5 Best Canoeing and Kayaking Spots in Cornwall

August 20th, 2021

Cornwall has miles and miles of gorgeous coastline and various waterways to explore, and there are so many ways to do it. You can trek along the coast paths, lounge on golden sands, swim in the crystalline waters, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, then why not take to the seas and rivers with a canoe or kayak?

If you fancy the adventure and excitement of trying canoeing or kayaking, there are some fantastic spots across Cornwall for both beginners and seasoned pros.

Fal-Ruan Upper Creeks, Truro

Situated in the Roseland Peninsula and Fal-Ruan nature reserve, this spot is shielded by woodland, adding to the total tranquillity of being out on the water.

This remote part of the tidal river Fal offers a peaceful, leisurely canoe or kayak experience that’s brilliant for all skill levels.

The Fal River is also connected to a network of waterways stretching from Truro to Falmouth, so there are plenty of other great spots to paddle down for those that want a longer journey.

Carbis Bay, St Ives

The scenic beaches at St Ives offer more than just picturesque views; there are also some lovely water sports spots to check out.

Carbis Bay is just one of the stunning canoeing and kayaking areas along the St Ives coast. With calm, gentle waters at low tide and great breaks at high tide, there’s something for everyone to enjoy here.

A group of kayakers in the sea

Porthcurno Beach, Penzance

Another top beauty spot in Cornwall, Porthcurno Beach offers gorgeous views with the white-gold sand, aquamarine waves and dramatic cliffs. A paddle along this stretch of coast showcases Cornwall’s beautiful countryside in the best way!

The nearby Minack Theatre is another must-visit attraction, giving you the perfect opportunity to relax with an open-air play or show after an active day in the sea.

Cotehele Quay, Saltash

A paddle along the Tamar via Cotehele Quay has a lot to offer in the way of interesting sights to see and places to stop off at along your journey.

The Cotehele Quay is located on the National Trust estate of the same name, which makes a picture-perfect backdrop for your leisurely paddle along the river. You’ll pass the historic property, canopied by woodland banks. If you’re lucky, you may see deer, kingfishers and falcons on your watery journey.

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Mullion Cove Beach, The Lizard Peninsula

Take to the glorious shores of the Lizard Peninsula and explore Mullion Cove. The cove is well protected thanks to an off-shore island, meaning you shouldn’t fall victim to the stronger ocean currents.

A guided tour from Mullion Cove to Kynance Cove lets you enjoy the dramatic cliffs from a new angle and provides a more lively swell. If you paddle further out, you may also get the chance to see dolphins gliding past!

If you’re new to canoeing or kayaking, there are countless watersports centres around Cornwall where you can hire equipment and learn from professionals!

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