a few ideas for adventurous families looking to make the most of Cornwall outdoors!
1: Camel Ski School
Taking shelter from the breakers of the coast, Camel Ski School operates on the beautiful Camel Estuary and, as the name suggests, it gives kids and adults alike the chance to try their hands (or feet!) at water skiing. But that’s certainly not all! Headed up by Charlie Toogood, the school also offers wakeboarding and even wakesurfing. Charlie tells us: “Wakesurfing is an addictive and exhilarating combination of surfing and wakeboarding. Basically, it’s like surfing an endless wave, and it’s a huge amount of fun!”
2: The Camel Trail
Cornwall is a cyclist’s paradise, with countless coastal routes, winding country roads and off-road trails catering to cyclists of all abilities. If you’re staying in north Cornwall, where better to take a tour on two wheels than along the Camel Trail? Worry not, you needn’t load up the bike racks if you’re travelling from afar – you can simply hire everything you need from Bridge Bike Hire (bridgebikehire.co.uk). The team also run evening rides along the trail – a good chance to gain a different perspective of this beautiful hotspot of nature, with dramatic sunsets serving as a backdrop.
When thinking of outdoor adventure in Cornwall, surfing is surely near, if not at, the top of the list of must-try activities. Enlist with St Ives Surf School (stivessurfschool.co.uk) and you’ll quickly catch the bug, learning from some of the country’s best, most innovative and progressive surfers. Alternatively, if you’re hoping to blend your seaside stay with some surfing lessons, why not enjoy a luxurious break at the Headland Hotel? Located above the famed waves at Fistral beach, with its own Surf Sanctuary offering surf coaching and hire, the Headland Hotel is a budding surfer’s paradise.
4: Kernow Adventure Park
On choppier days, when the ocean doesn’t quite have the same appeal, you and the little ones will be pleased to know that you can still make a splash. There are a number of freshwater venues around Cornwall, with an array of activities to help you and yours make memories to last a lifetime. Kernow Adventure Park, for instance, is a reclaimed flooded quarry offering activities that include assault courses, open-water swimming, even wakeboarding. The team has been hand-selected for their positivity and all instructors are trained lifeguards, promoting a friendly and fun environment. As owner, Alex Sly tells us: “When people visit the park, we want them to escape from day-to-day stresses and walk away having had the time of their lives.”
5: Lizard Adventure
Finally, if youíre staying on the south coast and are thinking of exploring the UK’s most southerly peninsula when the sun’s out, you may well be in need of a cool-off! How better to do so than a day spent on (or in) the water? The team at Lizard Adventure allow you to try stand up paddle boarding, coasteering, kayaking and climbing, also running survival skill sessions and offering equipment hire. They recently opened a new site in Hayle too, where you can take a guided trip or lesson on kayaks and SUP boards, or hire one and head out on your own path. These include the ‘Mega-Sup’, which fits eight and is great for parties!
Looking to venture out on two wheels but not sure where to hire your bikes from? Cornwall Bike Hire can deliver bikes to you, wherever you are. They can even deliver to you directly on arrival, so you can be mounted and away as soon as you’re off the train!
With luxurious, self-catering accommodation and a spa, plus a huge ‘Total Wipeout’ style water park, zorbs, SUP and the Flowrider – delivering perfect, easy waves whatever the weather – Retallack Resort is perfect for an all-in-one adventure holiday!