Kayak the Isle of Wight Crossing

Challenge yourself to paddle the channel between Hayling Island to the Isle of Wight. 1 day.

This kayaking challenge will push your boundaries as you paddle the strait from Hayling Island to the Isle of Wight and back again. You’ll kayak a total of 24km and cross one of the busiest shipping channels in the UK.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 1-day kayaking challenge
  • Local, certified guide
  • All kayaking equipment

Perfect for: Experienced and skilled kayakers looking to gain an unforgettable achievement from their favourite hobby.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Journey to Hayling Island
  • Food and drink
  • Personal expenses

This trip will run with a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 8.

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

Three Star Sea Kayak skills are highly recommended with some experience of kayaking offshore. You should have solid knowledge of rescue techniques and a number of longer paddling trips on your record (25km+)

It’s the UK, so prepare for anything from sun to showers. It can be chillier on the water than on land and the water can feel cold if you take a dip. Your host recommends wearing multiple lighter layers wherever possible so you can adjust easily.

If it rains, the session will still go ahead. Wind speed and direction, and thunderstorms are the weather factors that can cause problems and your host will monitor these carefully.

  • Kayak
  • Paddle
  • Buoyancy aid
  • Helmets (where required)
  • Wear light layers
  • Change of clothes
  • Rucksack
  • Snacks and drinks

Other recommendations are: - Camera - Mobile phone - Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

Your host runs this trip out of peak season to avoid the small boats (more of an issue than the larger ferries and cargo ships). An AIS shipping tracker is used to check the channel will be clear prior to crossing it. Your host has completed this crossing over 100 times and has had no issues with ferries or cargo ships!

Note: If your host feels your group is not sufficiently able to make the crossing safely he is not against turning back to ensure the safety of the group.

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Hayling Island combines all the attractions of a traditional seaside resort with excellent sporting and leisure facilities. Its miles of unspoilt coastline has been awarded the European Blue Flag award for its beaches and the Tidy Britain Seaside Award for water quality, safety and cleanliness.

The narrow strait which divides the Isle of Wight from the mainland, also known as The Solent, marks the lower course of the ancient Rive Solent and now includes one of the UK busiest shipping ports.

Start point?
You will meet your host at their HQ at Hayling Island at 10:00. Your host will be in touch with the details.

Finish point?
Your tour will end in back at your host’s HQ at 16:00.

Getting there and away?
Hayling Island is easily accessible via the A3, M3, A27 and mainline train routes.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

Day Trip: Paddle the Crossing

Kitted out and ready, you’ll head out on the water and paddle to Horse Sands fort, one of the larger Royal Commission sea forts in the Solent.

You’ll stop here for a snack while you access the shipping channel movements before you make your move to cross; this is one of the busiest channels in the UK and will take skill and experience to cross.

A bold paddle through the shipping channel will take you to No Mans Land fort; now the base of an impressive island hotel. From here, it’s a much more relaxed journey with the tide to Ryde.

Stop for lunch on the beach while you wait for the tide to turn so you can head back in symmetry; returning with the tide back to Hayling Island for an easier ride.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.