Outdoor Activities in West Cornwall

In West Cornwall the Atlantic Ocean meets the English Channel and breaks upon some of the UK’s finest surfing destinations. But like the rest of Cornwall, it’s much more than surfing that attracts outdoor enthusiasts. West Cornwall offers an array of wonderful coastal walks, and adrenaline junkies can get their fixes by turning their hand to kite surfing at Marazion.

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Land's End by Chris Combe is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Highlights: popular outdoor activities in West Cornwall

  • Kite surfing – Ocean High, Marazion: The conditions at Marazion and Long Rock make it a wonderful spot for kite surfing. Ocean High offers lessons in kite surfing, stand up paddleboarding and powerkiting with equipment available to hire
  • Walking – Land’s End, near Penzance: Many people visit Land’s End simply to say they’ve visited England’s westernmost point and to take a photo beneath the famous sign, but there are some beautiful walks in the vicinity including the pleasant 2.8 mile northward walk towards Sennen
  • Surfing – Porthmeor Beach, St Ives: Being so close to St Ives makes this beach easily accessible, and the sandy shoreline and surf attracts many surfers and bathers. It’s one of five Cornish beaches to be awarded the blue flag in recognition of water quality and safety
  • Coasteering – Lizard adventure, Lizard: Coasteering is exhilarating, and terrific fun. It’s a great way to explore Cornwall’s rugged coastline. It can be tailored to suit your ability and adrenaline junkies can get their kicks from jumping from rocks into the sea
  • Sunbathing – Porthgwidden Beach, St Ives: It’s hardly a very exerting activity, but Porthgwidden beach, although small, is a perfect sun trap – particularly for early risers, as its east-facing prospect means it gets the best of the sun before lunch
  • Walking – Cape Cornwall, St Just: There’s a stunning 3.5-mile circular walk near St Just, that takes in a number of historical mining and industrial sites that add character to this stunning World Heritage Site
  • Rowing, sailing, windsurfing – Loe Beach Water Sports Centre, Near Truro: For family fun on the water, this water sports centre provides safe tuition and equipment hire for all manners of waterborne activities
  • Walking – Godrevy Head, Gwithian, near Hayle: This short walk is just over half a mile in distance, but it’s for the stunning views, rather than the physical exertion, that people take this coastal walk
  • Walking – Trengwainton Gardens, Penzance: With 25 acres to explore, there’s plenty of walkways through the exotic trees and shrubs of the National Trust’s Trengwainton Gardens. Refreshment can be taken in the Garden’s tearoom, and dogs are welcome to accompany their owners
  • Swimming – Porthminster Beach, St Ives: Many tourists regard this beach as the most beautiful in the UK. Its crescent shape makes a stunning, gold-sanded natural bay and a safe haven for family swimming. St Ives train station is close by, as is the excellent Porthminster Beach Café
  • Walking – Logan Rock, Porthcurno: – If you can tear yourself away from the white sand and turquoise waters of Porthcurno beach, then after a pleasant 30 minute walk you’ll find the rocking Logan Rock. While it now requires more effort to rock than it used to, it’s possible, due to the way it’s finely poised, to rock this 80-ton granite lump without breaking a sweat
  • Surfing, kite-surfing – Gwithian Towans Beach, Hayle: This beach is popular with surfers all year round, and the winds that come in off the Atlantic make it ideal for those wanting to harness the force of the wind in their kites or sails. There are rock pools aplenty and sand dunes that children always love to explore

At a glance

St Michael's Mount creates the perfect backdrop at Marazion where kite surfers kites glide across the sky above the golden sands

Try your hand at Coasteering at Lizard. It provides a fresh perspective of Cornwall's dramatic coastline, and is a great way to get the heart racing

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