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Last updated: 03 June, 2023

Coasteering is the ‘sport’ of clambering and climbing over coastline, be it climbing cliffs, jumping off cliffs into the sea, clambering through canyons, running on beaches, or swimming in channels; Cornwall and Devon – with clement weather, clean seas, craggy cliffs and golden beaches – happen to be the best places in Britain to do it.

It’s not just for iron men and women – there are of course different levels suited to different physical abilities and ages (including kids), but you need a basic level of fitness and swimming ability. It’s physically challenging, and the water is (always) cold, but it’s a thrilling, rewarding way to explore the picturesque southwest coastline.

Active, adventurous kids will love coasteering, but most operators recommend over-10s only.

Price from: £50
Minimum age: 10
Age suitable: 10+
When: All year around
Duration: 2-3 hours

Getting there & doing it

Coasteering operates at different sites around the coastline, depending on the operator. Sessions are usually around 2-3 hours long in summer, 1-2 hours in autumn and spring. Some operators run open sessions while others require a minimum of participants to take place.

Winter wetsuits, boots, buoyancy aids and water sports helmets are provided to keep you warm, safe and comfortable.

When to do it

The coasteering season generally lasts April-October, bookings on request.

Our selection of the best Viator tours of this attraction or activity

Newquay Coasteering Adventure

Newquay Coasteering Adventure

Newquay

Experience the Newquay coastline like never before as you negotiate sluices, whirlpools, deep water rock jumps, and more. You will need to...

£55 | Rating 4.98 / 5 [282 ratings]

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Coasteering Experience in Newquay

Coasteering Experience in Newquay

Newquay

Our expert instructors spent a long time finding this hidden gem, pioneering a coasteering route where everything happens within one extraor...

£55 | Rating 4.98 / 5 [159 ratings]

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Surfing, Coasteering & Wild Camping

Surfing, Coasteering & Wild Camping

Newquay

 Experience the best of Cornwall–from the waves to the wilderness. Learn to surf with experienced surf coaches, discover a hidden coastlin...

£189 | Rating 5 / 5 [97 ratings]

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Our writer’s recommended tour operators to book with

Cornish Coast Adventures

Cornish Coast Adventures

Port Quin, Cornwall, United Kingdom (UK)

Family coasteering outfit based in Port Quin, Cornwall (just north of Padstow), run by local adventure enthusiasts Sam and Mark Williams (both lifeguards with NGB qualifications). They also offer sea kayaking.

Elemental UK

Elemental UK

Falmouth, Cornwall, United Kingdom (UK)

Based at Swanpool Beach, Falmouth, they offer a wide range of watersports including coasteering, sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, kayaking and raft building.

Harlyn Surf School [coasteering]

Harlyn Surf School [coasteering]

Padstow, Cornwall, United Kingdom (UK)

This highly regarded surf school also offers coasteering along a course from Harlyn Bay, near Padstow, to Trevone. Lots of jumps and caves.

Lusty Glaze Adventure Centre

Lusty Glaze Adventure Centre

Newquay, Cornwall, United Kingdom (UK)

Better known for its zip wires and Junior Baywatch programme, this adventure centre on a private beach at Newquay also offers 2-hour coasteering adventures.

Our writer’s picks of the best places to stay near this experience, closest first

St Moritz Hotel

Trebetherick, Cornwall, United Kingdom (UK)[46.9 miles]

Lovely art deco-inspired boutique in a cracking location between the boating haven of Rock and the surfing hotspot of Polzeath. Great for families.

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Padstow Harbour Hotel

Padstow, Cornwall, United Kingdom (UK)[49.2 miles]

A luxury boutique gem, ideally located overlooking the picturesque coastal town of Padstow. Stunning sea views, easy access to beautiful beaches, and close to top attractions.

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Fowey Hall Hotel

Fowey, Cornwall, United Kingdom (UK)[49.2 miles]

Lovely country house family hotel, located in the beautiful town of Fowey, with five acres of landscaped gardens and woodlands. Close to the Eden Project.

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Fowey Harbour Hotel

Fowey, Cornwall, United Kingdom (UK)[49.3 miles]

Luxury boutique hotel with heart-stopping views of the Fowey estuary, set in a beautiful restored Victorian building. Close to the Eden Project.

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