From camping on the Lizard to sailing the open seas, here's how to explore Cornwall.
Renowned surf beaches, stunning coast paths and the World Heritage Site industrial heartland. Our location offers countless opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors.
On the water
Revel in the north coast’s bounty of surf spots. Slip into a drysuit and deep dive into clear waters. Hoist the sails or jump into a kayak to explore tucked away bays. Whether you’re swimming, surfing, SUPing or sailing there are plenty of opportunities to make the most of studying by the sea. The Students’ Union hosts clubs for all sorts of water sports, which are a great way to meet new people too.
Need to hire equipment? There are plenty of places offering watersports rentals. Here are just a few to get you started.
If you're new to surfing, why not join a surf school? You'll learn to ride while being supported by qualified instructors.
Kayakathon founder Matthew Loots received business support after graduating from BA(Hons) Creative Events Management.
FXU Sailing Club
Cliff jumping in Cornwall
Tremough Quidditch Club
Falmouth student life. Photo: Benjamin Lum Kin
Cornwall offers a host of special places to explore
The view from Falmouth harbour
Kayaking in Cornwall. Photo: Emily Tapp
One of two stunning beaches within 10 minutes walk from Falmouth Campus
Views of the Falmouth harbour
Cornwall offers a host of special places to explore. Photo: Jonathan Vivaas Kise
From rambling on Bodmin Moor, walking the craggy coast paths and climbing cliffs to cycling the backroads and pitching a tent in one of the many beautiful campsites across the county, there’s plenty of fun to be had on land too. Why not join the Expedition Society, or the Cycling Club, or perhaps you’re more into horse riding? Discover all our clubs and societies for outdoor pursuits
Our top camping spots
4. The Helford
Just a few miles from Falmouth, you'll find the stunning Helford Passage. Explore its seven creeks by kayak, stop off at Helford Passage for a pint in the pub and explore the nearby gardens. Relax in the sub-tropical paradise of Trebah and puzzle your way out of Glendurgan's magnificent maze!
Perfect for: Getting lost in nature.
5. The Roseland
The Roseland is probably Cornwall's best place no one knows about. From the amazing Hidden Hut through to expanses of golden sand, you could get lost for days exploring the Roseland. Get there on the St Mawes Ferry from Falmouth (where you get discounted travel) and then start your adventures.
Perfect for: Escaping the crowds in good weather and brilliant day trips.
Much of Cornwall is explorable by public transport. From Falmouth train station you can catch the swell in Newquay or walk the St Ives coatline. Ferries will take you to Flushing, St Mawes and the Roseland Heritage Coast. And local bus services run regularly across Cornwall too.
From subsidised bus journeys to our cycle scheme, find out more about getting around
Surfing and sundown sessions, beach bars and Boardmasters, gigs and gig rowing. See how we like to get together in Falmouth.
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