Search for dolphins and discover secret beaches, on Dorset's spectacular Jurassic Coast!
We meet at either Purbeck Valley Campsite or at Wareham Train Station and then head over to get you fully kitted out and a bite to eat. The first day is then all about learning the key skills for sea kayaking in Tandem Kayaks - with a short journey on the first stretch of the Jurassic Coast. In the afternoon we'll arrive at the campsite for hot showers and a camp fire.
After breakfast, we'll head back onto the water to explore some of the most iconic sections of the Dorset coast - passing Chapmans Pool, Kimmeridge, Worbarrow Bay or Old Harry Rocks. Over the day we travel around 8km, with plenty of breaks including lunch with a beautiful view. In the evening we'll then be picked up and driven back to the campsite.
After an early breakfast we'll return to take in our third section of the Jurassic coast. First we paddle to Studland Bay and Swanage Bay, stopping off at a fantastic secret beach for snacks. Afterwards we'll continue to Durlston Point, searching for dolphins along the way. In total we'll travel around 8km, at a relaxed pace with plenty of breaks. In the early afternoon we'll then be picked up and have lunch back at the campsite before collecting your things and drop-offs to Wareham train station.
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Included - Kayak guides - Specialist equipment - Accommodation (pre-pitched bell tents) - Breakfast and lunch - Transport - Train station pick up/drop off Excluded - Dinner (most guests eat at one of the excellent restaurants near the campsite)
Yes, most people book alone or in small groups!
- A sleeping bag - Swimwear to wear under a wetsuit - Old trainers or wet shoes to wear in the water - Comfortable athletic wear to wear under a set of waterproofs (e.g. trousers/leggings and a running top) - A fleece and warm layer for the evenings - Sun cream, a sun hat, a small rucksack and a large water bottle
No experience is needed for Kayaking. You'll be paddling sit-on-top kayaks that are really stable and fantastic for beginners. At all times you'll be guided by a professional, qualified instructor. You will however need to have a base level of fitness and be able to swim up to 25m .
The campsites have showers and toilets. Wifi connection is not available, but there is good mobile signal.
Breakfast consists of unlimited toast and cereal, plus fresh pastries on day 1 and a hot sausage bap and hash brown on day 2. Packed lunch is normally a filled baguette, crisps, cake or chocolate, fruit and a drink. Please bring a large refillable drinks bottle for your kayaking journeys.
The minimum age is 18.
Our campsite is located on a working farm in between Corfe Village and Swanage. The camping field is set up with pre-pitched bell tents ready for your arrival. It's a comfy, spacious place to rest your head at the end of a busy day paddling. The views over Corfe Castle are gorgeous. We provide a proper bed and mattress - you just need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow. We are not a 5* luxury glamping resort, but we will certainly make you feel very comfortable and relaxed in a beautiful rural setting!
The Dorset coast is well-protected and typically calm during the summer months. Most trips can run as planned, but sometimes the weather does force us to take alternative routes and your saftey is always the first priority in making these decisions. Very occasionally there can be severe weather that force us to cancel the trip - in this case we will give you as much notice as possible, and you will be offered the choice of a refund or free date change.
Start: Your guide will collect you from Wareham train station at 10:30am, or you can meet the team at the campsite (Purbeck Valley Farm, BH20 5HU) at 11am. End: Your guide will drop you off at Wareham train station at approx. 4 pm. There are trains to Waterloo every hour.
It's a secluded site with pre-pitched tents. There are two single beds with fitted sheets in each tent. There are also large shelters for socialising in the evening with other guests. Usually we have a campfires and enjoy one of Dorset's famous sunsets. If you are a group of 3, the guides can arrange for an extra bed to be put in the tents. Your tents with be grouped with your fellow paddlers. During the summer the campsite is also open to other guests.
There are plenty of stops along the way to fill up your water bottles. The lead guide will also provide water throughout the trip.
All trips on Skyhook are run by small, hand-picked local guiding companies. For this trip your guides run Land & Wave, based in Swanage.
By booking through Skyhook you'll be joining a small-group trip. This makes it nice and sociable (you'll be added to a group chat after booking), and guarantees great value for money!