On the water

With more coastline than any other county, it’s not surprising that sailing and water sports are in huge demand in Cornwall. Cornwall’s waters have so many stories to tell. With its colourful maritime history and centuries of sailors and fishermen making their living on the sea, there are countless tales to discover.

Fish & Trips of St Mawes

Fancy trying your hand at fishing then you can do no better than booking a spot of fishing with Fish & Trips of St Mawes. Perfect if you're a keen fisherman or you want to try it for the first time. You can book two or three hours or half day and full day trips on The Madeline Rose. Set sail with friendly, local skipper James Brown, a former commercial fisherman with more than 20 years experience, on his traditional fishing boat. For a more leisurely day, you could charter the boat and combine fishing with sightseeing along the River Fal, and perhaps stop off for lunch at one of the riverside pubs – our favourite The Pandora at Mylor.

Roseland Paddle & Sail

Feeling a bit more energetic, then try Roseland Paddle and Sail, based at Percuil. Their guided tours are popular and they can pick a tour to suit your experience and fitness.

They vary from a quiet trip up the Percuil River to watch the bird life and scenery to tours taking a packed lunch and traveling up the coast. Here you can often follow much larger wildlife like seals and visit beaches and coves only accessible by boat or kayak.

The tours are suitable for paddlers of all ages, experience and fitness.

Orca Sea Safaris

Based in Falmouth, Orca Sea Safaris, one of Cornwall's top boat trips, offer wildlife watching and coastal safaris. Tours are on the purpose-built Seaquest of Falmouth and trips take in the spectacular sights of the Carrick Roads. The aim is to introduce you to the outstanding beauty of our coastline, while looking for wildlife that may be in the area. An array of species visit the area including dolphins, seals, whales, seabirds and basking sharks. While seeing all of these amazing animals can never be guaranteed, Cornwall’s coastal waters offer the perfect environment for pods of dolphins, groups of seals, basking sharks and whales. We have to confess our trip involved getting rather wet despite the waterproofs provided but what fun we had!

Enterprise Boats

If that’s all sounding a bit energetic for you then try a gentle cruise on the Enterprise Boat which sails up to six times a day between the cathedral city of Truro and the bustling maritime port of Falmouth, calling at the beautiful National Trust Trelissick Garden & House on the way. The trip takes between one and two hours and offers a great chance to relax and enjoy our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the stunning unspoilt landscape. Our top tip for low tide when the ferry stops at Malpas, where there just happens to be a lovely pub, The Heron Inn – ideal for lunch or a beer overlooking the river.

As well as this we have Mylor Sailing School, Loe Beach Watersports centre, St Mawes Sit On Kayaks, Fal river links all nearby. Keen surfers need to head to Newquay or Sennen for big waves, also it’s great just to watch them!

Where to find them...

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