St. Michael’s Mount

Summer Adventures in Cornwall

Ah, Cornwall! This delightful corner of England is a veritable playground of sun, sea, and sand. With its stunning coastline, charming villages, and a plethora of activities, it’s the perfect spot for a summer holiday. Let me regale you with tales of our recent escapade in this enchanting region, filled with King Arthur’s legends, thrilling coasteering, and even some unexpected alpaca trekking!

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Day 1: Surf’s Up in Newquay

Surfing Cornwall UK

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We kicked off our Cornish adventure in the surfing capital of the UK, Newquay. The waves here are nothing short of legendary, and what better way to start a holiday than by catching some surf? We hit the waves at Fistral Beach, where seasoned surfers and beginners alike find their stride. With a bit of coaching, we were soon riding the waves and feeling like true surf aficionados.

Day 2: Coasteering in Newquay

Coasteering in Newquay

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Seeking a bit of adrenaline, we stayed in Newquay for some coasteering – a uniquely Cornish adventure. Clad in wetsuits, helmets, and buoyancy aids, we scrambled over rocks, jumped off cliffs, and swam through sea caves. It’s the ultimate way to experience Cornwall’s dramatic coastline up close and personal. The rush of leaping into the azure waters was exhilarating, to say the least.

Day 3: Exploring King Arthur’s Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle

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Next up was a visit to the mythical Tintagel Castle, perched precariously on the rugged cliffs. The legend of King Arthur permeates this place, and as we wandered through the ruins, it wasn’t hard to imagine knights and wizards lurking in the shadows. The new bridge connecting the mainland to the island is an engineering marvel and offers breathtaking views of the coast. Don’t miss Merlin’s Cave down on the beach – pure magic!

Day 4: Discovering St. Michael’s Mount

St. Michael’s Mount

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Our next stop was St. Michael’s Mount, a tidal island steeped in history and legend. We crossed the causeway on foot during low tide and explored the medieval castle and gardens. The views from the top were absolutely stunning, and the island itself felt like stepping back in time. After our visit, we enjoyed some fresh seafood at a charming nearby cafe.

Day 5: Ziplining at Adrenalin Quarry

Quarry Zipline

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For our next thrill, we ventured to Adrenalin Quarry. The name says it all – this place is an adrenaline junkie’s dream! We soared across the quarry on one of the UK’s longest ziplines, reaching speeds that made our hearts race. If you’re feeling brave, the giant swing and aquapark are also worth a go. It’s a full day of high-flying fun that left us buzzing with excitement.

Day 6: Alpaca Trekking in Bodmin Moor

Alpaca Trek UK

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Needing a bit of calm after all that excitement, we set off for the tranquil Bodmin Moor for a spot of alpaca trekking. Yes, you heard that right – trekking with alpacas! These gentle creatures are the perfect companions for a leisurely stroll through the picturesque moorland. We bonded with our woolly friends, learning about their quirky personalities and enjoying the serene landscape. It was a delightful change of pace and utterly charming.

Day 7: Coastal Walks and Cream Teas

Cream Tea UK

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No trip to Cornwall would be complete without indulging in a traditional cream tea – jam first, of course! We spent the day exploring the South West Coast Path, with its stunning vistas and hidden coves. Stopping at a quaint tea room, we savored scones slathered in clotted cream and strawberry jam, washing it down with a pot of English tea. Bliss!

Day 8: Farewell to Cornwall at St. Ives

St Ives Cornwall

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Our final day was spent in the idyllic town of St. Ives. With its golden beaches, art galleries, and cozy pubs, it was the perfect spot to unwind and soak up the last of the Cornish sun. A leisurely boat trip offered a different perspective of the coast, and we even spotted some playful dolphins. As the sun set over the harbour, we raised a glass to a week well spent.

Reflections on Cornwall

Cornwall truly has something for everyone. Whether you’re an adrenaline seeker, a history buff, or simply in need of some relaxation, this charming region delivers in spades. The combination of natural beauty, thrilling activities, and warm hospitality makes it an unbeatable summer destination.

Tips for a Cornish Holiday

  1. Best Time to Visit: Summer (June to August) offers the best weather and the most activities.
  2. Local Cuisine: Don’t miss out on Cornish pasties, fresh seafood, and, of course, cream teas.
  3. Transport: Renting a car is the best way to explore Cornwall’s hidden gems and scenic routes.
  4. Accommodation: From quaint cottages to seaside hotels, there’s a range of options to suit all budgets.


Our summer vacation in Cornwall was a whirlwind of adventure, history, and relaxation. From surfing the waves and exploring ancient castles to trekking with alpacas and ziplining across quarries, every day brought a new and exciting experience. If you’re dreaming of a summer filled with fun and wonder, look no further than Cornwall – it truly is the jewel of England’s southwest.

-Liam, Tripio Guru


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