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Free things to do outdoors this Spring | Cornwall 2020

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Join the world’s largest treasure hunt and get searching for hidden gems all over Cornwall. You’ll need no more than a smart phone with GPS and some eagle-eyed volunteers to help solve the clues.

Kernow Rocks! 
Go seeking for hidden painted rocks, or get creative and paint and hide others to be found! Some businesses offer free treats if you find theirs! Hidden in locations throughout Cornwall, join the facebook group for further information. 

Official Cornish Book Fairy & The Great Cornish Book Hunt
Cornwall is a magical place full of generous people who love to read. Check out the pages above and get searching for a free book, the only 'rule' is to pay it forward. If you're lucky enough to find a book, enjoy it and put another one down for someone else to find. 

Whether in your own garden, local park or beach you can use the RSPB Bird Identifier tool to help make it easier to tell your little visitors apart! Want to learn how to make your own bird feeder? The Cornwall Wildlife Trust website have instructions on building your own nesting box.

Look at apps such as Sky Map to help you identify all the stars you see! You can also view our stargazing guide to see any upcoming events to join. 

Watch the sunset
Wear warm clothes and find a perfect spot. Beach, harbour, hilltop, or your very own garden/balcony!

North: Pastow | Tintagel | Wadebridge | Bodmin | Launceston | Bude

Look for local wildlife by the water!

Siblyback Lake - Bodmin Moor
Visit Siblyback Lake, located on the edge of Bodmin Moor. Surrounded by moorland and dramatic tors, this impressive lakeside location offers a great day out for families in Cornwall.

Tamar Lakes Country Park – Bude
An off-road trail connects Upper and Lower Tamar Lake, spot kingfishers, butterflies, herons, dragonflies or even a deer as you venture through the borders of Cornwall and Devon. There’s plenty of open spaces to let your children play freely and our new play area is the perfect place to let them run off steam.

Enjoy a stroll in the fresh spring air – wellyboots almost certainly required!

Camel Trail – Padstow
The trail is suitable for walkers, cyclists, horse-riders and wheel-chair users.

Padstow and Stepper Point Walk – Padstow
A 6-mile headland walk along the South West Coast Path giving far-reaching views over the mouth of the River Camel and the Doom Bar, where mermaids wait to lure sailors to disaster! Features include sandy beaches, secluded coves, holy wells, a daymark tower and some stunning rock formations.

Wrap up warm and pick a beach to explore.  A few suggestions for East Cornwall below:

Free Outdoor Attractions:

Brown Willy | Bodmin
Brown Willy is a hill in Bodmin. The summit, at 1,378 feet above sea level, is the highest point of Bodmin Moor and of Cornwall as a whole.

St Nectan's Glen | Tintagel
Experience St Nectan's Kieve, a spectacular sixty-foot waterfall through a hole in the rocks. Accompanied by two additional waterfalls and a beautiful woodland walk. Free entry, but there is a small fee to visit the waterfall if you wish to do so.

East: Liskeard | Looe | Saltash | Torpoint | Callington

Look for local wildlife by the water!

Explore Golitha Falls – Liskeard
The Golitha Falls are a series of spectacular cascades and waterfalls along a section of the River Fowey as it makes its way through the ancient oak woodland of Draynes Wood. It is one of the best-known beauty spots on Bodmin Moor.
As the river flows through the woods the scenery varies, from wide wooded glades to the steep-sided, craggy gorge where the falls are at their most dramatic. Over the course of the falls, the river descends 90 metres meaning the water is always fast flowing. However, to capture Golitha Falls at their most spectacular you should try to visit after heavy rain on the moors.

Wacker Quay - Torpoint
A gem within the Tamar Valley AONB, Wacker Quay provides stunning views and free public access to the River Lynher.

Tamar Estuary - Nr Saltash 
Explore the Tamar Estuary Nature Reserve on this short walk near Saltash. The reserve is located a couple of miles north of Saltash.  Look out for wildlife including avocet, shelduck and large numbers of waders. 

The Lynher Estuary - Nr Saltash
As you follow the coast southwest from Saltash, you'll end up on the banks of this estuary. It, like the Tamar and Tavy estuaries, is now a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Protection Area under the EU Directive on the Conservation of Wild Birds. 

Enjoy a stroll in the fresh spring air – wellyboots almost certainly required!

Kilminorth Woods - Looe
Running along the West Looe River valley, the wood is classified as ancient woodland, having been wooded since, at least 1600AD. Ancient woodland is often referred to as the UK’s equivalent of the rainforest – a rare and depleted landscape.

The Caradon Trail - Liskeard
Enjoy the traditional Cornish lanes and hedgerows, the abundance of wildlife and the sweeping views across moorland and river valleys, while retracing the rich heritage of the area from Neolithic megaliths to 19th century industrial mining landscapes. 

Kit Hill - Callington
Impressive panoramic views from the top including Callington itself, and wonderful historic walks down every side of the hill to the bottom.

Wrap up warm and pick a beach to explore.  A few suggestions for East Cornwall below:


Mid: Penryn | Falmouth | St Agnes | Truro | Perranporth | Mevagissey | St Austell | The Clays | Newquay | Lostwithiel

Look for local wildlife by the water!

Nansmellyn Marsh Newquay
This reserve consists of one of the few remaining untouched areas of reedbed in Cornwall. The common reed is found here, as well as numerous bird species.

Five Acres Reserve - Truro
BBC Groundforce wildlife garden, bog garden and ponds. Three species of shrews have been found here, including common, water and pygymy. Palmate newts have been found at the ponds here.

Enjoy a stroll in the fresh spring air – wellyboots almost certainly required!

Pentewan Trail - St Austell 
Enjoy wildflowers, wooded countryside and fine views on this route which takes you along a flat, former railway line to the beach and harbour at Pentewan.

Malpas to Tresillian walk - Truro 
Follow the path out of Malpas, following the river, heading towards St Clement. Pass through this charming village, keep following the river to Treslillian.

Clay Trails  St Austell 
Five mostly off-road, dog-friendly Clay Trails in spectacular rural scenery near St Austell and ideal for walking, cycling or horse-riding.

Lostwithiel to Fowey walk - Lostwithiel / Fowey 
Discover St Austell have created a helpful guide for this popular walk

Swanpool to Pendennis Castle walk - Falmouth 
A visit to Pendennis Point, where there have been fortifications defending Falmouth's waterways for over two millennia. Also taking in the sandy beach at Gyllyngvase and the exotic plants along the seafront, the walk is mostly flat and on easy paths and pavement

Wrap up warm and pick a shore to explore!  A few suggestions  for Mid-Cornwall below:

• Watergate Bay, Newquay
• Castle Beach, Falmouth 
• Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth 
• Perranporth Beach

Free Outdoor Attractions:

The Flicka Foundation Donkey Sanctuary | Penryn 
Visit the Donkeys and Horses all year round - please visit the link for days and times - Penryn TR10 9JB. Entry to the sanctuary is free, but we would be extremely grateful for a donation

Trenance Gardens And Boating Lake | Newquay
Leisure park with playgrounds, gardens, tennis courts & a lake with seasonal boat rentals & a cafe. Situated just on the outskirts of Newquay Town Centre you will find the picturesque gardens known as Trenance Gardens. Beautiful rose bushes and colourful flowers are what you will see here with a backdrop of magnificent old trees for you to explore.

West: Penzance | St Ives | Hayle | Helston | Redruth | Pool | Camborne

  • Go down to the water, you might see some wildlife!

Free Village and Harbour Tour at St Michaels Mount - Marazion
Daily - St Michaels Mount TR17 0HS
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue. Tours at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm. From digging into the history of the village and harbour life to the conservation of the castle, connect with the island and its stories through daily guided tours of island life.

Victorian Shipwreck Walk - St Ives 
A circular walk from St Ives on the ancient churchway towards Zennor and returning along the rugged coast to Porthmeor where a Victorian cargo ship and the St Ives lifeboat were both wrecked and the ship's boilers are still visible at low tide. The boilers of the Alba are visible at low tide on Porthmeor Beach

Tehidy Country Park - Camborne
Tehidy has over 9 miles (14.5km) of paths and 250 acres of peaceful woods and lakes to explore, together with a café and a picnic area.

Stithians Lake - Redruth
Create your own pirate adventure, take to the water on a sailing quest or let your children run free in our pirate-themed play area. Fill your day with fun and adventure, walk our nature path or bring your bike and cycle off-road. 

  • Enjoy a stroll in the fresh spring air – wellyboots almost certainly required!

Heartlands Adventure Playground - Pool nr Redruth 
FREE to enter, open every day. TR15 3QY
Heartlands is a FREE visitor attraction and World Heritage Site Gateway in Cornwall. Nestled just off the A30 in Pool, near Redruth in the former mining heart of Cornwall, there are 19 acres of eclectic fun to explore.

The Great Flat Lode Trail - Camborne
The Great Flat Lode Trail is a 10.5km (6.5 miles) circular trail around Carn Brea hill

Morrab Gardens - Penzance
Morrab Gardens are a municipal garden covering 1.2 ha to the south of Penzance town centre, Cornwall. It is known for its Mediterranean and sub-tropical plants and for housing the Morrab Library in the grounds.

Gwennap Pit - St Day
Gwennap Pit is an open-air amphitheatre, near Redruth in Cornwall, made famous by John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. Possibly a hollow created by mining activities, it has remarkable acoustic properties.

  • Rockpooling on your local beach:

Wrap up warm and pick a shore to explore!  A few suggestions  for West-Cornwall below:

Kynance Cove 
The Lizard

Gwithian Towans Beach 

  • Free Outdoor Attractions

Roskilly's Dairy Farm | St Keverne
Visit the farm for FREE and meet the animals, stroll around the meadows, enjoy the tranquility by the ponds and of course, sample Roskilly's award winning ice cream! Daily Milking is between 0830-1030 - Pop up to our Viewing Gallery and watch our girls being milk. 

Heartlands | Redruth/Camborne
Heartlands is a FREE visitor attraction and World Heritage Site Gateway in Cornwall. Nestled just off the A30 in Pool, near Redruth in the former mining heart of Cornwall, there are 19 acres of eclectic fun to explore.

Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital | Mousehole
During each year approximately 1,000 birds are treated at the hospital, with about 80 permanent residents. We are open 365 days of the year in the tradition of our founders, Pog and Dorothy. We are open daily to visitors and admission is free, although a donation no matter how small is always welcome. 

St Michael’s Mount | Nr Penzance
This iconic destination is a fantastic day out for the family. You will have to pay if you want to explore the magnificent castle and pretty gardens, but crossing the causeway and wandering the harbourfront is free. You can cross the causeway and back for free if you time it right with the tides.

Camel Farm Trail | Lizard
The Camel Visitor Centre is closed, but the farm trail is still open if you’d like to walk around or have a look at the camels – please park at the Camel Centre.


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