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North Avon Canoe club runs a variety of sea kayaking trips. Some trips are suitable for people new to sea kayaking, others are more challenging to keep our more experienced members interested.
We are lucky that within a few hours’ drive from Bristol, we can reach lots of beautiful sea kayaking areas. In South Devon we can paddle in Torbay, around Dartmouth and Salcombe. In North Devon we paddle along the steep cliffs of Exmoor. The Jurassic Coast shows off a variety of cliff colours and in good weather it is possible to paddle through the iconic Durdle Door rock arch. Poole Harbour offers great opportunities for novice sea kayakers.
We can also use our sea kayaking skills closer to home. A great introductory tidal paddle, suitable for most abilities, is our local trip on the Avon Estuary. Going from Shirehampton to the Cumberland Basin the trip is a popular evening paddle, with Clifton Suspension Bridge as a recognisable backdrop.
With the Severn Estuary on our doorstep, our trip calendar can also feature paddles to Flat Holme or Steep Holme. These trips can be more challenging due to the wind and tide conditions. Our experienced trip leaders plan those trips so we get tidal assistance, which can make us whizz along being helped by a tide of several knots.
Every year club members spend a long summer weekend camping in Pembrokeshire. This is a glorious area for sea kayaking with fascinating cliffs, rich wild life and many caves and gullies to explore. The club owns several sea kayaks for use by club members.