Activities for all generations

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Activities for all generations

At Highcliffe, we love seeing multi-generational groups arrive for an unforgettable family holiday in Cornwall. We’re fortunate enough to have a large selection of cottages, meaning the whole family can stay together, or, if they’d prefer, grandma and grandad can have their own space in a separate cottage.  North Cornwall has something for everyone, regardless of age. Here we’ve outlined some of our favourite local activities which anyone can get involved with, and for each idea, we’ve also offered a more tranquil option if that suits you more. 

Camel Ski School in Rock
Camel Ski School, Rock 

This is the UK’s largest waterski centre, and a must for anyone who enjoys an adrenaline hit. 

Camel Ski also offers wakeboarding, wake surfing, paddleboarding, kayaking, and some incredible inflatable rides. There is truly something for all ages, but if you fancy something a little calmer…try some of the walking routes in and around Rock. One of our favourites follows the dunes and headland all the way to Polzeath, then back again via St Enodoc Church where Sir John Betjeman is buried.

The Tide Climbing Centre, St Issey

Based just outside of Wadebridge, The Tide is an indoor climbing centre and a perfect activity for a rainy day. 

New climbers can join classes, or those who are more experienced can get straight to it. 

The Tide has a membership scheme, but those who don’t live in the area can pay per visit.

Alternatively, if you don’t fancy scaling the walls…right next to The Tide is Trevibban Mill - a working vineyard, which produces award-winning wine and cider.

It has a bar, open from Wednesday - Sunday, where wine can be enjoyed by the glass (we highly recommend the 2019 Pét Nat). Or if you’d like to learn more, guided tours are available throughout the week. 

The Camel Trail, Padstow
Cycling the Camel Trail

The Camel Trail is an 18 mile trail, running from Wentfordbridge to Padstow. 

It was once a railway line, but is now a flat and traffic-free route, making it perfect for cycling with the whole family. Cycle hire is available in Padstow, Wadebridge, and Bodmin.

The trail follows the Camel River, meaning its picturesque the whole way.

Or, why not head straight to Padstow and wait for the rest of the family to arrive on their bikes? You won’t be short for a choice of cafés, restaurants, or bars to choose from.

Surfing at Polzeath
Surfing at Polzeath

Polzeath Beach is a short walk from Highcliffe, and a very popular surf spot. 

It’s perfect for beginners, with Wavehunters running lessons daily throughout the high season.

Tranquil options include the many bars in the town, walks along the coast path, or fishing off the rocks at Baby Bay.

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