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Canoeing Expeditions in Cornwall

Canoeing is a fabulous way to see the country. You can access so many areas that simply cannot be reached on foot. Better still, expeditions by canoe mean that you never need to carry a rucksack. The canoe will do all the heavy work, for both you and your paddling companions.

Canoe Expeditions in Cornwall

Exploring Cornwall by canoe is about as good as it gets. We are able to offer a range of open canoe journeys from single days to the full bushcraft over-night experience. There's bound to be one to catch your attention.

The tidal rivers of Cornwall

We are blessed in Cornwall with beautiful tidal rivers that reach right into the heart of the county. The three rivers of exception are;

  • River Fal - There are many tidal tributaries of the Fal, one of which is the River Truro
  • River Fowey - This tidal river can be paddled from as high as Lostwithiel
  • River Tamar - The borders of Devon and Cornwall are mapped out by this river.

Each of these rivers provide their own very special days out and depending on your outlook their banks can offer perfect cover for a bushcraft camp under the stars.

If you are looking to combine canoeing with the curriculum then  try one of our three very special journeys;

Combine Canoeing with Bushcraft

Bushcraft sharp-tools skillsThe canoeing lifestyle is enhanced when combined with a bushcraft experience. Imagine for a  moment, building a shelter out of your up-turned canoe, lighting a camp-fire and cooking your favourite outdoors meal whilst you watch the sun set over the estuary.

If you are interested in the over night bushcraft experience please discuss this when booking. You will learn some traditional canoe camping techniques, learn to light fires from foraged material and get to practice with traditional bushcraft sharp tools. More information on our overnight canoe/bushcraft experience.

Canoeing for Education

So many elements of the curriculum can be covered whilst journeying by canoe. Travelling through the countryside, observing changes in landscape, industry and history. If you are interested in getting your students out of the classroom to complement their learning then visit our 'Curriculum enhancing canoe journeys' page for some inspiring days out on the Cornish rivers and estuaries.

Our Wet and Wild day is without doubt our most popular and best value activity for the summer holiday. It's perfect for family groups, young and old alike. It's simply the wettest day out you can get.

Our Wet & Wild activity is a day full of:

  • Canoeing
  • Rock Jumping
  • Kayaking, and
  • Snorkeling

Wet and Wild Kayaking at Porthpean OEC

Operating off a beautiful Cornish beach you will explore into caves which smugglers once used, land on isolated beaches and swim with the amazing marine life. Discover the very best of Cornwall and its spectacular coastline with top class equipment and highly qualified instructors.

Testimonial

Just returned to campsite after a fantastic “wet and wild” day led by Steve and Tessa. We all had a great day and have memories to treasure. Never thought we’d be kayaking close to seals and never thought I’d be jumping off rocks 20ft into the sea!  Would recommend the day to anyone and a big thank you to all.
Karen & Family

Wet & Wild Day - Porthpean Outdoor Activity Centre

  • Price: £40 per adult and £35 per child

  • Duration: 6 hours

  • Location: St Austell PL26 6AZ

  • Dates: Every Monday - Friday throughout the summer holidays

  • Times: 9.15 am to 4.00 pm

  • Age Restrictions: 6 years + (under 18 can be left with parental consent form)

Wet and Wild Rock Jumping at Porthpean OEC

What to bring

It's a big day so you'll need to bring a packed lunch, loads of drink, swimming costume, towel, shoes/trainers that can get wet.

We will supply all safety equipment, including a wet-suit, buoyancy aid and helmet.

Who can participate?

To participate you should be confident in the water with the ability to swim unaided for 25m. Your swimming-style however does not have to be Olympian. Children from six years old can attend with an attending adult. If a child attends without an adult then a signed parental consent form will need to be completed. Please bare-in-mind that it is a long day for the very very young.

What happens if the weather is too bad?

We always take your safety as our priority. Very occasionally we may need to cancel our Wet & Wild day because of the weather and high seas. All we have to do is transfer the fun onto dry-land and utilise our local activity Centre where we have a permanent high-ropes course, an exciting indoor climbing wall, archery and mountain biking to fill your holiday time.

Contact: Mark Peters  01726 72901  porthpean@cornwall.gov.uk

Porthpean Activity Days

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