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15 outdoor activities you need to do in Devon and Cornwall this Summer.

07 May 2021, by Naturebreak

15 outdoor activities you need to do in Devon and Cornwall this Summer. 


Devon and Cornwall's coast and fantastic landscape mean these seaside destinations are jam packed with activities for you to enjoy this Summer. Here's our top 15 list. 


  1. Kayaking 

See Cornwall at its best! These kayak tours will get you up close to a beautiful section of Cornwall’s coastline, paddle under dramatic archways, into some amazing sea caves under a gigantic sea stack, see and learn about the local wildlife and the fascinating history of the area.


  1. Coasteering

Coasteering tours give you the opportunity to explore Cornwall’s beautiful coastline from a whole new perspective. You will scramble, traverse and wild swim your way around the coast, discover amazing caves and rock formations, and see a variety of wildlife from rockpool creatures to sea birds and occasionally grey seals.

  1. Climbing

In the safe hands of expert guides who are all highly qualified professional climbers, you'll be led on a truly spectacular journey. They will help you scramble, climb and abseil your way up, down and across some of the South West’s most spectacular scenery. 


  1. Foraging

Immerse yourself in a sensory nature explosion with wild foraging, feasting from the firepit and handling farm animals in the heart of Exmoor. An experience proudly chosen for the National Park Experience Collection

  1. Photography

Take your landscape photography to the next level, ensuring successful photography from every photographic outing, using new knowledge to create great images reproducibly rather than through luck! This photographic outing onto Dartmoor, the wild heart of Devon, is led by Nigel Hicks, one of southwest England's leading professional photographers.

  1. Wanders For Wellbeing

Wanders for well-being are guided nature connection walks incorporating simple sensory invitations to enable you to relax and quieten your busy mind so you can receive the medicine and wisdom of the natural environment. 


  1. Nature Connects

A community interest company set up in Cornwall, Nature Connects engages people with the transformative power of nature to build a happier and healthier society. Their sessions will allow you to connect more deeply with nature, yourself and others through varied activities, crafts, games, bushcraft and plant knowledge and also open your mind to the multiple benefits of nature for wellbeing.


  1. Snorkel, Stand Up Paddleboarding

SUP snorkel tours are a fantastic way to appreciate the scenery and get a glimpse into the marine environment below. Whether you’re nature enthusiasts, simply curious about the coastline’s marine environment, or you want to try something completely unique, this is the perfect adventure for you.

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  1. Ultimate Wilderness Challenge

You’ll be challenged on every level in a myriad of wilderness & adventure scenarios: wild swimming, coasteering, survival skills and navigating a rescue raft back to shore. It’s no easy feat and to become a true Cornwall Castaway, to do so you must successfully complete every wilderness and adventure challenge. 


  1. Taster Surf Lessons

Feel the purest energy of a wave by yielding its power under your feet. Have you always dreamed of learning to surf? Is riding inside a tube on your bucket list? It’s never too late or too early to start surfing, regardless of age, background, experience or even balance. With highly qualified and enthusiastic instructors you’ll have an enjoyable first blast.

  1. Nordic Walking 


Nordic Walking combines the simplicity and accessibility of walking with simultaneous core and upper body conditioning similar to Nordic skiing. The result is a full-body workout, which means that you burn at least 20% more calories compared to walking without poles, exercise 90% of your muscles and so much more. All whilst having fun, socialising and enjoying the Cornish Countryside.


  1. Wildlife Tours


Devon Wildlife Tours has over two decades of experience exploring this magical part of the UK and discovering its wildlife secrets. Run and owned by passionate local Ecologists, they love to share knowledge and skills in the hope of inspiring others with their enthusiasm. In a world so disconnected from nature, they aspire to help people rediscover the natural world and promote the importance of its conservation


  1. Stargazing


Exploring the beauty of the night sky with this awe-inspiring experience. Dartmoor offers some of the darkest skies in the UK and during the stargazing experience you will be shown how to set up a telescope, be guided through some of the wonders of the night sky and brush up on your astronomy knowledge. The goal is to set you off on a journey to explore and appreciate the night skies for yourself.


  1. Fishing


A fantastic introduction to coarse fishing. This experience is perfect if you have never fished or have limited experience. Learn about different species, the lake, waterside and fishing safety, setting up your equipment, presenting your bait and how to catch and land a fish. This experience will be exclusive to your family or group enabling the instructor to give you their full attention. During your session, you will have the opportunity to try at least two different methods of fishing. 

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