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8th May 2018 | Regional News

Celebrate National Go Canoeing Week in Cornwall

Cornwall is packed full of beautiful bays, calm rivers and secluded coves, perfect for canoeing and kayaking. Whether you’re a pro or you’re new to the water, Cornwall is the perfect destination for water sports enthusiasts.

To celebrate National Go Canoeing Week, which starts on the 26th of May, grab your swimwear and wetsuits, and head away on your own canoeing adventure. Here are 4 of our favourite places in Cornwall to enjoy this exciting water sport.

River Fowey

Less than 45 minutes from both White Acres Holiday Park and Looe Bay Holiday Park is the River Fowey, the perfect place for outdoor activities. Running for nearly 25 miles and offering secluded waters and spectacular views, there’s so much to discover when visiting.

From woodland creeks and mysterious forests to vibrant harbours and beautiful beaches, the River Fowey is one of the best areas in Cornwall for canoeing and kayaking. Whichever route you choose, you’ll see plenty of wonderful wildlife, including herons, kingfishers and otters. If you sail down the Fowey Estuary, you might even spot dolphins and whales too.

If you’re kayaking or canoeing towards the mouth of the river, be sure to hop onto dry land and explore the charming town of Fowey. As well as the beautiful shoreline, there’s so much to see whilst you’re there. Discover the remains of St Catherine’s Castle, a small fortress built by Henry VIII in the 16th century, before heading down to the stunning Readymoney Cove for a stroll along its shore.

Video sourced from Visit Cornwall

Lizard Point

Located at the most southern point of mainland Britain, Lizard Point features turquoise waters and bright white sands. Less than 10 minutes from Mullion Holiday Park, pack your swimming gear and head out on a canoeing or kayaking adventure, exploring fascinating sea caves and quiet coves along the way.

Sat alongside dramatic cliffs, Lizard Point offers some of the best waters for canoeing, kayaking and other water sports, including coasteering and stand-up paddleboarding. There are a few different areas to discover on the Lizard Peninsula, such as Mullion Harbour, Cadgwith Cove and Hayle Harbour.

Once you’ve explored the Cornish seas, there’s so much more to see nearby. One of the most iconic landmarks in the area is the Lizard Lighthouse, which was built in 1751. Kids and adults alike will love learning about the history of the lighthouse through the interactive exhibitions. Hear the stories of the lighthouse keepers and learn how to send a message using Morse code!

Video sourced from Cornishpastyman

Carbis Bay

Nestled between St Ives and Hayle is Carbis Bay, a quiet spot which is perfect for a family day out. Less than 40 minutes from Holywell Bay Holiday Park, Carbis Bay is a Blue Flag beach, offering incredible waters for canoeing and kayaking.

Carbis Bay is close to secret coves and beaches, meaning there’s so much to explore on a visit. Here, you can also try your hand at sailing! Set sail with an RYA-qualified instructor and learn how to tackle the waves by catamaran. Once you’re back on dry land, keep an eye out for ancient shipwrecks. At low tide, you should be able to see not one, but three wrecks dotted along the sand, which were all damaged by a terrible storm in November 1893.

Just around the corner is Porthminster Beach, another fantastic beach in St Ives that’s not to be missed. It’s one of the longest beaches in the area, meaning you’ll find so much to do here, including an 18-hole mini golf course, a range of cafes to enjoy Cornish cream tea, and plenty of deck chairs where you can sit back and relax.

Video sourced from Cornwall and Devon TV

River Fal

Just 45 minutes from Crantock Beach Holiday Park is the River Fal. Stretching for over 20 miles through Cornwall, one of the best ways to explore the River Fal is by canoe or kayak. A fantastic area along the River Fal for water sports is the Carrick Roads estuary, where you’ll find calm and quiet waters away from the crowds.

The Carrick Roads is surrounded by creeks and wooded valleys, where you’ll see a variety of incredible wildlife, such as falcons, buzzards and deer. The area also regularly attracts one of the largest flocks of grebes in the UK. The Carrick Roads isn’t just ideal for canoeing and kayaking, it’s the perfect area for other water sports as well. From windsurfing and sailing to water skiing and jet skiing, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy.

At the end of the River Fal you’ll reach Falmouth, filled with a range of fantastic tourist attractions. One of the most popular attractions is Pendennis Castle, a fascinating fortress built by Henry VIII during the 1540s. Visitors can marvel at the weapons of war, explore the secret underground tunnels and enjoy stunning coastal views.

Video sourced from DroneScope

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