Over the summer months, Cornwall becomes a haven for surfers, walkers, and beach lovers alike. But what about when the sun goes into hiding and a frost falls across the county? If you think that the sports stop when the warmth does, then you’d be mistaken.
Even throughout autumn and winter, the Cornwall sports scene is keeping busy. There’s loads of great activities you can try, so get your extra thick wetsuit on and have a go at our top 5 winter sports in the county.
1. Adrenaline Quarry
Zoom down a 490 metre zip wire, throw an axe, or feel like a very small child on a giant swing 160 feet above a lake… Adrenaline Quarry is not a place for the faint hearted.
Previously known as Clicker Quarry, this one derelict quarry is now the perfect place for thrill seekers. Open all year round, the site has been open as an adrenaline park since 2009 and has been growing in popularity ever since.
2. Windsurfing at Stithians Lake
There’s plenty of wind in the winter months, so surely that makes it the perfect time to try out windsurfing? A firm favourite with experienced windsurfers, this lake is one of the windiest inland waters throughout England and is open throughout winter months.
If you’ve got your own wetsuits (thick ones needed!) then you can bring them along, otherwise you’ll be able to borrow some from Outdoor and Active as part of your lesson.
3. Ice Skating at Eden Project
If you don’t want to throw yourself down a zip wire or go windsurfing in the freezing cold, then why not head down to Eden Project for a spot of ice skating. The classic winter activity is great for the whole family, and you can even have a set of six lessons to get your skating skills up to scratch. You’ll be whizzing around like a pro before you know it!
4. Jet ski with Waverunner Safaris
Another water sport for all you thrill seekers, don the wetsuit and climb on board a jet ski for an exciting adventure around the Cornish coast. You don’t need to have any experience as there are different classes and sessions to suit all levels. From mini safaris and taster sessions, to advanced classes and ultimate safaris, there is a great amount of choice!
5. Climb a big wall at The Barn
Whether you’re experienced or a beginner, the climbing walls at The Barn will be a great way to spend the day. You’ll be warm inside, away from the wind and rain, and surrounded by experts and specialists who will help you make the most of your climbing session. The unique wall gives you the chance to try a different climb with each visit, and the free standing boulder is great for bouldering fans.