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GUIDE TO CANOEING IN CORNWALL Contd.

Places to paddle in Cornwall

River Fal, looking across to the Smugglers Cottage Tea House at Tolverne above King Harry Ferry Part 1

The South Coast of Cornwall


What this guide sets out to do is to describe where, and how you can access the sea and estuaries around Cornwall. What it cannot do is to tell you if it is safe to do so. Where to paddle is dependent on paddling ability and conditions - which can change within the hour, and what may have been safe is no longer so. Although the author has tried to ensure the accuracy of the information below mistakes will inevitably be made; furthermore we live in a world that is constantly changing and inevitably some information will become outdated before a revision of the material.

Cornwall Custom Kayaks PDF file Open/download here PDF
Places to paddle in Cornwall
The South Coast


The table (in pdf format) linked above lists locations clockwise around Cornwall, starting on the Cornish side of Plymouth Harbour. I have included rivers when they become tidal. About half of the coastline has been paddled by the author and the reader is informed where this is not the case. Information has also been sourced from Marine charts, Ordinance Survey Maps, Google Earth, the guides by Stuart Fisher and Mark Rainsley, the Adlard Coles South Coast Pilot and the risk assessment Sean Morely drew up for his UK circumnavigation of 2004. Although some tidal information is included in the estuaries, please refer to How the tides work in Cornwall to understand the tidal flows along the coast.

Part 2

The North Coast of Cornwall


This stretch of coast probably accommodates the most well known surfing beaches in the UK. This is one of the things that attract visitors to Cornwall, yet when it comes to kayaking a swell is a mixed blessing.

Paddling in a decent sized swell near to the rocks is an exhilarating experience, the downside being the difficulties in landing and the confusing seas created from the backwash, magnified and distorted in tidal races on the headlands. Furthermore a swell can get up in a few hours, sometimes with little warning; after all the water stretches from here across to the Americas and down to the Antarctic.

Thus apart from one or two areas which will be highlighted, and the attractions of the beaches with a small swell; this is not a piece of coast for the inexperienced.

Cornwall Custom Kayaks PDF file Open/download here PDF
Places to paddle in Cornwall
The North Coast


What this guide sets out to do is to describe where, and how you can access the sea and estuaries around Cornwall. What it cannot do is to tell you if it is safe to do so. Where to paddle is dependent on paddling ability and conditions - which can change within the hour, and what may have been safe is no longer so. Although the author has tried to ensure the accuracy of the information below mistakes will inevitably be made; furthermore we live in a world that is constantly changing and inevitably some information will become outdated before a revision of the material.

Location of car parks is given through Ordanance Survey Grid Reference and the reader will need a copy of the relevent sheet when planning the trip. Alternatively car parks can be identified using Google Earth at the particular location described they come up very clearly in the picture (and should not be confused with caravan parks cars being smaller and less regularly placed). The author has identified that a beach is life-guarded where known- some that are will have been missed.



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