Coasteering is an activity that has grown in popularity over the last few years, started by some adventurous, or some would say mad coastal explorers. If you love the sea and don’t have a fear of heights then this could be just the thing for your next holiday! Basically the idea is to make progress along the coastline using whatever method is deemed necessary. The main techniques are by rock climbing, swimming, some particularly challenging scrambling techniques and of course, jumping safely from great heights into the sea.
Not your typical trip to the seaside, there’ll be no need for a bucket and spade or even your speedos! Instead some sturdy footwear, a wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmets are the order of the day.
So where and how? Coasteering is run by companies who take out groups, usually in areas which are very well known to them so that whilst experiencing the highs and exhilaration of the sport they can keep everyone safe. There are a number of companies along the Cornwall and Devon coasts who are now offering group trips form locations including: Newquay, St Ives, Penzance, Bude, Ilfracombe, Croyde and many others.
What better way to sampled an adrenalin filled trip perhaps sampling a handful of these locations than hiring a VW campervan? With the opportunity to plan your trip and stop off at different campsites, and the opportunity to take in the Cornish scenery from a cool VW camper!
We’ve picked out a few of the Coasteering specialists that we’ve come across. All are local experts, high trained and qualified to make sure you’re kept safe while experiencing the exhilaration and adrenalin filled adventures to come.
Extreme Coasteering – Newquay
The guys at Extreme Coasteering have been at it since 2003, with their wealth of experience of the local area as they are fully qualified beach lifeguards and instructors they offer packages for travelling groups and for the more adventurous stag and hen dos! With prices from around £30 per person depending on the package and length of activity that you go for it’s definitely affordable if you have the stomach for it! www.extremecoasteering.co.uk
Cornish Rock Tors Ltd – Port Gaverne, North Cornwall
The base for Cornish Rock Tors is at Port Gaverne, situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on an incredibly beautiful piece of North Cornwall coastline providing a variety of routes along rugged cliffs and through a number of picturesque coves, usually not seen by the less adventurous tourists who visit. If you’re ready for an adventure then the fully qualified instructors who have years of local experience will take you to inaccessible parts of the Cornish coast, swimming though rocky coves, navigating white water, exploring coastal caves and as expected, leaping from some of the favourite jumping spots. Once you’ve got your breath back then you’ll still only be a stone’s throw from the beauty of Polzeath beach. www.cornishrocktors.com
Kernow Coasteering – Lands End, Cornwall
Here’s one that caught our eye as they are offering coasteering from the most westerly point of Cornwall: Lands’ End – there really is nowhere further west than that! Lands’ End is the most testing coasteering that they offer, and due to the location is affected by the conditions of the Atlantic on the day, so a bit of flexibility may be required if things are just too rough and they have to postpone. If the thought of Lands’ End isn’t enough for the you the team at Kernow Coasteering have some special places all-round the coast from St Ives to the most Westerly tip. As the perfect “all weather” activity for your trip, you’re going to get wet anyway! Why not get a group together and enjoy a really memorable experience together. They have a relaxed approach to your trip and people are only tested within their own limits, being able to choose how actively they participate. Good luck! www.kernow-coasteering.co.uk
Covering Croyde, Ifracombe and the beautiful Baggy Point, the team at Active Escape are experienced in making sure that everyone has a good time. A quick look at their website confirms that they take safety very seriously but also remember that people are there to enjoy what is often a new adventure – getting away from the usual stresses of the day to day routine. Their site lists what’s needed for a great trip; swimwear, a pair of trainers, a towel and a smile!! Based at the beautiful Watermouth Cove, after you’ve run the gauntlet and perhaps experienced something new and challenging, they have great facilities back at the cover to get warm, get some food on board at their café and share the highs with friends over a drink or two! www.activeescape.co.uk