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Explore the River Fowey at your own pace

From our quiet Golant village base, a world away from Fowey's busy waterfronts, our Kayak & Canadian Canoe hire allows those with previous experience the chance to explore the Fowey River at their own pace. Standard hire is for up to 4 hours, and while you can request a departure time we suggest you paddle with the tides at the times we recommmend. On the high tide you can paddle the Creeks and Backwaters from Golant, and enjoy the unique scenery and varied wildlife. Low tide paddles take you down to Fowey Harbour and its historic waterfronts. We can also arrange full day (8 hours) hire periods for those intent on some more serious water based exploration of the estuary and its many contrasts.

Whatever your plans, kayak or Canoe hire gives you the complete freedom to explore at your own pace - we offer both Single & Double Kayaks and have two Canoes one suitable for 2 adulats and 1 (small) child and the other 2 adults and 2 (small) children, why not stop for a quiet Creekside picnic or just a rest amongst the peaceful beauty of it's foreshores. With off the beaten track villages to visit and the coastal port of Fowey and Polruan to discover, your paddle is the key to unlocking this magical area.

Please note that you are required to have paddle skills in order to hire either a Kayak or Canadian Canoe and that Paddle Cornwall River Encounter reserves the right to cancel any booking where they feel you will be a danger to yourselves or others on the water. WE DO NOT ALLOW UNDER 16's TO TAKE OUT SINGLE KAYAKS, DOGS ARE WELCOME BUT MEDIUM TO LARGE DOGS WILL REQUIRE A SEAT AND ARE CHARGED AT A SUPPLIMENT OF £5

If you would like a packed lunch to take with you, please advise us in advance and we will arrange this for you from our Boatshed Cafe.

Wet shoes or old trainers are advised for launching!


All hire includes paddles and buoyancy aids, a full river briefing, tide times and help with journey planning. We loan you a river map and can supply dry bags if required. Please dress for the weather. 

Shoes will get wet so appropriate footwear is a must, waterproof leggings and / or a dry jacket are recommended.

PLEASE NOTE:  We have two Canadian Canoes one suitable for 2 adults ad 1 SMALL child and the other 2 adults and 2 SMALL children, please book the appropriate size for your party, we do not allow over capacity in any vessels.

  Double kayak Single kayak Canadian canoe (2+1) Canadian canoe (2+2)
Standard 1/2 day (up to 4 hours) - out from and back to Golant exploring the creeks or Fowey harbour £35 £25 £40 £55
Full day hire - up to 8 hours out and back from Golant £48 £35 £55 £70

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