*This post is sponsored by Fjällräven, but all opinions and recommendations are my own.
It’s hard to choose my favourite Cornish day trips and mini adventures, but here’s a list of my top five!
There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall; we are truly spoilt with our beaches and country walks! But if you’re looking for something a bit different and more adventurous than a day sat on the beach, check out these day trip ideas.
1. Explore Cornwall’s engine house ruins on the coast
Thanks to its famous tin mining heritage, Cornwall’s coastline is covered with fascinating old ruins and engine houses that were once used to house pumping engines that would remove water from the deep mines below.
These towering structures provide a great insight into Cornish history, but are also great for kids to explore around too. My cousin Jake (10 years old) had some brilliant games of hide and seek with us at Wheal Coates!
My Kånken Mini backpack from Fjällräven is the perfect size for an afternoon outing like this – enough space for all the essentials, plus my camera, water and a snack, but also small enough that it’s light and easy to carry around when you’re chasing kids! Plus, look how cute this mint green is 😍 – my favourite colour.
2. Go shipwreck hunting
You might be used to seeing Cornwall’s glittering tranquil seas during summer, but the coastline here can also be treacherous, especially in winter – so it’s no wonder there are quite a few shipwrecks to be spotted… if you know where to look!
If you’re going to go shipwreck hunting, please put safety first and check the tides before you go exploring hard-to-reach places!
3. Try one of Cornwall’s scenic cycle routes
Fit more into your day by exploring by bike! Cornwall has some stunning cycle trails to try, and the ones listed below even give you a sea view too.
Pack a lunch picnic with you in one of Fjällräven’s classic Kånken backpacks, and you’re away!
4. Search for a secret cove to swim in
Avoid the busy-ness and go on a real adventure, by hunting for some of Cornwall’s hidden coves. The best place to start is Google Maps – scour the coastline for a spot with beautiful clear water, and make a plan for finding it!
Bring some snacks (or a bottle of wine!) and enjoy a dip in the Atlantic ocean to feel refreshed.
(Some of the more secluded spots can be difficult to get to, so please be safe and tell people where you’re going before you head off on your adventure!).
5. Cross the Giant’s causeway to St. Michael’s Mount
The iconic castle atop St. Michael’s Mount at Marazion is one of Cornwall’s most famous landmarks, and I’d definitely recommend it for a day trip! Walk across the Giant’s causeway (check the tides first – as it gets covered by the sea at high tide!) to the island entrance and climb to the top to make the most of the castle’s incredible views.
Marazion beach is the perfect spot for a swim too (or a SUP or kayak hire!), so don’t forget your swim stuff! I love that my Kånken Classic fits everything I could possibly need for the day inside; packed lunch, towel, swim stuff, camera, suncream, water, and the essentials. I’ve been wearing it non-stop for all my adventures this summer.
What are your favourite ways to have a ‘micro-adventure’ where you live?