Itinerary

Day 1: Introductions & Beginner's Sea Kayaking

Drive direct to Purbeck Valley Farm Campsite or we can pick you up for free at Wareham Train Station. Once everyone has arrived, you'll enjoy a picnic lunch (provided) and then we'll start getting kitted up, ready for your first journey. The first day is all about learning the basic key skills for sea kayaking in tandem Kayaks - with a short journey on the first stretch of the Jurassic Coast. We'll shuttle you back to your campsite in late afternoon for hot showers. You're then free to explore the local area at your leisure (Corfe village and Swanage) and it's up to you to find a spot that takes your fancy for dinner (not included).

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After a hot breakfast at a cosy local cafe (included), we'll hit the water to explore some of the most iconic sections of the Dorset coastline - passing Chapmans Pool, Kimmeridge Bay, Worbarrow Bay or Old Harry Rocks. Through the course of the day, we'll travel around 8km, with plenty of breaks. The day includes a tasty picnic lunch (included) with a beautiful ocean view. You'll be picked up early evening and driven back to the campsite, where you can grab a hot shower and head out for dinner (not included). Your host can prepare a campfire for your group - just ask!

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After a hearty breakfast at The Salt Pig Cafe in Swanage (included), we'll head out to complete 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 today, at a relaxed pace with plenty of breaks. In the early afternoon, you'll get picked up and have lunch back at the campsite before collecting your things and departing. Free shuttle to Wareham train station provided on request.

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13 verified reviews

Rated 5.0
Trudy
Trudy

Traveled Aug 2022

Really enjoyed this trip and Mel was an excellent, knowledgeable guide on and off the water. The trip to Harry's Rock on the final day was a real highlight.

Alison
Alison

Traveled Aug 2022

Fabulous trip, in a beautiful area, even for for beginners. Our guide Mel (Land & Wave) couldn't have been better & as there were only 2 of us, everything was fitted around us. He was knowledgeable on the local area, tides & conditions etc to make the paddling trips really enjoyable even though we had little previous experience. The tents & camp set up were very good but, not being a seasoned camper, the campsite facilities were slightly more basic than I had expected. We would definitely recommend & are already looking for our next adventure.

Helene
Helene

Traveled Aug 2022

Amazing trip, land and wave staff were brilliant. Will be doing it again next year

Carla
Carla

Traveled Aug 2022

Excellent trip!! Most amazing experience. Mel and his team were good fun, knowledgeable and felt very taken care of. Food tip top too. Only complaint - the cold showers on camp though great for waking the achey body!

Jon
Jon

Traveled Aug 2022

What a great three days kayaking. Everything was excellent from the comfy bell tent a great campsite to our outstanding instructors from Land and Wave. Alex and Shaun were great guides and extremely knowledgeable about the area we were touring. They were also great company. The locations we went to were spectacular. Breakfast and lunch were superb and Corfe Castle a lovely short walk in the evening to get dinner. We had a fantastic time and would definitely book again.

Betty
Betty

Traveled Aug 2022

Amazing adventure. Very well organised. Our host's were truely brilliant. We always felt safe and very comfortable with Alex and Sean. All of the people in our team had varying levels of experience and Alex and Sean made sure they pitched the kayaking experience to their level. They made the holiday a special and unique adventure for each one of us. The food for breakfast and lunch was tasty and satisfying. Although the website says to take plenty of snacks, we never needed them. The bell tents were comfortable and spacious and the campsite met all of our requirements. There was a mess tent with a few power points, along with a small fridge and kettle. We had a fire pit in the evening which was an absolute bonus. There are a few pubs within walking distance, approx 25mins if you are a keen walker. But there is more choice for food in the surrounding towns and villages but you would need a car. There was a bus stop outside the campsite entrance but never investigated this option. Alex and Sean went above and beyond which made the whole trip unique and special. Thank you.

Gillian
Gillian

Traveled Jul 2022

This was my first trip with Skyhook and kayaking. I absolutely loved it and can't fault anything. It was an amazing trip from start to finish. Alex and Tom from Land and Wave were fantastic instructors and very chilled. The kayaking is suitable for beginners, we paddled about 15 miles in total the whole weekend so I would recommend some basic levels of fitness/upper body straight would be beneficial but not essential. The campsite was really nice, large bell tents, we had hot showers and a separate tent for the group to relax/charge devices and make tea/coffee. They also provided wood for us to make a fire in the evening. The local town is a short drive or 30 min walk away and has some lovely pubs to have dinner in. I went as a solo traveller which I was slightly apprehensive about but our small group all hit it off so well. There were other solos on the trip. Our group have stayed in touch and some of us are in discussions about doing other adventures together next year. This is not one to miss!

Mark
Mark

Traveled May 2022

Brilliant weekend well organised, great guides, be back to do another trip

SONYA
SONYA

Traveled Aug 2021

That was my first touch with kayaking and I was a bit nervous about but it was fantastic experience.. exellent Land and Wave team.. Thank you

Shirley
Shirley

Traveled Aug 2021

Absolutely brilliant! Lovely Glamping tents in a beautiful setting. The staff were very knowledgeable and friendly. The canoeing was everything I wanted from the experience. I would highly recommend the trip.

Kelly
Kelly

Traveled Aug 2021

Outstanding trip from start to finish. Very organised, excellent instructors keeping us safe at all times while ensuring we had a trio of a life time. The journey in our kayaks across the Jurassic coast was spectacular, a trip I will never forget. Accommodation and picnics on the beach was also wow. Great trip, many happy memories built thank you. Kelly

Jess
Jess

Traveled Jul 2021

I went on the Kayak the Jurassic Coast trip and absolutely loved it. The instructors, Mel and Alex were brilliant, the whole trip was well thought out and planned. I can't wait to book more trips with this company, including this one again next year!

Jessica
Jessica

Traveled Jun 2021

Stunning spectacular trip , Jon and Mel funny and informative . Pretty much glamping in a camp site with great views to Corfe Castle. Kayaking with great guys taking the lead , don’t miss this one.

FAQs

Included - Kayak guides - Specialist equipment - Accommodation (pre-pitched bell tents with single beds) - X 3 lunches - X 2 breakfasts - 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 warm sleeping bag and pillow - Swimwear to wear under a wetsuit - Old trainers or wet shoes to wear in the water - A rash vest to wear with a wetsuit (not essential) - A fleece and warm layers for the evenings - Sun cream, a sun hat, a small rucksack and a large water bottle - Additional snacks to keep energy levels up

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 confidently swim up at least 25m .

The rural campsite has hot showers and toilets. The pop-up campsite is on a working dairy farm in the countryside, with beautiful views and surroundings. There is no campsite shop. Wifi connection is not available, but there is good mobile signal.

Breakfast - we drive you and your fellow paddlers to a wonderful local cafe in Swanage called the Salt Pig Too. Breakfast choices include: locally-reared bacon or sausage ciabbata bap or scrambled eggs on toast PLUS Freshly Baked Croissant, selection of cereal, fruit juice and hot drink of your choice. You're welcome to order additional items, but you will need to cover the cost. Your packed lunch includes: The Salt Pig Sausage Roll, Pipers Crisps, homemade fruity & nutty Flapjack, nutty hazelnut brownie and fruit. Dinner is not included. There are lots of options in Corfe village or Swanage town.

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 with a sheet - 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 safety is always the first priority in making these decisions. Very occasionally, there can be severe weather that forces us to cancel the trip - in this case, we will give you as much notice as possible, and you will be offered a 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 is also a larger shared social tent (with tea and coffee making facilities) for socialising in the evening with other guests. Usually, we prepare a campfire for the group (just ask your host) and you can sit back and enjoy one of Dorset's famous sunsets. If you are a group of three people, the host can arrange for an extra bed to be put in the tent. 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. Please bring a large water bottle. Drinking water taps are at the campsite.

Your head guide is Rosie

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 can make it nice and sociable (you'll be added to a group chat after booking), and guarantees great value for money!

Rosie