Coasteering South Cornwall

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Vertical Descents
Vertical Descents
12 and above
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2 Hour duration
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8 and above
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3 Hour duration
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Kernow Coasteering
9 and above
From £45 per person
3 Hour duration

Guide To Coasteering South Cornwall

Explore South Cornwall Coasteering. Discover The Best Locations & Providers

Complete Guide To Coasteering

The stunning coastline of Cornwall is unsurpassed in the British Isles for its beauty and diversity. With over 400 miles of beaches, cliffs, hidden coves and fishing harbours, it’s a truly unique place that is fascinating to explore. You can live the lazy beach life to your heart’s content, or get out on the stunning coast path, but one way to explore this coastline offers an experience like no other.

Coasteering South Cornwall is a truly unique way to get out into the natural world. Exploring the coastline at close quarters, you’ll climb, swim, jump and scramble your way around hidden coves, zawns, gullies and deep-sea caves. First invented by surfers in Pembrokeshire in the 1980s, Cornwall is one of the best places to experience this incredible outdoor activity.

The south coast of Cornwall is a wildlife-rich environment of wooded bays and hidden coves. It’s a fantastic place to get out coasteering. It offers gentler terrain than the north coast and far west, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less interesting. Coasteering South Cornwall’s beautiful coast will challenge you physically and mentally, and leave you invigorated.

Is coasteering dangerous?

The coastline can be wild and unpredictable, and coasteering requires skill and experience to ensure everyone stays safe. Coasteering alone isn’t recommended, as a knowledge of the terrain and the tides is essential. Instead, experienced, accredited operators will not only ensure you remain safe, but will also know where to head to make sure your coasteering experience is truly unforgettable.

How fit do I need to be?

It’s sometimes presumed that coasteering is only really an activity for people with very high fitness levels. That’s not really the case, as long as you’re over 8 years old and are reasonably fit, you can take part. You only need to be able to doggy-paddle, and it’s helpful if you can feel confident in the water. You’ll be provided with a wetsuit, a buoyancy aid and a helmet.

A great activity for all the family

If you’re a family that likes a challenge, then coasteering could be for you. It’s not unusual for coasteering parties to include three generations of the same family, with everyone helping each other out along the way. You’ll not have to do anything you’re not totally comfortable with or that puts you at any kind of risk.

Coasteering in South Cornwall

With its glorious coves, beautiful estuaries and wooded bays, coasteering South Cornwall offers an alternative to the rockier pleasures on the north coast and far west. That’s not to say that it’s boring! There are some epic challenges in these parts, as well as stretches that are great for the beginner.


The working fishing harbour of Mevagissey is a great place for a holiday, and the start of some challenging coasteering routes. If you’re looking for caves, gullies, climbs and jumps, this is a fantastic place to start.

Ready Money Cove

Coasteering around the wooded bays to the west of Fowey offers a mellow, laid back experience that allows you to get up close to a beautiful stretch of the Cornish coast. It offers a great introduction to coasteering, and is perfect for a family day out. When you’re back on dry land there’s a host of great places to eat and drink in nearby Fowey.


Forget what you think you know about the coast in South Cornwall. The route from Pentewan offers you some epic challenges and all-encompassing coasteering experience. There’s slides, jumps, caves and adventure swimming as well as some challenging climbs to navigate.

Gorran Haven

If you like your coasteering raw and untamed, then the coastline around Gorran Haven is for you. Don’t let the turquoise waters and mild climate fool you, this is a great route for anyone who wants a true coasteering experience.

Swanpool Beach

Not far from the centre of Falmouth, Swanpool Beach offers a range of challenges to suit all ages and abilities. There are gullies and caves to explore, as well as the chance to explore the coastline at a more sedate pace. This is a great place to have an introductory coasteering adventure.

Try coasteering South Cornwall

There’s a number of experienced coasteering providers in this part of South Cornwall.

Vertical Descents

Based in Newquay, but offering coasteering adventures across Cornwall, Vertical Descents can help you explore a range of routes across South Cornwall. They’re passionate about protecting their local environment and offer eco-coasteering options.

Elemental UK

With watersport centres in Newquay and Falmouth, Elemental UK are experienced coasteering leaders. All of their coasteering trips are carefully managed and tailored to the capabilities of the individuals involved. Whether you’re looking for an ultimate big thrills challenge, or a more sedate coastal exploration, they will ensure you have a day to remember.

Go Coasteering

Go Coasteering was founded out of a love of adventure, and passion to share it with as many people as possible. Operating all over Cornwall, they’re one of the few providers who regularly takes groups to experience all that the south coast has to offer. Offering a wide range of packages to suit all kinds of groups and budgets, they’re coasteering experts who can make your coasteering experience unforgettable.


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