This feature is sponsored by Churchill Retirement Living
Cornwall is such a diverse county; from the wild waves of the Atlantic to the calm waters of the Fowey River, and we are blessed with both long, hot summer days but also festive filled wintery nights. This is a county popular with families, party-goers and thrill seekers, but what people don’t realise is that over 20% of the population are above retirement age.
While out walking a few days ago, I was reminded that these worlds don’t have to be poles apart, we are all living longer and healthier lives, retirement can be just the beginning.
On the cliffs near Porthtowan, I struck a conversation with a gentleman with white hair, darkly tanned skin and smiling eyes called Phillip, who told me that since he retired he spends all his free time walking the coastal path around Cornwall. He was fitter than me and carrying all he needed with him, walking miles every day. It got me thinking: if life really does start at 50 our beautiful county has so much to offer.
There is of course so much to be gained from the great outdoors. Who says the sea has to be the realm of the surfer. By taking a paddleboard or even a kayak, you can explore the sea in a unique way. Or for more of a sedate route, check out the cruises that run regularly on our beautiful waterways. There are regular ferries running all through the summer up the Helford River, to Flushing and St Mawes or between Falmouth and Truro, which is a great way to sit back and watch the scenery go by or start a coastal walk.
Lift your spirits and take to the skies.
There are now Hot Air Ballon flights available at dawn or sunset from a number of locations in North Cornwall.
It’s a wonderful and peaceful way to admire the county from a bit of a different perspective. If that’s not exciting enough, how about taking flying lessons from Bodmin Airfield?
If you prefer to stay nearer to the ground how about two wheels? The Camel Trail, which runs along a disused railway track, offers miles and miles of relatively flat cycling through stunning scenery with some great eating and camping opportunities en route. Alternatively, The Mineral Tramway is another cycle route running from Devoran on the south coast to Portreath on the north.
Spend a day seeking out our county’s amazing ancient heritage around Penwith, hunt down the stone circles at Boscawen-un or Tregeseal or how about trying to squeeze through the holed stone at Men-an-Tol.
If all this sounds far too energetic, this July Penzance is hosting a Gin and Jazz in the Park event. It’s the perfect chance to kick back and soak up some sun.
But from all of this, there is no doubt about it. Cornwall is a fantastic place to retire in. With plenty to do – you will never get bored.