Kayak and Wildcamp the Suffolk Coast

Paddle along rugged coastline, wildcamp on a secluded beach, and enjoy sundowners on a scenic Martello tower. 0 days off work.

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Kayak and Wildcamp the Suffolk Coast

Paddle along rugged coastline, wildcamp on a secluded beach, and enjoy sundowners on a scenic Martello tower. 0 days off work.

The wilderness is closer than you think. Take a quick trip to Suffolk for the chance to explore some of the wildest coastline in the region. Kayak along rugged cliffs and estuaries to a remote beach campsite. Venture inland to look for owls and falcons, and enjoy sundowners on top of a 19th Century Martello tower. Your hassle-free getaway includes:

  • 2 days of guided sea kayaking on the Suffolk Coast
  • 1 night of wildcamping on a secluded beach
  • Guided wildlife tour
  • Evening drinks in a Martello tower
  • Kayaking equipment
  • Lots of room to customise your trip with optional extras

Perfect for:
Active adventurers who are looking for the quick nature camping escape close-by with bits of kayaking and relaxation. This is a great opportunity to blow the dust off your camping gear and get out. Equipment is also available to hire if you’re looking for an all-inclusive experience.

What to Expect

Saturday: Kayak the coast to camp

The weekend is here—it’s time to escape the city.

Make your way to Bawdsey on the east coast. Your host is waiting with the kayaks.

Stow your gear and hit the waves. Paddle along the rugged coastline and low cliffs, and traverse estuaries rich in birdlife. Martello Towers—small 19th Century forts—stand sentinel on the shore.

Paddle up to sand and shingle beaches, and ride the swells for some splashy fun.

Arrive at camp in the afternoon. Find the perfect stretch of beach to pitch your tent and set up your own personal camp kitchen. Home sweet home.

If you’re taking the all-inclusive route your tent will already be waiting for you. Now that’s service.

Set out in the evening for a guided wildlife tour inland. You might see otters, deer, short-eared owls or hunting kestrels.

Stop at an old Martello Tower for sundowners on the roof. Sip on wine while watching the sunset over the countryside.

Finish the day with a delicious meal around the campfire and fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves.

6km of kayaking

Sunday: Kayak back to Bawdsey

Spend a relaxing morning at camp. Breakfast isn’t until 9:00, so you can sleep in or wander the scenic shore with a hot drink.

Pack up and head back to the sea. There’s no rush, so take a deep breath of fresh sea air and scan the shore for wildlife.

Arrive back in Bawdsey feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. Mission accomplished.

6km of kayaking

Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

Accommodation

You’ll wildcamp on a wild and desolate shingle beach on the outskirts of Shingle Street, an isolated coastal village 12km east of Ipswich. A large Martello tower is visible from camp, and the site backs up to a flat grassland and small saltwater lake. There are no facilities, though your host will set up a latrine area for the group.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Sorry, no private trips are currently available for this product. Try a group trip or ask for a quote.

Prices include

  • Guide
  • Meals As Described

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Tent hire (including air beds, sleeps 2) Payable Before Departure
Tent hire (including air bed) £45.00
Dinner and breakfast (including red or white wine) Payable Before Departure
Dinner and breakfast (including red or white wine) £30.00
Pick-up & Drop-off Ipswich Station Payable Before Departure
Train Station Transfer ( 2 ways, per person ) £30.00

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Location

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You’ll be paddling along the Suffolk Coast and Heath Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The area protects a wide range of natural habitats, including woodlands, estuaries, salt marshes, heathlands, mudflats, shingle beaches and low cliffs. Wildlife includes otters, five species of deer, and more than 280 bird species, including short-eared owls, kestrels and marsh harriers.

Along the coast you’ll see several Martello Towers. These small forts were built in the 19th Century to protect against attacks from France that never came. The forts are about 40 feet tall, circular, with 2 – 3 floors. The Martellos that survive today have been preserved and, in some cases, converted into unique homes.

Start point?
Your trip will begin at the beach in Bawdsey around 11:00 on Saturday morning. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your trip will end back in Bawdsey around 15:00 on Sunday. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
You can travel to Bawdsey by car (2 hours from London), or you can take the train to Ipswich and arrange a transfer through your host (optional extra). There are several trains from London departing between 08:00 and 09:00 on Saturday that will get you to Ipswich in time for the trip.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Travel to/from Bawdsey *
  • Meals *
  • Tent and sleeping mat *
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tips for your guide (optional)

For a truly effortless adventure, items marked with * can be added on through our concierge service.

This trip will run with a minimum of 6 people and a maximum of 12.

Please note, if there are not 6 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Our Epic Weekends are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travelers and very small groups, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

You’ll kayak out and back along the same route. Conditions are quite mellow and flat, making for easy, fun kayaking. When there are swells you can take advantage of them for an even easier paddle. Wind can occur at any time making the paddling a bit more challenging.

The minimum paddling distance is 6km to get from the launch point to the campsite, but can easily be extended to as much as 15km if you’re feeling feisty.

A basic level of fitness is needed to enjoy 2 hours of paddling each day. No previous experience is needed—your guide will help you get the hang of it.

Save money by bringing a camp stove and cooking your own meals.

Alternatively, your host can provide hot, wholesome camp food as an optional extra. Dinner is typically stew and fresh bread cooked over the fire, and a traditional English breakfast is served in the morning.

Yes, within reason. This is wildcamping, and facilities are limited, but basic dietary needs can be met.

Summers on the Suffolk coast are pleasant. Daytime temperatures range from 16 - 21°C and cool down to 9 – 13 °C at night. Weather conditions can quickly change on the coast, so pack accordingly.

Your host will provide your single kayak (sit-on-top or touring depending on your experience), paddle and buoyancy aid. Camping equipment is available as an optional extra.

Your host will send a detailed list after you book. The basics include:

  • Lightweight, breathable athletic tops and trousers (no denim or cotton)
  • Runners or sandals that can get wet
  • Thermal top and trousers
  • Wool, fleece or down/synthetic jacket
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses and sunblock)
  • Head torch
  • Sleeping bag
  • Water (1L per day, minimum)

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