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If you think outdoor activities are just for summer, think again. Cornwall’s dramatic coastline, wild moorland and rugged countryside offer the perfect setting for adventures on the land, in the sea and in the air.

These adrenaline-fueled activities are even more exhilarating during the winter. Whether you trek across the craggy moorland on a blustery day, abseil down a cliff on a cold, clear day, or take advantage of a wet day by jumping into the ocean, you can guarantee an unforgettable adventure when you visit Cornwall during the winter. Read on to discover some of the best outdoor activities in Cornwall.

Climb, clamber and jump on a coasteering tour

Coasteering is a different way of exploring the spectacular Cornish coast which is ideal for stag and hen parties, team building activities or just groups of family or friends wanting to channel their inner daredevil.

Newquay Activity Centre have over 14 different coasteering tours to choose from, including the north coast challenger, the eco coasteer and the exciting night-time coasteer. Expect to navigate your way across craggy cliffs, explore old smuggler’s caves and experience the ultimate buzz as you jump off a rock into the ocean.

Coasteering Adventure, Image Credit Newquay Activity Centre

Coasteering Tour, Image Credit: Newquay Activity Centre

Speed through the countryside on thrilling freeride trails

Get the adrenaline pumping with an off-road mountain biking trail at Woodys Bike Park. Expect to be in the air as much as you’re on the ground, with drops, gaps and granite steps.

There’s a variety of bike trails to choose from including smoother options for beginners, right up to the fastest and most insane trails for pro-riders and experts, such as ‘Twisted Sister’ and ‘Valley of the Bones’. Their idea was to bring British Columbia trails to Cornwall with fast and furious downhill trails and the ultimate playground for mountain bike enthusiasts.

Outdoor Activities in Cornwall, Mountain Biking and Freeriding

Ride the wild winter waves on a cold water surfing session

Surfing isn’t just for summer! Cold water surfing is increasing in popularity and, with the right wetsuit and surf gear, there’s loads of fun to be had out in the water. You’ll have the waves pretty much to yourself and the wind and rain make the experience even more exhilarating. The safest way to surf in the winter is by booking a surfing lesson, as it’s out of lifeguard season.

Buy or hire a winter wetsuit, with optional wetsuit hat and booties to keep your head and feet warm in the sea. It’s important to eat a hearty meal earlier in the day, warm up with stretches before entering the water, and once you’re in the water, keep moving! Have a towel, warm clothes, a warm drink and even a hot water bottle ready for when your session is over.

Outdoor Activities in Cornwall, Cold Water Surfing

Embrace the elements with a hike across Bodmin Moor

Outdoor activities in Cornwall don’t always have to involve leaving dry land. Set off on an adventure across the diverse landscape on Bodmin Moor. There are loads of different routes to explore, featuring pretty woodland walks, historic stone circles, rivers, waterfalls and vast rocky open spaces.

Wrap up warm and embrace the elements as you explore the mysterious and beautiful rocky outcrop of Bodmin Moor. Wear your best walking boots and pack a flask of something warm and some snacks. Keep your eyes peeled as you might come across wild moorland ponies or cattle, or encounter wildlife such as otters, butterflies and bats.

Outdoor Activities in Cornwall, Bodmin Moor

Hover above the ocean as you climb up and abseil down cliffs

EBO Adventure operate rock climbing and abseiling tours in various locations across the south west, three of which are in West Cornwall. Take on the dramatic coastline at Land’s End, Treen or Rinsey and enjoy a thrill-seeking adventure with outstanding ocean views.

All equipment is supplied as well as qualified training staff, so all you need to bring is enthusiasm and a brave attitude. View the Cornish coast from an elevated position and navigate your way up and down rock formations and cliff edges, fuelled by the encouragement and expertise of the instructors. As far as outdoor activities in Cornwall go, abseiling has to be one of the most breathtaking adventures you can have.

Outdoor Activities in Cornwall, Rock Climbing and Abseiling

Soar through the sky over the countryside and coastline

Outdoor activities in Cornwall don’t get much higher than this. Reach heights of around 500′ on a tandem paraglide with Cloud 9 in Redruth. This is a fantastic way to get a bird’s eye view of the stunning Cornish coast and countryside, whilst cruising along in the breeze with a qualified instructor.

Your ‘flight’ will last about 15-20 minutes as you soar above Cornwall’s majestic cliffs alongside the seagulls. Paragliding is sure to give you an adrenaline rush and when your feet touch down again you will be grinning from ear to ear. This activity is dependent on weather conditions and is perfect on clear days when the wind is just right.

Outdoor Activities in Cornwall, Paragliding

Ready to embrace the elements and enjoy outdoor activities in Cornwall? Choose your perfect holiday cottage in St Ives and begin planning your adventure!