Where is the course run?
Few places in the UK are able to compete with the buzz of a ski resort, and the beauty of the mountains, but Cornwall - with its dramatic coastline, spectacular beaches and cool summer vibe – does just that.
Cornwall is also well known for its up-and-coming food scene, with a multitude of award-winning food producers, restaurants and chefs. We love it here, which is why we’ve chosen to base Fresh Tracks in this great location, without the need to make your way to the Alps or beyond.
We are based at Polmark Beach Cottages in Harlyn Bay, North Cornwall. These cottages offer great accommodation with chalet-style kitchens and open-plan living. We are only 100 yards from the beach and from the local pub (The Harlyn Inn), providing a relaxing space for students to learn in, and a beautiful setting in which to have fun. With plenty of space and great facilities, our cottages give you the room to practice your cooking skills, host a dinner party in a chalet-style environment, and learn about all of the aspects which make up a chalet host's role.
Hold on, shouldn't I practice cooking at altitude?
Cooking at altitude, compared with cooking at sea level, does have two main differences, which we cover on the course but they are not as extreme as you might think:
The boiling point of water:
The further up from sea level you get, the lower the boiling point of water becomes. This means that when you're 2000m up a mountain, your pan of boiling water will only be 93 degrees celsius. So what does this mean? All you will need to do is adjust your cooking time to compensate: we're talking 7 minutes for a soft boiled egg at 2000m.
Getting your cakes to rise:
The lower air pressure at altitude really messes up traditional cakes, luckily we've got a recipe for that! Becky's yoghurt cakes rise everywhere, from Cornwall to Val d'Isere, so you don't need to worry about what will happen when you get to resort.
Other things to do whilst in cornwall
Our course is designed so that you'll have some time off each day to explore the local area. This will vary depending on which meals you are cooking on what days, but will always include a couple of hours each day.
Take a look at this drone footage, taken by the owners of Polmark Beach Cottages, which is where the Fresh Tracks course runs.
From mountain biking and coasteering to snuggling up in front of a pub fire, there is a huge amount to see and do in our area of North Cornwall. We have Harlyn Bay beach and the South West Coast Path on our doorstep if you're keen to explore, and the beautiful town of Padstow just 10 minutes down the road.
We've also partnered up with Harlyn Surf School, so if you're keen to get out on the waves we can help you to arrange a surf or a paddle boarding lesson, including board and wetsuit hire.
Without the hassle of travelling abroad, getting to our course is pretty straightforward. If you're driving, there is plenty of on-site parking, so you can just rock up between 4-6pm on the Saturday.
If you will be using public transport to make your journey, the closest airport to the venue is Newquay Airport and the nearest train stations are Bodmin Parkway or Newquay. At your request, we can arrange a taxi or car hire or, we can pick you up and drop you off - but you must contact us before you book to ensure we can!
Fresh Tracks course takes place at:
Polmark Beach Cottages
Cornwall PL28 8SB
This all sounds pretty cool - so when can I come?
Our course runs in both June and October - giving you the perfect chance to get ahead of the game, or to pick up any last minute jobs. Have a look at the course dates on our booking page to see which week will work for you!