Search for dolphins and discover secret beaches, on Dorset's spectacular Jurassic Coast!
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).
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!
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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Please see the section above for trip inclusions and exclusions.
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/Quiche, 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.
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. There are two single beds in each tent. 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! If you are a group of three people, the host can arrange for an extra bed to be put in the tent. Your tents will be grouped together with your fellow paddlers. 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. During the summer the campsite is also open to other guests.
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.
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.
Start: Your guide will collect you from Wareham train station from 10:30 AM, or you can meet the team at the campsite (Purbeck Valley Farm, BH20 5HU) at 11:00 AM/ 11:30 AM. End: Your guide will drop you off at Wareham train station at around 4:00 PM. There are trains to Waterloo every hour.
Solo travellers can either share with another solo or choose to have their own tent, at no extra charge.
The minimum age is 18 years.
You can expect to kayak around 8km/ 5 miles each day.
The company we use for catering (The Salt Pig Too) can usually cater for most dietary requirement, provided they are given sufficient notice. Be sure to indicate any diet restrictions on your trip form. If you have any concerns/ your needs are very specific, feel free to contact The Salt Pig Too (thesaltpig.co.uk/the-salt-pig-swanage/) directly with your enquiry.
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!