Combine adrenaline with heritage!

    Via Ferrata
    Photo: High Wire Bridge, Via Ferrata Cornwall by CK Athlete Shots

    Via much more than just an adrenaline rush...

    Cornwall is buzzing with fascinating heritage spots, and there are some pretty unique and daring (yet safe!) ways to explore some of them, whether that be in the air, underground or in the sea! Read on to see what you could experience...

    Via Ferrata Cornwall, based near Falmouth, is home to some stunning historic granite quarries where you'll find South England’s only full Via Ferrata – an epic high wire adventure! Following the ‘Iron Stairway’, you get to experience Cornwall’s granite quarrying heritage up close as you ascend cliff faces, cross high wire bridges, tackle high challenges and zip back down to ground level, seeing views last seen nearly 100 years ago by the Cornish Quarrymen and enjoying the best of climbing, ropes courses and zip-lining all in one amazing journey. If you’re looking for an activity to conquer your fears, push your limits and build confidence then check this out. You’re sure to have fun and feel a real sense of achievement too! Routes cater for adventuresome 8 year olds through to daring thrill-seekers.

    Via Ferrata
    Photo: Zip Wire Safari at Via Ferrata Cornwall by CK Athlete Shots

    Explore historic quarries at height!

    Also at Via Ferrata Cornwall is the Zip Wire Safari! Here you can get to grips with zip-lining on the mini practice zip wires and build up courage to take on the larger zips, where you can fly round the stunning quarry to your heart’s content, conquering fears with every ride! You’re safely clipped in the whole time and it’s impossible to accidentally unclip yourself.

    Part way through you’ll also get to traverse across the cliff edge to get from one zip wire to the next, adding to the excitement. The zip wires are dual, so you’ll have the fun of launching off the platforms and soaring round together in pairs (though you can come in odd numbers or solo and make new friends as you fly round!). There are six smaller practice zip wires and three large ones across the quarry, which you’ll get to do at least twice.

    Underground adventures in Cornish mines!

    Fancy some adventurous caving trips in Cornwall's abandoned tin mines? Check out Cornwall Underground Adventures and combine Cornwall's mining heritage with the thrill of abseiling down mine shafts, crossing gaping chasms and flooded passages, mine climbing and more! Their expert mine historians will take you on a guided walk around an area rich with mining archaeology…get ready for fascinating facts, history and tales of adventure and tragedy! They’re based in West Cornwall and the activities take place near the old mining district of St. Just.

    Wreck diving!

    Love the thrill of diving, combined with discovering shipwrecks and a whole host of stunning marine wildlife? Check out the likes of North Coast Diving and Atlantic Diving! Cornish waters are home to all sorts of incredible dive sites and just a little off Castle beach in Falmouth is a real hidden treasure – a sunken WW1 U-boat!

    Whatever adventures you choose to have, we hope you have a fantastic time!

    Heritage Coasteering Experiences

    Explore the history of Newquay’s dramatic coastline on the Heritage Coasteering Experience run by Newquay Activity Centre. Get hands-on with nature, culture and ocean skills as you traverse the rock faces and jump from the cliffs into the water following a full safety briefing by qualified Instructors. You’ll get to enjoy heritage and coastal history information along the route, from dramatic shipwrecks to tea-plundering pirates, superstitious rituals and monster wave surfing. You’ll walk in the footsteps of smugglers whilst exploring the natural caves, craggy cliff edges, historic sluices and deep plunge pools with expert instructors.

    Via Ferrata Cornwall also runs coasteering sessions in its granite quarry. As well as natural rock crevices to leap off, they have built-in platforms at 3, 4 and 5 meters high - perfect for kids, thrill-seeking adults and anyone in between!

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