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Sit on Top

Cornwall is famous for its beautiful and varied coastline, and there’s no better and way to enjoy it than by a sit on top kayak. Explore natural rock caves, quiet sandy beaches and calm estuaries.

Guided Trip

If you’re a beginner, we can introduce you to the adventure of sea kayaking with some gentle rock hopping from Maenporth to the Helford passage area.

If you’re more experienced, whole day trips can be run from Maenporth to the rugged Manacles peninsula.

Every trip is designed to enable you to improve your kayaking ability and experience the best of Cornwall’s magnificent coastal environment, under the supervision of a British Canoeing Coach. All equipment such as wetsuits, buoyancy, cagoule jackets, paddle buoyancy aid and kayak are included in the price.

Our sit on top sea kayaks are sturdy, manoeuvrable and easy to climb back onto, if you should fall off.

These sessions are exciting, fun and a great way for families, friends, hen and stag parties to explore some of the coastline of Cornwall and also have fun playing around in the water.

The minimum age is 10, but anyone under 18, must be accompanied by an adult. The trip can be done in single or double kayaks.

Prices

£65 per person for a half day trip, £40 for children under 14. (a minimum of 2 people)

£85 per person for a full day, £55 for children under 14. (a minimum of 2 people)



Our Trips

Maenporth – Helford

A 12 km trip for beginners and intermediate paddlers. The trip starts at Maenporth beach where you can see the wreck of the Ben Asdale, which went aground in a storm in 1979, costing three lives. You’ll paddle past the gorse-covered Rosemullion Headland, where there are excellent opportunities for spotting local marine wildlife, and then onward to the Helford River. This area is renowned for its deep sheltered valleys and ancient oak woodlands, hidden creeks and century old villages – perfect for paddling under low-hung branches and take ing in the riverside wildlife and breath-taking views. The sub-tropical gardens of Trebah and Glendurgan are clearly visible as you paddle down the Helford towards the Ferry Boat Inn, where you can stop off to relax on the beach, eat a picnic or visit the pub.

Maenporth – St Mawes

A 14 km trip aimed at beginners and intermediate paddlers. This scenic paddle contours the coastline past all of Falmouth’s major beaches until you reach Pendennis castle. It was constructed by Henry VIII to guard the approach to the Harbour. You’ll get a great view of the twin castles of St Mawes and Pendennis. Falmouth harbour is the third deepest natural harbour in the world, and as well as spotting seals, cormorants and other coastal wildlife, it’s a nautical mile crossing to the beautiful town of St Mawes.

Maenporth – Manacles

An 18 km trip for physically fit intermediate paddlers. The trip starts at Maenporth beach where you can see the wreck of the Ben Asdale, which went aground in a storm in 1979, costing three lives. You’ll paddle past the cove of Porthallow and onto the fishing cove of Porthhoustock, a short distance from the Manacles. This area is infamous for its rocky outcrops, it’s perfect for paddlers exploring in kayaks but not so good for ships: with over 200 recorded wrecks in this area, the most famous was the Mohegan, where 106 drowned when she struck rocks in 1898. You will be provided with a wetsuit, rash vest, cag jacket, buoyancy aid, paddle and kayak.


New to Sit On Top

Sit on top kayaking is a fantastic and a much easier way than enclosed cockpit sea kayaking to enjoy the coastline, in the right conditions.

This day long training is designed to give you some basic paddling skills. It will also give you tips on planning a trip. If your new to sea kayaking, this is a very good introduction. The minimum age is 14, anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (a minimum of 2 people)

The sessions will include the following:

All equipment such as wetsuits, buoyancy, cagoule jackets, paddle buoyancy aid and kayak are included in the price.

Prices

£85 per person (a minimum of 2 people)


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