Activities and Sports

From golf and fishing to paragliding and skydiving, Cornwall has it all!

From the more gentle pursuits of fishing and golf to the extreme adrenaline fuelled activities like skydiving and paragliding, Cornwall has every activity or sport you could wish for.

Click on the headings below to find out more about the activities and sports that Cornwall has to offer.  Don't forget to have a look in the customer zone once you've made a booking for your discount at some of the below.

Cycling

Enjoy Cornwall's beautiful countryside at your own pace. Here’s some suggested cycle trails that we think you will love.

  • The Camel Trail - Arguably the most successful recreational multi use trail in the UK. 18 miles between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow (and almost completely level!).
  • The North Cornwall Trail - Follows The Camel Trail out of Bodmin and continues into Camelford and then Bude.  It eventually wends its way to Devon.  Discover pretty little villages, stunning scenery and hidden corners.
  • The Clay Trails - A series of trails around the town of St Austell, its surrounding villages and The Eden Project.  They take you through the striking and dramatic scenery of the old china clay mining area.

Fishing

Fancy fishing? Cornwall has a wide variety of fabulous fishing spots.  Whether you want to hire some equipment and fish off the harbour wall or splash out on a boat trip, Cornwall has it all.

Boat trips

Wreck and reef fishing trips, shark fishing trips and mackerel fishing trips.  Once you've caught your fish all you need to do is find a local chip shop and you're sorted!

Padstow - Padstow Sea Life Safaris 
Padstow - Emma Kate II 
Newquay - Newquay Fishing Trips
Newquay - Newquay Boatmens Association 
Newquay - Newquay Sea Safaris and Fishing 
Newquay - Paddlefish Adventure 

Angling shops

Padstow - Padstow Angling Centre - 01841 532762
 

Golfing

Great golf. Gourmet food. Gorgeous views. Glorious sunshine. Cornwall is blessed with a plethora of fine golf courses many with stunning sea views (and welcoming club houses!).  Could it be better? Here are some of our favourite courses:

  • St Austell Golf Club - located near St Austell on the Cornish Riviera.  Offers a warm and friendly welcoming atmosphere, and a course that appeals to golfers of all levels.
  • Perranporth Golf Club - located at Perranporth with stunning sea views.
  • Newquay Golf Club - located in the town of Newquay overlooking the world famous Fistral Bay.
  • Trevose Golf & Country Club - located at Constantine Bay near Padstow.  Great sea views, a great clubhouse
  • St Enodoc Golf Club - located near Rock, a short ferry trip from Padstow, St Enodoc has one of the finest links golf courses in the South West of England. 
  • Merlin Golf and Country Club - located at Mawgan Porth on the north coast between Padstow and Newquay.  Amazing sea views.  Stay at the Merlin Golf Club with Cornish Horizons and get free golf between October and May and discounts at other times of the year.  Merlin Apartment 1 sleeping 2, Merlin Apartment 2 sleeping 4/6 and Merlin Apartment 3 sleeping 4/6.
  • The Point - located at St Minver near Wadebridge.  Views of wooded valleys, streams and the sea beyond.  There's a gym, spa, beauty salon and tennis courts.

Horse Riding

There is no better way to truly appreciate the Cornish countryside than on horseback. Whether you are cantering across the moors, trekking through woodland trails, or exploring winding lanes, horse riding gives you the opportunity to explore a hidden side of Cornwall which you might not otherwise experience - why not give it a try?

Riding Stables & Schools

  • Newquay: Trenance Riding Stables, Newquay - 01637 872699
  • Killiworgie Newquay Black Cross Newquay - 01637 880570
  • Perranporth: Reen Manor Riding Stables, Perranporth - 01872 573064
  • Camelford: Lakefield Equestrian Centre Lower Pendavey Farm Camelford - 01840 213279
  • Bodmin: Denby Livery Stables, Nanstallon, Bodmin - 01208 72013 
  • St Kew Highway: Benbole Farm Trekking Stables, St Kew Highway - 01208 841281
  • St Breward: Hallagenna Horse Riding, St Breward - 01208 850439
  • Boscastle: Tredole Trekking & Riding Stables, Boscastle - 01840 250495
  • South Cornwall: Lanjeth Riding School, St Austell - 01726 74633
  • St Columb Major: Blackacre Riding Stables St Columb - 01637 880628
  • Bude: Gooseham Barton Riding Stables - 01288 331204

Outdoor Adventure

Calling all thrill seekers! Cornwall is an ideal destination for that action-packed adventure break.  With stunning coastline and rocky cliffs, beautiful countryside, rolling seas and sandy beaches, there's nowhere better to let your hair down and have an adventure!

Climbing/abseiling
With miles and miles of stunning cliffs, Cornwall is the ideal place for a rocky adventure.  See stunning scenery and explore areas of the coast that no one else can.

  • Newquay - Lusty Glaze 
  • Newquay based - EBO Adventure 
  • Polzeath - Cornish Rock Tors 
  • Wadebridge, St Austell & Newquay - Green Leisure 
  • Go karting - Go karting is a great day out and excitement for all the family. 
  • Padstow & Newquay area - St Eval Kart Circuit 
  • Liskeard - Kartworld

Green Leisure
Green Leisure offer a wide array of activities in Cornwall, from exhilarating outdoor activities to more gentle rural pursuits, they deliver all this in a sustainable way.  As well as the activities listed elsewhere on our site, they also provide 4x4 off-road driving, Archery, Birds of prey/falconry, Camp craft, Carriage driving, Clay pigeon shooting, Geocaching, Laser clay shooting, Mountain biking, Orienteering and Survival skills.
 

Paintballing/lazer quest
Paint your friends and family! (or for those who bruise easily try lazer quest!)
•    Scorrier (half an hour from Newquay) - Covert Combat 
•    St Austell & Newquay - Green Leisure 
•    Launceston (20 mins from Camelford) - Paintballing Cornwall
•    Newquay - Newquay Paintballing 
•    Delabole between Camelford and Wadebridge - Big Dunk's Paintball 

Paragliding/hang gliding
Cornwall is an ideal spot for paragliding with high cliffs and more than its fair share of wind!
Redruth - Cloud 9

Skydive  
What better place to give skydiving a go than Cornwall?  Experience the ultimate thrill plus the stunning scenery of Cornwall's coastline with cliffs, beaches and sea to take in.
Perranporth - Skydive Cornwall

Zip wire
Cornwall is home to the longest zip wire in England.  Spanning the width of the 35 acre pit in which the giant Eden Project biomes are sited, this amazing experience takes in view of the quarry, the surrounding countryside and the biomes themselves.  Alternatively travel down a 490 metre long zip wire at 40 mph a whopping 50 metres from the ground at the Adrenalin Quarry near Liskeard in South Cornwall.
St Austell - The Eden Project
Liskeard - Adrenalin Quarry

Zorbing
Rolling down a hill in a giant, inflatable sphere (water in the sphere optional!)
Near Bude – ZorBude

Surfing

Surf's up! Visit Cornwall for the ultimate surfing experience.

Cornwall is arguably the best surfing destination in the UK and one of the best in the world. From fantastic family surfing beaches like Widemouth Bay near Bude to world class pro surfing beaches like Fistral Bay in Newquay, Cornwall has a beach to suit you.

The north coast is generally regarded as the best for surfing but you can often catch some great waves on the south coast too. Hire a board and hit the waves or get some expert tuition. The choice is yours! If you are thinking about surfing lessons, here are some of our favourite companies:

  • Newquay Activity Centre 
  • Harlyn Surf School 
  • Kingsurf Surf School 
  • Perranporth Surf School 
  • Sandymouth Surf School 
  • Surf's Up Surf School 

Remember you can use your Cornish Horizons Holiday Extras to receive great discounts at many of the above.

Walking

Enjoy Cornwall's beautiful countryside at your own pace. Here are some of our favourite walks:

  • South West Coast Path - Incredibly varied trail hugging the coast around the South West. The section along the dramatic Cornish coastline is 300 miles long.
  • The Saint's Way - This trail takes you through valleys, woodlands, pastures, moors and villages and covers 30 miles from Padstow to Fowey.
  • The Camel Trail - Arguably the most successful recreational multi use trail in the UK. 18 miles between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow.
  • The Clay Trails - A series of trails around the town of St Austell, its surrounding villages and The Eden Project. They take you through the striking and dramatic scenery of the old china clay mining area.
  • The Smugglers' Way - A much more ambitious route requiring navigation and compass reading skills. The challenging walk takes you from Boscastle on the north coast to Looe on the south across the stunning moors of Bodmin.

Watersports

Cornwall isn't just surfing.  Name a watersport and we'll have it! Remember, you can receive a discount at many of the below with the Cornish Horizons Holiday Extras.

Canoeing/kayaking


•    Harlyn - Harlyn Surf School 
•    Newquay area - EBO Adventure 
•    Across Cornwall - South West Lakes Trust 
•    Polzeath - Cornish Rock Tors 
 

Coasteering


•    Newquay area – Newquay Activity Centre
•    Harlyn area - Harlyn Surf School 
•    Perranporth near Newquay - Perranporth Surf School 
•    Bude area - Sandymouth Surf School 

Diving


•    Newquay based but operate all around Cornwall - Freedive
•    Newquay based - EBO Adventure
•    Newquay - Atlantic Dive

Waterskiing/Wakeboarding 


Padstow & Rock - Camel Ski School  

Jet skiing


•    Newquay and Carlyon Bay based - Cornwall Waverunner Safaris 


Kite surfing


•    Newquay based - EBO Adventure
•    Padstow & Rock area - Camel Ski School

Paddleboarding


•    Padstow & Seven Bays area - Harlyn Surf School 
•    Bude area - Bude Surfing Experience
 

Sailing


•    Padstow & Rock - Camel Sailing 
•    Across Cornwall - South West Lakes Trust 
•    Falmouth - Loe Beach
 

Windsurfing


•    Coverack - Coverack Windsurfing Centre
•    Across Cornwall - South West Lakes Trust 
•    Falmouth - ElementalUK