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A GUIDE TO ADVENTUROUS ACTIVITIES IN CORNWALL

September 28, 2017
FINDING ADVENTURE IN CORNWALL

Surfing, cliff jumping and endless coastal views? Sounds like the stuff of tropical holidays I hear you say. Well, you might be surprised to hear that this adventure is just a few short hours outside of bustling London.

FINDING ADVENTURE IN CORNWALL

As an Australian who’s called London home for three years now, I often struggle with the distinct lack of outdoor activities this city has to offer. In my quest for a taste of home, I decided to search for viable weekend trips that didn’t require jumping on a plane. This is how I discovered Newquay, a town on the north coast of Cornwall, famous for its sandy beaches and a go-to destination for surfers in the UK.

FINDING ADVENTURE IN CORNWALL

With only two days up my sleeve, I needed to plan efficiently so I decided to go through a Newquay-based activity provider – who better to show me the best of Newquay than the locals! There are an overwhelming number of companies to choose from but I was fortunate enough to find the great owner-operated Cornish Wave. Cornish Wave offer affordable adventure packages which work perfectly for weekend getaways – it’s also the only provider in town that has its very own woodland hideaway for you to experience overnight! The company is the brain-child of Jey, an avid surfer and Cornwall local of 10 years. He and his team offer holiday makers everything from surfing safaris to wilderness camping. So here’s my suggested itinerary for how to make the most of a quick weekend in Newquay, Cornwall.

FINDING ADVENTURE IN CORNWALL

8AM SATURDAY BREAKFAST

Wake up bright and early to grab some breakfast ahead of your big day. Open from 8:00AM, I recommend popping into The Jam Jar to pick up a fresh bagel and muesli. For the best coffee around, head to the newly built Pavilion Bakery. Once your tummy is satisfied, enjoy strolling around the sleepy streets and empty coastline before making your way to Alma Place to meet Jey and his team.

FINDING ADVENTURE IN CORNWALL

9AM SURFING

Time to suit up! Wetsuit that is. Depending on the conditions, you’ll head to either Fistral Beach or Towan Beach. Yes, the water is pretty cold even in the summer time but you’ll be wearing a thick, winter wetsuit which will keep you surprisingly warm! As a beginner, you’ll be given an extra-large foam board which makes getting your balance much easier. Your friendly surf coach will take you through all the steps to have you standing up on your board by the end of the lesson!

FINDING ADVENTURE IN CORNWALL

1PM LUNCH

Time for lunch! My top three places to try are Bush Pepper, a contemporary Australian restaurant, the Beached Lamb Café,for veggies and vegans, or Gilmore’s a super tasty Mexican place where you get to play mini golf while you wait fora your food! I recommend grabbing takeaway and walking down to the harbour to enjoy the panoramic views of the boats and coastline in the distance.

FINDING ADVENTURE IN CORNWALL

3PM COASTEERING

Jumping off cliffs didn’t sound all that appealing to me at first (mainly because I’m petrified of heights), but it didn’t take long until I was convinced otherwise. Coasteering, a term I had never been heard before this trip, is the act of exploring a rocky coastline by climbing, jumping, and swimming. And believe me, it’s one awesome adrenaline rush!

First you’ll be suited up in a wetsuit, helmet and a safety jacket for this adventure, which definitely made me feel much more comfortable about hurling myself off a cliff top. Then, you’ll head to the stunning Towan Headland. Your guides will remind you that you don’t have to do anything you don’t feel comfortable doing; however, it’s good to feel a little outside your comfort zone. After all, that’s what getting an adrenaline rush is all about! 

FINDING ADVENTURE IN CORNWALL

6PM WILDERNESS CAMPING

Once you’ve dried off, refueled and picked up some campfire supplies, you’re off to your lodgings for the night. About 11 miles out of Newquay, a cosy bell tent is awaiting your arrival.

FINDING ADVENTURE IN CORNWALL

After making your way through a rustic dairy farm, inside some secluded dense woodland, you’ll walk into what I imagine camping heaven looks like. Littered with fairy lights, candles and beautiful wooden structures, Jey and his colleague Dazzer have literally thought of everything to make this an authentic but truly magical camping experience. You’ll get to try your hand at axe throwing, learning how to light a fire, and various other bush crafts. After you have cooked your dinner on the BBQ, you can settle in around the campfire roasting marshmallows and listening to music. The perfect end to a big day!

FINDING ADVENTURE IN CORNWALL

8AM SUNDAY BREAKFAST

Your lovely hosts will be awake early to whip you up some tasty energy food consisting of fresh bacon and egg rolls and strong coffee. Then it’s time to pack up and head back into town for your next surfing lesson!

FINDING ADVENTURE IN CORNWALL

9AM SURFING

Ready to improve upon your new-found surf skills? During your second lesson Jey and his instructors continue to help you build on your skills, making sure to spend one-on-one time with every student. If you didn’t stand up yesterday, you’re almost guaranteed to today!

FINDING ADVENTURE IN CORNWALL

1PM CARNEWAS MINE & BEDRUTHAN STEPS

Now that the activities are finished and you’ve dried off, it’s time for some sight-seeing. Quickly hop on the No.56 bus from Newquay to Padstow. Here you’ll find the Carnewas Mine and Bedruthan Steps, one of the most popular destinations on the Cornish coast. Enjoy a beautiful walk winding past a succession of picture-postcard coves and headlands. 

FINDING ADVENTURE IN CORNWALL

3PM LUNCH

Once back in Newquay, across the road from the train station you’ll find Driftwood Kitchen, a super cool eatery with stunning views of the bay. Relax and enjoy a meal while you wait for your train. Make sure to grab a delicious coffee for the road.

FINDING ADVENTURE IN CORNWALL

5PM NEWQUAY TRAIN STATION

Sadly, it’s time to head back to London! Load up on your favourite snacks at the supermarket and settle in with a few movies for the five-hour journey back to the big smoke. You’re tired, sore from using muscles you didn’t know exist, have salty, knotted hair and smell like a camp fire – and you know what? You couldn’t be happier.FINDING ADVENTURE IN CORNWALL

EMILIA’S TOP TIPS

• Book your train tickets as early as possible – the longer you wait, the more expensive they will be! Great Western Rail trains run from London Paddington Station to Newquay a few times a day.
• Newquay is a very popular destination in the height of summer so make sure to book your accommodation well in advance.
• Pack your wet weather gear – chances of rain are high!
• If you have some extra time on your hands, jump on the train and check out the stunning St Ives.

FINDING ADVENTURE IN CORNWALL

Have you visited Cornwall? We’d love to hear your stories and tips in the comment section below! Read Next > The Ultimate London Travel Guide 

By We Are Travel Girls Contributor Emilia Drozda 
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  • Reply Camille September 28, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Such a beautiful place, I’ve been dreaming about visiting Cornwall for so long now! Now I need to plan a trip ASAP.

    • Reply We Are Travel Girls September 29, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      Thanks for reading Camille! Cornwall is stunning, especially on a sunny day. Hope that you get there soon. Becky – Founder, We Are Travel Girls x

    • Reply Emilia Drozda October 2, 2017 at 5:19 am

      I had no idea it would be so beautiful – I hope you are able to go out there soon. Thank you for reading Camille! x

  • Reply Zhanna September 28, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    What a beautiful place! It looks like you had so much fun. i feel a little bit jealous (just kidding 🙂 that you surfed so much there.

    • Reply We Are Travel Girls September 29, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      Thanks for reading Zhanna!

    • Reply Emilia Drozda October 2, 2017 at 5:20 am

      Haha yes, I absolutely loved it – it really is a special place! Thank you for reading Zhanna! 🙂 x

  • Reply Lisa Greene September 29, 2017 at 12:55 am

    I can’t believe this is the UK?! Definitely adding this to my wish list. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply Emilia Drozda September 29, 2017 at 1:18 am

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment Lisa! I definitely recommend a visit 🙂 Even as an Aussie, this coastline totally wow’ed me! x

    • Reply We Are Travel Girls September 29, 2017 at 5:11 pm

      Thanks for reading and commenting Lisa, glad you liked this post and added a new place to your bucketlist! Becky, Founder – We Are Travel Girls

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