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Activity holidays

Activity holidays are a great way to keep everyone entertained, and they can be really good value too!  Whether walking along the South West Cornwall coastal path, cycling along the historic Mine trails, Sailing, Coasteering, Surfing, Wild Foraging or Zip lining!  There is a lot to do here in Cornwall, so here are a few ideas for an action packed holiday!

Walking – Consider your group’s experience/fitness levels, the weather forecast and conditions under foot, where you will stop for breaks/lunch and car parking facilities, when planning which walk you are going to do.

  • Staying at The Woodland Collection cottages gives you access to 36 acres of wide open space!  You can wonder along our nature trails down to the ponds, maybe catch a glimpse of the fish and take the path through the woodland, passing the badger holt and fox den along the way. Across the road, there is a bridleway down to the National Trust’s Godolphin Estate, where woodland meets the Godolphin Hill.  On top of this hill, you can see both the North and South coast of Cornwall! There are many old tin mine trails around us that are now bridleways and footpaths too.
  • The South West Cornwall Coastal path is a popular walk.If it’s something you intend to follow for the duration of your holiday, you will need accommodation that’s reasonably central to the North and South coast to minimise driving times.
  • The St Michaels Way, from St Ives to St Michaels Mount takes you from the North Coast to the South Coast, cutting inland across the peninsular over luscious farmland and pretty styles.

Cycling  – You can hire bikes at Portreath and Penzance if you haven’t brought your own, plus safety helmets. Make sure you take a water bottle with you in case you get thirsty.  Some of the trails have pubs and cafes along the way that serve lunch and cream teas if you are in need of nourishment!

  • We recommend The Bissoe Trail, less than 10 miles from us. Start at Portreath to Scorrier to Devoran and back. It is mostly completely traffic free, cycling on the flat through old mining tracks!
  • Cycle around Mounts Bay – the cycle path starts at Marazion Station House to Penzance and carries on past the harbour and promenade to Newlyn and Mousehole.
  • Camel Valley cycling trail from Padstow to Bodmin, via Wadebridge.

Fishing and angling – Most harbours in Cornwall have skippers who offer day fishing plus tackle and bait for a set fee and number of hours. Penzance, Porthleven and St Ives harbours are great places to set off from.

  • Coarse Fishing is available at St Erth.
  • Younger children may like to try crabbing! We love heading to the Pandora Inn at Restronguet for lunch and spending the afternoon crabbing from their pontoon. Hook a piece of bacon onto the crabbing line and let it dangle from the pontoon, put any crabs into a bucket with a bit of water, then walk over to the beach and release them back to the sea!

Golf – There are three good golf courses very local to us here at The Woodland Collection. The stunning links course of West Cornwall Golf club at Lelant, Tehidy Park at Camborne and Mullion.

  • There is a driving range in Hayle to practice your swing
  • There is a Pitch and Putt and Mini Golf in St Erth for the younger ones.

Activities for adrenaline junkies:

  • BF Adventures, close to Falmouth, is an action packed day. Three water filled quarries with Stand Up Paddle boarding, Wake boarding, canoeing, kayaking and raft building. There’s a zip wire for adrenaline lovers, rock climbing, indoor climbing, abseiling, coasteering, archery, outdoor problem solving and a sensory trail.
  • Coasteering – you will need to hire a wet suit for this!
  • Surfing – There is an excellent surf school at Gwithian beach, near Hayle.

Peaceful Activities

  • Jewellery making at Camborne can be arranged in advance
  • Wild Foraging on land and shore can be arranged in advance
  • Art Classes can be arranged in advance
  • Cornish Wine tasting tours can be arranged in advance.