Kernow Coasteering blog

A very successful season.

So the 2013 season is well and truly over. The streets of St. Ives and Penzance are once again empty of tourists and the locals can get back to driving the narrow lanes of west Cornwall at terrifying speeds, without fear of being held up by the open-top bus or a line of cars trying to find the Minack Theater.

The Ultimate Guide to Cornwall's Beaches

Much has been written about Cornwall's beaches, but at last one man has created the ultimate guide to Cornwall's beaches, http://www.cornwallbeaches.org.uk. I was lucky enough to meet the creator, Mike Hawkey who explained the website's mission statement: to provide a guide to every beach in Cornwall that is accessible on foot.

The Classic Quarter

My recent article recounting our 'ultra-walk' around the Penwith coast reminded me that tomorrow is the day of the Classic Quarter Ultramarathon. This ridiculous race really is a true test of endurance and athleticism. Conceived by a local Cornish business and 'reluctant' endurance athlete, the race covers the South West Coast Path from Lizard Point to Lands End. It's a gruelling 44 miles (70km) with a total elevation of 1280 metres.

Circum-navigating Penwith

Posing for the press at Lands End. Approximately halfway through our 40 mile jaunt along the South West Coast Path.

This story harks all the way back to 2009. I was about to leave for my travels and wanted to do some kind of challenge before I left. I had always been a huge fan of walking the stunning coastline around Penwith, and quite often myself and one or two friends would do one of the larger stretches from Lands’ End to Penzance, or St. Ives to Cape Cornwall. That would normally be a solid days walking of 8 or so hours at a steady pace and with a few comfortable lunch breaks. So how about doing the whole thing in one go? St.

Out of the office!

We'll be out of the office until May 4th, grabbing our last chance for a quick breather before the season kicks off! If you have an enquiry in the meantime, drop us a line at info@kernow-coasteering.co.uk and we'll get back to you when we get back. 

Deep Water Soloing

So it turns out one of our favourite coasteering locations is also great for DWS, or Deep Water Soloing. This is basically rock-climbing without the use of ropes or protection, because, as the name suggests, the rock face you are climbing on is over deep water. So if you get snookered on a route all you have to do is jump off and start again. Whilst you would think that every cliff would be ideal for this, in reality it is hard to find: the face either has a ledge at the bottom, or is in shallow water where a fall would mean impact with the rocks just beneath the surface.

The new website

As you can see our new website is live! We're very pleased with it! Thanks to Mat Harding at www.hardingwebdesign.com for his splendid work. We're still tweaking a few things, so bear with us. Any feedback or suggestions? Let us know!

Another new route confirmed!

One of our top guides, Rob and myself had an amazing session yesterday, and thoroughly checked a site I'd had high hopes for. Especially the massive, and I mean MASSIVE jumps at the end! We were glad to find that even at low tide there was plenty of water to jump into. This route has it all - hidden beaches, gullies and caves, plenty of jumps, cracks and whirlpools to get washed around in. Part of the route is quite sensitive to the swell, so we'll have to watch that. And where is it? That's a secret of course... ;)

Our new wetsuits have arrived!

Yes! Are new wetsuits arrived earlier today. Brand-spanking new C-Skin suits designed with coasteering in mind. They feature extra-tough material on the arms and legs to resist those embarrassing scrapes down those barnacle-encrusted rocks! That was the last part of equipment we were waiting for, so we're all prepped and ready to roll!

Exciting new routes

Currently out testing some exciting new areas and routes! Can't wait to share these with you guys!

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