We’ve had some beautiful sunny (and windy!) days in the last month at The Orchard which gets me thinking about all the outdoor activities that are on offer in Cornwall. And if you’re planning a retreat or activity break, this gives some great additional things for your guests to enjoy…
Water sports and activities
Last year I had some wonderful evenings swimming off the beach at Rock. With water crystal clear, the beach golden and the air quiet, it was like being in foreign lands. The natural rock pool at Treyarnon Bay was also a magical place to relax, floating upwards gazing towards the blue sky.
I’ve always enjoyed kayaking and it’s good to see small groups exploring the coast by the stealth of paddle-power! One thing I’ve yet to try is SUP or Stand Up Paddleboarding. It has become increasingly popular in recent times and during the summer, there are many individuals and groups seen out on the water. That’s on the list – maybe this year!
Of course, there is body-boarding and surfing – Polzeath just 15 minutes away, being one of Cornwall’s most well-known surf beaches. There are plenty of others nearby to choose from too with equipment hire and lessons available, including the world-famous Fistral Beach at Newquay half an hour away.
Another water-based activity on offer around this coast of Cornwall is coasteering. Basically, getting around the coast by swimming / jumping / scrambling around the rocky edges. Good for adventurous types!
Boats give an alternative perspective on the world, whether this is of the sailing variety or motored. Boat trips take place regularly at Padstow out of the estuary to the Atlantic.
I love cliff and beach walks and of course, there is a plethora of options nearby. From the wild stretch between Tintagel and Port Isaac, Port Isaac to Polzeath. Or the gorgeous dunes and cliffs from Rock to Polzeath encompassing three beaches along the way. Then there is the beach by Padstow, leading onward and upwards to views out to the Atlantic or the many options of the Seven Beach area. My other regular walking place is around Bedruthan Steps – very dramatic indeed with high cliffs and views for miles on a clear day. And there is a shorter walk in the direction of Mawgan Porth beach where refreshments are on offer.
More adventurous activities include rock-climbing and abseiling. My last rock-climb was an accidental free-climb, but happily without a fall! Horse-riding along a beach was an ambition I achieved many years ago on Magnetic Island, Australia and I love to see the horses that are often taken for exercise along the vast beach and wild waves of Perranporth further down the coast.
One of my favourite things is cycling and having just done a couple of big cycles last week, a little potter along The Camel Trail to Padstow was in order this weekend. I’m hoping to do a lot more this summer. Of course, Orchard Air is the place to do it, having The Camel Trail right on the doorstep. This well-known flat cycle route follows the estuary to Padstow and in the other direction, to Bodmin and it is perfect for all abilities. Coupled with three cycle hire companies, there is no shortage of bikes for your group to use either!
This is just a tiny sample of all the activities Cornwall can offer. For some further ideas: