Loe Beach is a sheltered, and fairly safe, sand and shingle beach that’s great for swimming, kayaking and other watersports such as sailing and windsurfing. Loe Beach Watersports Centre hire kayaks right at the put in spot so there’s no need to bring your own – great if you’re short on space or travelling by train.
The launch spot of Loe gives access to a wide watery area that you can explore until your heart’s content. Paddling south you’ll eventually come upon Mylor Yacht Haven which is a busy little marina village that’s perfect for stopping off on your paddling jaunt. A pleasant harbour side café/restaurant serves up some particularly tasty ice cream flavours to get your chops around. If you fancied a spot of lunch then you could also do that here.
Heading left after launching you’ll then find a network of estuaries and inlets, all waiting to be explored on your kayak. For those really feeling up to it; paddling from Loe all the way into Truro itself is possible. If you do fancy having a crack at this route then be aware of tides and boating traffic. It’s also worth carrying a chart so you don’t get lost in the many inlets – something which is easy to do. Paddlers looking to not exert themselves so fully will find the, mostly, gentle waters around Loe Beach perfectly adequate for having a bash at some paddling fun.
If you’re thinking of hiring a boat then Loe Beach Watersports Centre has either single or tandem kayaks on offer. The centre also runs coaching programmes and guided paddling tours. You’ll get to experience the best this area has to offer without worrying about navigation duties yourself. Having a trained and qualified instructor on hand will instil confidence and help you build those necessary fundamental skills for when you do eventually go it alone. And don’t forget, if the weather isn’t playing ball for kayaking adventures, the centre is able to offer other activities such as stand up paddle boarding, dinghy sailing and windsurfing.
Once you’re done with your days saltwater experiences you’ll find plenty of places to relax and talk story about your kayaking adventures. Truro and the surrounds boast plenty of restaurants and pubs to choose from with establishments to match most budgets.
How to get there:
As you head along the A39 you’ll need to take the B3289 towards Feock and the King Harry Ferry. After roughly 2.5 miles you’ll see Loe Beach sign posted. Coming from Roselands; take the first left after Telissick Gardens and continue following directions to Loe Beach.
An established watersports centre is right onsite that offers kayak hire. There’s a well stocked watersports shop for those needing spares or replacements and a café selling food and beverage refreshments is available just a short hop away from the water.
Tides, harsh weather, during periods, and boating traffic are all worth taking note of. Bathers also frequent Loe Beach during the summer months and you’ll need to steer clear.
Ins and Outs:
Unload your boat and then simply drag it the short distance to the water’s edge.
Plenty of other watersports entertainment is on offer at the centre and for those who want to take part in dry land activities; there are some good cycle and walking routes on offer in the area.
Loe beach, Feock, is a sheltered spot that sits on the banks of the Carrick Roads waterway about 10 minutes from Truro. It’s a popular haven for boats and during summer months you’ll find many moored vessels lying anchored just off the beach. Launching here gives paddlers the opportunity of exploring the extensive area which is fantastic for kayaking and other watersports.
You could navigate your way along towards Mylor Yacht Harbour and further on towards Falmouth if you wished. Or perhaps you fancy checking out the many other inlets dotted around; whatever your kayaking preferences you’ll be well served with a visit here.