A Statement on Coronavirus, and Our Plans and Policies
LAST UPDATED 22nd MARCH 2020
As the dark cloud of COVID-19 intensifies around us, we have taken the decision to cancel all activities and hire until further notice.
We have been monitoring developments closely and had been desperately hoping to be able to continue to offer hands-free hire of hard kit on a very limited basis for local residents, but feel that as the situation stands the best thing that we can do is to close temporarily.
As our landlord The National Trust is closing many of their open spaces in an effort to help restrict the spread of coronavirus, and Cornwall Council is discouraging non-essential travel to Cornwall because of the fragile and already overloaded status of our rural county’s healthcare resources, we urge you to please follow government advice regarding social distancing.
Look after yourselves. Look after your family. Look after the vulnerable in our society. Look after the frontline staff of the NHS.
Our beautiful coastline isn’t going anywhere and will be here waiting for you when we have made it through this, as will we.
Ben and the team
OPEN WATER SWIMMING EVENTS IN CORNWALL 2020
If you’re looking to take part or compete in an open water swimming event or race this year, then we’ve once again compiled a comprehensive list of all of the open water swimming events in Cornwall in 2020.
Winter Training: Bouldering
There are many different ways to train over the winter, and what you choose to do depends very much on what your aims are. We’re big fans of bouldering.
Christmas Gift Guide For Outdoor Adventure Lovers
With Christmas fast approaching, many of you out there might be scratching your heads wondering what to gift to any outdoor adventure lovers in your life. We love the idea of giving the gift of an experience, but know that many people might also be shopping for a small gift or stocking-filler – so here’s our list of gift suggestions running the full range of options.
Outdoor Adventure Jobs with Cornish Rock Tors
Join The Team For 2020! We are currently recruiting for our 2020 season, and have the following outdoor adventure jobs vacant:
- Coasteering Guide
- Sea Kayaking Guide
- Stand-Up Paddleboard Instructor/Guide
A Short History of Port Gaverne
Cornish Rock Tors is based in Port Gaverne, a small fishing hamlet situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Heritage Coast Area. We run our activities along beautiful and unspoiled stretches of the wild Cornish coast, but our centre of operations is in an equally beautiful, historic, and interesting setting.
October Half Term Holiday Activities in Cornwall
The October Half Term Holiday is fast approaching (already? But they’ve only just gone back to school after six weeks off!), and for many people it will be their last chance to get in the water in 2019 before winter arrives in earnest.
Autumn Bird Watching in Cornwall
Autumn, and October in particular, is a busy time for travel in Cornwall. You may think that with the end of the summer holidays, most of the visitors would have headed home however it’s not the case. Many of the humans may have, but they get replaced by flocks of feathered visitors on their autumn migration.
Is Coasteering Safe?
The question “Is coasteering safe?” is one that we hear every now and then from members of the public who have never heard about or seen coasteering before. We believe that it is.
Working With Swim Research
We’re incredibly proud and fortunate to have a fantastic group of businesses and organisations supporting the work that we do here at Cornish Rock Tors and Cornish Swim Tours. Swim Research are one of the businesses that we are lucky enough to be working with.
The Benefits of Giving Children a Challenge
The importance of challenge is something that is often referred to in education, with teachers encouraged to adequately stretch young minds to help them to meet their full potential. But challenge shouldn’t be limited to a text book, as the benefits of giving children a challenge outside of the classroom builds confidence, self esteem and motivation.
Fact File: Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola)
The Ocean sunfish (the amazingly named Mola mola) is one of the heaviest known bony fishes in the world, weighing in anywhere between 250kg to a ton! We were lucky enough to have one pay us a visit recently.
Summer Holiday Activities in Cornwall
The summer months bring with them the school summer holidays, the busiest time of year here in Cornwall. It’s a period when many families are looking for holiday activities to entertain their children, teenagers and “inbetweenagers”, and when some other visitors are looking for an escape from the busy beaches.
Top Tips for Paddling a Kayak Efficiently
When sea kayaking, efficiency is key. Open water paddling is all about covering as much distance with as little effort as possible – this way we can see more of the stunning scenery along our coast and increase our chances of having unforgettable encounters with the amazing wildlife in our oceans.
A Guide to Cornish Coastal Wildflowers
From May to October the Cornish coast is carpeted with a variety of colourful wildflowers, and in the month of June in particular, Cornwall is in bloom.
Father’s Day Activities and Adventures
Sunday June 16th is Father’s Day here in the UK, and if you’re starting to think about what you can do with your dad to show him how much you appreciate him then we’re here to help.
Open Water Swimming Events in Cornwall 2019
If you’re interested in taking part in an open water swimming event or race this year, here’s our comprehensive list of open water swimming events in Cornwall in 2019. Some are pure swim events (with a choice of distances), whilst some are aquathlons, biathlons, or triathlons with additional run or run and cycle legs.
Triathlon Training Tips
80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February, so if you’re starting to falter on your health and fitness targets (shall we not mention “dry January”?!) and are at risk of becoming one of those statistics, then we’re here to help.
Top Tips For Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Improve your SUP skills and make the most out of your time on the water!
Fact File: Comb Jelly (Beroe cucumis)
With the incredible clear and calm weather that we’ve had here in Cornwall through June and the start of July, it’s been really easy to spot some of the marine life that call our stretch of coast home.
Winter Storm Watching in Cornwall
Winter is an amazing time to visit Cornwall and enjoy its natural beauty.
Jon’s Summer Triathlon Season Success
Last weekend saw the final event in the INTOTRI Cornish triathlon series take place at Falmouth. Our Jon has been racing in the series, and a 3rdplace finish in Falmouth meant that he took 3rd place overall in the series in his first season. What a result!
Pedal and Paddle Offer with Lanhydrock Cycle Hub
If you’re after an active holiday and want to make the most of Cornwall’s varied landscapes, then our Pedal and Paddle Offer will be just what you’re looking for.
Salkeld, The Pirate King of Lundy Island
Many of you will know our sea kayaking and coasteering guide Hugo; he’s been an integral member of the team here for many years now and does a fantastic job of spreading his love and enthusiasm for the marine environment and this bit of the Cornish coast. Well, now it turns out that he’s also a descendant of a famous pirate!