You’ve chosen the perfect base for your holiday - Sands Resort Hotel, because with our amazing facilities we know it’s easy to spend your whole holiday just hanging out with us.
However, if you want to get out and explore the great Cornish outdoors, we’ve put together our top five really wild activities to make the most of the stunning county we call home.
From wild swimming to the worlds’ largest treasure hunt you’ll be working up an appetite for fantastic food and earning all those luxurious spa treatments when you get back.
1) Wild Swimming
The great British holiday was founded on a spot of sea bathing, but if you want to take it a step further this holiday, why not try wild swimming? We are fortunate to have a variety of rivers, lakes, waterfalls and quarries where you can take a dip on a warm summer’s day. Whether it’s saltwater or fresh, coastal or amidst the towering trees of north Cornwall, each one has a little touch of magic.
On many of our beaches you’ll find tidal swimming pools, we recommend Treyarnon Bay in Padstow for a pool that’s got it all. If you’re looking for a restorative swim, head north to St Nectan’s Kieve, further along the coast near Tintagel. The swimming spot is accompanied by waterfalls and a beautiful woodland walk.
Our final recommendation is Goldiggins Quarry, a secret, spring-fed quarry lake on the wild and beautiful Bodmin Moor. Out in the open, but in a secluded grassy amphitheatre you’ll find rock ledges for jumping and its gentle shallow edges perfect for kids.
Remember to check currents, tide times and to be careful of jumping or diving when you don't know what’s under the surface. Most importantly of all respect your environment.
2) Rock pooling
Rock pooling for kids, right? Wrong. If you’ve not discovered the window to an undersea world recently then you’re missing out. For children it’s the magic and mystery - it’s all of the Octonauts in one handy pool, but for adults there’s much to be learned. The beauty of Rock pooling is you don’t need much at all! A bucket and a net will start your journey to this hidden world, but if you want to delve deeper, we suggest grabbing a magnifying glass to discover more about the fascinating creatures you're about to meet.
Local website cornishrockpools.com offer a handy identification guide that you can use as well as offering tips and advice on getting the most of your experience. We also recommend joining up with a local group like Cornwall Wildlife Trust who lead various rock pool rambles throughout the summer. Don’t forget we offer all the beach equipment you need to loan here in the hotel at no charge.
With so many of our local beaches offering a fantastic selection of both shallow and deep pools there’s no excuse not to spend an hour of two getting back to nature seaside style.
If you’ve never heard of Geocaching, let us unveil a whole new world of digital treasure hunts - frequently referred to as the world’s largest treasure hunt.
Containers called ‘geocaches’ are hidden all over the world and it’s your task to GPS to find it! With more than 300 miles of the South West Coastal path passing through Cornwall, it’s no surprise that many of these containers appear in Cornwall and so there’s plenty to seek out. By simply downloading one of the apps, or heading to one of the many designated websites, it’s a simple way to set your family off on an exciting quest while sneaking in that bracing family walk.
The cache itself tends to be a small waterproof container with a logbook which you fill in to prove you’ve found it - it’s very important to leave it exactly where you found it. Keep an eye out for ‘hitchhikers’ - small objects that many geocachers decide to leave. These can be toys, decorated stones or craft items. These objects are often moved from location to location where their travels are logged and followed online. Some geocachers will even leave a specific goal to see how fast it takes their items to travel to far flung destinations!
So, get your boots on, as it’s get set, go digital!
4) On the water
Much of the Cornish life is lived around water. Whether we’re in it or on it, a trip to Cornwall without indulging in our local pastimes would be a crime!
There are various kinds on offer from the super active surfing and jet skiing, to the gentler ways of getting around such as paddle boarding and kayaking. For example with Koru Kayaking (image above). Wherever you head you’ll find numerous places renting all the equipment you need for a day on our numerous rivers, lakes and seas. We offer wetsuites and bodyboards for hire at the resort as well, free for our guests.
Getting out on the water is a wonderful way to see our glorious wildlife from seabirds to seals. If you’re really lucky you might even get up close with some of our resident playful dolphins, known for their attraction to surfers and paddle boarders alike.
If getting wet really isn’t your thing, why not borrow a boat and take a cruise to our hidden coves and beaches. Pack a picnic and bob along the coast to find that secluded spot, bring some fishing rods and while away the day in celebrity-style.
However, you choose to enjoy the water, it’s so important to seek advice, check tide times and make sure you are as safe as can be before entering the water.
Cornwall is very lucky to have some fantastic cycle trails, from the coast to coast routes that can be found in mid-Cornwall to the famous Camel trail that starts in Wadebridge.
The Camel Trail offers 18 miles of (largely) traffic free cycling through Cornwall’s lush countryside. The best part is the diversity of the trail makes it suitable for all ages and is a popular activity for families as you can pick your distance (and stop for a cream-tea or two). The trail follows a disused railway line between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow and is also an excellent route for walkers, horse-riders and wheel-chair users.
The trail is spilt into three, Padstow to Wadebridge (5.5 Miles), Wadebridge to Bodmin (5.75 Miles) and finally Bodmin to Wenfordbridge (6.25 Miles) allowing you to tackle as much or as little as you fancy.
As you meander your way along the paths you can spot a multitude of wildlife including otters, bats, dormice and kingfishers.
Don’t worry if you’ve not brought your bike as there are multiple bike hike venues at each end of the trail. They can cater for the whole family from adult bikes with trailers to a holiday-tastic tandem.
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