In a previous blog A beginners guide to Cornish Coasteering we introduced you to the thrilling world of coasteering, an activity that allows you to see another side of the Cornish coast. A world of secret caves, hidden lagoons and, for the brave, the chance to take a leap into the unknown.
Here we reveal some of the very best local spots – although remember, you shouldn’t attempt any of them without expert supervision. Safe coasteering depends on good local knowledge, favourable tides and fine weather. The areas below all have a number of qualified tour operators to choose from.
Coasteering around Padstow is suitable for a range of abilities and highlights all that is great about this exciting sport. Try the rugged coast around Harlyn Bay for astonishing sea lagoons, a submerged cave and thrilling white-water action that will put you at one with the rise and fall of the swell.
Should the tides be against you, neighbouring Mother Ivey’s Bay is better sheltered and offers an equally stunning route, with caves, whirlpools and a range of big jumps.
Beginners might like to start closer to home and explore the coast around Hawkers Cove, following the river estuary and trying out some fun jumps and deep water climbing.
With its pretty village and golden sands, Polzeath is perennially popular with surfers and tourists. This diverse stretch of Atlantic coast has sea caves and hidden coves, offering a rich coasteering adventure.
Continue to the headland of Pentire Point and you’ll be faced with the ‘Great Wall’, a thrilling sea-climbing route in wild waters surrounded by diverse wildlife.
To the north is Port Gaverne where much of the coastline is inaccessible to regular visitors, but coasteering opens up this rugged headland to cliff jumping, paddle boarding and kayaking.
Much more than just a destination for surfers and party people, Newquay also has some of the best coasteering in North Cornwall. With its impressive, towering sea cliffs there are opportunities for climbing and jumping from points between 4 feet and 35 feet! You can also visit ocean caves, walk smugglers’ paths and get yourself in a spin in the whirlpools.
Five miles north and far less busy than Newquay is Mawgan Porth. This stretch of golden sand is surrounded by grand rock formations, rock pools and a waterfall at the end of the beach. From here you can navigate the coast to Watergate Bay and the famous Bedruthan Steps.
More experienced coasteerers will want to explore the caves and crevices around Porth Island, where you can climb inside the giant blowhole!
With some of the best cliff jumping spots in Cornwall and a range of fabulous wildlife to enjoy, the coast around Bude is a popular coasteering spot. Head for Bossiney Cove, in the waters around historic Tintagel to get a glimpse of seals, dolphins and rock pools teaming with life. You can swim beneath natural arches, dive into sea caves and find a