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Encounter Cornwall

The Boatshed, Golant | The Boatshed, Golant, Fowey PL23 1LW, England
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Kayaking with children

This trip was a super activity for the whole family (with children aged 9 & 6). We arrived to a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
miriam78842
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
What a lovely way to spend an Easter Bank holiday

Wow, what a lovely way to spend an Easter Bank holiday! Such a lovely way to explore the river and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Abby B
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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 2 weeks ago

This trip was a super activity for the whole family (with children aged 9 & 6). We arrived to a warm welcome from Karen and were soon kitted out and ready to get out in double kayaks. A laminated bird spotting sheet was a great...More

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

Thank you so much Miriam for taking the time to write - it was such a beautiful morning, and we're glad you all enjoyed the trip. Apologies to Darcy that we didn't find a Kingfisher - next time maybe!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow, what a lovely way to spend an Easter Bank holiday! Such a lovely way to explore the river and see Fowey from the river. David was very knowledgeable about kayaking and the local area. Thank you for a great trip and see you again...More

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

Thanks Abby for writing, and we're really glad you enjoyed the trip - we think it's a very special place, and hopefully we can show you some more in the future!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thank you David for a great experience. It was so peaceful and beautiful kayaking on the Fowey and creeks. I felt in safe hands as a novice. Your excellent knowledge of the local area and wildlife enhanced the experience. I would not hesitate to book...More

Thank Bernice60
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EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write - it was a good decision to wait until the afternoon for a bit of sun as well as less windy! Let's hope you are able to return, and see the rest of the estuary!

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Reviewed 26 November 2017

It was a wonderful way to spend the morning. One regret I have was the decision not to take my camera for fear of it falling in the water, I was totally blown away by how beautiful the scenery was from the kayak! From the...More

Thank Chelsea B
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EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2017

Hi Chelsea Thank you so much for your kind review - a kayak is one of the very best ways to get as near to the wildlife as possible - people can be a little nervous about taking cameras until they have experienced a trip....More

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Reviewed 7 November 2017

Had a lovely trip down the river with Dave as our teacher and guide. Saw lots of wildlife but unfortunately Clint the seal was not in attendance. Dave had a real eye for spotting birds we had missed and being patient with our inexperienced kayaking...More

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EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to write. We're very pleased to hear to enjoyed yourselves - unfortunately the seal doesn't always feel like playing, and saying 'hello'! One of the nicest parts of our job is introducing people to kayaking, and then...More

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Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

Great tuition and lots of fun. Well looked after by Karen and Dave. A must if you are visiting the area.More

Thank Gilks45
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EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Thank you so much - the great thing about this time of year is that the river is quieter, and so there are more opportunities to see wildlife, and the group sizes are a little smaller too. So glad you had a good - hopefully...More

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Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

This is a must do trip to explore the Fowey river estuary. David and Karen are experienced, knowledgeable and passionate about the river and surrounding area. You could not be in better hands especially if it's your first time! A wonderful experience and we will...More

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EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2017

Thank you so much for such a lovely review, and taking the time to write it! It was a pleasure to show you all around, and hopefully we'll see you again, and show you the rest of the estuary!

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Reviewed 21 September 2017

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

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EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2017

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

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Reviewed 13 September 2017

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

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EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

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

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Reviewed 31 August 2017 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

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EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded 1 September 2017

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

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