Activities to do year-round

Atlantic House has frontline access to Polzeath Beach, a popular destination on the North Cornish Coast for surfers, walkers, families, golfers and nature lovers alike. Split into 2 parts, the old and the new, it boasts plenty of activities whatever the weather. 

The less-busy months either side of high-season are the perfect way to experience the North Cornish location, and although sacrificing a few more degrees of warmth, everything seems to be a little calmer without the crowds. Polzeath is a nature reserve too, so there is plenty of wildlife to be seen and enjoyed year-round, including dolphins and seals.

With the fishing village of Padstow only a few miles to the south, food-lovers will find an array of eateries in which to sample some freshly caught seafood, including Rick Stein’s, St Petroc’s Bistro and Paul Ainsworth at No 6, or grab a pasty and explore the harbour as you eat.

The surrounding area and villages are also steeped in history, with crumbling remains dotted along the coastline and Tintagel Castle, the supposed birthplace of King Arthur, only 30 minutes drive from Polzeath.

Tintagel Castle, image courtesy of Adam Gibbard and Visit Cornwall
The remains of Tintagel Castle, image courtesy of Adam Gibbard and Visit Cornwall

For the visitors wanting to burn off the indulgences, its easy to have an active holiday in Polzeath, with stretches of coastline to be explored, dedicated cycle routes, and highly-renowned surf for the keen sea-goers. The nearby Camel Trail is a 17 mile long, level cycle route along the Camel Estuary and wooded Camel Valley, with bike hire available year-round from Padstow, Wadebridge or Bodmin, cyclists can complete the trail at a leisurely pace or high-speed sprint.

Walks along the cliffs to the South of Polzeath lead to Daymer Bay and Doom Bar, with views of Padstow Bay, and to the North, wander around Pentire point with views of the Camel Estuary. For Doc Martin fans, the walk from Polzeath to the setting of the TV comedy-drama, Port Isaac, is quite a lengthy yet rewarding 9.5 miles, known as ‘The Rollercoaster’ for it’s numerous hills.

Walk the coastal path between Polzeath and Port Isaac. Image courtesy of Adam Gibbard and Visit Cornwall.
Walk the coastal path between Polzeath and Port Isaac. Image courtesy of Adam Gibbard and Visit Cornwall.

 

For surfers wanting to scrub up on their skills, surf lessons are available year-round from local surf instructors and schools, for individuals wanting one-on-one tuition, or for larger groups and families. Golfers can book a round or hit some balls from the driving range at The Point Golf course, which also has a swimming pool, health club, restaurant, bar and tennis courts.

If you’re feeling slightly stiff after all the action, take a trip to the Cowshed Spa in the St Moritz Hotel, only 5 minutes drive away from Polzeath. “For a romantic treat, couples can enjoy the luxury of a massage side by side in our double room. Get some bliss-time all to yourself in one of our six stylish treatment rooms where you can opt for a quick beauty fix or an indulgent Cowshed package.”

Activities for families are also numerous, and if you don’t happen to spot any sea life from the cliff or beach, Newquay Aquarium and the Seal Sanctuary at Gweek are popular destinations for the rainy days. The Olde House in Chapel Amble, Wadebridge, is where kids can get back to nature in Pets Corner, helping to hand feed lambs, building dens in the woods or pond-dipping for wildlife, with trays, nets and charts to identify the array of pond life.

Families can feed the lambs and learn about life on a farm at The Olde House in Chapel Amble, North Cornwall.
Families can feed the lambs and learn about life on a farm at The Olde House in Chapel Amble, North Cornwall. Image Courtesy of Barefoot Media

The Eden Project near St Austell is also a great day out for when the weather isn’t on your side, with huge Biomes housing tropical plants and exotic trees. If that isn’t enough, children can sit down for story time, enjoy seasonal events such as easter egg hunts or fly on a zip-wire. For the older kids, book Wakeboarding or FlowRider lessons at Retallack Resort in Wadebridge, which also has a health club and spa in which to treat yourself if you’d rather take time to relax while the kids have fun.

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