Uncover Cornwall by Kayak this September
Secluded inlets, pretty coves and miles of sparkling seas
As the busy summer season begins to wind down, the early September rays are set to shine a tranquil light over Cornwall and its rippling tides. There’s something magical about exploring this southernmost county by kayak in the quieter months. Whether you’re seeking lively ocean swells or a relaxing paddle across calmer currents, these are the best locations to explore Cornwall like never before this September.
This flat and mellow body of water is ideal for beginners, or those who haven’t taken to the water in a while. Starting slowly at Golant, a secluded Cornish village, you can paddle out towards the mouth of the River Fowey. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the estuary is rich in wildlife, and the vibrant kingfishers and striking cormorants are well worth keeping an eye out for.
A family-run business, Fowey River Hire cater for all outdoor adventurers looking to explore Cornwall by kayak, and also offer stand up paddle boards and self-drive boats to hire. With the option to enjoy the river as part of a guided tour, or embark on your own estuary exploration, you may be lucky enough to spot a curious seal or dolphin playing beneath the shallow waters. If you’re planning a pit-stop, Polruan is a historic fishing village with a handful of pubs and cafés, as well as a quaint sandy beach with beautiful views out to Fowey.
Mevagissey to Gorran Haven
The south coast of Cornwall, dotted with fishing villages and unique secluded inlets, is a keen kayaker’s dream. A popular spot for sea kayaking, Mevagissey’s calm open waters are particularly inviting in the early September sunshine, when there’s a good chance of spotting seal pups.
Paddling two miles south of Mevagissey, you’ll discover the wonderful sheltered harbour of Gorran Haven. A popular spot with swimmers, Gorran Haven is a family-friendly corner of Cornwall, and with links to the South West Coast Path, it’s an ideal place to stretch your legs and explore the local area.
With wonderful sea views on its doorstep, and rare September availability, Beachcombers is a cosy Cornish cottage perched on the seafront. It’s an ideal base for exploring the hidden gems of the surrounding coastline by kayak.
Described as one of the best kayaking spots in Cornwall, Looe presents a completely unique experience out on the water, with rocky outcrops and craggy cliffs providing the perfect backdrop come rain or shine.
Heading out of the Looe estuary will steer you towards Millendreath – a sandy south facing beach with rock pools galore, while the coast towards Portwrinkle soon becomes much more striking, with jagged rocks and high sloping cliffs. The views across Whitsand Bay from the small stone harbour at Portwrinkle are extraordinary, while the village itself exudes coastal charm.
Accessible by kayak, quiet coastal towns like Seaton and Downderry are also nearby if you’re planning a longer adventure and a stop for lunch. If you’re jumping aboard in Looe, sit-on kayaks are available to rent from the beach, on the eastern side of the town, or from Talland Bay Beach Café – a pastel-hued beach-side spot situated right on the water.
Make the most of your kayaking experience and take to the water with a tour. The experienced guides at Harlyn Surf School will get you kitted out with wetsuits and kayaks, before you head out onto the open water. You’ll discover unspoilt sandy beaches and rocky lagoons in and around Harlyn Bay, and learn about the area with fascinating local knowledge from the team.
Situated on the north coast of Cornwall, Harlyn Bay is popular amongst locals and holidaymakers alike for its large, sheltered beach. Harlyn Surf School also offer lessons and equipment hire for stand up paddling boarding, surfing and coasteering – perfect if you’re planning an action-packed week of activities.
Sitting just footsteps from the beach, Longships is in a prime location for a long weekend of water sports adventures in Harlyn. With limited availability from 15th-17th and 28th-30th September, you can be out of the front door and booking in with Harlyn Surf School in moments.
Marazion to Mousehole
Marazion is home to one of the county’s most iconic landmarks – the beautiful St Michael’s Mount. Not only does the tidal island sit pretty in photographs of the Cornish coastline, it’s a spectacular starting point for a day’s kayaking.
Specialising in kayak rental, Ocean High offer hourly, half-day and full-day rental of single and double kayaks, which can be picked up from the beach at Marazion. From here, you can set off and navigate the circumference of the island at high tide, observing the fascinating sea life including octopuses and sunfish. You can of course, plan your own route and navigate the Cornish coast from the comfort of your own kayak, and while away the hours out on the water.
Basking sharks have been spotted swimming in the turquoise waters around Mount’s Bay, and paddling alongside them at a safe distance is a magical and surreal experience. For experienced kayakers, steering right out towards Long Rock is a thrilling ride that’ll see you into Penzance, as small swells and coastal breezes guide your boat towards the harbour.
A week’s stay in The Mouse House is an idyllic accompaniment to a Cornish kayaking excursion, and its nearby location within the quaint harbour town of Mousehole makes it a fantastic place to call home this September.
If you feel inspired to explore Cornwall by kayak during your next stay, our concierge team are happy to help – from organising boat rentals from our selection of wonderful local companies, to recommending the best local beaches. Visit our website or call 01208 895570 for more information.