Kayaking in Cornwall in the Winter

paddling away from the beach in winter during a cornish rock tors sea kayaking trip

Cornwall is a beautiful place to kayak in the winter, and with lots of coastline and various inland options it is easier than you might think to get out on the water over the colder months. Whilst the warm days of summer hold obvious appeal, kayaking along the Cornish coast on a clear, crisp winter’s day or exploring one of our inland waterways or lakes can be incredibly rewarding. It’s quiet, the scenery is beautiful, and it makes a warming drink next to the fire that evening feel very well deserved. There’s a real sense of achievement that comes from having got out on the sea on a winter’s day, and we’re here to help facilitate that.

cornish rock tors sea kayaking group in port gaverne

North Cornwall

If the weather and sea conditions allow, then we’ll guide you on a paddle from our base at Port Gaverne along the coast of Port Isaac Bay, and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Last winter we had a group book a sea kayaking trip during “Inbetween-mas” whilst they were on holiday over Christmas and New Years, and we enjoyed a paddle on a beautiful still day to a secret and otherwise inaccessible low-tide beach where they played a game of rounders with a spare paddle! If you’re able to be flexible on days, then we’ll do our best to pick the best window to get you out there.

cornish rock tors kayaking guide paddling under an overhanging tree at their inland lake venue


Just a few miles inland from our base at Port Gaverne is the sheltered woodland lake of Tregildran’s Quarry, which we have exclusive access to paddle on. Surrounded by nature and tucked out of the wind, it’s a great option if you’d like to get on the water and try kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding in the same session. We can also take groups on guided kayaking trips on the Camel Estuary near Wadebridge, which offers great paddling and the chance to see a wide range of birdlife.

cornish rock tors guide ben spicer sea kayaking in cornwall in winter

“Will I get cold?”

We’ll give you a thick winter wetsuit, over-shorts and wetsuit boots, as well as a buoyancy aid which is nice and thick (so helps to insulate you against the cold and wind) and a helmet, which you can wear a thin beanie under if you like. If you have neoprene wetsuit gloves then you may want to wear them. Because we don’t run mid-winter sessions in the wind, it may be cold but you won’t get very wet from spray and splashing (and we’ll try to ensure that you don’t tip yourself in!) and the wind-chill factor will be low. We recommend that you have warm clothes to change into after the session and a wooly hat or beanie – and the pub opposite our office will be open so you can run over and get a hot chocolate! It’s colder than summer certainly, but we get in the sea all through the winter for work and play, and there are plenty of people around the country who will do a sea swim in just their trunks or swimsuit on Boxing Day!

If you’re interested in sea kayaking in Cornwall this winter then please call us on 07791 534884 and let us know the dates that you are available. If you’re visiting for a few days and can be relatively flexible with when you’d like to go kayaking then we’ll have the greatest chance of finding a day with suitable weather for you.