At the time of writing, summer 2018 is slowly drawing to a close. A new school term beckons (groan) and the off season is just a heartbeat away. We can’t complain, however, having enjoyed one of the best summers in a long time. And fear not, as there’s still time to get away for some late paddling action – especially if you’re one who hangs up their gear for winter. Here are some of Sitons’ top kayaking getaways.
The River Gannel, Cornwall
Starting in the Cornish village of Indian Queens the River Gannel steadily turns into a tidal estuary ultimately ending up spilling into the Atlantic waters of Crantock Bay. During low tide the Gannel pretty much dries out on the lower half next to the beach. But as the flow starts to flood it’s time to hop aboard your boat and use the current to push you along the picturesque route that takes boaters right up towards Newquay. Time it right and you can use the ebb flow to race back downstream back towards your put in at the beach.
Chichester Canal, West Sussex
Putting in right next to Chichester’s bustling centre paddlers are free to roam all the way along its 4.5m towards Birdham, a tidal spot giving access to Chichester Harbour. The canal itself is non-tidal and kayakers needn’t complete the whole route. If a mellow paddle along a beautiful stretch is what you’re after, that’s extremely sheltered from harsh weather, then so be it. Simply drift idly by listening to bird chatter and the rustle of wind in the trees. There’s a small launch fee but this goes towards the upkeep of the canal.
Isle of Tiree, Hebrides
For those looking to travel a bit further then the Hebridean Island of Tiree is a stunning location that offers up everything from hardcore wave action to perfect, idyllic flat water spooning. From certain parts of the UK Tiree is a mission to get to, and let’s be honest: this being Scotland the weather isn’t always guaranteed to play ball. That said, dreamy azure coloured water, white sandy beaches, a sleepy vibe with the option of sampling some local malt (if this is a preference) should have any visitors clamouring to head back.
The magic of Scarborough is its two bays that can provide shelter depending on what Mother Nature’s mood’s serving up. Paddlers can find exciting wave conditions, mellow peelers or flat water conditions suitable for all comers. The town is also a noted resort and therefore comes with all the associated trappings. Plus, for the curious, there are plenty of other spots located close by – both inland and coastal – that’ll satisfy your kayaking urges.
There are, of course, plenty more spots to choose from if you do some research. Take a look at our where to kayak section for some more kayaking getaways. And don’t forget all these location aren’t just for summer paddling. They can be utilised at any time of year.
Let us know what your fave sit on kayaking spots are.