From guided tours in groups, single kayaks, to full days of touring unguided, in double kayaks there are options aplenty. So don’t miss the Fowey River at sunset, the chance to see seals, dolphins and porpoises in the Camel Estuary or an ‘impromptu’ trip to a waterside pub for some well-earned foodie fodder.
GCG have put together a top 5 perfect kayaking spots…
Bosun’s Locker Chandlery, Falmouth
Tucked down a little side street in this pretty south coast harbour town you will find Bosun’s Locker and Chandlery. From here you can hire single or double kayaks and, after a safety briefing, set off solo to explore the deepest natural harbour in Europe. There are a few routes for you to choose from: we recommend having a good old explore of the harbour before heading across to Flushing, home to two pubs within spitting distance of the water, perfect for enjoying some mid-adventure sustenance. Prices start from £8 per hour for a single kayak, up to £38 for double kayak, for the whole day. The double kayak has space for two adults, plus a little one too – so if you have a toddler or a terrier, bring them along!
Camel Canoe &Kayak Hire, Rock
Camel Canoe and Kayak, based on the pontoon in Rock, couldn’t be better placed for exploring the beautiful Camel Estuary. This starting point gives you huge scope to explore Padstow, Daymer Bay and the whole of the Camel Estuary. You might see seals, dolphins or basking sharks, and you’re very likely to see a range of sea birds to boot. The team offer guided kayaking tours and the option to hire just the equipment and go off exploring by yourself. Guided paddles start at £25 per person and hire of a single kayak is £25 per day, or £50 for a double.
Encounter Cornwall, Fowey River
Fowey is ideally placed to offer the option of paddling upriver on high tide or heading down estuary on low tide to satisfy your Boy Scout exploration aspiration. The guided trips offered here will give confidence to those who are a little nervous, perfect for those who sink rather than float. There are plenty of stops along the way and a half an hour break in the middle, to relax and take in the surroundings – if you go for one of the longer trips there is even the option to stop off at a little Farm for some farmhouse fodder along the way. Opt for an evening trip and get to experience the ultimate in peace and tranquillity -the Fowey River at sunset is something not to be missed! Prices start from £20 for a single kayak for half a day (4hrs) up to £70 for a double kayak for full day (10hrs) including pick up by minibus from the end of a route.
Aberfal Outdoor Pursuits, Helford River
The Helford River, on the south coast, is an ‘Area Outstanding Natural Beauty’ with spectacular scenery, quite unparalleled by anywhere else. Aberfal Outdoor pursuits offer some great guided kayaking tours, hopping along the coast, past ancient oak forest and tiny winding creeks and exploring some hidden coves that will capture the imagination of all ages alike. Keep half an eye out for Frenchman’s Creek. Half day costs £35 per person, whilst a full day is £50 per person. Price includes parking, all equipment, guide, refreshments. If you are choosing the full day tour a secluded beach barbeque is also available upon completion – what better way to round off a day on the water?…
West Cornwall Adventure, Portreath
Enjoy a combination of paddle and surf as the kayaks offered by West Cornwall Adventure are perfect for use in the surf too. Explore secluded beaches, coves and caves and meet marine life that you just wouldn’t see if you stuck to the land! This is a fabulous north coast spot where you are sure to have a great adventure. There’s a choice of single or double kayaks, at £30 per person. Sessions are guided and last for 2 hours, with start times varying to suit the tides. Generous discounts offered for bigger groups too, so this one is well worth checking out if you are teaming up.
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