Go Wild In Cornwall

Surrounded by 400 miles of coastline and never more than 25 miles away from the sea at any point, Cornwall is brimming with opportunities to get closer to nature. This is our guide to enjoying the outdoors. Below are some top picks for outdoor adventure seekers this summer.

Photo: Dave Hudson Photography

Rockpool Ramble

Discover what lurks beneath when you delve into rockpools. Bude benefits from two locations where big deep rockpools have formed and brim with marine life. All you need is a bucket and a brave hand to unearth the hidden creatures that lie behind the stones and seaweed. Crab lines can be purchased from the local fishing shop in Bude to save those fingers being pinched by crabs.

The best locations to go rock pooling in Bude are Duckpool Beach and Summerleaze Beach. Duckpool Beach is normally much quieter even in the busier months so the marine life is not as disturbed and can be easier to find. At Summerleaze Beach, you will find a large rockpool just to the left of the beach, this is a very popular spot so make sure you arrive soon after high tide.

For rockpool enthusiasts, we suggest a trip to Treyarnon Bay near Padstow, the pool at this location is very large and abundant with creatures.

Make sure you pack a picnic when you go rockpooling as you could be waiting awhile for a bite on your line!

Wildlife

Wooda is surrounded by rolling hills and countryside that is home to lots of insects, birds and animals. The easiest way to see many species is to go on a walk around the park and through the woodland, make sure you take a nature trail sheet with you so you can tick off your finds. Nature trail sheets can be picked up from reception.
You will find many species of butterflies and months, as well as bees, beetles, birds and even foxes and rabbits, have been spotted in the woodland. There are also known to be a few Cornish Pixies living in the woodland who often like to say ‘hi’ when visitors walk by. Make sure you stop off for the little ones to climb the treehouse too!

Coasteering

Photo by: Outdoor Adventure

See the coastline like you have never seen it before and discover stunning secret spots. Explore the rugged North Cornish coastline and see the scenery from a totally different perspective. Join in coasteering adventures with Outdoor Adventure and you will clamber over rocks, find hidden caves, see marine life and jump off cliffs into the sea. This truly is an experience like no other.

It’s £40 per person and session last approx. 2 hours. www.outdooradventure.co.uk.

Walks

Nothing allows you to relax and soak up the views better than a good walk. Whether it’s just a few steps after lunch or day-long hike, there are routes for all tastes and abilities. The town itself has the pretty Bude Canal to roam, with a route down to the abundant wildlife of Bude Marshes. North of the town, a stroll over Summerleaze Down is an enjoyable way to reach the skate park, pitch and putt or Crooklets Beach.

The coastal path is absolutely stunning and allows you to see views that are simply not possible by road. You can pick up the coastal path from Summerleaze or Bude Canal. Some stretches of the path are more challenging than others so check the best route before you set off.

For lots more walk routes click here.

Whatever and however you decided to get outside exploring nature, we hope you have a great time. Share your nature appreciation moments with us using #woodamemories.