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Encounter Cornwall

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Exceptional first-time kayaking experience

Myself, my son and my mother-in-law took a 2 hour sundowner trip with Dave, our guide. The village... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
MatthewI178
Exceptional experience (with added wildlife.)

The whole experience with Encounter Cornwall was nothing less than exceptional. We have done... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
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Since 2006 Encounter Cornwall have been running daily guided canoe trips and kayak hire on the beautiful Fowey River Estuary in Cornwall. We have two 3 hour trips which include a 30 minute refreshment break. Our Creeks & Backwaters tour paddles...more
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The Boatshed, Golant | The Boatshed, Golant, Fowey PL23 1LW, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Myself, my son and my mother-in-law took a 2 hour sundowner trip with Dave, our guide. The village of Golant is picturesque and an ideal place to begin. My son (9 years) had never kayaked and the two adults were hardly experts, but we were...More

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EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for such a lovely review, and its so good to hear when first time kayakers enjoy their experience, and you were also able to link things like the clay transport, which gives you an appreciation of the whole area, not just...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The whole experience with Encounter Cornwall was nothing less than exceptional. We have done several sea kayaking trips over the years, but this was the first on an estuary. Given our previous experience getting dressed in drafty shacks, the Golant boatshed itself blew us away,...More

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EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Wow! Thank you so much for your very kind review, and for spending the time to write about us. It is so gratifying when we hear back from customers - we do our best to try and make it as interesting a visit as we...More

Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

Just had a very enjoyable afternoon in a Canadian canoe on the river. Lots of wildlife to see and time to practice your J strokes. Great quality canoes of all types,very good advice from Dave and all the staff, with wonderful home made cakes in...More

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EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2018

Thank you so much for writing, and we're glad you enjoyed your trip exploring - and that you also enjoyed Karen's cakes too! We look forward to welcoming you back at some point, so you can explore a bit more!

Reviewed 9 August 2018

We had never kayaked, and I called up a couple of times with niggling doubts before getting there - at all times, David was quick to respond, and give me the information I needed. So we booked a sundowner with David and his crew. And...More

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EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2018

Thank you Aaron for such a lovely review, and for taking the time to write it. It is really lovely to hear that we managed to deal with your concerns and you enjoyed yourselves and felt comfortable - even if you did get a bit...More

Reviewed 5 August 2018

We had a great 'creeks and backwater' guided tour on the Fowey river from Golant past the 'Wind in the Willows' creek to the picturesque village of Lerryn where the kids swam in the river and we enjoyed some yummy ice-cream. With great kayaking tips...More

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EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2018

Hi Ruth, thank you so much for making the time to write - we really appreciate it. We're really glad you all had fun - yes, the ice cream is fab - we have personally sampled all flavours! Hopefully, you will visit us again, and...More

Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

Took a guided trip up the river last year. This year we hired kayaks and paddled down to Fowey. If you've never ever kayaked before, I would recommend the guided trips. However in good conditions the route is pretty tame. Provided you have common sense...More

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EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2018

Thanks for your review - we don't get many about hire, and we do like to know that you can handle a kayak because of tides and at low tide, mud! Sticking to the banks is a good policy, and we're glad you had a...More

Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

We brought this experience for my brother in laws birthday and went as 3 adults 2 teenagers. Their was some nerves before we went as some of us hadn't canoed before. However we all thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it. The instructors made...More

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EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2018

We're so glad you had a good time, and thank you for taking the time to write about it. It's also good to hear that although you were nervous you found your paddling enjoyable. We agree that the chicken pasties are fantastic! We've also got...More

Reviewed 19 July 2018

This was our first experience of kayaking and it was amazing, thank you David for sharing your experience and knowledge with us. We were lucky it was just myself and my husband on this trip from Golant thru Fowey harbour to Polruan where we enjoyed...More

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EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to write - and it's always good when complete beginners enjoy themselves enough to want to do it again! Hopefully, you will have the opportunity to return, and we can show you the rest of the river!

Reviewed 10 July 2018

Having done the guided trip to Fowey last year while on holiday in the area, we were all keen to do the different trip up the river to Lerryn. This was another fabulous day- Karen and David were fantastic guides and the trip up the...More

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EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2018

Hi Rich, it was lovely to see you all again this year, and we're so glad you enjoyed the opposite trip as well. You were also extremely lucky to see the Serena the seal in that particular area, as it isn't her normal spot! Hopefully,...More

Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

Myself, my elderly dad and my three sons recently had a wonderful trip down the river Fowey with encounter Cornwall. What made it even more relaxing and enjoyable, was when we realised it wasn’t going to be suitable for our water and swan loving dogs...More

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EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2018

We're so glad we were able to find a solution - we have borrowed the crates from Carol in the cafe, to see if they would be useful. Your dogs were beautifully behaved and more importantly, calm - but they were happy to see you...More

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fae3331
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Response from EncounterCornwall | Property representative |
Hi Fae, it's less about the size, more about if the dog will be happy in the kayak. Some dogs are fine and just sit happily, others want to jump out constantly! We recommend choosing a 'Creeks and Backwaters' trip if you... More
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