The local area
Head to the coast
No trip to the Westcountry is complete without getting in the sea! If a quick dip of the toes is all you need, there are glorious sandy beaches all around us. For those looking to get the adrenaline pumping, we are close to some of the best surfing beaches Cornwall has to offer whether you’re a gnarly wave rider or a complete beginner. Head to some of our favourite seaside spots and soak it all up.
20 miles / 40 minutes
SUP Hire at Royal William Yard, Plymouth
If you prefer your watersports a little more serene, why not hire a stand up paddleboard and head for the calmer waters around Plymouth’s Royal William Yard. If those sea legs are feeling a little unsteady book a lesson or a guided SUP tour at South West SUP and enjoy the wonderful Plymouth coastline from the sea.
Close to beautiful Looe, Seaton Beach is ideal for a family day out. With a shop, large cafe and plenty of parking, you can just pack up the car and go.
Big kids may find a few surfable waves at Seaton whilst smaller ones will enjoy splashing around in the shallows of the river that runs across the beach. If you need a little extra entertainment, the sand and shingle beach sits at the entrance to Seaton Valley Country Park with plenty of trails to explore and wildlife to spot
19 miles / 36 minutes
30 miles / 50 minutes
Explore the Erme Estuary
The tidal Estuary at the mouth of the River Erme is ideal for creating your own awesome waterside adventures. Splash around in the sheltered shallows at Mothecombe Beach or while away the hours coasting your body boards onto the sand. At low tide you can wander inland along the banks of the river, wildlife spotting and finding the perfect picnic spot.
Fuel Your Imagination at Tintagel
32 miles / 54 minutes
50 miles / 1 Hour
Surf’s Up at Newquay
Home to countless world class surf spots, Cornwall is the ideal place to hone your craft or catch your first exhilarating waves. Newquay’s Fistral beach throws out some big breakers for the seasoned thrill seekers and enough gentle easy rollers for kids and those just getting started. Hire your boards, book a lesson and get that adrenaline going.
Just a hop back across the border into Devon is the idyllic family beach at Wembury. With award winningly clean water and a shallow shoreline, the kids will lose all track of time splashing in the water or exploring the rockpools dotted across the beach. There are a few great places to grab a bite to eat and loads of picnic spots to choose from so why not make a whole day of it.