Take to the Water
If you love surfing then Cornwall is for you, from beginners to advanced you will all find a wave somewhere to suit your level! Porthmeor beach in St.Ives is our best local beach and often has great surf, but consequently it is crowded in high season with less parking facilities.
If you hop in the car then Gwithian & Godrevy should be your destination (20 minute drive). Great expanse of beach with excellent surfing & facilities, and if you want to book lessons check out www.surfacadamey.co.uk or for hiring surf gear try www.downthelinesurf.co.uk in Hayle itself.
A great way to escape the crowds and experience the beauty of Cornwall from the water! Ideal on your own, as a couple or even a family, there are beautiful rivers & estuaries to explore or for the more adventurous take your canoe out to sea!
www.encountercornwall.com/canoe_hire is based in the beautiful creekside village of Lerryn. Canoe the beautiful river Fowey and explore creek side estuaries which are teaming with birdlife (ideal for twitchers!). Perhaps take a picnic, eat at the local pub in Lerryn or paddle over to Golant on the longer excursion and enjoy a pint overlooking the river. Damon, the owner, is friendly and very informative and has great local knowledge. Approximately one hour”s drive from St Ives.
A little closer is www.loebeachwatersports.co.uk set on the coast next to where the River Fal meets the sea. Paddle up the river past the King Harry Ferry where you often spot huge ocean going super tankers that are “moored up” if out of commission, their size is staggering! Or, if the tide is in, paddle round to Restronguet creek along to “Point” and marvel at some of the most impressive and most valuable homes found anywhere in the UK ! An alternative and truly memorable day out!
If you are a sailing fanatic and need your fix while you are on holiday, Mylor is THE place to start. Set on the “Carrick Roads”, arguably some of the best and most scenic sailing waters in the British Isles awaits! If the weather is kind you can drop anchor at beautiful St.Mawes or if too rough sail up the inland waterways towards Truro.
Seal Island St.Ives
For the children, why not take a trip to Seal Island and view a small colony of grey Atlantic Seals! Just 3.5 miles to the west of St.Ives it is ideal for all the family.