What are the benefits of a sit-on kayak?
The most obvious one is safety; with a sit-on you do not feel trapped inside as in a conventional closed deck kayak. Therefore "Eskimo Rolls" are not necessary and self rescue is easy.
Sit-on kayaks are extremely stable and can be paddled by the novice with ease and confidence. Within a few minutes anyone, from 8 to 80, can feel relaxed and in control in a sit-on kayak.
Sit-on kayaks are tough and stand up well to the knocks and scrapes of everyday use.
They are also virtually unsinkable!
Go at your own pace; with a sit-on you don't need to be supremely fit. As it's easy to embark / disembark, you can stop wherever you fancy for a rest. It's good exercise and great fun too!
Why hire a sit-on here?
Well, if you know St. Mawes you already know the answer to this. If not, here are a few reasons:
1.Beautiful scenery and crystal clear, sheltered waters; if you hire for two hours (min. hire period) you will get a good feel for St. Mawes, the Percuil River and creeks, where you will see many species of birds and other wildlife. In a kayak you see things that can only be glimpsed from land and, because you are under paddle power, you can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
2.The more adventurous can explore St. Anthony's Head (sea state permitting). Paddle right up to the lighthouse and you may be joined by a playful seal or two. Along with many cormorants, shags and gulls. Stop off on the way back for a picnic on Molunan Beach or find a secluded cove.
3.You could head north for picturesque St. Just in Roseland. Paddle into the pool at high water for a stunning view of the church. (Allow four hours for this trip)
4.How about paddling the beautiful upper reaches of the River Fal?
That's possible too with the Upper Fal Paddle; Embark your kayaks at Turnaware Bar for half a day or a day's adventure on the peaceful Upper Fal. Paddle past the King Harry Ferry and the slumbering ships that may be anchored nearby awaiting their fate. Stop off for lunch or afternoon tea at Smuggler's Cottage (unfortunately Smuggler's is closed during 2013) which is steeped in maritime history, or on the opposite bank at the delightful Halwyn's Tea Garden, and explore the tranquil creeks.
I will meet you at the beginning and end of your hire on the beach at Turnaware Bar. There is a £35.00 delivery / collection supplement payable. Bookings must be made in advance for a half day or full day only and I prefer you to use Malibu Twos where possible, purely for ease of transporting on the RIB. It is best to plan this trip with high tide around the middle of your hire period. You can check tide times in the Fal River Guide Book, or pull up the pages here: http://www.falriver.co.uk/guide-and-map scroll down to "useful information", and don't forget to add an hour for BST. There is a minimum of four persons required for the Upper Fal Paddle .
If there are four of you why not combine this trip with a ride on the RIB? I will deliver you and 2 x Malibu Twos down to Turnaware and collect you after your paddle (no extra charge).
5. *NEW* Paddle and BBQ (or Barbecued RIB!) in partnership with the St. Mawes Hotel.
Alternate Wednesday evenings in July and August (beginning July 3rd.).
1800 - 1930ish guided paddle followed by a BBQ on the beach in front of the St. Mawes Hotel.
£20.00 per head, including food.
Places limited so book early, go to : www.stmaweshotel.co.uk or call 01326 270266
(Sorry no Mussel Card discount on this offer).