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Free Outdoor Activities in Cornwall for Spring 2019

For further information for the activities that you can do in your area please see the dropdown links below


EAST Pastow | Wadebridge | Bodmin | Liskeard | Looe | Camelford | Launceston | Bude | Saltash | Torpoint

EAST Padstow | Wadebridge | Bodmin | Liskeard | Looe | Camelford | Launceston | Bude | Saltash | Torpoint

A woodland walk through Luxulyan Valley - Luxulyan

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Take a walk through the woodland at Luxulyan valley which is also home to the huge Treffry viaduct.

Tintagel – King Arthur and the slate coast - Tintagel

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5 mile walk on the cliffs which then follows a series of tracks along the coast to the cove of Trebarwith Strand.

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.

Cardinham Woods – Bodmin

There are four waymarked walking trails to follow and many other paths weave their way through the 650 acres of scenic woodland. The woods are home to buzzards, dippers, kingfishers and deer. Otters also inhabit the stream here. Why not bring a picnic and relax by the river as children paddle and make dams, or make use of the free BBQs there. Indulge yourself with a cream tea at the Woods cafe where there is a great play area alongside to keep the youngsters amused.

Priory Park - Bodmin

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Priory Park Bodmin has a large play area with a range of equipment including slides, swings, roundabout, multiplay units, roundabout and more. Public conveniences and carpark adjacent.

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.

Camel Trail - Padstow


The trail is suitable for walkers, cyclists, horse-riders and wheel-chair users and falls into three main sections:

  • Padstow to Wadebridge - 5.5 Miles (8.8Km)
  • Wadebridge to Bodmin (Boscarne) - 5.75 Miles (9.25Km)
  • Bodmin to Wenfordbridge - 6.25 Miles (10.1 Km)

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.

Trevose Head - Padstow

The magnificent headland of Trevose juts out into the ocean and offers far reaching views, wonderful wildlife and a diverse landscape. 

The Camel Estuary - Padstow

The large estuary features a calm waterway which is great for paddling and a wide sandy beach that stretches across the shore. The route down to the beach is a little unsteady, so make sure you’re wearing sensible shoes, but once you reach the sand, you will realise this hidden gem is worth the ten-minute jaunt from Padstow town.

Wacker Quay - Torpoint

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

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.

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.

Visit Boscastle

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This natural harbour and village has an Elizabethan quay surrounded by steep cliffs and stone-built cottages. This village has plenty of little shops and tea rooms for you to spend all afternoon exploring, and you can take plenty of postcard style photos in this area.
Surrounding Boscastle are coastal walks, farming landscapes and land owned by the National Trust, so you don’t have to stop at visiting the village. Though we would urge you not to leave without seeing the local potteries and galleries as well as the Museum of Witchcraft (if you’re brave enough!)


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

MID - Penryn | Falmouth | St Agnes | Truro | Perranporth | Mevagissey | St Austell | The Clays | Newquay | Lostwithiel

Mevagissey Museum - Mevagissey

Located on the left-hand side of Mevagissey's fabulous inner fishing harbour the Mevagissey Museum is listed as the area's top attraction on Trip Advisor and is free for all. The Museum houses a number of collections of local interest and is it is self-housed in an old building dating back to 1745 when it was used for the construction and repair of smuggling vessels. The Museum fills three floors with exhibits, large and small. The Ground Floor is suitable for wheelchairs, and there is a stair lift between the ground and first floors The Museum is completely indoors so perfect for a rainy day. For the younger visitors, there is a teddy bear and pirate hunt to keep them amused.

Boscawen Park - Truro

Great park for all ages. Toddler swings, big swings, lots of climbing apparatus & netting, mock pirate ship, wooden posts for walking along, masses of green space for picnics

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

Lerryn - Lerryn, Near Lostwithiel 

Lerryn is a picturesque village divided by a large river, used by locals for kayaking, which can be crossed at low tide. There is a shop and a woodland perfect for a long stroll. 

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.

Come and Visit the Donkeys and Horses at The Flicka Foundation Donkey Sanctuary - Penryn 

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

Falmouth Art Gallery - Falmouth

Family-friendly art gallery with free entry. This gallery has plenty of exhibitions to check out, plus family-friendly activities to get involved with including sensory play and craft sessions.

Swanpool to Pendennis Castle walk - Falmouth 

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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

Beaches in Newquay

Wherever you are in Newquay you are never too far from one of the 12 beaches that stretch across Newquay's shoreline! 


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

WEST Penzance | St Ives | Hayle | Helston | Redruth | Pool | Camborne

WEST Penzance | St Ives | Hayle | Helston | Redruth | Pool | Camborne

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.

Heartlands Adventure Playground - Pool nr Redruth 

FREE to enter, open every day of the year except Christmas and Boxing Day Heartlands 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.

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.

Gwithian Towans Beach - Hayle

Explore the sand dunes that stretch for miles and investigate the many rock pools.

Kynance Cove - The Lizard

A tidal beach for the adventurous, famous for its white sand, turquoise sea and rock stacks

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.

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. 

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.

The Great Flat Lode Trail - Camborne

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



Kernow Rocks! 

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


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!

Arts and crafts outdoors

To help encourage birds to visit your garden we have created a how-to guide to make a bird feeder for your garden by recycling juice cartons! How to make a bird feeder for your garden 

For even more ideas for arts and crafts outdoors visit the Woodland Trust website for free activity sheets for the activities below and many more!

  • Handprint spider craft
  • Nature bracelets
  • Explore nature with playdough


Look at apps such as Sky Map to help you identify all the stars you see!

Watch the sunset

Wear warm clothes and find a perfect spot:

Beach, harbour, hilltop, or your very own garden!


Wrap up warm and pick your favourite beach to go rock pooling and explore the shore!

Here are some of the best rock pooling beaches in Cornwall:
Duckpool Beach, near Bude
Watergate Bay, Newquay
Castle Beach, Falmouth
Treyarnon Bay, near Padstow
Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth
Portwrinkle Beach, Nr Looe 
Perranporth Beach

Feed the ducks

Children (and adults) love feeding the ducks and there are loads of places throughout Cornwall to do it! 

Did you know?

Bread can damage their health and pollute the water they swim in - it is suggested to feed them sweetcorn, lettuce, oats, bird seeds or even peas!

Dog-Friendly Walks

Here are some of the best places to go for ‘walkies’ with your furry friends:
Tehidy Woods, Camborne
Trelissick Woodland Walk, Truro
Cardinham Woods, Bodmin
Lanhydrock, Bodmin
Crantock Beach, Newquay
St Agnes to Wheal Coates
Frenchman’s Creek, Helford
Penrose, Porthleven
Idless Woods, Truro

You can also visit the National Trust website for more walks to take in Cornwall this Spring

Fly a kite

Take a kite to one of the many beaches in Cornwall and you can have hours of fun.

Best Beach Locations

One of Cornwall’s biggest assets are its beautiful beaches, and the best part is that they’re all free (Aside from that ice cream you just can’t resist)!

• St Ives. West. Seaside town with the Barbara Hepworth Museum, Tate St Ives Gallery, surfing beaches, family friendly arcades and surfing beaches.

• Bude. East. Seaside town including canals, beaches, picturesque harbours and cliff walks.

• Perranporth. Mid. This quaint seaside town boasts one of the county’s most impressive beaches. Dog-friendly with a bar on the beach, what more could you ask for on a sunny afternoon?

• Porthcurno. West. One of Cornwall’s secret gems, this little village is home to a beach befitting a postcard. This secluded suntrap is a great spot to relax with a good book and catch some rays.

• Crantock. Mid. Based in Newquay, this cliff-rich beach is a surfer’s paradise. And when you’ve had enough of thrashing about in the waves, you can always visit The Bowgie Inn for a breath-taking view, a cold cider and a tasty meal.

• Charlestown. Mid. Although this is one of the smaller beaches in Cornwall, it wouldn’t be right not to include this quaint harbour town. With several great pubs and some historical charm, this is a must-see for visitors and locals alike.

• Praa Sands. West. This beautiful beach is nestled in a little village between Helston and Penzance. With smooth white sand, this beach is an ideal place to spend your afternoon.

Beach Cleans throughout the County

Help keep our local beaches clean and protect our oceans and wildlife

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