We’ve all enjoyed the cosy season; however now it’s time to come out of hibernation and venture, blinking, back into the daylight. After a few months of comfort eating and wood burners, many of us take the first glimpse of sunshine as a great opportunity to regain our pre-winter fitness. The British are still great believers in the benefits of “fresh air and exercise” – but to be honest, we much prefer it in the summer…
So what’s on offer in and around The Cornwall at this time of year, to help us in our quest for health and fitness?
There is an outdoor activity for everyone at The Cornwall. Starting gently, there are 43 acres of parkland to explore. You can spend a good part of a day happily wandering through our wooded parkland, enjoying the views and breathing in the fresh, sea air. Pop back to the Spa and Juice Bar for a spot of alfresco lunch – and now the sun’s out, we might even open up the retractable glazed panels so you can have the perfect indoor-outdoor swim…
In keeping with the nineteenth century surroundings, croquet is available on the lawn. Croquet was an extremely popular Victorian sport, although it’s believed to be older than that (Charles II was great a fan of the game). Best served with Pimms, croquet can be as genteel or evilly strategic as you like. Don’t worry if you don’t know your bisques from your baulks – it’s still jolly good fun.
Or you may prefer to have a game of Wimbledon’s other sport (we all associate Wimbledon with tennis; however, the club’s full name is the “All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet”). Our tennis courts are available for a quick knockabout, or you can book a session with our professional tennis coach, Pete Churchill. Tennis coaching is available for all ages and abilities.
Taking it up another notch, there are outdoor “boot camp” sessions. Aimed at those who already have a good level of fitness but would like to really test themselves, these hour-long evening sessions are incredible. Our outdoor boot camp is unlike any other class around. Participants are put through a full body workout, including callisthenic training, partner exercises and use of our fantastic training equipment. As one of our members puts it, “exercising outdoors is so much better than in the gym! I’ve never done so many burpees in my life, but the pain is always worth it” (for those new to boot camp speak, a burpee is a wickedly-difficult squat-and-jump movement).
Sessions run on Monday (women only) and Thursday evenings 6pm – 7pm, with trainers Petra and Pete. Follow it with a drench shower and swim at the Spa for a really invigorating experience.
Leaving The Cornwall for a while, you can pick up the Pentewan Cycle Trail from here. As the trail used to be part of a railway line, it’s a lovely flat trail and suitable for all cyclists. Bikes are available from Pentewan Valley Cycle Hire. You can even follow the trail to The Lost Gardens of Heligan, and enjoy even more fresh air and exercise by exploring these beautiful gardens.
And of course, it wouldn’t be a post about health and fitness in Cornwall without mentioning the sea! Sailing, surfing, snorkelling, or just plain swimming, nearby Porthpean Outdoor Activity Centre offers every ocean-based activity you can think of. Time on the beach itself is a wonderfully reviving way to spend your day – and like our estate, can be enjoyed by everyone.
The summer is a wonderful time for embracing outdoor exercise, from a jog around the grounds to a full-on coasteering session. Step outside and take a deep breath of that incomparable ocean air. Imagine Nina Simone’s Feeling Good is playing in the background – because you are.