There are lots of outdoor activities around Porthtowan
Many holiday makers are looking for somewhere that offers a high standard of accommodation and a range of outdoor pursuits in beautiful surroundings, within walking distance. Rosehill Lodges in Porthtowan on the north coast of Cornwall offers all that and more. Ideally located - a mere five to ten minutes walk away from the beautiful sandy Blue Flag beach of Porthtowan, Rosehill Lodges offers numerous possibilities for those seeking an action-packed time spent exploring an ‘area of outstanding natural beauty’ and ‘Special Scientific Interest’.
If discovering the dramatic Cornish coastline and beautiful in-land waterways whilst keeping fit is something that appeals, Koru Kayaking offer guided kayak tours – an exciting way to discover the remote beauty of the Cornish coast. They also supply HD videos and photos of your adventure for a small fee of £10.
The stunning ‘Coast to Coast’ bicycle path starts just down the road from Rosehill and takes you from Portreath all the way to Devoran on the East coast of Cornwall through some truly stunning countryside. If you’re not averse to driving further afield, the Camel Trail is about 40 minutes drive away and offers some exceptional scenery on route.
There are a couple of useful and very helpful bike shops in the area, where bike hire is possible. The Bike Barn – at Elm Farm in Nancekuke is ideally located if you are staying in Porthtowan and offers excellent, informative and friendly service. There is also a Bike Chain Ricci shop in Redruth for bike hire and bike gear.
For cyclists looking for somewhere to practice the more extreme side of cycling there are some excellent off-road tracks that offer great jumps and drops. The Track offers bike hire, BMX race track, dirt jumps, instruction and much more and is just down the road from Rosehill.
Surfing/Body boarding/belly boarding
Porthtowan is well-known amongst surfers for its beautiful curling waves when conditions are right. Porthtowan has three great surfing schools – Tris Surf Shop, Porthtowan surf school (offering professional tuition by qualified surf coaches all year round) and Pure Blue Surf Academy(specialising in women surfers). All offer lessons, some hire out surfboards, body boards and wetsuits. Tris Surf Shop also sells clothing, surf wax and accessories. St Agnes offers another two surf shops.
For belly-boarding and body-boarding enthusiasts there are often opportunities to get on the waves with Belly boards and Body boards even when the waves are not suitable for surfing. Boards can be hired from Porthtowan Surf School or Tris Surf Shop throughout the year.
There are several horse riding stables in the area offering lessons and riding sessions. Just 200 yards up the road toward Portreath is Mount Pleasant Riding Stables – 01209 218020 Mount Pleasant Riding Stables. There are several other riding schools in the area - at Goonbell just outside St Agnes, Goonbell riding centre, Penhallow Farm (01209 899149) in Mount Hawke and also Perranporth - Reen Manor stables. There are rides to suit all levels of competence, from complete novices to more seasoned riders.
Beautiful scenery is assured in this area of outstanding natural beauty and Special Scientific Interest with lots of fabulous landmarks to break up the journey. Just a five minute walk away, is the South West coast path, offering stunning views up the coast towards Portreath (slightly more challenging) or towards Chapel Porth and St Agnes (easy walking). Within easy walking distance is St Agnes Beacon – a great place to head for, offering outstanding views as one might expect as it is a key landmark in the area. Looking out from here you can see for miles in every direction. Another wonderful landmark for this part of Cornwall and well-worth a visit is Carn Brea Castle and the Carn Brea monument. Exploring Heritage sites in the area will keep you busy as there are plenty to see. Heartlands in Pool is definitely one not to miss as it offers interactive information about Cornish mining history, galleries, shops and a fine restaurant along with a large play area and gardens with water features.
There are huge numbers of insects, birdlife and wild animals such as badgers, foxes, stoats, rabbits and deer to name but a few, that live in the area. Please take a look at our wildlife page on our website for a more comprehensive list of creatures spotted around Rosehill http://www.rosehilllodges.com/green/wildlife-on-the-site . For the keen spotter there will undoubtedly be precious moments to capture, so be sure to bring your camera.
For any fishing enthusiasts, the shores of Porthtowan yield a good haul for many. For a comprehensive identity chart of fish you can catch off the coast of Cornwall see: Fish Species Guide . You can organize deep sea fishing expedititions from numerous ports around Cornwall to suit you. Yumping Fishing Boats is a very helpful website that advertises the services of fishing boats for such trips.
There is a quad track in Blackwater. The ATV Centre , on the route to Truro, a five minute drive from Rosehill in Porthtowan.
Hang Gliding, Paragliding, Paramotoring
For those who would like to get a bird’s eye view of this most charming area of outstanding natural beauty, FlyCloud9 based at Illogan in Redruth, offer tuition and Taster days where you can experience the thrill of being airborne above Cornwall.
Zip Wire, Giant Swing, Coasteering/The Blob
Outdoor adventure used to be the preserve of dedicated adrenalin enthusiasts and all the organisation and preparation that went with that. The Zip at Adrenalin Quarry, in Liskeard, South East Cornwall, has changed everything. It’s made the ultimate high ropes buzz immediately accessible to all: families, schoolchildren, people with disabilities, toddlers to senior citizens – you can all just turn up and experience the incredible freedom of flying within minutes of arrival. The Zip is the UK’s biggest ever zip wire - 490m long, 50m high and reaching speeds of 40mph. In addition to the Zip, there is the Giant swing and The Blob, all guaranteed to get your adrenalin pumping.