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I booked this trip for my husbands Birthday and it did not disappoint, in fact it exceeded our expectations. David is so knowledgeable about the local area and wildlife which added another level to the trip. We were lucky enough to see many Kingfishers amongst lots of other birdlife, and were fortunate with the weather which created a stunning and enjoyable trip.
     
Eleanor & Matt
Sidmouth, Sat 25 Feb 2017

Simply Stunning, totally magical , we went from Golant to Fowey and across to Polruan and back down. We didnt want the experience to end. It was a slice of heaven , we would highly recommend this trip, thank you David and Karen.
     
Alysia And Mikey ( 9)
London, Mon 20 Feb 2017

Family trip to Cornwall over New Year, and a morning paddle on the estuary with David and Karen was one of the highlights. Good quality equipment and obviously experienced folks inspire complete confidence. David is also a great guide, pointing out places of interest and bits of local history, as well as spotting bird like - lots of oyster catchers and a show-off kingfisher on our way down to Fowey Harbour. We stopped for coffee and cake then caught the turn of the tide for the paddle back upstream.
     
Pen Angites
London, Wed 1 Feb 2017

Just by chance we noticed a leaflet on the reception desk at the caravan park for Encounter Cornwall whilst on holiday, as a couple in our mid 50's my wife was slightly apprehensive but after a quick phone call to a lovely lady who explained everything we booked for a couple of days later. What a great 3 hours on the river, all the kayaks and equipment are in top condition and after a quick briefing and instructions we were off, we did the trip up the river as a group which is done at your own pace and help if you require it. We stopped for a refreshment break half way then made our way back, the whole experience was very friendly and relaxed in beautiful surroundings and we always felt very safe. The only downside was that we did this on the last day of our holiday, if we had done it earlier in the week we would have definitely been back. I would certainly recommend anyone whatever age to have a go, we will certainly be back if in the area.
     
John
Stockport, Sat 15 Oct 2016

Did the three hour double kayak trip and loved every minute of it. It was my first time kayaking and David (co-owner) was ever so helpful and patient with my rudimentary skills on the estuary. We saw lots of lovely birds (including the elusive Kingfisher) and a few buildings of historical interests and wound up at the serene village of Lerrin for a hot cup of tea and a sumptuous brownie. Having travelled the world, it was great to pick up nuggets of wisdom and information from David and I cannot recommend Encounter Cornwall enough. Thanks to both Karen and David for making it a memorable Friday morning.
     
Mahip Singh
London, Tue 27 Sep 2016

Having been several times before, with my Fiancee, I took my mum kayaking on the Fowey River. An excellent days throughout. Extremely pleasurable trip, David is a great instructor/guide and his knowledge is second to none.
     
Peter Brooks
Devizes, Sat 17 Sep 2016

What a wonderful evening!!! Went out on Sundowner paddle with group of 10 from our church and Karen and Dave were wonderful! They were happy to adjust party size several times and the paddle (even though most of us had never done it before) was superb being with nature and in tranquility...Apart from the odd one or two water fights!! Highly recommended and will definitely be re visiting! Thank you again :)
     
New Life Fellowship
Bodmin, Thu 8 Sep 2016

Many thanks for a lovely guided tour on the river Fowey last night. David and Karen's knowledge and passion about their local environment was an inspiration. I would thoroughly recommend the Sundowner tour together a slice of cake afterwards.
     
Colin
Staying At Lerryn, Fri 2 Sep 2016

Would give it more stars if I could!. What a fantastic trip!!!! My boys aged 6 & 9 loved every minute of the 3hrs as did their dad and myself. It was my eldest's birthday surprise and he has told everyone that it was his best birthday EVER. I can't wait to go back to Cornwall to do it all again
     
Sarah
Doncaster, Thu 25 Aug 2016

A kayak tour with Ecounter Cornwall was easy to book online, despite being quite last minute, and easy to find, thanks to the clear directions on the website. Found down in the quiet village of Golant, on the Fowey River, the Boatshed was an excellent base from which to start our afternoon on the river. A friendly welcome from our tour guide David, reassured us that we had made the right choice of afternoon activity, and we also had time to sample refreshments in the welcoming cafe. Both David and his partner Karen were helpful and informative for the duration of the trip, guiding us expertly along the river, to Fowey Harbour. The three hour tour passed very pleasantly and quickly, and was quite relaxing too. The river was tranquil and even the busier harbour wasn't stressful to navigate, under the direction of our tour guides. We found the tour suitable for all ages, experience and abilities.
     
Sara
Sheffield, Sun 21 Aug 2016

We took out a double kayak and paddled up stream to St Winnow where you can get the BEST cream tea in the world (except Mondays) . We saw whimbrels, a kingfisher and a snowy white egret. Beautiful! Thoroughly recommend this lovely friendly company.
     
Fairlie
Amersham, Fri 19 Aug 2016

I would highly recommend booking a kyacking trip.Karen David and Tom are very experienced.I am not the most confident on water but Karen put me at ease and I really enjoyed it,very special to see the lovely area from the water.Great treat to end up at the lovely boathouse after the trip having tea and amazing cake.Great value for money,such nice people.
     
Nigel C
Stoke On Trent, Wed 17 Aug 2016

Had a great trip with Karen,David and Tom yesterday.I'm not the most confident on the water but Karen put me at ease and I really enjoyed it. Tea and cake at the end of the trip was a real treat,served by a lovely lady and I believe Karen bake's the amazing cakes. I would highly recommend booking a trip whatever your age or ability just give it a go!
     
Liz Croll
Staffordshire, Tue 16 Aug 2016

Thank you very much david and katen for making as feel so welcome on your kayak business....you are both lovely and warm natured people and we would highly recommend people booking up with you 100%.....we really enjoyed and your stories you told us. Your kayak shed is also great and great decor and toikets etc....Thanks again and have a great summer.
     
Dipesh Shah
Lincolnshire, Sun 14 Aug 2016

Cakes, coffee and Paddleboards, what more do you want? After enjoying a lovely piece lemon yogurt cake, and a cup of Cornish coffee with the lovely Carol in the Cafe Kayak, I opted to hire a Paddleboard, to see what the river had to offer. It was such a beautiful evening, the sun was shining and the river was like a mirror! The tide was coming in so I opted to go up river with the tide. The birds were out in their hundreds, and put on a fabulous show, skimming the top of the water and dodging the trees. It felt so special being one of the only people on the river, like my own personal performance! The Fowey river is so special, a really must visit for holiday makers and even locals looking for a special treat. If Paddleboarding isn't your thing then you can go on kayaking trips with Karen and Dave which is next on my list. Thank you so much Encounter Cornwall!
     
Jen
Shropshire, Wed 10 Aug 2016

We hired two kayaks a couple of hours before low water, and paddled to Fowey and back. A few things struck me about Encounter Cornwall - their prices were really good, the equipment was good, the service was friendly and knowledgeable and my wife informs me the coffee and cake was really good! Golant is a lovely setting which is near to but much more relaxed than Fowey, this is a great way to experience Fowey if you have 45 minutes each way for the relaxed paddle. Highly recommend.
     
Richie
Newquay, Tue 9 Aug 2016

Excellent! We were a novice group. Great balance of being given freedom to discover how to handle kayak but also help/advice close to hand if required. Had such a fun afternoon and Karen, David and the helping hand (sorry cant remember his name)were so friendly and 'get-at-able'. Would certainly recommend to anyone! And we had a lovely view of the seal too! Thank you so much. We all had a fabulous time.
     
Jan
Golant To Fowey, Mon 8 Aug 2016

The boathouse was easy to find, cafe is great with a nice variety of cake and coffee. The staff are exceptional and can't do enough to be supportive, experienced and attentive. The whole experience will be with us for life it was truly an exceptional day. Good value for money and can't wait to try another tour.
     
Andrew
Stockport, Fri 5 Aug 2016

Many thanks to Karen and Dave for a wonderful trip on the river. Karen did her best to find elusive wildlife for photos - left me doing the paddling! Coffee shop also great - I spent many a happy hour with coffee (and cake!), a book and good conversation with Carol.
     
Les & Siobhan
Cardiff, Mon 1 Aug 2016

Did a 'Creeks & Backwater' kayaking trip on Thursday, with our daughters aged 8 and 6. Youngest daughter had never kayaked before and I am not at all confident on the water - so my husband shared a kayak with youngest and my 8 year old looked after me!! Encounter Cornwall provided a fab experience for us all, kayaking on the Fowey and Lerryn rivers, with a briefing on technique and stopping off at points with history of the area. My initial anxiety was soon calmed and we had a fantastic family experience.
     
Paula R Smith
Melton Mowbray, Wed 27 Jul 2016

Myself and my family were fortunate enough to take two trips out from Golant thanks to Encounter Cornwall. There are some spectacular, and sometimes magical spots in and around the river fowey and it was great to get out for a few hours. Thanks to recommendations, we popped into St Winnow to test Agnes' burgers from her van (up the hill behind the church). What a treat! We saw an array of wildlife and birds. We highly recommend anyone who is staying in, or near to Golant to take up the chance to head out onto the water with these guys. Also, if you're confident enough, then hire a kayak for a few hours. Thanks again!
     
Amy Zelazik
Portsmouth, Wed 27 Jul 2016

4 of us (2 adults and 2 children aged 11 and 8) did the harbours and beaches 3 hour guided trip this morning with Dave and Karen and would thoroughly recommend it. The weather was glorious, the setting beautiful and the leisurely paddle down the river and back was enjoyed by all. The stop off in Fowey for refreshment was perfectly timed and let us stretch our legs and eat cake mid paddle. Our small 8 year old managed really well and both kids can't wait to get back on the water.Thanks so much!
     
Rachel Clinton
Woking, Wed 27 Jul 2016

Really enjoyed this! Our party was a family of 6 and everyone from the youngest to the eldest had a great time. After a brief tutorial by Dave we paired off into the boats. The weather was fantastic and Karen took the lead guiding us close to the shore past local sights and points of interest. We stopped in Fowey for a rest and a bite to eat before making the return journey. Both Dave & Karen are very friendly and laid back, whilst obviously taking great care to ensure everyone's welfare and safety. Dave even lent us £2 for the parking as we had no change. A great experience and highly recommended!
     
Matt & Bev Taylor
Manchester, Wed 27 Jul 2016

David and Karen are lovely people who operate from a wonderfully relaxing boat house where you can have coffee and cakes with Carole prior to setting off on a trip up to Lerryn. David's educational commentary along the way of visits from Garibaldi, Edward VII's boat house, lost villages and other local tales is quite fascinating. Apart from that, the views are amazing and the river quite beautiful. We took 6 young adults with us who raved about the trip all night, also enjoying the half way stop at Lerryn where we had drinks and snacks at a fab pub, The Ship Inn. Other families had some really young ones who chirped away obviously having a good time too, This is a must do trip for any family. It's easy, relaxing and very rewarding. Conor, and Lesley.
     
Conor R
St Albans, Wed 27 Jul 2016

Wonderful day today (Golant to Polruan and back). Rekindled my love of kayaks and being on the water. David was so easy to be around and very informative about the area, natural habitats and wildlife. I've never seen so many oysters! Thank you so much for a perfect day. :-)
     
Michele Cobb
Camelford, Thu 26 May 2016

A massive thank you to David for an amazing experience paddling around this Sunday! We both had a great time, got to see some amazing wildlife and hear all about the local area. David was the perfect guide - thanks!
     
Claire & Jonny
plymouth, Mon 16 May 2016

A big thanks to David for a wonderful afternoon kayaking along the River Fowey. Even though it rained hard the return trip was wonderful and my two children (11 & 8) had a great time. Managed to get within a few feet of a magnificent Kingfisher. Highly recommended and will be back.
     
Gary Martin
London, Wed 6 Apr 2016

Excellent! Had two trips with David and then hired for two on our own. Very friendly, relaxed and informative organised trips which really gave us the bug to get out on the water again; couldn't have been any better.
     
Gordon Jupp
Cambridgeshire, Mon 21 Sep 2015

An absolute must when visiting Cornwall. We loved every second and loved seeing this part of Cornwall by kayak. Definitely we will be back.
     
Julie Barker
Durham, Sun 30 Aug 2015

Hi there, I just wanted to thank you for a lovely evening trip that my grandson and I took last Thursday. The amount of wildlife we saw was amazing and of course seeing the seal was the highlight. Ollie has told anyone and everyone that he paddled round the World!! We might never come to your part of the world again but the memories will stay with us for a long time. I will endeavour to tell friends and family to pay you a visit if they are down your way. We are paddling around our stomping ground of Poole Harbour this weekend, we wish you all the best for the future. Kind regards, Bob Steel and Ollie Shelley.
     
Robert Steel
Poole, Thu 13 Aug 2015

Loved every minute of it. Definately the highlight of our week....and thankyou for accomodating our parrot in the boathouse too! We'll be back next year.
     
Sarah Smith
Nantwich, Mon 27 Jul 2015

I've never kayaked before but after a wonderfully fun afternoon spent with Encounter Cornwall I think I'm addicted! Our party consisted of two 13 year old girls with limited kayaking experience,, and a forty something Mum.,,and we were all grinning ear to ear. The experienced guides took us through all the basics and off we went,,, they were very friendly and welcoming and we felt safe at all times,,, going value too at a total of £58 for 3 hours for all three of us. Would I recommend??? Definitely!!
     
Sam
Torpoint, Mon 27 Jul 2015

I was slightly trepidatious about this excursion (understatement) but David and Karen were totally cool and really talked U.S. through the technical aspect as well as being super friendly both on land and on the river. We returned bosses of the water and it was a credit to their guidance. The trip it self is beautiful and dreamy! Go with encounter, they'll look after you propa!!!!
     
Naadia
Leicester, Thu 2 Jul 2015

We took 50 people (over 2 groups) to Encounter Cornwall and we had an amazing time. The people who went have said how wonderful the experience was. The team who work at Encounter Cornwall were fantastic. We will be back :-)
     
Claire
Perranporth, Sun 31 May 2015

Thank you so much for a fantastic morning of kayaking! Just the most perfect way to explore the river. We'll be back :)
     
Sarah & Nick
Bristol, Tue 26 May 2015

My 6 year old daughter was insistent we went kayaking though we were a bit apprehensive. But Dave & Karen made us very welcome and put us at ease, even lending us all waterproof trousers. This is a fantastic way to see a part of Cornwall that you just couldn't see any other way, we even saw a seal bobbing about in the estuary. The kayaking is fairly easy though we were tiring a bit on the way back, and a real sense of achievement at the end. Both kids, 6 & 9, enjoyed it and were able to have a go themselves.
     
Jen C
Ramsbottom, Tue 14 Apr 2015

Me and my 8 year old kayaked for the first time yesterday and the whole experience was awesome. Dave was a brilliant and friendly instructor/guide, and the route we took was beautiful and fascinating. We'll definitely be back again very soon. Thank you.
     
Maria & Seth
Newquay, Sun 12 Apr 2015

Fantastic day ! Karen & Dave very friendly! Great Quick lesson before going out on the beautiful river. Lots of families of all ages on our trip. The stop half way for refreshments at the little village was perfect. We all really enjoyed it. The change of clothes was a good heads up but we did not actually get that wet. Lots of fun all round.
     
E H
London, Fri 27 Mar 2015

On behalf of the team, thank you for organising a great day out. It was very interesting to see how everyone got on and helped out and for one team member, overcame their fear of water!
     
Justine H
Bristol, Fri 13 Mar 2015

Many thanks for a great trip on Sunday, it was one of the highlights of our fortnight in Cornwall and you are on our list of must do's for our next visit!
     
John Parker
London, Thu 12 Mar 2015


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