Immerse yourself in the rugged coastal scenery on these wild walks, wild swims and wild days out.
Cubert Wildlife Walk (6 miles)
Take a walk through the wildflower meadows of West Pentire to the wave-lashed sands of Holywell Bay, before cutting back across wildlife-rich heathland. This walk is best done in June, when the headland is abloom with a carpet of scarlet poppies and corn marigold flowers.
For a map and details see: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/holywell-and-crantock/trails/cubert-wildlife-walk-cornwall
Wild swimming at Porth Joke
Since the 16th century, people have flocked to the seaside to experience the health benefits of saltwater bathing. Our favourite spot for an invigorating ocean dip is the crystal clear waters of nearby Porth Joke (otherwise known as Polly Joke to the locals!), where you can leap from granite ledges and swim between the cave-studded headlands.
Walk the South West Coast Path to Newquay (8 miles)
Soak up stunning scenery littered with flora and fauna when you strike out along the coast path from Holywell Bay. Spot seals and seabirds at Kelsey Head, pad along the pearly sands of Crantock and cross the River Gannel to Fistral and the surfy hub of Newquay (there is a foot passenger ferry in peak season).
Go wild at Newquay Zoo
If you’ve got energetic kids that like to roar like lions and beat their chests like gorillas, what’s not to love about a trip to the zoo? At Newquay Zoo you can enjoy close encounters with over 100 species of wildlife and stroll from the African Savannah to Madagascar.
Explore the underwater kingdom
The perfect rainy day adventure, at the Blue Reef Aquarium you can meet all sorts of sea life without getting your hair wet. Come face to face with the likes of clownfish, sea cucumbers, spider crabs and a giant octopus, and walk through a magical underwater tunnel beneath stingrays, reef sharks and turtles.