Outdoor Activities

Canoeing on the River Fowey
The River Fowey, its estuary and many hidden creeks and inlets, is a stunning and protected area of outstanding natural beauty, teeming with wildlife along its varied wooded banks, marshes, mudflats and meadows.
Canoeing offers an ideal and a fun way of drifting through the tranquillity and beauty that this unique area offers, along with the chance to glide into some of the wonderful riverside villages on route.
The river itself is forever changing, gently ebbing and flowing twice a day with the tides. Encounter Cornwall offer you the chance through their canoeing trips, taster sessions and canoe hire to enjoy this wonderful and peaceful habitat, gently discovering sections of the river and its wildlife that can only be accessed by the water.
With River Fowey Kayaking you can spot Heron, kingfisher, mullet and trout swimming along side you, you may even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of deer and otter as you glide peacefully between the riverside villages and forested creeks.  

Pentewan Valley Cycle Hire stock a large range of quality bikes available for hire. Hire a bike and ride down the scenic cycle paths around Mevagissey, St. Austell and the beautiful south coast of Cornwall, ideal for anyone planning a one day hire. The Eden Project is also within riding distance, and they have details on the route to take.
They also have in stock a wide supply of routes, maps, advice and delivery services available.

John Arthur is a Cornish fisherman who operates out of Mevagissey, a small coastal fishing village close to St Austell.  With a service that includes “what you catch, you keep” you could be taking home a boat load of the freshest fish to test your cooking skills on.
He operates a twelve-seater boat called ‘Venus’, running a range of excursions from two-hour mackerel trips, to half- and full-day trips. When coming out on the Venus for fishing you do not need to bring much with you as all the tackle is provided, including rods. All you need to bring is some wet weather gear just in case.

The Carlyon Bay Hotel Golf Course is set amidst some of Cornwall’s most breathtaking coastal scenery and every one of the 18 holes enjoys magnificent views across St Austell Bay and miles of golden sand.

The 18 hole championship golf course offers 6,500 yards of endlessly stimulating golf and is maintained in peak condition throughout the year.

Although golf is the speciality of the hotel, it’s not just for experts. Nearby, you’ll find a 10 acre practice ground, 2 putting lawns and a picturesque 9 hole approach course – all great places for novices young and old to get to grips with golf.

Tuition and good advice is always available from their resident professionals and their fully equipped pro shops offer a wide range of equipment and clothing, together with their unique ladies shop.

The clubhouse welcomes non-golfers and golfers alike, offering a wide range of freshly prepared bar meals, with memorable views across the course and bay.

The Lostwithiel Golf and Country Club has built a fine reputation for their golfing facilities. The nearly 6,000 yard par 72 course was established in 1991 and offers both a challenge to the accomplished player and the beginner, gentlemen or ladies within your party.
The challenging front nine rewards you with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside, while the picturesque back nine runs through leaf parkland, flanked by the silver waters of the Cornish River Fowey, allowing you to enjoy the views and not just the golf.
The range of exceptional practice facilities available on site includes a floodlit driving range with under cover and grass bays, putting greens and practice bunkers, making for an exciting time improving your skills on the golf course.

Porthpean Golf Club and Driving Range is a relaxed and informal club. Regardless of whether you are an individual, a small party, or looking to organise corporate events, they can offer a variety of packages tailored to meet your individual requirements.
Visitors are welcome at any time and their green fee day ticket tariff is the same throughout the week. Light meals and snacks are available in their Club House during the day and non golfers are very welcome.

St. Austell Golf Club is a private members club located just outside St. Austell in Cornwall. It is situated half a mile downTregongeeves Lane which is a left turn off the A390 to Truro.
The course itself is an undulating parkland / heathland course which provides a test for both beginners and low handicappers alike. It is a Par 69 from the white and yellow tees and 72 from the reds. It comprises one par 5, thirteen par 4’s and four par 3’s but three of the men’s par 4’s are par 5’s for ladies. The course measures 6091 yards from the white tees and 5536 from the reds.
The club has thriving Men’s, Ladies, Mixed, Seniors and Junior sections and has a friendly atmosphere towards both members and visitors.
Facilities include a licensed bar for members and guests, men’s and ladies changing facilities, separate dining area, well stocked professional’s shop, floodlit driving range, swing & fitting room, practice putting green and short game area.

As a county surrounded on three sides by the sea, it is perhaps not surprising there are many opportunities to get out on the waters around Cornwall or take a journey up the rivers and creeks, but for something really special maybe a trip on a tall ship is just that little bit different.
Square Sail is based in Charlestown and their sailing programme can offer trips out to sea for half a day or longer.  As Silver might have said, ‘Tis a fleet that would make a man proud – with its right royal growth and pleasing ways…A right handsome crew as makes treasure seeking as pleasurable an occupation as any on the Seven Seas’.