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Encounter Cornwall

The Boatshed, Golant | The Boatshed, Golant, Fowey PL23 1LW, England
+44 1726 832104
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Guided Creeks Afternoon Kayaking

Six Ladies from Dorset negotiated the diversion along narrow Cornish roads thanks to Karen's... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
lagperkins
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Wimborne, United Kingdom
Afternoon Kayaking

Myself, husband and son joined the group to depart at 2.30 on a rather windy/wet day. Karen and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
marenello
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midlands
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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 upriver either side of the High Tide - and our Harbours and Beaches trip paddles down to Fowey Harbour and the sea on the Low Tide. Trips are suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness (happy to walk a couple of miles or so). We also arrange tailor made trips for corporate groups, hen, stag and birthday parties, birdwatchers, etc ... Kayak Hire is available for experienced paddlers and is normally up to 4 hours. All equipment is provided and we include a map and advice on likely routes. Guided trips are led by qualified Fowey River Boatman who are licensed by the Harbour Authority. See our website for dates and prices.
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The Boatshed, Golant | The Boatshed, Golant, Fowey PL23 1LW, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Six Ladies from Dorset negotiated the diversion along narrow Cornish roads thanks to Karen's directions and made it (almost on time) to our afternoon Kayak trip. It was wonderful, perfect pace, a little bit of instruction (to minimise our zig zag technique!) and some interesting...More

Thank lagperkins
EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write - it was lovely to meet you all, and we hope the rest of your break was fun! One of the particulatly nice things from our point of view was how well everyone on the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Myself, husband and son joined the group to depart at 2.30 on a rather windy/wet day. Karen and Dave were very welcoming and enthusiastic despite the less than favourable conditions. At times the going did get tough due to the wind but at no point...More

Thank marenello
EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write - it was one of those days when the wind picks up, and we just have to do our best, so we're glad you felt ok - we feel quite responsible for the weather sometimes,...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went on the 2hr evening sundowner trip. The kayaks were very stable, instructors where fantastic, very knowledgable and the views amazing. Lots of fun and will definitely go again.More

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

Thank you so much for your review - it was such a beautiful evening - you got to see Fowey at it's very best, and that was our last Sundowner of the year, as the light will start to fade now. We look forward to...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely trip down the Fowey tidal estuary! The staff were really friendly and laid back. We did the 4 hour hire without a guide. They gave us a map and gave us lots of suggestions about things to do. We stopped and had a coffee...More

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

Hi Katherine - we're glad you enjoyed your hire - it's nice to hear from hirers as well as those on a trip. We're also very happy to welcome non paddling friends to the Cafe Kayak, but we will only be open weekends during September,...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fab trip up to Lerryn and back with Steve and Will guiding us. We went at a gentle pace with several pauses at small beaches. Good cakes at the shop at Lerryn at half time. Our 9 and 7 year old enjoyed the paddling although...More

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

Thank you for taking the time to write, and we're glad you had fun - even if your steering wasn't up to scratch! The answer to that is visit us again for some more practice!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

From the first off we were made to feel welcome by the staff there. We were given instructions before getting into any kayaks and although helpful it was also gratifying to know that there were 3 experienced instructors going with the group just in case...More

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

We 're really glad you had a good time - and thank you for your comments about parking. The availability does depend a bit on what's happening - if we have a high tide, you can't use the road in front of the pub, and...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Be aware that in high season you are advised to book in advance as this activity is very popular. The staff we met on our tour, Dave, Steve and Will were all very knowledgeable and the ladies on land were equally as nice. We opted...More

Thank Felix-Mad-Dog
EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Felix, many thanks for taking the time to write - we do try to keep the trips relatively small to keep them as relaxed as possible, so that's why we book up! We're glad you enjoyed yourself, and we hope to see you again...More

Reviewed 19 August 2017

We went on our first kayaking trip yesterday and had a great time. The route combined with the variable weather conditions was pretty gruelling at times, especially for a beginner in a double kayak with an 11-year-old but we saw some wonderful views of the...More

Thank angelteejay
EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2017

We're glad you had a good time, and sorry that you struggled a bit to begin with. The wind more than rain can be an issue, especially if you are new to paddling, and it doesn't help you keeping in a straight line! The scenery...More

Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

Both myself and my partner kayaked for the first time with encounter cornwall. We were both absolutely terrified to begin with. All the host's were lovely. Despite the initial disagreements between myself and my partner (I blamed him for us not doing well, and he...More

Thank beckye90
EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2017

That's lovely that you want to have another go - it's always great to hear when people are new to paddling, and end the trip wanting to do more! Thanks for posting some great photos too! Come and visit us again when you're next down!

Reviewed 18 August 2017

Our family of four thoroughly enjoyed our three hour kayaking down the river. Karen, Steve and John were friendly, knowledgeable guides, the scenery was stunning and everyone got the 'hang' of kayaking and steering(!?) quite quickly. Would highly recommend. The cake and tea afterwards in...More

Thank Sonia W
EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2017

Hi Sonia, we're so glad you enjoyed yourself, and the cake & tea too! At the sun has been shining the last few days, so it was looking lovely! Hopefully, you'll come back and we'll show you the other part of the river!

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