Top 10 adventure activities in Cornwall

Three men holding hands with protective hard hats on high ropes in Cornwall.

Cornwall is a paradise for adventure lovers. With miles of coastline, rivers, woods and magnificent countryside to explore, it’s the perfect natural playground. Whether you want to pursue your passion or try a range of new activities with family or friends you’ll find whatever activities you’re looking for in Cornwall. The only problem you might have is choosing…

Here are our top 10 suggestions for an adventure-packed weekend in Cornwall:

Try a ‘Wet and Wild’ multi-activity day with Active-8 and enjoy canoeing, snorkelling and cliff jumping. Just down the road from Bosinver at Porthpean, this activity day offers great value and is ideal for families. If you’d prefer to stay out of the water, opt for a land-based day and have a go at mountain biking, archery, climbing and the high ropes course. Active-8 can also arrange just about any kind of adventure in Cornwall – take a look at their website to find out more.


Explore the River Fowey by kayak with Encounter Cornwall and discover hidden creeks teeming with wildlife or paddle down to the estuary to the historic harbour of Fowey.

Feel the need for speed? Jump in a go kart and race your family and friends around the track at St Eval Kart Circuit.

Go wild at Adrenalin Quarry with quarry coasteering, a gravity-defying swing and the UK’s maddest zip wire!

Cornwall is well-known for its excellent year-round surf – why not give it a go? Surfing is a great activity for groups and there are plenty of surf schools offering lessons and equipment hire on both coasts.

Enjoy some outstanding off-road biking at Cardinham Woods or hit the trails at Lanhydrock’s Cycle Hub.

The South West Lakes Trust has Outdoor + Active centres at several lakes around Cornwall, offering a variety of water sports including wakeboarding, kayaking, windsurfing and more.


Go climbing at Granite Planet (Penryn, near Falmouth). They’ve got a range of climbing walls to suit beginners as well as experienced climbers. They also run taster sessions, so if you’ve never been climbing before this is a great place to start.

Try archery or canoeing with Canoe Cornwall at Trelissick Gardens.

Explore Cornwall on horseback with Newquay Riding Stables. From a gentle trek to a challenging coastal ride, they offer rides for all ages and abilities.

And that’s just for starters… Are you ready for an adventure?

Time to relax

The best holidays mix fun activities with time to relax. When you’re not out and about, there’s lots to do at Bosinver – we’ve got children’s trails, woodland walks, a games room, play barn and children’s playgrounds. And we’ve also got our own zip wire and super slide down by the woods – yes, grown ups can have a go too!

At the end of the day, relax in the sauna, take a dip in our heated indoor pool or take a stroll down to the woods.

Our cottages

We’ve got several cottages that are ideal for week-long holidays or weekend breaks for larger groups, including the Farmhouse (sleeps 12), eco house Lowen (sleeps 8), which has its own private hot tub, Jack’s Barn (sleeps 8) and Laburnum (sleeps 8). All have plenty of communal space, including large dining areas so you can get everyone around the table at once and enjoy sharing tales of your adventures over dinner. We’ve also got a range of smaller cottages if you prefer to spread out a little more.

Food and drink

If you don’t fancy cooking at the end of the day, pop down to the Polgooth Inn, our nearest pub. It’s approximately 15 minutes’ walk or a short drive away and is an ideal place to refuel.

There are also several good local takeaways that deliver to Bosinver – pop in to the office for menus and recommendations.

Alternatively, if you fancy going out, there are several good restaurants just a short drive away, and we’ll be happy to suggest something to suit you.

Have you tried out any of the activities in Cornwall on our list? We’d love see any photos of your adventures you’d like to share. And if there’s anything else we should add to this list, just let us know. You can write a comment below, post on our Facebook page, tweet @Bosinver, or drop us a line.

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