Weekend sea kayaking vacation in Devon

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Sea Kayaking is the lowest impact way of exploring the coastline and river estuaries of south Devon. We only take out a maximum of 6 guests on our Sea kayaking trips to minimise the impact we have on the beaches, covers and side estuaries we visit.

We aim to contribute to the preservation of the natural environments we visit by viewing nature in its natural habitat without disturbing, displacing or damaging it and even more importantly our aim is to leave the beaches, coves and other marine environments we visit in a better condition than when we arrived. We do this by encouraging our visitors to collect and taking away at least one piece (or more) of plastic pollution every time we land.

Our Farm house is our home, office and work place. Combining all three allows us to minimise the negative impacts our operations may have on the local environment.

South Devon has a wonderful coastal environment. Torbay has sheltered waters, beaches and rocky coves. The coastline is a UNESCO Global Geo park and home to the sea grass beds which are the breeding grounds of our native species of seahorse.

If you are interested in wildlife of the Dart Estuary between Totnes and Dartmouth is the place. Seals, Cormorants, Little Egrets, Kingfishers, Herons and a wide variety of seabirds are often seen as we paddle or drift along with the tide in amongst the reed beds and remote side creeks.

The South Hams coastline is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has a rugged coastline, sea caves, headlands and exposed cliffs for the more adventurous. No doubt we will spot seals and if we are lucky we may see Porpoise, sunfish and dolphins and in recent years humpbacked whales have summered along this coastline.

The Impacts of this Trip

We are very keen to provide guests with information about local markets, traditional artisans and restaurants and shops with locally sourced produce as well as information about local projects with environmental and social benefits to the area.

Our local town, Totnes is the original transition town based on which transition initiatives have been started in locations all around the world.

We only employ local, experienced Sea kayaking guides with knowledge of the local coast and river estuaries.

Set in a 15th Century Orchard, guests stay with us in our Farm house and Barn house, both of which have been recently renovated. Working from a weaving studio in our orchard, Susie is a weaver specialising in linen. From seed to cloth, we grow flax in our orchard which we harvest and process for Susie to spin into linen before weaving it into linen artwork and cushions. For any guests that are interested we are more than happy to show them around the process.


1 Reviews of Weekend sea kayaking vacation in Devon

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

An excellent short vacation - incredible coastline, fantastic kayaking with knowledgeable, experienced and friendly hosts. Happy to fit the days out to all levels of ability and/or fitness. Great accommodation in a beautiful area.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Obviously a sea kayaking vacation is very weather/wind dependent. Be prepared to be flexible with routes and lengths of trips and just enjoy the experience. Better to take a small waterproof / resistant camera than use your phone (on the water). Very easy access from London and elsewhere in the train.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, the hosts Dave and Susie were excellent in this respect. Accommodation was all environmentally friendly and low impact, food was healthy and locally sourced (where possible), plenty of opportunity for recycling food and other waste was provided. But perhaps best of all, on all the beaches we visited as part of the day trips out kayaking, a short period of time was suggested for collecting plastic (and other waste) off of the beaches we landed on - some can only be accessed by sea so any effort to keep them clean by people who visit is essential.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent, one of the best long weekends I have had in years. Great sea kayaking with friendly and very useful instruction (if wanted), amazing scenery and coastline, very new and appropriate equipment (kayaks and accessories), good food, lovely accommodation and charming and interesting host - would thoroughly recommend either a weekend, or as an alternative booking the barn accommodation for a week (but very popular).

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