Enjoying the Great Outdoors in Cornwall

Enjoying the Great Outdoors in Cornwall photo

It would be hard to find a more diverse and delightful summer family holiday destination than Cornwall, particularly if outdoor activities are high or your agenda.

Cornwall holiday parks can be great for families looking for an inexpensive base from which to explore everything the England's summer-fun county has to offer.

Ever wanted to learn to surf? Then join one of the many surf schools that litter the Cornish coast. They can cater for all levels, from the outright beginner to the experienced surfer. Learn as part of a group or take one-on-one tuition from a pro surfer to really fast-track your progress.

Perhaps rock climbing is on your bucket list? Cornwall has a ton of interesting climbs. You can explore climbs in Cornwall's moorlands or spend time scaling her dramatic sea cliffs. Cornwall has a number of climbing schools where fully qualified instructors and guides can provide a wide range of climbing expeditions to suit all levels of climbing ability and experience.

If walking is your passion then boy, are you are in luck! Cornwall is home to the award winning South West Coast National Trail — a 630 mile path which dramatically wends its way along the entire Cornish coast. It is not only for the serious trekker (who can take between five weeks and two months to hike its entire length) but it also caters for the visitor seeking a mere taste of what this world-class trail has to offer. To that end, National Trails offers maps and suggestions for gentler day walks.

Cornwall is a golfers paradise with many well established courses often in beautiful locations with stunning vistas. Ensure your book early, particularly during the summer months on the counties higher profile courses.

With many courses situated close to Cornish city centres, why not take in a round then take advantage of one of the many acclaimed restaurants and the fabulous seafood cuisine for which this part of the world is famous.

Fancy wetting a line, perhaps even landing some seafood of your own? There are plenty of angling options throughout Cornwall including beach, rock and river fishing, that are open to the amateur and more seasoned angler.

Perhaps you're looking to take your angling offshore? Join Matt Robins, the experienced skipper of the Atlantis, a 32 foot, 12 seater charter vessel out of Newquay and make for the open seas on a two, four or eight hour trip in search of anything from Conger, Tope and Ling to Pollack, Cod and Bream. Chips not supplied.

For those looking to really ramp up the adrenaline levels why not give hang gliding, paragliding or even paramotoring a try. The team at Cloud 9 in Redruth offer tandem flights and tuition. Or try one of their taster days that are open to individual or group bookings where they aim to have you flying solo by day's end (weather and pilot permitting).

If you're looking for an abundance of outdoor activities on your next summer family holiday, Cornwall ticks all the boxes.