On the third day of my staycation I decided to hire a kayak and go paddling around the Mylor Harbour Estuary.
It was such a glorious day so I called my friend Anna to see if she wanted to join me, it’s been such a long time since we had a catch up so this was a great opportunity to chat, workout and try something new.
We headed over to Mylor Harbour and started looking for somewhere we could hire out a double kayak, we stumbled across Salt Air Adventures, this company seems to offer so many different activities.
Salt Air Adventures Kayak centre is based at Mylor Harbour, just before the toilets and turn left through the car park is where you will find them, this was something I only realised after I had parked a 10 minute walk away!! Parking is quite reasonable at around £1 per hour.
On site there are public toilets, warm showers and changing facilities, if needed. Also a great cafe and restaurant if you want a spot of lunch, dinner or just a refreshing drink after paddling along on the river.
Included with every hired kayak is:
- A Full briefing
- A map of the local area
- Safety equipment
- Hints and tips on technique
- Buoyancy aids fitted to your size (they have a range of children’s sizes)
- A hand down the slip way and a push-off from the shoreline!
They can also provide wetsuits, these are at an additional cost. They provided us with a watertight container which I strapped to the kayak, this was great as I wanted to take money and my phone so I could take some pictures and share my experience, also included in this container was the map and some of the safety equipment for emergency situations.
Carrying the kayak down the slipway was a little tricky I didn’t realise they were quite so heavy, but once aboard and sitting comfortably we were off… It was so peaceful just paddling along on the water, I really could have been anywhere…
We passed some stunning yachts along the way and tried to spot local fishing boats, at this point we stopped paddling and just drifted along with the tide admiring the beautiful scenery around us.
We picked our paddles up again and made our way to the Pandora Inn a 13th century creekside inn that serves good food and drinks in a truly amazing setting. The Pandora is also accessible from the water as there is an extensive pontoon area to berth your boat on plus a beach for your kayaks etc. Please be aware of the tides when coming in by boat as the pontoon dries out at low water!!!
The tide happened to be out when we beached our kayak, so we ended up sinking in the mud, not a great look when your about to go and order some drinks….
Once we had cleaned our feet off in the sea, we made our way to the Pandora and ordered some drinks, we sat outside and admired the gorgeous views.
Because we had arrived around lunch time and it was starting to get rather busy, if we had more time we would of stayed and ordered some lunch and relaxed longer in the glorious sunshine.
After we’d quenched our thirst it was time to head back on the water again, it was a great way to catch up with a friend chatting constantly as we made our way back to the harbour.
If you have a couple of hours spare in a day and fancy catching up with a friend in a peaceful, relaxing environment, I would definitely suggest this experience.