Sailing on Upper Tamar Lake
Windsurfing on the Camel Estuary

North Cornwall's secluded coves, sandy beaches and breathtaking cliffs provide a dramatic backdrop for watersports on the apron of the Atlantic. And it's easy to tap into the thrills: just check the tide, follow the lifeguards' advice, choose from boogie-boards to surf skis and splash your way into the centre of the action. If you've never had a crack at surfing, you've come to the right place.


The wide expanse of golden sand at Polzeath offers the perfect starting point to conquer the Atlantic rollers, with tuition and board hire on hand. There are surf schools and equipment for hire at Bude, Constantine and Harlyn Bay too.


But England's premier Atlantic coastline is not the only way to get closer to the water in North Cornwall. You'll find fine fishing, sheltered sailing and wonderful windsurfing at the Tamar Lakes and, on the Bude Canal, relaxing rowing.


On the Camel Estuary you can really push the boat out in style, choosing from dinghy sailing, windsurfing or even water-skiing. Anglers fall in love with North Cornwall, hook, line and sinker.


Not surprising really, when there's no close season in Cornwall and you can choose from rock and beach fishing, river game on the Camel, or stillwater trout at Crowdy Reservoir and Colliford Lake.


Sea fishing trips cast off from Boscastle, Padstow, Rock and Port Isaac, where you can experience the thrill of pulling into a Cornish harbour with fresh mackerel for your supper.




Ann's Cottage Surf Shop,
PoIzeath (01208) 862162

Atlantic Pursuits,
Bude (01288) 321765

Constantine Bay Surf Stores
(01841) 520250

Harlyn Surf School
(01841) 521395

Rebound Surf Tuition
Padstow (01841) 521185

Outdoor Adventure.
Bude (01288) 354039

Shoreline Outdoor Pursuits,
Bude (01288) 352451

Surfside Hire,
PoIzeath (01208) 863426

Surfs Up PoIzeath
(01208) 862003

Zuma Jay's Surf Shop,
Bude (01288) 354956

Adventure International,
Bude (01288) 355551

Atlantic Pursuits,
Bude (01288) 321765

Camel School of Seamanship,
Rock (01208) 862881

Outdoor Adventure, Widemouth Bay
(01288) 862974

Rock Sailing and Water Ski Club
Rock (01208) 862709

Siblyback Lake, nr. Liskeard
(01579) 346522

Shoreline Outdoor Pursuits,
Bude (01288) 354039

Tamar Canoe Expedition,
Liskeard (01579) 351113

Upper Tamar Lake,
Kilkhampton (01288) 321712