Kayak River Tours

Gannel River Kayak Tour

Crantock Bay Surf School’s unique Gannel river tour is the best way to discover the Gannel Estuary, one of Cornwall’s hidden gems.

Leaving from the National Trust Beach at Crantock you paddle upstream on easy to use and safe sit on top kayaks. Using the rise of the tide to help you paddle you’ll discover leafy Penpol Creek, the Old Boatyard and on the bigger tides even reach the head of the estuary at Trevemper.

As the tide turns you move with it, returning to the beach and enjoying the natural splendor of this wonderful space.

You’ll hear about the mysterious Gannel Crake, see where boats were built up until 1872 and hear many other tales and legends from the Gannel’s history including an unsuccessful WW2 bombing raid on the schooner Ada, moored in Penpol Creek. You’ll also find out what the Cornish place names mean and how they are derived from the Cornish language, Kernowek.

Teeming with birdlife its common to spot oystercatchers, black headed gulls, curlews, buzzards, mallards, canada geese and even more exotic visitors like the little egret. Higher up the estuary past the salt marsh zone you can sometimes catch the iridescent blue of kingfishers in the reed beds.

Adventurous souls can sample some of the Gannel’s bounty including Sea Purslane and the wonderful Samphire, so beloved of celebrity chefs!

Kayak Tour Details:

  • Included are your kayak, paddle board, best inflatable sup, wetsuit and personal flotation device.
  • No kayaking experience necessary.
  • Ages from 8 years ( younger children may come along on triple kayak with 2 adults, please enquire).
  • Tours take place around the high tides and so vary day to day. Tours take 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
  • Shorter ‘taster’ tours are available on request.