Personal Clothing & Equipment
What clothing and equipment do you need?
The Cornish climate ranges from wet to dry - and all things in between! The average annual rainfall is about 35 inches and average temperatures between April and September range between 14C and 26C (57-82F).
From mid May onwards, it is usually comfortable to hike in shorts. Because the south facing shore can often be bathed in sheltered sunshine, the apparent temperature can often feel much hotter than it actually is and sunburn can be encountered. At un-predictable times, we do enjoy long settled warm spells, when swimming in the crystal clear and clean turquoise waters is a delight. In summer, the sea temperature gradually warms up to between 17C and 21C (70F) by late August.
Recommended items are just suitable (layered) clothing for a non-extreme climate, including a warm pullover or fleece and light wind jacket. Also bring good waterproofs (including leggings), in case of wet weather. Do please bring your own back pack and a water bottle. Shorts should be brought between May & Sept, and don't forget your Polaroid sunglasses and sun cream, camera and binoculars. Perhaps the most important item will be good, stout and "worn-in" supportive footwear. If the weather is dry, it is often comfortable to hike in trainers/shoes. Even good quality hiking sandals are very suitable too, so it's sensible to bring both sorts of footwear, to cover all the kinds of conditions likely to be encountered.
We carry a limited First Aid kit, and our guides are trained in First Aid.