Cornwall is arguably one of the most beautiful spots in the UK (and quite possibly, the world). Every area of the county boasts something different; from towering cliffs and giant rock pools to wooded valleys and gently meandering rivers. The cycle paths, surf schools, cliff top routes, sandy beaches and delicious eateries mean that when in Cornwall, you’re rarely bored and there is always a dog that needs walking, a coffee waiting at the end of a blustery beach day and a cold pint after an afternoon in the sunshine.
Being based in The Duchy means we can sometimes take our glorious surroundings for granted. When this happens we like to kick off our shoes, sink our toes into the sand, feel the sunshine on our skin and take a dip in the ocean; after all, a life lived outside makes for better health and happiness!
For starters, jump in the sea! Whether you’re surfing, sailing or swimming, the sea air and salt water is scientifically proven to boost your mood, help your immune system and even promote a good nights sleep. If you don’t own a board, there’s a surf hire and surf school on nearly every beach on the north coast, meaning you can learn how to ride waves wherever you are, whatever your ability. We recommend beginners head to Harlyn, there’s a few local surf schools that operate there and the instructors are all fully trained and great fun. If you’d rather be on top of the water than in it, you could hire a SUP board or head over to the Camel Sailing School in Rock to feel the wind in your sails and sea spray in your hair. Even just taking the ferry from Padstow to Rock will get you into the motion of the ocean.
Land lovers and dog walkers will never run out of places to explore in Cornwall. The South West Coast Path runs the entire length of the Cornish coast (and beyond) and passes a beautiful array of bays that are unreachable by car. You’ll spot no end of seals and seagulls, and keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, cormorants and sometimes even basking sharks! If you’re seeking shelter from wind and rain, there’s plenty of woodland further inland, where the trees reach upwards like silent, slender giants and the rivers gently meander through the valleys.
The Camel Trail is a mostly flat, 17.5 mile cycle path that boasts stunning scenery between Padstow, Wadebridge and Bodmin. On your route between Padstow and Wadebridge you’ll follow the beautiful Camel estuary. The sun dappled trail snakes amongst the trees, across little bridges and past creeks and tributaries, all the while being the perfect place to spot countless amounts of wildlife. The Wadebridge to Bodmin leg of the journey passes through woodland, valleys and huge rivers, passing a working steam railway station!
However, you don’t need to don your lycra or neoprene to enjoy a life outdoors. Rally a team for a mini golf match on our course overlooking the Camel estuary, surrounded by lush foliage and plant life, or simply relax on the Greens terrace, enjoying a hot chocolate or a glass of local wine, whilst breathing in the fresh sea air and listening to the sound of the ocean lapping against the harbour wall, it’s definitely good for your soul!