Cornwall’s unique geography makes it the perfect destination for those looking for an adventure holiday. From the immensely popular Cornwall surf scene to hiking the coastline and Bodmin Moor. Cornwall has it all.
Choose the right Cornwall cottage for a truly unforgettable Cornish adventure.
Surfers headed for the waves at Chapel Porth, Cornwall ©National Trust Images Hilary Daniel
Surf’s up in Cornwall. Arguably the UK’s top surfing spot thanks to the deep Atlantic low pressure which unleash powerful swells eastwards. Once you’ve reached Cornwall, seasoned surfers would say it’s all about the north coast. Newquay is said to be surfing’s mecca, with Fistral Beach offering surfing perfection. Home to the annual Boardmasters Pro surfing event, if it’s good enough for elite surfers from around the globe, it has to be rather special. But there are plenty of options other than Newquay beaches, for example the super family-friendly Bude, also superb for surfing and the gentler bodyboarding. If you are a beginner, Polzeath is well worth considering, as the waves tend to be on the gentler side. Perranporth is usually a hive of activity but reassuringly busy for novice surfers, and near to Padstow, Harlyn Bay with its large sandy beach has a reputable surf school.
To maximise your time in the sea you’ll want to choose a Cornwall cottage which is close to the beach, ideally within walking distance. Some of our surf holiday properties even have facilities for you to store your board, a tap to wash off your wetsuit or an outdoor shower, plus a drying rack so you’re ready to hit the waves the following day.
Best Cornwall Cottages for a surf holiday
Visitor on the cliff top at Sandymouth, Cornwall. © National Trust Images Ben Selway
While the walking scene may be dominated by the South West Coast Path, hiking in Cornwall doesn’t have to be coastal. Cornwall has so much to offer energetic walkers, from moody moors to magical woodlands.
You may choose to swap sea views for scattered granite, grazing ponies and thigh-burning tors at the atmospheric Bodmin Moor. Cornwall’s highest point is the comically named Brown Willy, which is a whopping 1,378 feet above sea level.
With atmospheric fishing coves, impressive headlands, engine houses, turquoise waters, and historic remains, there’s so much to discover on foot.
If you take your walking seriously, no doubt you’ll want to clock up the steps though, and for the most rewarding walks, both physically and visually has to be the infamous South West Coast Path, which is a whopping 640 miles long, and is dotted across all three of Cornwall’s coasts.
Best Cornwall Cottages for a hiking holiday