With so many amazing activities to do around North Cornwall, here are our top picks and favourite things to do while visiting the North Cornish coast.
Explore the Estuary with Camel Ski School
Experience the new adventurous routes for those keen to get fit and explore the Camel estuary with Camel Ski School. Wind and tide dependent, intrepid SUP and Kayak explorers can now head up river as far as Wadebridge, across the water under the iron bridge or over to Hawkers cove and Daymer Bay.
The 2-hour supervised tours are suited to intermediate and advanced paddlers and come with the security of a rescue boat that will be driven alongside by their qualified staff. Cruise along the stunning coastline or follow the Camel Trail by water as you discover North Cornwall’s peaceful landscape and take in the local scenery and wildlife.
Price is £40 per person (6 people). All routes start and finish in Rock. BYO refreshments to picnic on board. Wetsuits, buoyancy aids, SUPs and hot showers are all provided - just bring a swimming kit and towel!
Keep your eye out for Camel Ski’s brand new Axis T22 boat shipped from Australia! Available for boat charters, and individual sessions so you can play on the water to your hearts content! Bigger, better and comfier, it will challenge the Wakesurfers and Wakeboarders amongst you!
Beach Art with Bill
Enjoy an inspiring beach sand art session to clear the mind and get your creativity flowing in the fresh air on Polzeath beach.
This unique experience is a great way for anyone to connect with their inner artist. You’ll begin the two-hour session with a quick cuppa while Bill discusses design ideas, before heading over to the seashore to get ropes, rakes and drawing tools! Use geometric shapes and patterns to create intricate designs on an eco-canvas, that will be gently washed away with the rising tide.
Come along solo, as a couple or bring the whole family with you to feel the sand between your toes while you enjoy this relaxing experience. Your handiwork will truly come to life when viewed against the most magical of sunset backdrops, from the surrounding cliff tops
Bill is available for commission work to create unique messages in the sand or to surprise loved ones on special occasions. He also runs “Shooting Hidden Cornwall” photography walks along the North Cornwall coast path.
How to book: Contact Bill via his Facebook page or head over to his website. Prices from £40 for a 2-hour session.
Sea Life Safari with Wavehunters
Jump aboard with the team at Wavehunters for a breath-taking boat trip to discover the magic of a North Cornwall sea life safari. Nothing beats the thrill of a high-speed boat ride and if you’re lucky you will even spot wild dolphins, seals, sunfish and puffins among others in their natural habitat!
Step onto their 12 seater 10 metre powerboats for an exhilarating trip whizzing around the Camel Estuary and out to the Atlantic Ocean to gain a fresh perspective of the stunning Cornish coast. Enjoy idyllic views of hidden caves, secret coves and rugged cliffs as you seek out Cornwall’s diverse wild life. Tours are guided in a safe and responsible manner by fully qualified skippers, many of whom (including owner Andy) are RNLI crew men. Gain a unique insight into the area’s local heritage from the knowledgeable and friendly staff.
For the ultimate experience, why not book a private half day charter and set off with family and friends to catch the sunset with dolphins gliding through the waves beside you.
Bookings can be made through the Wavehunters website for 1 and 2 hour safari trips, private charters as well as their pick up and drop off service to Port Isaac – perfect if you want to explore the home of Doc Martin and the Fisherman’s Friends.
Pick up and departure points from Rock, Padstow and Port Isaac. Lifejackets provided.
An Island BBQ
Floating in the middle of the estuary with breath taking 360º views, ‘The Island’ is one of North Cornwall’s best kept secrets. A unique and memorable spot to stop off on your boat, or head out to on your paddleboard or kayak, it provides a safe haven for all estuary users; somewhere to monitor the water ski safety area and also access useful tidal information. Visit this floating café during the day to enjoy a hot chocolate, coffee and a snack.
If you fancy something special, why not book a ‘BBQ box’ and enjoy a private BBQ feast at this scenic spot in the evening? Fee’s Food have curated a tasty and convenient range of delicious boxes using the freshest local produce. There is a meat box and a fish box, both of which come with coleslaw and bread, but you can also customise your box with tasty extras to suit your group.
Breakfasts are also available either as larger catered breakfasts with Fee’s team or just a simple breakfast box filled with fresh pastries to enjoy with your coffee after a water ski.
You will be transported over to ‘The Island’ by the Camel Ski team where you’ll be met by a pre-lit Big Green Egg BBQ, all ready for your group to get cooking. If you don’t feel like BBQing yourself, then one of Fee’s experienced team can take care of it all while you kick back and relax with a sundowner and the best view in town!
Prices and BBQ Box menus can be booked online and, as long as there is water around The Island, the coffee machine will be working!
Dive beneath the ocean’s surface with Harlyn Dive School based in Rock to explore North Cornwall’s enchanting sea life, colourful reefs and historic wrecks. The team regularly see seals, large pods of dolphins, lobsters and conger eels. Rarer, thrilling sightings include Minke whales, Basking Sharks, Sun Fish and turtles.
Originally based at Harlyn Sands, owner Steven Hutchinson ‘Hutch’, moved his dive school to Rock in 2006 because the area provides such excellent diving conditions, allowing him to launch at almost all states of tide.
With an experienced and fully qualified team of six dive instructors, they offer diving and training at all levels from try dives in the pool right though to instructor courses. Beginners can book a Discover Scuba Diving experience that includes a sea dive (minimum age 10). They also offer PADI Open Water and PADI Advanced Open Water courses and are one of the main technical dive centres in the UK, running numerous speciality courses including deep diving up to 80 metres.
Qualified divers can book guided dives or simply rent equipment, they also offer boat charter and kit servicing. Why not discover North Cornwall’s hidden world with Harlyn Dive School?
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