website is written for canoe, kayak and sit-on-top paddlers of
all types; I've written it mostly, but not entirely, from my first
hand experience of kayaking, surfing and walking throughout the
'Where to Paddle' gives specific information about the suitability
of different waters for different levels of ability and different
types of canoes and kayaks.
I am not attempting a detailed geography, nor a guide to the wildlife
of Cornwalls waters. These can easily be found by carefully searching
the web yourself, though some of the best and most relevant sites
I have discovered are listed on the links page.
The Cornish coast is 300 miles long with 300 beaches and a myriad
of sea cliffs and headlands, half of it on the rugged north coast
exposed to the Atlantic Ocean and the other half facing south
onto the generally more sheltered English Channel. The whole encompasses
many small but sheltered landing sites, over a dozen harbours
plus all those harbours, small and large, in the 7 major river
estuaries. Inland there are a number of small but paddleable rivers
as well as our major river the Tamar which divides Cornwall from
Devon and the rest of England. Cornwalls 'lakes' are mostly man
made reservoirs as is the short section of canal at Bude.
in all the paddling down here is fantastic, especially the sea
kayaking, and has something for absolutely everyone except full-on
whitewater kayaking; and even then you only have to cross to Dartmoor.
The Isles of Scilly aren't covered at present.
Out?' begins with a brief history of 'canoeing' in the UK and explains
why incorrect terminology is used (for instance; I manufacture 'kayaks'
but you will notice this website is 'wildthings-canoes'!) I've also
included a guide to the equipment a novice paddler will need and
tips on how best to use it. Sit
on Top Kayaks have become extremely popular recently so we plan
to include a short section on technique to help paddlers learn the
correct basic strokes for their craft from the outset. There is
a large section on safety and you can download for printing an 'owners
manual' which though written for my own customers is full of concise
safety advice and tips.
links' page contains details of all the canoe clubs, centres and
groups within Cornwall together with information on events and kayak
competitions. There are also links to related sites such as surfing,
boating, coastal footpath, river guides, weather, oceanography,
photographs, diving, and nature.
you fail to find something you think should feature on this site
please let me know and I will try to include it or email a response;
likewise, if you find an error.