Beside The Seaside- The Best Beach Activities
Cornwall has long held a deep and profound fascination for all who live amongst or visit its wild coastal beauty, and it is still highly regarded as a popular holiday and tourist location for visitors of all ages and past-time interests, particularly for its Tewes and Mor (sand and sea).
Taking a trip to Cornwall’s stunning coast offers many popular past-times for holiday makers and locals alike and is a sure way to enjoy many favourite seaside activities along the plentiful sprawling beaches, as suggested by KidsDaysOut, which this maritime county has to offer.
As the National Trust explains; “the beach can be where some of our most precious memories are made”. Many people will have fond and fun recollections of their childhood spent on beaches; splashing in the sea, playing hide and seek in the dunes, and of course eating sandy sandwiches. Whatever the weather, help make some great new memories for you and your kids and get set to explore some of the best and most exciting Trethow (beaches) of Cornwall.
Woofs and Walkies
Cornwall can be a place for the whole family to enjoy, including your dog. Sian at AdventuresWithTheBlackDog recommends Poly Joke as one her and the ‘Labrahound’s’ favourite beaches; “It’s beautiful. Slightly wild…(with) the grassy pasture of Cubert Common, the walk down the sheltered valley, which is always humming with flora and fauna, the silky white sand and sheer cliffs. We go there quite a lot – to drink tea, swim, surf and watch the horizon”.
She also suggests Loe Bar; “a beautiful spot just east of Porthleven…, which is backed by a fresh water pool”, and Treyarnon Bay; “a lovely beach with a real family atmosphere, sandy expanse and lots of rock pools”. It is always advisable to keep your dog on a lead whilst walking, or at least keep the lead close to hand, and bring a towel incase your canine friend fancies a quick splash!
King of the Sandcastle
Cornwall is famed for its beautiful golden sands, which is perfect for building sandcastles. There are many more fun sandy activities as well, such as sand-writing, giant games of noughts and crosses, and digging holes! The beach is your canvas, ready for you to leave your mark.
Seashells by the Seashore
Come out of your shell and comb the beaches of Cornwall for some of the little gems. Ismay from PastiesandCream comments that “the best beaches for shell collecting are generally on the south coast of Cornwall”, so be sure to bring a bucket to store all your seashell finds.
Be a Rock Star
Discover the many secret worlds of Cornwall’s rock pools. Look out for the wide variety of fish, barnacles, crabs and colourful anemones which make the little pools their home. Kids will love to discover these mini seas, giving an insightful glimpse into the complex habitats where these creatures reside. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get acquainted with some of Cornwall’s many marine residents.
Keen snorkelers will be dazzled by the many colourful corals, sponges and scattered along the coastline, and keep an eye further out to sea, where seals, dolphins and even whales and the more exotic turtles have often been spotted!
Pack up a Picnic
A picnic on the beach doesn’t just have to be sandy sandwiches, and for a tasty pack-up with a difference Beth at JamAndClottedCream suggests baking some delicious cheddar and smoked paprika scones, feta-topped bruschetta, or a sun dried tomato Pizza.
If the weather is not quite up to picnic standards, there are always some fine cafes and restaurants lining the beach, where Hayley at SeaInSight has enjoyed pleasant family dining experiences; “with sand between your toes and surfboards left at the door, or scrubbed up after your beach adventures”.
Have a Splash
Cornwall is famed as a surfer’s paradise, so why not give this most favoured Cornish past time a go? After you’ve hit the waves, Rachel at SaffronBunny recommends a hearty but healthy post-surf breakfast, such as a sweet and hearty smoothie and “poached eggs on spinach on ham on sourdough bread”.
If surfing doesn’t float your boat, why not learn to sail instead? Or give Windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking a try. The opportunities, like the sea, are endless.
Many of Cornwall’s beaches have some fantastic and extensive sand dunes to explore, such as the excellent dune-laden and beautiful rolling shore of Holywell Bay Beach. Look out for the old Argentinian shipwreck offshore at low tide!
A Pirate’s Life
With its many secluded caves and coves, Cornwall’s coast was perfect for hiding ships and pirate treasure. For a true smuggler’s experience, take a tour of some of the most notorious historic coves and beaches, such as Mullion Cove and Whitsand Bay, once navigated by pirates.
Hard Core Shore Walking
Cornwall offers some excellent walking and cycling routes along the rugged coast and cliffs. routes, with moderate to more strenuous routes for seasoned walkers.
Ruth at CoastalWalker is completing a walk around all of the UK’s coast, including Cornwall, and she has strolled from Tintagel to Boscastle and Padstow to Port Isaac. Her walks charter her adventures, and offer some first-hand experience of some of the sights along these trails.
From walking on two legs to riding on four legs, horse riding in Cornwall is a fantastic way to get a better look at some of the stunning views along the coast. Fulfil a life-long dream and ride along the beach, or wander the woodland trails, or trot on along the moors. Whatever your level of experience on horseback there’s plenty of BHS approved horses and routes suitable to keep anyone feeling comfortable in the saddle.
With so much to do, see and places to visit in Cornwall you’ll never just be kicking your heels along with the pebbles on the shore.