Lose yourself in the very best of the great outdoors. Whether you’re hiking through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or chartering a boat for an afternoon of fishing, outdoor pursuits are part of the fabric of life here.

Running buffs will love the challenge of the Saturday Park Run at Penrose, whilst keen cyclists will find plenty of winding country lanes and family-friendly routes to enjoy. If you prefer your ride on four legs then a gallop along the beach makes for an unforgettable encounter.

Pedal power

Get on your bike and ride with opportunities for on and off road cycling across varied terrain. From wide, flat family-friendly tracks to muddy woodland ways the newly refurbished and traffic-free paths of the National Trust’s Penrose Estate are a cycling must. Trails around the central Loe Pool form an eight-mile loop and routes are colour coded according to difficulty.

Set off one morning and see where your legs take you. Explore leafy lanes and stop off at sleepy coastal hamlets and country pubs en-route.

Take the plunge

Leap from the cliff tops on a coasteering adventure, spy seals from a sea kayak or get gnarly on a surfboard. With the sea on three sides, the Lizard peninsula is the perfect place to get wet.

With the sea on three sides, the Lizard peninsula is the perfect place to get wet.

Try your hand at kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding for a different outlook as you float in turquoise waters, gazing back at the craggy landscape. Pick up some high-octane surf skills or scramble around headlands and take the plunge by sampling coasteering with companies like Lizard Adventure. Windsurf off Coverack or charter a boat for fishing or sightseeing from one of the local harbours. The Lizard also boasts some of the best underwater dive sites in Britain.

Hot to trot

A few hours on a country hack or a canter along the beach – riding on The Lizard is a horse-lovers heaven. Stables like those in Mullion or Bosvathick Farm near the Helford cater for everyone from beginners to experienced riders.

DID YOU KNOW? Godolphin Hill, with its 360o views and no artificial lights nearby is one of the best spots in the country for a spot of stargazing. Take your torch for the climb.