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Three-hour trips from Golant, just north of Fowey, with a choice of exploring creek or coastline.
Guided trips in single and double-seater kayaks.
Various boats set out from Buller Quay for destinations along the coast – just head along to the quay and check out the chalkboards, where the next sailings will be chalked up...
It'd be a shame to come to the Tamar and not see the river scenery close-up. Canoe Tamar leads daily expeditions up to the river's tidal limits in beautiful wooden Canadian canoes.
Much of the land is privately owned, but the new Tamar Trails have opened up 25km of hiking and biking trails which were previously off-limits to the public...
Run by enthusiasts, this steam railway chuffs and clatters for 6.5 miles between Bodmin and Boscarne Junction. Many trains are still decked out in their original 1950s livery...
Just outside Bodmin, this large public forest is a great spot for a woody wander, and also has a network of mountain-bike trails if you're feeling more energetic...
This huge lake offers a wealth of opportunity for getting out on the water, including windsurfing, rowing, waterskiing and wakeboarding. Mixed-use trails also run around the shoreline, and there's a small cafe...
One of the best ways to see the moor is from the saddle. This well-established riding stables offers hacks and treks from £20 per hour, plus a 3-hour expedition including a pub stop and lunch at the Blisland Inn (£60).
Kayaks are ideal for exploring the waters off St Mawes, especially the quiet creeks along the Percuil River, and the nearby beaches of Great and Little Molunan. Single and two-seater sit-on kayaks are available.
Surfing's not the only sport in Newquay – you could also try kitebuggying, kayaking, paddle surfing and coasteering (a mix of rock-climbing, scrambling and wild swimming)...
A well organised surf school and watersports centre with a large base at Watergate Bay.
A good option if you prefer to avoid the Fistral hustle, this school at Mawgan Porth has five young instructors and gets a tick for personal attention and small class sizes.
Cornwall's biggest go-kart centre, offering an all-weather track and four age-appropriate karts. It's 9 miles northeast of Newquay, near St Eval village.
On Lusty Glaze, the Adventure Centre runs multi-activity sessions on land, sea and cliff-face (note that some, such as ziplining, aren't suitable for younger children).
The only school actually based on Fistral, so likely to be booked out in summer.
One of the most experienced and efficient large schools, linked with Rip Curl and staffed by fully English Surfing Federation–approved instructors (including the British team coach).
Organised school on Watergate Bay, affiliated with the O'Neill surfing brand.
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