It’s pretty easy to assume that everything fun to do in Cornwall is based on the coast, so if you’re looking for forests, adrenaline rushes, history and more – read on!
Cardinham Woods is probably one of the most densely wooded areas in Cornwall, with 650 acres of woodland backing onto Bodmin Moor, it’s strikingly different to Cornwall’s primary landscape. Four waymarked trails around the area offer various degrees of walking difficulty and three off-road cycling trails (and a bike hire shop) are available for those who are inclined to seek adrenaline. There is also a playpark, children’s trails and Forest schools sessions making it a great day out for all ages. A comfy café at the base of the forest offers food and drink and picnic and barbecue facilities are also available for visitors to enjoy as well.
For those who are more inclined to open spaces and haunting outlooks, Roche Rock might be for you. A medieval chapel built in the 15th century overlooks the nearby town and offers great views across the surrounding area. Access is via a ladder giving fairly easy access to the lower room of the chapel, from there it’s easy to get to the top floor for uninterrupted views but be careful, the top floor is open to the elements and there’s no guardrail along the edge.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
The Lost Gardens of Heligan are happily, currently not lost! More specifically, they were found in 1990, after being forgotten about for approximately 70 years after many of its gardeners joined the war effort and the grounds exchanged multiple owners in the following decades. In the time since being recovered the gardens have seen exponential growth with more and more areas being restored to their former glory and new facilities being added. The gardens (minus a few rooms) are also dog friendly, so it’s a great day out for the furrier family members too!
Are you looking for something a little more dark and scary on your holiday? Bodmin Jail might be right for you. Featuring all sorts of macabre and exciting areas there’s a lot to see from just the building itself. Bodmin Jail also regularly hosts late night cinema showings and after dark tours in case your really want a fright.
So to clarify, we’re classing this as a non-coastal activity despite the fact that you’re probably going to see the sea! If you’re not a victim of vertigo and you want to see as much of Cornwall in as little time as possible you probably won’t do better than this. Group discounts and exclusive flights are available on request so you can enjoy a chilled bottle of champagne while you fly and enjoy the rolling countryside far beneath you! Flights take place in the early morning for the early birds and in the evening for those who enjoy a lie in!