Creeks & Backwaters
Kayaking 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.....
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.
Adult SUP Tour & Explore
A great way to get out on the water with like minded SUP enthusiast. Whether we are paddling from Lostwithiel to Golant or vice versa, Golant to Lerryn & back or Fowey to Golant you can be assured that the ever changing scenery will be breath taking and with an average 8K trip under your belt you will return feeling exhilarted. We always head out on the high, but choose our routes to ensure we paddle back with the tide behind us, a quick stop off half way for board snacks is a must! Under the watchful eye of our fully qualified instructors who have great knowledge of the River Fowey and its waterways, a tour is perfect for the experienced paddler. Buoyancy aids are a must and wetsuits are advised during colder months.
Return transport for you and your board available if required.
Experienced Paddlers. Min age for tours, 16 years plus
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.
Taster & Tour - 2hrs
Try your hand at Stand Up Paddleboarding and join your fully qualified and insured instructor out on the stunning River Fowey for a two hour SUP lesson followed by a tour of the river to utilise your new found skills.
Your session will begin with a land based induction followed by an overview of your equipment, water safety brief and paddle techniques, before heading out onto the water to learn standing and manouvers before heading further afield to explore the watersway .
This is a mixed ability group session with a minimum age of 10 years
Instructor ratio 5:1
2 Hour Taster
Join us for a kayak trip on the stunning River Fowey and "Go with the flow". Our two hour taster is the perfect session for those new to kayaking who would like to get out on the water and explore the river and wildlife up close and personal.
Each session differs depending on the tide, so its always a unique eperience and once you have mastered the art of paddling, we are sure you will be back for more.
A 2 hour taster is perfect for those new to Kayaking, and suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
New to SUP - 1.5hrs
Always wanted to try your hand at Stand Up Paddleboarding?, then this is the session for you.
A 90 minute lesson created for those who have never tried paddleboarding before, including a land based induction and safety briefing followed by a water based skill session, all under the watchful eye of your fully qualified and insured instructor.
Launching from the Boatshed in Golant onto the stuning river Fowey, this session includes paddle board hire, buoyancy aids and wetsuits if required.
Minimum age 10 years.
This is a mixed ability group session for all ages and fitness levels.
Instructor ratio 5:1
Into the Drink - ADULT SUP Party 1.5 HRS
Get together with friends and family and celebrate your special occassion on the water, learn a new skill and enjoy the ever changing scenery and wildlife on the Stunning Fowey estuary.
You and your party will venture out on the water after a land based induction to try your hand at Stand Up paddleboarding!, and thats where the fun begins...
Kneeling, standing and paddle techniques will form part of you 90 minute session followed by some fun and games, and getting wet is guaranteed.
Session includes board hire, buoyancy aids and wetsuits if required.
Min group size 5+, Minimum age 16 years. Price is per person.
Join us in The Boatshed cafe afterwards for refreshments !
1-2-1 Tuition - 2hrs
Want to learn the art of Stand Up paddle Board with your own dedicated instructor?, then a 121 could be just what you are looking for.
Spend 90 minutes out on the stuning River Fowey under the watchul eye of your fully qualified and insured instructor who will take you through water safety and a land based induction before taking you out onto the river to learn kneeling, standing and paddle techniques.
A 121 ensures you will be given the attention you require to master the art of stand up paddle boarding.
Your session includes board hire, buoyancy aid and wetsuit if required.
Minimum age 10 years, mixed ability levels
Junior SUP Party - 1.5hrs
The ideal opportunity to get the kids out on the water for 90 minutes of skill based training and FUN!!!
Each session includes a water safety briefing as well as a skill based session followed by some classic "Board" games including, walking the boards and SUP dodgems
Garanteed fun for all, with lots of laughter and everyone (including your instructor) is getting wet.
Minimum age 10 years, minimum group size 5. Must be able to swim at least 50 meters unaided. Boards and buoyancy aids required, shorties wetsuits available if required.
If you wish to add refreshments to your booking we are happy to help out at The Boatshed cafe where we can arrange refreshments after your session.
Paddle Cornwall SUP holds a current AALA license which means parental supervision on the water is not required. All of our instructors hold an enhanced DBS and safeguarding certificate.
Learn how to safely SUP & Kayak Tour on the Fowey Estuary and other inland waterways
Introducing our BRAND-NEW half day, “Tour Ready” course. This course aims to introduce guests to the enjoyment of touring and exploring as well as plotting, planning, and executing a touring experience to include weather, wind and tides and best app's to use.
Having completed this course students should feel that they are ready to plan their own adventures, and have gained new skills to improve their time on the water.
This course is ‘skill and knowledge focused’ and aims to give students a safe way of getting more time on the water. It is focused on the River Fowey but will also touch on coastal and inland waterways.
Come and get paddle ready this season with Encounter Cornwall! If you are interested in being part of this exciting new session you can either book on line or ping Jules a message on [email protected] and get booked today! This course is based on the BSUPA Ready to Tour and the British Canoeing "Start/Discover" award.
MEGA SUP SESSION
Supervised MEGA SUP Session: Head out onto the stunning River Fowey Estuary for what has to be the most fun you can have in a wetsuit!!
You will need team work and co-ordination and we can guarantee NO ONE is staying dry!
Your instructor will be there to guide and advise you to ensure you get the most out of your 2 hour session.
Group Sizes - Minimum 4 and Maximum 8, your lead paddler must be 18 years of age or over, and agree to wearing the leash.
Please call the office to book your date and launch time, and if you prefer "Hire" only, this can be arranged 👍 Special family rates avaliable, children minimum age 5 years, must be at least two adults in the group.
British Canoeing - Paddle Start Award
Your first time on the water ‘having a go’! A fun and enjoyable 1 hour practical session, introducing you to paddlesport.
Learning useful skills for an enjoyable and safe paddling experience, providing you with the knowledge to enable you to get safely in and out of your boat and board, making it move and return to your start point, ensuring you feel safe and confident on the water. Please note that all attendees will be required to multi skill on both SUP and Kayak in order to gain an all round experience and qualify for their British Canoeing START award.
Min 8 years +
Price includes vessels and buoyancy aids. Wetsuit hire is an additional £5
Open exclusively to members, our Paddle Club Membership tours are a great way to catch up with fellow club enthusiasts, whilst exploring the beautiful Fowey Estuary and beyond! Tour duration is roughly 2hrs and you can choose between SUP or Kayak depending on your preference. Please enter your exclusive code when booking and indicate equipment requirements if you are not bringing your own.
If you are interested in becoming a member of our Paddle Club, please message the office on [email protected]
Any questions, please ask before placing a booking.
* Child prices are for under 16s
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