3 Hour Creeks & Backwaters
Canoeing from Golant on the high tide, we will normally take you up the Fowey River and into "Wind in the Willows" Creek to picturesque Lerryn village. On some trips we may vary the route and paddle up to St Winnows to visit it's salt marshes or to Penpoll Creek to view it's shipwrecks and ancient woodland.
These are good trips for spotting wildlife in some of the hidden creeks en route, with herons, egrets, kingfishers, cormorants, various waders and shoals of grey mullet seen on most trip. We normally stop for a 30 minute break in Lerryn or St Winnow for refreshments and to give our arms a rest before heading back to Golant on a circular loop through the estuary.
3 Hour Wildlife & Waterfronts
Our 3 hour low tide paddle is a trip of two halves. With the foreshores exposed, the Golant to Fowey Docks section is one of the best places to observe estuary wildlife. Herons, egrets, cormorants and shags are usually seen as are kingfishers, sandpipers and oystercatchers most months of the year. It’s also the place to see our resident harbour seal who often makes an appearance – or if you’re really lucky a migrating osprey hunting for fish.
Fowey has been a port for over 1000 years and its waterfronts are layered in history: the 14th century blockhouses that protected the harbour; Daphne du Mauriers Ferryside home; and the towers of Place – the county seat of the Trefry family for over 400 years. It’s also home to many marine industries from traditional wooden boat builders to Tom’s Boatyard where modern fishing boats are made and repaired. There's also plenty to tempt your tastebuds when we beach in Fowey or Polruan for our 30 minute break.
3 hour Private Tuition/Wildlife Tours
(October to March)
During the winter months we are offering the opportunity to either learn to paddle, or improve your paddling skills, along with the chance to concentrate on wildlife spotting. Winter is often one of the very best times to see the wildlife, as the river is quiet, and many leave temporarily in Spring to nest. The paddling tuition is recreational - an extension of what we offer all our paddlers, but on a one to one basis. You will not be required to roll or capsize, although some ability to swim is an advantage from a water-confident view. If your paddling skills are fine, and you would like to concentrate on seeing specific wildlife, we will do our best to guide you to the most likely sights. These are based around our normal trip times/directions -please indicate on the booking form if you would like tuition/wildlife tour. The price for one person is £40, this drops to £30 when there are two or more.
2 hour SUP - Paddle Board Taster
On the high tide, Golant’s sheltered “Pil” or Lagoon is the ideal place to learn to Paddleboard. After teaching you the basics, we leave you to find your feet and get your balance. Two hours is normally enough to get your confidence after which we suggest you book a half day hire and venture out to explore the estuaries creeks.
We use the bestselling “Red” SUP / paddle boards and have three different size boards. Paddles and buoyancy aids are provided and wetsuits are available to hire. Available May to September only - minimum age 14.
Bespoke Tours / Private Groups
Subject to availability, we can offer Bespoke itineraries to friends or groups wanting their own private experience. Most will choose a three or two hour trip similar to those above, but longer trips are possible to allow time for more exploration or a lazy lunch. Prices per person are the same as above but there is a £120 minimum charge for a 3 hour trip.
Whether you’re a group of friends, Corporate, Stag, Hen or Kids Parties, email us with your ideas, dates and plans and we will get back to you with suggestions for a great day out on the river.
* Child prices are for under 16s
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