Sand and Water

Cornwall has over 400 accessible beaches, 290 miles of coastline and at least 10 large lakes or reservoirs; there is so much to explore!

Siblyback Lake

Siblyback Lake is a reservoir that was completed in 1969, its primary use was to provide drinking water but now it is also a great for recreation. From Hendrifton Farm you can walk to it in about 30 minutes, or drive to it in 5 minutes. Once there, you can walk, run and cycle around it, sail and kayak on it and if you fancy a bit of fly-fishing, you can do that too! The Rock Hopper café is great for refreshments.

Wild Swimming

For Wild Swimming you can head to Goldiggins Quarry, a secret spring-fed lake on Bodmin Moor. About 40 minutes walk from the Hurlers carpark or if you want to leave the car at home then it is about 3 miles to walk there from Hendrifton Farm.


Beaches are in abundance, it just depends what you want to do! Rockpooling at Hannafore, just west of Looe; dog walking at Seaton and Downderry on the South Coast; surfing on the west coast – why not try Perranporth or Fistral; or on the South Coast, there’s Praa Sands and Porthleven; and the East coast is not left out, with Pentewan Bay and Whitsand Bay.

For some more relaxing beaches with less people, you could check out the National Trust beaches and coastal walks – Lantic Bay and Lansallos amongst others on the South Coast.

Out on the water

If you want to be out on the water then Padstow Sealife Safaris offer boat trips of one and two hours duration and the Polperro Boat Men operate various trips out of Polperro on a daily basis.

On the North Coast, from Newquay to Bude, Cornish Rock Tors offer Coasteering, Sea Kayaking and Paddleboarding.

Looe Banjo Pier

Whitsand Bay to Rame Head

Surfers on the north coast

Surfers at Polzeath

Looe Banjo Pier

Glassbottom boat at Looe

Food and Drink

Food and Drink

Beaches in Cornwall

Sand and Water

Country Houses and Gardens

Houses and Gardens

Walking and Cycling

Feet and Wheels