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Sheathed in 300 miles of golden, breaker-bashed coastline, there’s little wonder that Cornwall is the UK’s number one surfing destination.

2023 coasteering cornwall credit scott hamilton photography

The region attracts thousands of intrepid wave riders every year, hell-bent on catching some of the county’s famous swell. But what does the Cornish Coast offer to those looking for an alternative to cresting some surf and chilling with the dudes? Well, in short, a lot. Take a look at our top three alternative ways to get out and get active on your next Cornish holiday.

Coasteering- Discover the secrets of the Cornish coastline

If you’ve ever wanted to jump off cliffs, swim in mysterious caves and scramble over wave-ridden rock faces, coasteering may be for you. This rather odd (but brilliant) sport is gaining popularity in Cornwall thanks to the efforts of companies such as Cornish Coast Adventures LTD, who’ve risk assessed their watery routes and recruited qualified beach lifeguards to guide adventurous day-trippers on their unique journey of seafaring discovery. The coasteering sessions themselves last around 2 hours, and include a mixture of swimming, climbing and low cliff-jumping making for a truly memorable holiday experience and perfect way to see an alternative side of the beautiful Cornish coast.

Skywire, Eden Project- Step up and strap in for a ride on England’s fastest zip wire

Imagine travelling at 60mph. Then imagine travelling at 60mph strapped to a piece of wire which happens to be the only thing preventing you from plunging through the glass membrane of a Tropical Biome housing some of the planet’s most diverse plant life. Interested? Well, this is what you can experience on a ride on the Skywire, England’s longest and fastest zip wire located at Cornwall’s favourite attraction, the Eden project. Strap yourself in and prepare for a headfirst, 660 metre trip over the world-famous attraction as you enjoy eye-watering views of Eden’s illustrious outdoor gardens and spectacular neighbouring countryside. The short trip’s a real must for dare devils, but will leave even the most hardened thrill-seeker a little jelly-legged when they come back to earth!

Orca Sea Safaris- All Hands on deck for wildlife watching along the Cornish Coast

For those of you looking for a less death-defying way to experience the Cornish coast, opt for a cruise aboard an Orca Sea Safari boat trip. Leaving from Falmouth, the renowned Sea Safari offers all you water wanderers the chance to catch a glimpse of some of the more majestic wildlife that calls Cornish waters home, including Bottlenose Dolphins, Seals, Whales and even the odd shark! Prepare yourself for an invigorating 2hr excursion on the high-seas, where you’ll enjoy tales of ship wreaks and smugglers provided by the vessel’s vivacious skipper, and bask amid the glorious backdrop of the Cornish coast.

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