Apps for Cornwall: The Best Apps for Your Cornish Holiday

29th July 2021

At Polmanter, we launched an app for The Stable Bar this year, which lets you order food and drinks for both dining in and takeaway.


It seems that we all love an app these days. Apps are such a convenient and compact way of keeping essential information close at hand, and they’re really useful when it comes to planning days out.


Before setting out on holiday, check out these handy Cornish apps.

Magic Seaweed

This is one of the most useful beachy apps. The Magic Seaweed app is designed for surfers, giving you up-to-date and long-range surf forecasts so you can pick the best time and location.

However, because it also has webcam footage and live reports from the beaches, it’s a handy app to have on your phone even if you’re not a surfer. Magic Seaweed is a great way to choose your beach for the day.

Find out more about the Magic Seaweed app.

Apps for Cornwall: Magic Seaweed

Safer Seas, by Surfers Against Sewage

Here’s another beach-related app you won’t want to miss. The brilliant Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) has created a free app that lets you check the water quality before heading into the waves.

Incidents such as heavy rainfall can cause agricultural run-off and even septic tank leakage to be discharged into the sea. The water companies alert SAS if there are any problems, who update the app immediately. It also features tide times, surf conditions, lifeguard cover and general information for almost 400 UK beaches.

Download the brilliant app for free from the SAS website.

Apps for Cornwall: Safe Seas

App for Cornwall

If you’d simply like a general what’s on in Cornwall app, this is a good one to choose. App for Cornwall is free (expect adverts…) and lets you search for attractions, places to eat and shops.

It also has a useful general information section, which lets you find things like the closest petrol station or vets. There are also discount vouchers for attractions and activities that you can download from the app.

Take a look at the App for Cornwall website to find out more.

Apps for Cornwall: App for Cornwall

iWalk Cornwall

There are lots of lovely walks in West Cornwall, and you can discover the best routes through the iWalk Cornwall app.

It works like a SatNav for a route, guiding you in the right direction, while providing a text commentary about the local area. It updates with the seasons, so you’ll always know about the native wildlife. It’s a great app for dog walkers, as it gives you advice about stiles (some are easier for four legs than others) and about dog-friendly beaches. Each walk costs £2.99 to download.

Here’s how you download the iWalk Cornwall app.

Apps for Cornwall: iWalk Cornwall

Ordnance Survey

If you like to plan your own routes (and have a lovely time spotting landscape features as you walk), download the Ordnance Survey app before your holiday.

The OS map has a subscription charge of £2.99 per month; but for this, you get access to every OS Landranger and Explorer map of Great Britain – that’s an astonishing 607 maps. There are ready-made routes or you can plot your own. If you think you’ll be striding out of signal, download them before you set out. And we love the aerial 3D view!

Take a look at the OS app on their website.

Apps for Cornwall: Ordnance survey

The National Trust App

There are a lot of National Trust properties in Cornwall, so this is a really handy app to have at the ready (especially if you’re a National Trust member).

The app lets you know what’s nearby, when it’s open, and how you can get there. You can also use it in off-line mode. If you want to buy tickets, you’ll still need to go to the website; however, this is a great way to plan a visit, find out what’s on, and to easily find the property.

Find out more about the National Trust app.

Apps for Cornwall: National Trust


We hope you find these Cornish apps helpful. Of course, nothing replaces the cheerful local knowledge from our reception team! Don’t ever hesitate to pop in for a chat, or you can phone us ahead to ask for advice.