Kayak Cornwall contains information about short and medium range sea kayak trips exploring the coast of Cornwall with Paul Bennett and Kevin Gaston. Occasionally joined by other friends and always planned and paddled with care.

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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Fowey to Lostwithiel

After planning a sea trip from Porthpean to Fowey, we were disappointed to arrive at the coast to find that the launch site was too dangerous. Time for plan B which was to launch at Fowey and paddle to Lostwithiel, we were in luck here as the tides were perfect to have a free ride upstream, lunch then another free ride on the outgoing tide.

We managed to paddle past Lostwithiel finally stopping for sandwiches at the base of the  A390 road bridge. This is a very nice inland water trip with the river flowing through some beautiful countryside. Keep your eyes open for a lot of wildlife, I saw two Kingfishers (my first ever) and some marvelous Dippers (check them out). I prefer sea paddles but this river offers a great alternative if its big out at sea. We paddled back to Fowey and continued to the mouth of the estuary and out into the sea for half a mile.

The swell was much bigger than the video shows. Kevin regularly disappeared behind the sets and care was required when turning. We spent a short time playing in the swells and having fun keeping everything upright and in control.

PS. We now have a new buddy that comes on most of our Kayak trips. He is called Blob and he likes to travel on the lens of my camera, usually taking up a prime position just when the best bits of the day are being filmed!

Wildlife Observed: Grey heron, Little egret (including 18 in one tree), Buzzard, Oystercatcher, Greenshank (8),  Turnstone (c.12), Canada goose, Jay, Kingfisher (3), Dipper (2).

Look For:
Fowey Lighthouse
St Catherines Castle
Fowey Dock
Readymoney Cove
Mineral Railway
Lerryn Creek
St Winnow Church
Lostwithiel's 12th Century Bridge
Lostwithiel Town

Fowey Ferry
River Current
Tidal river: Get your tide times right for an easy, mud free trip.
Other river traffic. Many boats are moored in the estuary.
Grumpy people

Paddle No: 16
Date: 29/09/2013
Wind: Force 5 Easterly
Temperature: 17 degrees
Weather: Grey sky and cloud
Distance Covered: 15.1 miles
Duration: 5.0 hrs
Access: Launch from Fowey slipway, or park and launch from Golant
Water: River flat with light current. Sea state, medium to large swell
Kayaks: P&H Scorpio,  Easky 13

    Fowey to

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