One of the reasons why I love visiting Cornwall is that there always seems to be so much to do. Although I’ve been there on multiple occasions it seems as though Cornwall still holds more than its fair share of surprises and hidden gems that are yet to be unearthed.
On this trip that gem was definitely the Adrenaline Quarry. To be entirely honest I had been looking for things to do in Plymouth originally, but while I was asking for recommendations someone mentioned that there was a zip wire in a former quarry nearby. That stopped me in my tracks and I figured it was too good an opportunity to pass up.
As it turns out the quarry was right off the A38 at:
ADRENALIN QUARRY LTD
Lower Clicker Road
Menheniot, Near Liskeard
Cornwall PL14 3PJ
Getting there wasn’t difficult as I had rented a car but I did spot a train station and bus stop nearby as well.
The staff at Adrenaline Quarry were really friendly, and as we got talking I realized that aside from the zip wire that they aptly named ‘The Zip’, there was also a giant swing and unique coasteering experience. Needless to say I signed up for all of them, and decided to start with the zip wire.
It should be noted that I’d never really been on a zip wire in the past, so I didn’t know what to expect. It was a little bit nerve-wracking as I stepped up, was fastened in, and got ready to jump – but as soon as I did everything just melted away as the world seemed to flow by at a breakneck speed. It was amazing and exhilarating, and nothing at all like what I thought it would be.
After the zip wire I was told I should try ‘The Blob’ (i.e. their unique coasteering experience) first. Essentially I was taken on several jumps from the cliffs to the water, but all of those were just ‘warm ups’ for ‘The Blob’ which is a massive inflatable tube that one person sits on the end of as you jump onto it – and then you take their place. It was definitely something different, and you really do go flying through the air.
Last but not least there was ‘The Giant Swing’ – which is quite literally a giant swing. Frankly I had assumed this would be the tamest of the lot but it was anything but, and nothing can quite prepare you for the experience of plunging down in a complete freefall only to be taken back up and then go down again.
After that I was pretty much beat, and decided to call it a day. It was definitely one of the more unique experiences I’ve had in Cornwall so far, and one that I’d like to repeat someday if the opportunity arises. All in all it is definitely worth a trip – especially if you enjoy getting your adrenaline pumping.