Where to surf in Cornwall

Posted on 23rd June 2017

While there are so many great attractions in Cornwall like the Eden Project, it’s the county’s beaches that really lure in the crowds. Ranging from the iconic golden strips of sand to secluded coves, there is a beach for dog owners, families, rock-pooling and definitely surfers.

Where to surf in Cornwall

Cornwall is subject to some of the best swell and surfing conditions in the country which, paired with the warmer climate, makes it the UK’s surf capital.

So if you are looking to book one of the many stunning coastal cottages in Cornwall for a break and fancy taking your board with you or even heading out for some lessons, we’re here to tell you exactly where to surf in Cornwall.

Where to surf in Cornwall

A trip to Cornwall isn’t complete if you don’t head to the beach. With over 290 miles of coastline boasting intimate coves, golden beaches and prime surf spots, it isn’t hard to see why it is one of the most popular choices for a staycation.

While you can spend your time topping up the tan or embracing your inner David Attenborough in the many rock pools teeming with marine life, surfing is the go-to beach activity.

Fistral Beach, Newquay

In a place with so many stunning beaches it takes a lot to stand out, but Fistral Beach does that with ease. Hailed as one of the most consistent and best surfing beaches in not only the UK but Europe, hundreds flock to the beach for their fix of big waves and golden sand.

Fistral Beach in Newquay

Fistral Beach has a special place in the heart of every avid surfer. Home to the biggest surfing competitions in the UK including Boardmasters, Quicksilver Skins, UK Pro Surf Tour and BUSA Championships, it is perfect for hardened pros or even those who just want to see the spectacle. Newquay also has a big wave spot called The Cribbar, just off the Towan Headland. People go out to watch surfers there as the waves get up to around 30ft.

Perranporth Beach, Perranporth 

Perranporth Beach is another that is known by many as one of the best for everything from surfing to sailing, swimming and snorkelling. The brilliant mixture of clear waters and sand dunes makes the scenery here spectacular. At low tide you are spoilt with miles and miles of beach, making what is one of the most popular spots in Cornwall feel tranquil rather than overcrowded.

While anyone can enjoy the rock pools, caves and streams, Perranporth is also a must-visit beach for surfers. You aren’t short of supplies if you need to hire a board or suit, with plenty of facilities towards the town-end of the beach.

The beach itself is one of the longest you’re likely to come across and that means you are sure to find a good swell and bit of offshore wind for some quality surfing. If before you head to the beach you are in search of equipment, it is worth asking the locals for their favourite spot. Many will have their own personal favourite, but most will suggest heading around the corner. Otherwise, the Penhale end of the beach often provides the most consistent surf.

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives

Cornwall is blessed with so many gorgeous towns and villages and few more so than St Ives. Renowned for its artistic influence, the area has a number of beaches waiting to be explored, but Porthmeor is by far the best.

Overlooked by a number of artists’ studios and the Tate Gallery, the beach is a long stretch of soft sand flanked by rugged headlands and facing the Atlantic Ocean head on. These conditions contribute to a prime surfing spot, with strong hollow waves served up on occasion.

A regular winner of the coveted Blue Flag award – of which there are seven in Cornwall – it is just a short distance from the trendy cafés, independent shops and old pubs.

Holywell Bay, Newquay

Don’t be put off by the massive sand dunes, as they are only hiding the jewel that is Holywell Bay. You can either go over or around the dunes to reach the massive expanse of golden sand lining the coastline.

Holywell Bay

The unspoilt rural backdrop makes Holywell feel like a hidden natural sanctum in the early morning and late evening when the beach is quieter. With a flat, wide and long beach and grassy dunes, there is enough space and variety available for everyone to enjoy their own thing.

Some eagle-eyed visitors may recognise Holywell as one of the iconic locations used during the filming of the popular BBC period drama, Poldark. The famous Gull Rock, along with the tufted dunes are used as the backdrop for some scenes in series two.

Mawgan Porth, Newquay

Nestled below beautiful rugged cliffs is the west facing Mawgan Porth surrounded by stunning landscape and dynamic coastline perfect for walks and cycling. Voted by The Times in their top 10 beaches list, there are plenty of rock pools and caves for curious minds, while the local surf school is one of the best in the county and will help you get up on the board in no time.

Quiet, sheltered and teeming with bird life, there is an almost constant supply of quality waves thanks to its exposure to the Atlantic swell providing ample opportunities for surfers of all abilities.

Widemouth Bay, Bude

Popular with families and surfers alike, Widemouth Bay in Bude offers a little bit of everything for a perfect day at the beach. Awarded a Blue Flag status in 2017, the Bay is perfect for any beginner looking to step onto a board for the first time.

The open sandy beach stretches for around two miles, with the exposed coastline producing a variety of peaks that break on the reef just offshore which serves up some heavy barrelling waves.

There is such a great range of water sports at Widemouth. You can choose to take part in a surf school, try bodyboarding and kayaking or for a more relaxed time, you can take your bucket and nets to the rock pools.

Surfing in Cornwall

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Best walks in Cornwall

Posted on 23rd May 2017

Lush green fields, moody moorland and over 290 miles of coastline make Cornwall the perfect place to get back to nature. While you can drive to many beauty spots and attractions, the best way to appreciate the county is on foot.

 Best walks in Cornwall - Tintagel

We are currently mid-way through National Walking Month and to celebrate, we have put together a list of the best walks in Cornwall.

Coastal Walks in Cornwall

When presented with a 296-mile coast path, the difficulty is not finding a walk, but choosing one. To help you choose, here are some of our favourites.

Porthleven – Lizard Point

14 miles

Along the Lizard peninsula on the south coast of Cornwall is a 14-mile walk that commences in the picturesque fishing village of Porthleven. Weave your way past pretty Cornish cottages before reaching a pebbled beach. From here, the coast path will take you to The Loe – the largest body of fresh water in Cornwall.

In the shadow of the Church Cove Dunes, you find yourself walking through the remote coastal community of Gunwalloe before you head onto Halzephron Cove. Translated to ‘Cliff of Hell’ in Cornish, local legend has it that a freak wave claims the life of someone on Porthleven sands every seven years.

 Cornish coast path

This walk will take you to the most southerly corner of Britain, as you step into Kynance Cove. With arches, stone stacks, towering cliffs and a dramatic view, this is certainly the highlight of the walk, before concluding your journey at Lizard Point.

Perranporth – St Agnes

3.5 miles 

The walk from Perranporth to St Agnes offers some of the finest cliff-top views on our list. The mostly flat path takes you through the rich mining history of the area, with beautiful foliage and birdlife.

For anyone with a dog staying at a coastal cottage in Cornwall, this walk has dog-friendly beaches and pubs offering you stunning vantage points of the northern coast.

At just under four miles, you can either begin your journey at Droskyn Point, or explore Perranporth’s beach with its impressive cliff formations which are sure to inspire the photographer within. Heading west towards the Point, the mining heritage of the area comes into view. Relics of the industry which was the life-blood of the area still stand with an eerie beauty.

Further along the walk you get the chance to explore the interconnecting paths and trails above the cliffs once used by smugglers and pirates, before continuing on to an old war airfield.

You will then head towards Trevallas Cove, a quiet and rugged gem in Cornwall’s crown and onto the steep climb of Blue Hills to St Agnes.

Sennen – Lamorna

11.7 miles

The south of Cornwall is a landscape like few others in the country. Blue seas seem to blend into the sky at the start of this coastal walk which will take you long high cliffs and windswept moors.

Though influenced heavily by a booming tourist market, Land’s End is still a lovely place to start a walk. The rugged coastline can reveal the Isles of Scilly on a clear day as well as The Irish Lady – an offshore islet named after the sole survivor of a wreck that happened there. Local fishermen still claim that they have sighted a woman clinging onto the rocks, despite her dying many years ago.

 Sennen coastal path

As you walk along the headland you may be fortunate enough to catch a sighting of dolphins, seals or even basking sharks. The peaceful Porth Chapel Beach offers an idyllic rest stop and a great photo opportunity.

It continues on along to the famous Minack Theatre – built into the granite cliffs to host summer shows. Further along you will be faced with the 80-ton granite boulder, Logan Rock, perched on the cliffs south of Treen. The climax of the walk takes you through fairy-tale woodland past St Loy and into the picturesque hamlet of Lamorna. 

Walks with a view in Cornwall

Whitsand Battery – Rame Head

2 miles

This short walk is a regularly overlooked by keen ramblers and holidaymakers. Stretching the whole way from Polperro to Maker Heights in the east, the Whitsand Battery to Rame Head walk is a surprisingly challenging trek. But for your effort, you will be rewarded with stunning views.

For any walker seeking points of interest to stop and admire, the bay here has two Napoleonic forts (Palmerston’s Follies) with a number of shacks along the way. Cafes pop up along the route to help you refuel and save you from potentially rushing a naturally beautiful walk. The breathtaking views on offer across Plymouth, the Yealm Estuary and the Mewstone make it well worth the effort.

Rinsey

2.8 miles

Rinsey is a coastal walk occasionally winding inland, depending on which route you take. Explore the area’s rich mining heritage on this spectacular route. The views are unmissable on a visit to Cornwall

Rinsey coastal walk

Three old engine houses hold the esteemed World Heritage status on this route, where rare plants line the paths. Look out to sea to spot Bishop Rock in the Scilly Isles. From the cliffs you may be fortunate enough to see dolphins playing in the bays, while inland, ponies can be found grazing. If you continue on towards Penzance the views of St Michael’s Mount are striking. 

Best pub walks in Cornwall

Blisland – Newton Downs

4.3 miles

The little cluster of granite houses in the village of Blisland gravitate around its namesake pub, the Blisland Inn, and the pretty village green. Situated on the legendary hills of Bodmin Moor, this area is steeped in mystery.

Here you can fully engage with the history and tradition of the people who lived here hundreds of years ago with a comfortable four and a half mile circular walk. Starting at the pub, the route passes a medieval church before reaching Lavethan Valley. Admire the rugged landscape of the Trehudreth Downs and Newton Downs before returning to the pub for a hearty meal and a pint of local ale

St. Keverne – Porthallow

5 miles

Set back from the Lizard coastline, St Keverne is a tight-knit community that as stood for centuries. The village revolves around the square and its two pubs, one of which, The White Hart, is the start and finish to this walk.

A five mile walk takes you through unspoilt woodland and valleys snaking down to the shingle coves on the coast. You begin by taking the footpath from the church which is opposite of the square and head towards Porthoustock. The South West Coast Path leads you over fields and meadows towards Porthallow, with detours coaxing you to Porthkerris.

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What are the best family days out in Cornwall?

Posted on 24th February 2014

Cornwall is one of the most beautiful counties in the UK, with its beaches and coastline attracting thousands of people to holiday there every year.

If you are a family that will be staying in one of the many affordable Cornwall coastal cottages soon and are looking for something to do, then you will certainly not be disappointed by what is available.

Here, we take you through some of the best things to do in Cornwall for the family.

Kitesurfing

Perranporth is not only one of the best spots to kitesurf in Cornwall but also in the whole of the UK.

Kitesurfing has seen a huge rise in participant numbers in recent years and this is partly down to it being a relatively safe sport which can be enjoyed by children from the age of just seven.

It really is a great outdoor activity for the whole family to enjoy during their holiday in Cornwall and, with Perranporth’s kite school, parents can relax in the knowledge that they and their children will be in the safe hands of a fully-qualified instructor.

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Walk along Sennen Cove

There are plenty of holiday homes to rent in Cornwall and holiday cottages near Sennen Cove are particularly popular, with the cove being one of the most sought after areas in the county.

Sennen Cove not only offers walkers stunning scenery but also an amazing, family-friendly beach that has superb facilities such as a beach-side café and parking, as well as surf hire and seafront shops.

There are a number of great coastal paths in the area and one of the best is the South West Coast Path, which leads right down to Land’s End. This part of the huge trail is only one mile long and is a great path for a family walk to the most south-westerly point in Britain.

Follow in the footsteps of King Arthur

Tintagel Castle – believed to be the home of the legendary King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table – is certainly a must-see attraction.

There are a number of castles in Cornwall but the 13th-century ruins in Tintagel are definitely the most famous of them all.

The Tintagel Castle in North Cornwall is a great place for families to visit, with its tales of King Arthur and Merlin creating great images for visitors.

Accompanying the castle is Merlin’s Cave and an Arthurian-themed village. To find out more about Tintagel castle and why it makes for a great day out for the whole family, take a look at this website.

Coasteering

Not all readers will have heard of coasteering but it is a great activity for families who look to get their pulses racing.

Coasteering trips are based on the north coast of Cornwall and participants will swim through gulleys and caves, ride whirlpools, climb up cliffs and jump from rocky ledges.

Families will be accompanied by a fully-qualified guide and may also have the chance to come face-to-face with dolphins and seals.

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