The range of activities available in north Cornwall is staggering including: some of the best surfing and extreme sport beaches in Europe; superb walking with dramatic views to be enjoyed from the
Coastal Path and high moors; top class golf courses abound within a 30 minute radius of Helsbury Park; world class sailing centres at Rock and Falmouth cater for the novice and
expert alike and several local lakes have novice facilities too; every kind of fishing is available from boat, rocks, beach, river bank or
lake side; unique cycling experiences are well catered for from family outings on
bikes on the Camel Trail, to rugged off-road mountain biking;
and horse riding is also on offer for all skill levels.
We've tried to cover as many as we can here, but feel free to drop us a line
and we'll try and help with more information if we can. Use the links on the
right hand side to find out more too.
Extreme Sports in North Cornwall
For the more adventurous there is a mass of new sports available on some
of the finest beaches in Europe: from kite surfing and sand yachting to
the more traditional pursuits of surfing, windsurfing and body boarding.
Tuition is available at most of the larger beaches in North Cornwall:
Watergate Bay, Polzeath and Newquay in particular. These beaches also have
fashionable cafes, restaurants and shops to cater for those who would
rather watch than participate.
Fishing in and around Helsbury Park
With more than a mile of the river Camel running through the property
Helsbury Park offers a secluded haven to enjoy some of the best salmon fishing
available in the UK. Fishing begins on the 1st of May and runs through to
December, which is unique in the UK, the best time to fish on site is from
September through to December when the river fills after the summer. The
Camel is the leading salmon river in the South West of England, with salmon and
sea trout being caught on fly or spinner depending on the time of the year and the
conditions. As part of the Helsbury package we provide temporary membership
of the Bodmin Angling Association, who manage the whole river from source to
sea. This allows you to fish many more stretches of the river Camel
throughout the season, as well as access to a mine of superb information and
local knowledge about the best places to fish.
For the less experienced who
are looking for a more varied fishing experiences there's also easy access to
the north Cornwall coast with superb rock fishing from Port Gaverne, or
beach fishing at Widemouth Bay. As well as the abundance of mackerel there
are turbot, sea bass, pollock and plaice around the coast. Boat trips from
Rock, Padstow or Port Isaac, offer even more possibilities including shark
fishing. Well stocked lakes complete the whole spectrum of fishing options
available within thirty minutes of Helsbury. There are trout lakes and
coarse fishing locally offering carp, roach, tench, perch and bream.
Golf Courses in the Locale
Imagine a golfing holiday where you could play some of the best courses
in the country, enjoy luxury accommodation, and not have to worry about
non-golfing members of your party getting bored. All of that's possible at
Helsbury Park. Links courses, park courses and driving ranges are all within
easy reach of Helsbury Park. So too are fabulous restaurants and cosy pubs
in which to unwind and relive that last round, and beautiful beaches and
attractions for the non-golfers in any party. You'll find ten excellent golf
courses within a twenty mile radius of Helsbury Park including Trevose and
St Enodoc which are reputed to be among the finest links courses outside of
Scotland. Bowood Park Golf Course, Cornwall's Valderama, is just 5 minutes
away by car, and the legendary Nicklaus course at St Mellion is less than an
hours drive away.
Cycling in North Cornwall
Cornwall offers a great variety of cycling from quiet country lanes, meandering through pretty
villages and bustling harbours, to demanding off-road routes which explore the wilds of Bodmin Moor. The easy going Camel Trail is ideal for those with
young children, or those who haven't ridden a bike in a few years.
A section of the National Cycle Network runs through Cornwall, and is marked on the roads which makes it easy to follow from village to village. There are
some wonderful places to stop and relax en route: including some fine country inns and tea-gardens.
The Camel Trail is one of the most perfect places to cycle in the country. For novice or
experienced rider to ride from the wooded valley on the moor out to sea at Padstow is a breathtaking experience.
Helsbury is located right on the edge of Bodmin Moor which has miles of tracks, paths and off road routes that you can follow, as
well as some great pubs for the bits in between! The stunning accommodation at Helsbury is luxurious,
spacious and peaceful, the perfect place to return to at the end of the day, with log fires, en suite bathrooms and superb facilities [including washing
machines and dryers!].
Horse Riding in the Helsbury Park area
Cornwall has an equestrian treat for riders of all abilities: galloping
across miles of open moorland; along a sandy beach or pottering through
picturesque lanes. There is an excellent variety of equestrian facilities
within a short distance of Helsbury Park; offering trekking, hacks or
lessons for the novice and experienced rider alike. There's nothing like
horse-back for getting a good view over those high Cornish hedges.
Sailing on the North Cornwall Coast
As Cornwall has the longest coastline of any county in England it is no
surprise that it's a county of excellent sailors. From dinghy to ocean
going yacht, opportunities abound to try sailing in Cornwall, and be it all
hands on deck or a G&T in the cabin a great day out can be had by all.
There are numerous centres for water sports: at Rock on the Camel estuary;
Falmouth on the South Coast; or inland reservoirs and lakes like Colliford
or Siblyback on the moor if you'd rather
not have waves and the tide to deal with.
Art in Cornwall
Cornwall and art have been inextricably intertwined for generations:
from the world famous Newlyn School; Barbara Hepworth and the Tate at St
Ives to the tiny galleries that appear in just about every village in the
county. The unique light and landscape influence the stunning arts and
crafts including glass-work, jewellery, ceramics, paintings and sculpture.
St Ives is a great place to start with the Tate and Barbara Hepworth Museum,
and the local galleries are also jammed full of traditional and modern
artworks. The Lemon Street gallery in Truro is a real treat, but there is
wonderful art available everywhere. Small galleries abound at Camelford,
Padstow, Wadebridge, Port Isaac and even on the side of the road as you
National Surfing Centre
Golf in Cornwall
British Cycling Museum Camelford
Cycling in Cornwall
Mountain Biking in South West
The Camel Trail
Sailing in Cornwall
The Tate Gallery, St Ives