Kayaking, as we all know, requires travelling to watery locations both inland and coastal. In some cases the preferred put in spot is often quite secluded and off the beaten track. It’s therefore encouraging to note that many caravan and campsites can now be found next to, or within a short distance, of stretches of water that lend themselves to the practice of our sport. Caravans these days aren’t some 1960s tin can contraptions that clog up the country’s motorways. Modern ‘vans are actually quite stylish, comfortable and a great way to take your overnight accommodation with you during paddling missions – not to mention practical! Although for many owning a caravan or motorhome isn’t a viable option for cost, storage and many other reasons, there are still many rental options available, whether it be a static caravan located on site or a touring rental to stick on the back of your tow bar. The following top 3 sites for a ‘carayaking’ (see what we did there?) UK getaway have been provided courtesy of C4 Caravans.
Pencarnan Camping, St. Davids, Wales
pencarnanfarm.co.uk The site is just a short stroll through fields from Porthsele Beach which offers a variety of different paddling conditions depending on weather, tides and swell. When the stars align, surfing on the beach is possible and will satisfy the wave heads while flat water paddlers will be better served during high summer months when wave action is usually at its lowest. Kayaks can be left stored at the beach, rather than trudging back to your pitch with them – a mission after a long session. Although Porthsele isn’t a private beach it’s quite well tucked away and difficult to access meaning that your kayaking sessions may well be tranquil affairs with few other visitors. The campsite itself is a 96 acre working farm that’s been in existence since 1956. It occupies land towards the furthest western tip of Pembrokeshire. There are electrical hook ups available in one field and if this is a necessity then booking is advised. Pencarnen Camping is unique in that they don’t charge extra for awnings, gazebos, extensions and loo tents. Check out our Pembrokeshire spot guides here
Pennymore Campsite, South Hams, Devon
pennymoor-camping.co.uk Pennymore Campsite is the perfect South Hams based pitch up for those paddlers wanting direct access to a plethora of varied Devonshire coastal kayaking. With Bigbury-on-Sea just a five minute drive away, to name but one put in spot, the choice of paddling locations is extensive. Bigbury itself actually links up with the renowned surfing beach of Bantham at low tide and you’ll know you’re in the right place as the famous Burgh Island dominates the horizon. In the middle of Bigbury Bay the River Avon spills into the sea and across the three different spots paddlers have multiple of choices for their kayaking missions.
Bantham can serve up some dredging waves on its day and isn’t for the faint hearted or inexperienced. Bigbury meanwhile is a tamer beast but no less hardcore at times. The tidal river is probably one of the most scenic paddling experiences on offer in the whole of the UK and as long as you have a suitable grasp of tides then it’s perfectly applicable to most paddlers wants. Pennymore Campsite is a very quiet, friendly and family orientated campsite that’s great if you’re planning on exploring the South Hams coastline. Featuring free WiFi, an onsite and well stocked shop, superb toilet block and showering facilities, chemical disposal point and other amenities, Pennymore makes a great stop for paddlers with a caravan in tow. Check out our Devon spot guides here
Village Way Camping, Sandown, Isle of Wight
fortholidaypark.co.uk is a secluded caravan park within walking distance to Sandown’s beach.