Young family in wetsuits running down to the sea with a body board

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Less than an hour away

We know that when planning your days with littles in tow, the distance travelled is all important!  In under an hour you can get to some really wonderful family friendly adventures here in Cornwall. We’ve tested them out and pulled together our favourites right here for you. 

Our winter beach excursions often begin with uncertainty over what to do on the beach and  how it will feel, but gradually ideas and activities unfurl.  Each trip becoming as unique as the terrain, tides and weather of the day.
Recently we’ve taken an easier path - bribery.  Enthusing about hot chocolate, coke and shell-on prawns in a quiet, tempting voice is remarkably effective. The stunning 1.5 mile, level walk from Daymer Bay from the Cracking Crab cafe in Polzeath is the latest jewel in our clutch of please-everyone outings.
My vision of the perfect beach has changed since motherhood. Gone is a Maldivian reverie of deserted white sand, glamorous bikinis, searing heat and reef diving. My idyll now comprises toilets, sandcastle-suitable sand, good coffee and rock pools. Rock pools are Cornish beaches USP. We have fantastic tidal reach here which means surreal temporary worlds are created and revealed twice a day. Rock pools are a fascinating, undaunting way for children to engage with the sea.
We like cycling. It may feature somewhat disproportionately in these blogs. Why? Cycling seems to lift everyone’s spirits - with the fresh air and scenery (or sometimes the sheer relief of finishing a ride!). It feels like the golden stuff of family memories. More practically, we have bikes so it’s not too expensive and it’s something we can do with all our children - from 2 to 18.