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Things to do in Cornwall

Amazing, fun things to do in Cornwall, days out in and around Cornwall to help keep you and your whole family entertained for hours! Family days out and great places for kids to go in Cornwall.

Boot Camp – What Was I Thinking?

When we signed up for a boot camp weekend, did we have 'The X Factor' in mind - celebrities, make up, sparkles and champagne?

Maybe, but the setting of Aylestone Park when it was minus 1 degrees and muddy couldn’t have been further from our dream of a good time!

First Things First...

Still, we were there and if not raring to go -or at least prepared to have a go! That is, until two ‘fitties’ appeared in Lycra and sinews!  There were five of us altogether along with Rob our boot camp commander. I was easily the oldest and least fit.

First things first. Rob called it a warm up and warm up we did - surprisingly quickly! Next, we were off on a 15 to 1 circuit. My comfort zone is whiteboards and lists, so I was lulled into a false sense of security when the whiteboard came out with the list of 15 to 1 different types of exercises. All appeared to be reasonably easy like the ‘get ups’. All you have to do, is get up (again and again and again). With the two fitties off like greased lightning and Emma and Sam not far behind them, I embarked on the challenge. Rob was brilliant, when he saw me struggle, he adapted the exercise. When I skipped bits he turned a blind eye and when I came to a shuddering stop he helped me finish with dignity.

Suddenly, it was mid morning break! Sitting in the car, getting our breath back and refuelling, Emma and I could barely speak. We did manage to convince ourselves we were having a good time though despite being covered in mud.

Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? First Things First...
Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? Running - No Thanks...

Running - No Thanks!

I won’t go into huge detail about the individual exercises we did but I will say that at the beginning, when we had a quick chat with Rob about what why we’d signed up and what we wanted to get out of the weekend, I had mentioned in passing that I didn’t do running! Incredibly - and down to his coaching and encouragement, I found myself not only running on the Sunday morning but enjoying it. Not only did I run on the flat, but uphill as well! (I don’t think I mentioned that Aylestone Park is on the side of Aylestone Hill.)

By the time we’d finished the two days, Emma and I were not only proud of ourselves but proud of each other too and vaguely talked about doing it again! Oh and I learnt that Tabata is not something to eat but the fastest, most effective exercise routine I’ve ever encountered. I wouldn’t mind giving it another go some time! Yep, definitely a different way to spend a weekend in January!

Outdoor Gym

The last thing I would have guessed would be a magnet for us on holiday was the gym on the beach. But, standing on a piece of equipment under a blue sky, exercising and gazing at the sea seemed briefly like a little bit of paradise!

Even when not on holiday, it is easy to go to a local outdoor gym. There are hundreds of local council-funded outdoor gyms that are free-to-use all year round as councils hope it will encourage a healthier community. Some are in beautiful settings too. Many of our Treasure Trails go past them.

Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? Outdoor Gym

Have you tried an outdoor gym? Let us know in the comments below, on Twitter or Facebook.

15th March 2019

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The South West Coast Path – The Ultimate Walking Challenge

The South West Coast Path National Trail is said to be one of the most spectacular walks in the world, and with gradients over 115,000 feet across 630 miles, is definitely one of Britain’s most challenging. The route along the South West peninsula is not for the faint of heart, but will guide those that undertake it to all the spectacular scenery, wildlife and heritage that this National Trail has to offer.

The South West Coast Path - The Ultimate Walking Challenge - the Crowns at BotallackThe ‘630 Mile Experience’ can be completed by the fittest and fastest walkers in approximately 30 days, but is more likely to take several months for the average hiker. If you don’t fancy undertaking the route all in one go, the South West Coast Path has handily broken down the route into 52 day walks, or a series of short circular routes, which are generally less than 5 miles long and vary from pub walks and wildlife walks to those that are perfect for little ones.

Excitingly, earlier this year, Treasure Trails Cornwall also released a series of six Trails along the Coast Path. These Trails are suitable for adults and older children due to the undulating nature of the South West Coast Path, but are ideal for adding an additional challenge into the exploration of Cornwall’s stunning coastline.

The South West Coast Path - The Ultimate Walking Challenge - Steve at Lands EndLastly, if you haven’t already heard, Treasure Trails Managing Director Steve Ridd is currently in the midst of his own Coast Path challenge, in aid of the Polperro Memory Cafe and the South West Coast Path Association.

Alongside his Mum, Pauline Ridd, Steve is attempting to complete the 300 mile walk around the Cornish stretch of the Coast Path over a period of two weeks. Each day, Steve has been blogging about his inspiring journey and, in true Treasure Trails style, has been setting a tricky clue for you to solve, I Spy style!

You can read the One Man and His Mum Blog here. If you answer the clue correctly, you will also be entered into a prize draw to win a fantastic prize courtesy of the National Trust of a year’s family membership.

Good luck!

23rd October 2012

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