Introducing our guest blog this month by the team at Loe Beach: Forget the dramatic, rough seas of the North Coast of Cornwall and pay a visit to Loe Beach, a 10-minute drive from the centre of Truro.
Tranquil, safe and sheltered, Loe Beach is situated on the Carrick Roads and offers a range of water-based activities that should whet the appetite. Whether you’re an aspiring Ben Ainslie (who sailed the waters in his youth) or you just fancy a paddle around the coastline, Loe Beach Watersports Centre can kit you out and get you sorted.
Whichever time of day you head down to the beach you are likely to be welcomed with shrieks of laughter from children in the designated swim area, yelps of delight from dogs frolicking on the shoreline or the sizzling sound of sausages on the BBQ. Loe Beach prides itself on its relaxed attitude to life and it is one of the few beaches that hasn’t been touched by commercialism and is still the same as it was 30 years ago – okay, the car parking charge may have increased a little bit (to £3) but everything else has pretty much remained the same.
Paddling right out of the beach on a SUP (Stand-up Paddleboard) or kayak, the shoreline meanders round allowing you to observe the stunning properties on Restronguet Point.
Upon reaching the corner, you can cross the head of Devoran Creek to grab a swift pint at The Pandora – an historic 13 th century thatched inn, which is simply not to be missed.
If a pint is not quite enough, you can extend your hire period to really get an opportunity to explore and have lunch at The Pandora, or head to neighbouring Mylor to experience the cuisine at Castaways – a converted sail loft, which offers the most fantastic of burgers and seafood. Don’t eat too much though; otherwise the paddle back to the beach might be a little arduous!
There is a range of hire options at the Watersports Centre, and the team is always delighted to discuss with you what’s available, based on the tides, weather and abilities.
If you’d prefer lessons before embarking on your nautical experience, these can also be arranged.