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Encounter Cornwall

The Boatshed, Golant | The Boatshed, Golant, Fowey PL23 1LW, England
+44 1726 832104
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Lovely way to explore the river

Had a lovely trip down the river with Dave as our teacher and guide. Saw lots of wildlife but... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
gbpaln
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London
Fantastic Experience

Great tuition and lots of fun. Well looked after by Karen and Dave. A must if you are visiting the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Gilks45
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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Since 2006 Encounter Cornwall have been running daily guided canoe trips and kayak hire on the beautiful Fowey River Estuary in Cornwall. We have two 3 hour trips which include a 30 minute refreshment break. Our Creeks & Backwaters tour paddles upriver either side of the High Tide - and our Harbours and Beaches trip paddles down to Fowey Harbour and the sea on the Low Tide. Trips are suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness (happy to walk a couple of miles or so). We also arrange tailor made trips for corporate groups, hen, stag and birthday parties, birdwatchers, etc ... Kayak Hire is available for experienced paddlers and is normally up to 4 hours. All equipment is provided and we include a map and advice on likely routes. Guided trips are led by qualified Fowey River Boatman who are licensed by the Harbour Authority. See our website for dates and prices.
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The Boatshed, Golant | The Boatshed, Golant, Fowey PL23 1LW, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a lovely trip down the river with Dave as our teacher and guide. Saw lots of wildlife but unfortunately Clint the seal was not in attendance. Dave had a real eye for spotting birds we had missed and being patient with our inexperienced kayaking...More

Thank gbpaln
EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write. We're very pleased to hear to enjoyed yourselves - unfortunately the seal doesn't always feel like playing, and saying 'hello'! One of the nicest parts of our job is introducing people to kayaking, and then...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great tuition and lots of fun. Well looked after by Karen and Dave. A must if you are visiting the area.More

Thank Gilks45
EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much - the great thing about this time of year is that the river is quieter, and so there are more opportunities to see wildlife, and the group sizes are a little smaller too. So glad you had a good - hopefully...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must do trip to explore the Fowey river estuary. David and Karen are experienced, knowledgeable and passionate about the river and surrounding area. You could not be in better hands especially if it's your first time! A wonderful experience and we will...More

Thank gardentime1234
EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for such a lovely review, and taking the time to write it! It was a pleasure to show you all around, and hopefully we'll see you again, and show you the rest of the estuary!

Reviewed September 21, 2017

Six Ladies from Dorset negotiated the diversion along narrow Cornish roads thanks to Karen's directions and made it (almost on time) to our afternoon Kayak trip. It was wonderful, perfect pace, a little bit of instruction (to minimise our zig zag technique!) and some interesting...More

Thank lagperkins
EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to write - it was lovely to meet you all, and we hope the rest of your break was fun! One of the particulatly nice things from our point of view was how well everyone on the...More

Reviewed September 13, 2017

Myself, husband and son joined the group to depart at 2.30 on a rather windy/wet day. Karen and Dave were very welcoming and enthusiastic despite the less than favourable conditions. At times the going did get tough due to the wind but at no point...More

Thank marenello
EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded September 14, 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to write - it was one of those days when the wind picks up, and we just have to do our best, so we're glad you felt ok - we feel quite responsible for the weather sometimes,...More

Reviewed August 31, 2017 via mobile

We went on the 2hr evening sundowner trip. The kayaks were very stable, instructors where fantastic, very knowledgable and the views amazing. Lots of fun and will definitely go again.More

Thank Rach B
EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2017

Thank you so much for your review - it was such a beautiful evening - you got to see Fowey at it's very best, and that was our last Sundowner of the year, as the light will start to fade now. We look forward to...More

Reviewed August 30, 2017 via mobile

Lovely trip down the Fowey tidal estuary! The staff were really friendly and laid back. We did the 4 hour hire without a guide. They gave us a map and gave us lots of suggestions about things to do. We stopped and had a coffee...More

Thank Katherine R
EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2017

Hi Katherine - we're glad you enjoyed your hire - it's nice to hear from hirers as well as those on a trip. We're also very happy to welcome non paddling friends to the Cafe Kayak, but we will only be open weekends during September,...More

Reviewed August 30, 2017 via mobile

Fab trip up to Lerryn and back with Steve and Will guiding us. We went at a gentle pace with several pauses at small beaches. Good cakes at the shop at Lerryn at half time. Our 9 and 7 year old enjoyed the paddling although...More

Thank CoCoRose
EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write, and we're glad you had fun - even if your steering wasn't up to scratch! The answer to that is visit us again for some more practice!

Reviewed August 29, 2017 via mobile

From the first off we were made to feel welcome by the staff there. We were given instructions before getting into any kayaks and although helpful it was also gratifying to know that there were 3 experienced instructors going with the group just in case...More

Thank Anna A
EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2017

We 're really glad you had a good time - and thank you for your comments about parking. The availability does depend a bit on what's happening - if we have a high tide, you can't use the road in front of the pub, and...More

Reviewed August 28, 2017

Be aware that in high season you are advised to book in advance as this activity is very popular. The staff we met on our tour, Dave, Steve and Will were all very knowledgeable and the ladies on land were equally as nice. We opted...More

Thank Felix-Mad-Dog
EncounterCornwall, Owner at Encounter Cornwall, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2017

Hi Felix, many thanks for taking the time to write - we do try to keep the trips relatively small to keep them as relaxed as possible, so that's why we book up! We're glad you enjoyed yourself, and we hope to see you again...More

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