You’ve been shut up for months, the most adventurous you have been is a walk in the local park. It's time to make a resolution to experience new adventures in your life. Cornwall's the perfect place to try new things, from a walk along the South West Coast Path to a more challenging activity that will really get the adrenalin flowing! Here's a few ideas we hope will inspire you to make that promise to get out and do something, once it's safe to do so.
Learn to Surf
Surfing is every bit as much fun as it looks and the true Cornish experience is not complete without riding the waves. From St Ives to Newquay and up to Bude there are some really great surf schools worth checking out. Most will offer lessons for the complete novice but also those looking to brush up their skills.
Like this idea? Read: 10 Surf Schools for beginners
Zipwire or Giant Swing?
At 660m, SkyWire at The Eden Project is still the longest zip wire in England and now it’s also the fastest. You can reach speeds of up to 60mph as you fly headfirst in your 'superman' harness over the iconic biomes. Don't fancy that? why not try out the Giant Swing over a flooded quarry at Liskeard's Adrenalin Quarry? To be honest, it's more frightening than the zipwire!
Take the plunge!
The health benefits of swimming (yes even in cold water) are manifold and it’s a wonderful way to really experience a place and get a close-up view of nature. Many of our coastal towns have clubs now where you can join groups of swimmers if you would rather have some company, or buy a mask and snorkel and and explore what's beneath the waves.. you don't need to go very deep to find yourself in a whole new world.
Like this idea? Read: 5 wild swimming spots
Get lost on a walk
Not literally, we would never suggest anybody goes off on a walk without knowing where they are going, but there's no better (and easier) way to lose yourself for an hour or two than a gentle wander in open countryside. We have plenty of walks on our website that you can follow, each one a mini adventure, from short strolls to long walks of the South West Coast Path.
On the rocks
There's nothing more exhilarating than hanging by your fingers from a cliff face 200 feet above the Atlantic Ocean... apparently! The rugged coastline of West Cornwall is a magnet for rock climbers who cling, well, like magnets to the sheer cliffs. Probably not the sort of thing for beginners, but you can 'learn the ropes' on an indoor climbing wall in Looe before trying the real thing on some easy routes outdoors. Or you can go coasteering, where if you fall, it's just into water. We have several companies who operate around the coast, find them here. Half way between the two is the Via Ferrata that has been set up in a quarry near Falmouth. Here you climb the walls above the water filled quarry using ladders, wires and narrow walkways, all while attached to a safety wire so you can't fall... far!
We hope that's given you a few ideas for outdoor challenges?. Check out our website for loads more other outdoor activities that we hope you will be able to enjoy this summer.
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