Plan ahead and be prepared for natural hazards, changes in weather and other events. Check weather forecasts before you leave. Conditions can change rapidly, especially along the coast so don’t be afraid to turn back and try another day. Always carry a map, compass, whistle and good waterproof clothing when exploring more remote areas.
Before departing on any expedition, ensure you have a fully charged mobile phone. Certain areas along the coast can be very remote with weak mobile phone signal, so let someone know where you plan to explore and what time you will return. Some of the coves in this guide are very isolated and only reveal them- selves at low tide. To avoid being cut off by an incoming tide you should time your trip carefully. Pick up a local Tide Times book and study it or check online.
Most of west Cornwall’s geology is made of up hard, igneous granite, therefore cliffs are generally very stable. Even so, avoid approaching cliff edges and try not to sit underneath areas prone to erosion. Take care walking across slippery rocks and seaweed at low tide.