The grown-ups guide to coastal adventures

The long balmy days of summer are almost here. When you get a spare afternoon it’s tempting to simply lounge around and soak up the sun – especially when in the beautiful surroundings of the Scarlet. But we’re hoping to inspire you with our summertime activity ideas to get you outdoors and get active around the Cornish coast.

There are some amazing activities to try in Cornwall and all around the UK – so go on, get out there and try something new…

Coasteering is a really varied and exciting activity giving you the chance to experience the coast from a completely different and exhilarating view point. Newquay Activity Centre, not far from the Scarlet, offers a wide range of coasteering experiences, from high intensity sessions involving cliff jumping and swirling whirlpools to eco coasteering that centres more on exploring the flora and fauna of the local coasts.

The ultimate Cornish activity – surfing is highly addictive and a must-try activity during a beach holiday. We can arrange individual surf lessons with our on-site surf instructor Nick, who runs his business across Scarlet and Bedruthan hotel. Nick is able to tailor your session to you, making sure you get the most out of your time in the water. Surf lessons include all the necessary equipment too – from surf boards, body boards and wet suits (just remember your swimsuit!)

Stand-up paddle boarding, sea kayaking and canoeing
All three of these sports have really gained in popularity recently. They are really easy activities for beginners to pick up and offer a leisurely way to explore quieter creeks and coastlines. Elemental UK offers one-on-one tuition from near-by Newquay starting from £30 for one hour.

Add a little extravagance to your coastal getaway with a day of sailing. Classic Sailing based in Falmouth offer day sails on beautiful tall ships and classic wooden boats from £120 per person – often including refreshments.

Beach volleyball

This high-energy activity can be played as a pair or as a group and is open to any ability. It’s great fun and a serious work out – so you’ll definitely deserve a post-game drink! Elemental UK offer tuition on the super soft sand at Tolcarne Beach in Newquay – just a short drive from the Scarlet.

Food foraging
Food foraging is a great way to connect with the natural environment, and there are a number of coastal foraging experts around Cornwall offering group and one-on-one courses. Rachel Lambert offers private foraging walks in your choice of Cornish location, or for something really special gourmet forage and dine experiences where your foraged ingredients are turned into a delicious two-to-five-course dinner. Alternatively, Philleigh Way offer foraging days on their beautiful farm near Truro including a three-course lunch and demonstration.

Sea swimming
Sea swimming is incredibly invigorating and can also be really good for you. It’s also an excellent activity which needs little-to-no equipment, and can be enjoyed all year round (as long as you’re brave!) It doesn’t need much expert instruction – but check out our blog for a few cold water tips and the Cornwall website for some safety tips.

Hike the coast path
Probably the simplest coastal adventure, simply dust off your hiking boots and find a rugged bit of the South West Coast Path. Turn right from the Scarlet garden for stunning views of Bedruthan Steps just 15 minutes away, or turn left across Mawgan Porth beach up the cliffs to beautiful Watergate Bay.

Fishing and crabbing
Try something a little bit different out on the water with a fishing trip. Rick Stein’s cookery school offer a cookery course where you begin with a morning fishing on the Camel Estuary before re-creating two of Rick’s fish dishes to enjoy for your dinner. Or for a really unique and personal experience you can spend the day with Canteen Cornwall fishing and foraging for amazing ingredients before cooking together and sharing a delicious meal. Alternatively, for a simpler experience, unleash your inner child, purchase an line and some bacon for bait, and get crabbing on Padstow or Newquay harbour for hours of fun!

Coastal gardens
Cornwall is lucky enough to have a number of beautiful coastal gardens to visit. Some of our favourites include Trebah Garden – a sub-tropical paradise overlooking Mawnan Smith bay, iconic St Michael’s Mount surrounded by water and Trelissick House and Gardens where you can arrive by ferry via the Fal Estuary.