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Guest blog: Outdoors holiday in Cornwall

Written by Fiona

June 10 2013

A favourite among families and one of the UK’s most visited counties, Cornwall offers a great many options if you enjoy the great outdoors. The county boasts a diverse landscape with surprisingly big and rolling hills and a fabulous coastline.  This blog looks at some great thing to do and suggests one of the many holiday lodges Cornwall has to offer.

Outdoor activities to try in Cornwall

Walking: Take a stroll along the beach or enjoy a bracing hike along clifftops. One of the best places to walk in Cornwall is the South West Coastal Path. The waymarked route has lots of different sections to walk.

Cycling: Check out the many cycling routes in the county from quiet country roads to off-road trails.

Surfing: One of the most popular sports in Cornwall, there are surfing and body boarding locations for all abilities. Take a few lessons, such as at Reef Surf School in Newquay.

Sea kayaking: Another popular sport, sea kayaking is a great way to get up close to wildlife. Try Cornish Coast Adventures.

Kite riding: A kite can be utilised to bring power to your sports. Try kite surfing, kite buggying or wave skiing with The Extreme Academy

Seafari: Kids will love the chance to spot wildlife on a coastal boat trip. There are snorkelling trips and even the chance to swim with basking sharks. See Newquay Sea Safaris

For links to these activities see Best of Cornwall’s outdoor activities

Where to stay in Cornwall

There’s a huge choice of accommodation in this county. Families will likely choose a more affordable  self-catering option, such as camping or look for one of the many holiday lodges. Staying in a place that has a kitchen means that you can cook what you want when you feel like it. You’re not tied to restaurant hours – or their prices. Of course, booking a self-catering place doesn’t exclude eating out, you just have both options available to you.

And while you might prefer to go camping during the summer for the true outdoor adventure feel to your holiday, staying in a lodge in Cornwall means that you can enjoy the all year round. And when you have a holiday lodge to stay in, it’s great to know you’ve got a warm and dry place to go back to. There’s plenty of room to spread out in the evenings, with a living room as well as the bedrooms to spend time in.

A favourite place to stay is Parkdean holiday lodges, which are available all year round, and the great thing is that you don’t need to book them for a full week. You can make it a long weekend instead. They are really luxurious – offering a home from home experience. You’ll find beds made up for your arrival and all costs for gas and electricity are included in the rental price. There are two different types of holiday lodge – the luxury log cabins and the more contemporary-style homes.

There’s also access to heated swimming pools and entertainment facilities. Look for special deals, especially if you’re a Scottish holidaymaker and can take advantage of earlier summer school holidays.

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