The coast of Cornwall has some of the best sailing in the UK, with the sea, estuaries, rivers and lakes providing a wide variety of challenges. There are several centres for water sports all around the coast or you can head inland on reservoirs and lakes if you'd rather not deal with waves and the tide. Whatever floats your boat, opportunities abound to try sailing in Cornwall.

If you are a competent sailor you can hire boats to take out alone, otherwise with an experienced skipper and crew. Sailing courses are also available for anyone wishing to take up the sport, or for those looking to develop their skills.

Here are a couple of our own suggestions for sailing nearby:

Penmarlam Quay

Penmarlam Quay is located just 2 miles (5 minute drive) from Valleybrook on the southern bank of Mixtow pill and provides storage and launching solutions to a wide range of boats. Pressure washing for boats is available. The winter storage rate includes one wash off.

Those who just want to trail their boats down and launch can use the site by either paying at the barrier or arranging a weekly or seasonal package. This can be done through the harbour office or via the Penmarlam caravan and camping office situated adjacent to the boat park barrier. For enquiries please call 01726 832471.

Siblyback Lake

Siblyback Lake near Liskeard, is a picturesque lake surrounded by Bodmin Moor and offers excellent facilities for all manner of watersports, including rowing boat hire.

Wind-surfing, canoeing and sailing are all available with tuition and row-boats for hire. The lake is also stocked with Rainbow Trout and fly-fishing permits can be obtained on site.

If water sports aren’t your thing, then there’s plenty more to do at this scenic lake, including miles of walks, excellent bird watching, children’s play areas and a tea-room overlooking the water offering delicious cakes and a variety of light lunches. Open April to October. For enquiries and bookings please call 01579 346522.

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