Trip Ref #10375
No surfing or coasteering experience needed, just a basic level of fitness and the ability to swim for 25metres in open water.
Learn to surf from the experts on some of the UK’s best beaches
Push outside your comfort zone with wild swims, rocky traverses and cliff jumps as you navigate a rugged headland
Get stuck in to woodland games, throw axes and learn slack-lining before wild camping in the woods
Surf, Coasteer and Wild Camp
Kick off with a morning surf lesson at a local beach where your professional instructors will have you paddling, popping up and riding the waves in no time. Grab some lunch at a beachside restaurant, then gear up for an afternoon coasteering. Navigate Towan Head by any means necessary – swim, traverse and cliff-jumps included. Head into the woods and settle into your luxurious bell tent. Relax, or play some woodland games from giant jenga, balance games to woodland swings. You can challenge the others to an axe-throwing contest and then gather around the campfire for dinner.
Back to the beach
Wake up to birdsong, enjoy a camp breakfast and then head back to the beach for some more surfing. Today your instructor will either help you hone your skills or work on new ones. Find a restaurant with beach views for lunch and then toast your new skills before heading home.
Experienced, certified surfing and coasteering instructors
1-night of woodland camping in luxury bell tents
All your surfing and coasteering equipment
A basic camp breakfast
Travel to and from the start point
Some meals as described
What is the food like?
Newquay has a range of restaurants for any budget, as well as a supermarket across the street from the surf shop. You'll need to buy ingredients for dinner at the camp, simple is best as you will be BBQ’ing and cooking over the camps open fire. Your host will provide you with breakfast on Day 2. Given the diversity of food available in town, all diets can be accommodated including vegetarian and vegan. You will be provided with a basic camp breakfast that should be enough to keep you going but please bring some extra snacks if you're an extra hungry morning person.
What is the accommodation like?
You’ll wildcamp on untouched private land 11 miles outside Newquay. Bell tents are arranged in a tranquil woodland connected by festive banners and twinkle lights. Each bell tent sleeps 4 people. Air mattresses are provided: all you have to bring is a sleeping bag. There’s a composting toilet onsite, and fresh water is provided for washing up, but otherwise you’ll be without facilities in the peaceful countryside.
Host's Base: Central Newquay
09:00 on Day 1
Host's Base: Central Newquay
13:00 on Day 2
Your adventure begins at your host's base in central Newquay which is easily accessible by car or train. If you arrive by train it’s only a 15-minute walk (1.2km) from the station to the start point. Alternatively, you can also travel by air to Newquay Airport, and get a 20 minute taxi to the start point. If you're arriving early or staying on after you trip - feel free to ask your local host for accommodation suggestions in Newquay.
Your adventure ends in at your host's base in central Newquay at 13:00.
There are regular trains and flights to Newquay from across the UK.
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- Surfing: Surfboard and full-length wetsuit
- Coasteering: Full-length wetsuit, helmet, buoyancy aid
- Camping: Tent, air bed
What do I need to bring?
- Lace-up trainers that you don’t mind getting wet
- Shoes for the beach
- Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock)
- 1 litre of water per person/ a full reusable water bottle
- Rain jacket
- Spare warm clothing and a hat
- Sleeping bag, warm hat, torch
- Suitable footwear for a night in the outdoors (the farm entrance can be very muddy: wellies can be hired on-site)
- Toiletries, toothbrush and toothpaste
- BBQ food and drinks for dinner (this can all be picked up after your surf session from the supermarket across the road)
No optional extras are available for this trip.
We’re still waiting to collect any reviews from other travellers on this trip. However, all our hosts go through an extensive vetting process to ensure that your adventure is awesome.
We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.
What's the number?
It works out on average at 17kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.
The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2023 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.
But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:
- Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
- A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
- 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.
What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.
Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.
You’ll learn the basics of surfing in two comprehensive lessons; starting with water safety, then paddling technique, catching waves and steering the board. When you’re ready, your instructor will teach you how to pop-up and ride a wave back into shore. While it can’t be guaranteed, your instructors are confident that you’ll be standing up and surfing by the end of your lessons.
Coasteering is the sport of navigating the features of a coastline by any means necessary. You’ll make your way around Towan Head through a combination of wild swimming, traverses, sluices, whirlpools and low-level and deep-water cliff jumps. While you’re encouraged to push your comfort zone, you’ll never be forced to do something you’re not comfortable with.
The surf camp is a place to immerse yourself in the peace of an untouched forest or just have a good chat around the campfire.
Hone your campfire BBQ skills, challenge your friends to an axe throwing contest and practice your balance on the slack line. You’re welcome to do as much or as little at you want. Relaxing in your bell tent with a good book is always an option.
Your camp has a large covered BBQ area suitable for cooking in all weathers. There’s also a basic camp cooker and all the utensils, plates, cups etc.
If you struggle to see without your glasses then please do wear them. We suggest securing them with a piece of string so as not to lose them. Daily throwaway contact lenses are the best option for surfing. Contact lenses are also fine while coasteering.
No surfing or coasteering experience is needed, just a basic level of fitness and the ability to swim for 25m in open water.
Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.
Summers in Newquay are cool and sunny. From May to October temperatures range from 16 – 21 °C during the day, and cool off to 10 – 14 °C at night. Days are usually sunny and clear. Full-length winter wetsuits are provided even in the summer to ensure you stay nice and warm while in the water.
Some of the weekends will run with two groups at the same time so will be split into two groups of 12. If you are travelling with a friend but have booked separately just let your host know before arrival so they can ensure you are in the same group. Or let them know the name of your friend when booking, easy!
Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.
Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.
Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.
We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!
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All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.
You're in good company. Our adventures are typically made up of a mix of solo travellers and small groups of two or three friends who simply love adventure, pushing themselves and meeting awesome like-minded people. See here for more info about our lovely bunch of Much Better Adventurers.
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