From wild swimming and sunrise surfs to island parties and coastal challenges, make 2020 a year to remember and be inspired with our Cornish bucket list with a North coast twist.
Take the plunge
Whether it's within the beautiful vastness of the Atlantic Ocean or the calm jade waters of a disused quarry, open water swimming can be addictive, invigorating and renewing. It's a way of connecting with the great outdoors, discovering inaccessible parts of coastline, getting closer to wildlife, not to mention, reaping the physical and mental health benefits. North Cornwall is the ideal place to give this a try with a choice of calm estuary waters at Rock and Daymer Bay or the fun white water at Polzeath. For a guided swim, head to the nearby Port Gaverne and you will be in the safe hands of the Cornish Rock Tors swim guides.
Party on the island
Floating in the middle of the Camel Estuary and enjoying 360° views of the beautiful surrounding coastline is North Cornwall's best kept secret - The Island. Here you can enjoy a relaxed family BBQ and try your hand at Camel Ski School's full range of activities including wakeboarding, paddle boarding, wake surfing, kayaking, and water skiing. It's the perfect place for a celebration with a twist.
Experience life in an eco-home
Stay in one of Polzeath's most unique homes with a luxury self-catering break at Dry Creek House. This show stopping, eco-house comes complete with breathtaking views and a luxurious hot tub all just metres from the beach. With impeccable eco-credentials including an air source heat pump, rainwater and heat recovery and a recirculation system, you can enjoy your holiday safe in the knowledge you are doing your bit for the environment.
Enjoy a sunrise or sunset surf
Polzeath beach is one of the safest and most reliable surf spots in Cornwall. If your New Year's resolution is to finally master the art of surfing be sure to book a lesson with one of the excellent surf schools such as Wavehunters or George's Surf School. They will have you up and riding in no time at all. You can then go solo and experience the magic of a sunrise or sunset surf with just the gulls for company.
Walk the South West Coast Path
North Cornwall boasts some of the most scenic stretches of the famous South West Coast Path. The undulating terrain in places, isn't for the faint hearted but with each dizzying climb, you will be rewarded with another breathtaking view. Challenge yourself to a day's adventure from Rock (through Daymer Bay, Polzeath, Pentire Head, The Rumps, Lundy Bay and Port Quin) to Port Isaac but be sure to book a taxi at the end to take you home!
Stay on location in Port Isaac
Now world famous for the Doc Martin TV series and the Fisherman's Friends film, Port Isaac is the ultimate place to explore, spot filming locations and, if you are lucky, get amongst the action yourselves (you may see the doctor himself or one of the Fisherman's Friends in the local pub). This traditional Cornish fishing village provides a beautiful backdrop for your holiday in North Cornwall with an array of tantalising restaurants to choose from including two by Nathan Outlaw.
Get up close to dolphins in the wild
Climb on board a Wavehunters Sea Safari from the pontoon at Rock and experience the magic of seeing dolphins in their natural habitat. The trip takes in Daymer Bay, Polzeath beach,The Rumps, Pentire Head and Puffin Island. Depending on the time of year you may also be lucky enough to spot basking sharks, seals, porpoises, puffins, gannets and many other varieties of seabirds.
Be the first to stay in Polzeath's most exciting new development
This year we bring you not one, not two, but three brand new luxury surf pads. Chyanna, Gwel Trelsa and Polsted offer an unrivalled beachside location, panoramic sea views, stylish cocktail bar, outdoor kitchen, cushion-filled sky hammock and super chic interiors provide a coastal retreat to rival all others. Available to book from 30 May onwards, you could be the very first guests through the door (and be the envy of Polzeath whilst doing so).
Set yourself a physical challenge
This year could be the year to challenge yourself to a run or sea swim whilst taking in the beautiful Cornish countryside. Each year the Padstow to Rock Swim, a one-mile open water swim that starts in Padstow and finishes across the water in Rock raises money for Marie Curie. At the Eden Project their marathon and cycling sportive takes in a scenic multi-terrain course and finishes with a pasty and a pint. The Brown Willy Run on New Year's Day is the ultimate hangover cure and takes in seven miles of the moody and historic Bodmin Moor. Brown Willy is Cornwall' highest point and you can reward yourself with a roast lunch at the famous Jamaica Inn.