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Best outdoor activities in the south of Cornwall

Posted 21 July 2014 by

Cornwall is one of the most naturally beautiful counties in the UK, with its diverse landscape offering visitors a number of amazing outdoor activities to enjoy whilst staying in Cornwall holiday cottages by the sea.

Here is our ultimate list of outdoor activities you and your family can do this summer in the South of Cornwall, whether on the beautiful beaches, lakes, rivers, estuaries or moors.

Visit Trebah Garden

Trebah Garden is a sub-tropical paradise that is open all-year round and is one of Cornwall’s premier outdoor attractions.

No matter what season you visit, there is always something to see; whether it is the giant Gunnera in the summer, 100 year-old rhododendrons in the spring, the champion trees in the winter or the china blue plants that come out in the autumn.

Trebah Garden also has its very own beach on the Helford River, which is just perfect for sunbathing on or for swimming in the river if you are brave enough!

For those of you that are staying in luxurious pet friendly cottages in South Cornwall then Trebah will be even more appealing as dogs are allowed to go on the beach.

Trebah is open daily from 10am-4.30pm all year round.

Hire a bike from Bike Chain Bissoe Bike Hire

Cycling has been a real boom sport in recent years and Cornwall has been a popular destination with keen cyclists.

There are a number of spectacular cycle trails in the South of Cornwall, including the Coast to Coast path from Devoran to Portreath and the Great Flat Lode trail that goes around the Carn Brea area and past some impressive old mines.

You don’t even have to bring your bike to the county as Bike Chain Bissoe Bike Hire will let you and your family hire a bike for the day.

Chris Bonner, the owner, said, “We are a bike hire business and bike-themed cafe. We also offer bicycle servicing, we have also built an off-road circuit for racing, as well as being the home of One and All cycling club.”

Sail in Falmouth

Falmouth is a beautiful town, but what the coastal town is renowned for most is its maritime history and sports.

The likes of the Tall Ships Festival – a world-renowned festival that sees the best tall ships from across the globe compete in a race from Falmouth to Royal Greenwich – and the town boasting the third largest natural harbour in the world demonstrate its maritime history.

If you visit Cornwall and are stopping by in Falmouth why not try your hand at sailing? There are numerous clubs that offer lessons to beginners and provide all the essential equipment.

Visit Pendennis Castle

Another attraction that is close to Falmouth and St Mawes is Pendennis Castle.

Pendennis Castle is a fortress that was built by Henry VIII and has been involved in battles during Tudor times and the English Civil War.

The castle often has a number of interesting exhibitions on show that the whole family can enjoy. It really is a great family day out!

Surf at South Cornwall’s best beaches

Something Cornwall is not short of is spectacular beaches and South Cornwall is no different.

Whether it is Gylly Beach or Maenporth Beach there are plenty of family-friendly beaches that offer a whole host of activities for you to take part in.

Surfing is one of the most popular pastimes and if you are down on holiday then there are a number of surf schools that you and your kids can go to and learn all the skills you want.

Stroll through Glendurgan Gardens

Glendurgan Gardens is another example of a spectacular tropical garden based in the south of Cornwall.

There are many great Cornwall gardens and Glendurgan Gardens is one of the best as it offers families another great day out come rain or shine.

If you are a dog owner then you must be aware that dogs are not allowed in the actual gardens, but the area has a number of great walks that are just perfect for pets.

Image Credit: Trebah Garden

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