Outdoors

Hop on your bike and explore the outdoors on one of our trails © National Trust/Neil Davidson

Hop on your bike and explore the outdoors on one of our trails

Do you love the outdoors?

There's a whole host of ways to enjoy being outdoors all year round, and a huge amount of activities you can do here in the south west.

We've created a map of what you can do where, so you can explore what's on offer in your area.

Make a splash on the water

Riding the waves

 © Ben Selway

Surfing is all about the interaction between you, your board, the sea and your friends. We have 420 miles of coastline in the South West. It's likely that you'll be able to find the perfect spot to hone your skills on our activity map.

Paddling and swimming

 © National Trust Images/Ben Selway

Whether you like to dip your toes, take a cooling dip or do some serious swimming in the sea, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to clean, safe places for bathing. Favourite spots include Kynance Cove in Cornwall, Soar Mill Cove in South Devon and Studland Beach, Dorset.
 

Messing about in boats

 © Ben Selway

You'll get a whole new perspective of our beautiful, varied coast when you take to the water.
Step into a canoe or kayak and you can explore creeks and estuaries, secret coves and magical shorelines. If you favour a larger vessel, go harbour hopping in the South West and you'll sail past miles of glorious coastline.

It's a shore thing

You don't need to get really wet to enjoy the water  - there's ample opportunity for the more sedate activities of rockpooling and fishing too. Find the perfect place on our activity map.

Fresh air fitness

Why pound a treadmill when you can head outdoors to run, circuit train or just for a brisk walk. As the runner in this short video knows, keeping fit is so much more enjoyable in scenic surroundings.

Enjoy the countryside

Cycling

Enjoy time as a family and explore the great outdoors © D Levenson

We're lucky to have some of the best cycling in the country.

Bridleways are great for mountain bikes, or choose quiet country lanes if you prefer road bikes. There are also a host of great traffic-free trails.

Don't want to go it alone? We've teamed up with British Cycling to organise a series of guided cycle rides this August - find out more here.

Walking

Three walkers in the Purbeck Hills, Dorset © Martin Franks/National Trust

Tailor-made walks are easy to download or just grab a map and chart your own course.

Whatever you're after, we've got something... seaside strolls, moorland yomps or countryside hikes to discover the perfect village pub.

Camping

Camping at Highertown Campsite, Lansallos, Cornwall © National Trust Images/John Millar

It's the easy way to change your pace of life to countryside speed. With both intimate, small rural camping sites and sites with touring pitches and hook-ups, settle in one spot or move on every couple of nights.
 

Butterflies

Look out for the lovely large blue at Collard Hill © Jim Elliott

Look out for the lovely large blue at Collard Hill

Top spots:

Birds

A chough feeding on the grazed cliffs near Lizard Point © George Rogers

A chough feeding on the grazed cliffs near Lizard Point

What to see where

Wild flowers

The South West Coast Path is a great place to see wild flowers © George Rogers

The South West Coast Path is a great place to see wild flowers

Wild flower hotspots:

Nocturnal nature

Experience some bat action on a night time walk © David Bassett ABIPP MBE

Experience some bat action on a night time walk

Nothing beats the sights and sounds of nature at night. As dusk falls you can spot bats, badgers, foxes and owls. Or on a starlit night just lie flat on your back and gaze up at the night skies.