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Cornwall Marine Directory

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FAMILIES are well catered for in Cornwall with a range of on-the-water activities including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and rowing - not to mention an array of great walks along the shore.

There are also ample opportunities to explore within the county using one of the maritime hotspots as a base. Meanwhile on the water there's plenty of opportunity for families to improve skills or learn to sail by choosing from the list of sailing schools on our database.

Cornwall's reputation as a quality tourist resort was founded on the high quality of its beaches - each with a different character and an assortment of facilities surrounding them. These beaches vary from the rugged swathes of north coast to the sheltered creeks of the south. Each offers a great way to spend the day unwinding to the sound of the waves on the shore as you and your family take the chance to relax.

There is a wealth of great days out in Cornwall within a short distance of any of the marine hotspots. The Eden Project, for example, is a stone's throw from the picturesque and friendly harbour of Fowey, as are many superb gardens. See and for more information.

Cornwall's waterside hotspots offer a choice of facilities within easy reach - many of the county's beaches have restaurants, shops, refreshments and parking nearby - or you may choose a hideaway that offers those capable of a short walk an amazing degree of privacy and the unspoilt beauty of a beach to yourself.

If buckets, spades and swimming are not for you, you may like to take the chance to learn to surf or body-board in a relatively safe environment. There are many businesses offering tuition with equipment hire thrown in. Always look for a quality establishment that can advise you on safety and check the "safety on the water" section of this site before venturing into the water.

The rural nature of the county makes it a Mecca for those wanting to take in the scenic beauty of the countryside via a pleasant walk. Cornwall has plenty of heritage and culture, including stone circles older than Stonehenge and the relics of tin mine pump engine houses standing atop the hills.

And since no one can guarantee weather it'll be reassuring to know there are plenty of places to go and things to do rain or shine. The National Maritime Museum Cornwall, based in Falmouth, has more things under one roof than you could steer a boat at. As well as a wealth of maritime history there are interactive displays, the opportunity to sail your own model boat as well as a great look-out post and the opportunity to go underwater in the tidal gallery to look out below Falmouth harbour.

As well as unique landscape, excellent visitor attractions and first class watersports for all the family, Cornwall has a wealth of useful facilities - libraries with internet access, leisure pools, leisure centres and loads more to boot.
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