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Seakayak and Wildcamp the Dorset Coastline

Kayak the Jurassic Coast and spend a night under the stars. 0 days off work.

DURATION
1 Night
COMFORT
Basic
LOCATION
United Kingdom
SEASON
April, June—August
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Follow the chalk cliffs of the beautiful Jurassic Coast and enjoy the clear blue water, as you paddle to secluded sandy beaches and the famous Old Harry Rocks, before making camp and relaxing over a glass of wine around the fire.

Your hassle-free adventure includes

  • Experienced, qualified guide
  • Sit-on-top-style kayak, paddle and buoyancy aid
  • All camping equipment
  • 1 dinner and 1 breakfast
  • Wine with dinner, tea and coffee in camp

Perfect for

Travellers looking to get away from the city and onto the water of a UNESCO World Heritage protected coastline.

Need To Know

There’s no need to have any previous kayaking experience, but you should be generally fit and healthy in order to enjoy your time on the water. Your host suggests that as a minimum you are able to carry out the following -

  • Jog a minimum of 200 metres without stopping or resting
  • Swim a minimum of 25 metres while fully clothed

You should be comfortable in water and be prepared to get wet! Your experienced guide will choose the best route for the group depending on the weather, sea conditions and tide times, as well as the group’s overall fitness level, but you should be prepared for the possibility of strong currents, wind and rough seas.

The weather in the UK can be a little unpredictable, so you should be prepared for sun, rain and wind. From April to September temperatures usually range from 15°C-21°C during the day, and cool off to 10°C-14°C at night. Make sure to bring sunscreen as well as a jumper for the evenings and check the weather forecast before the trip so you can be prepared.

Your host will bring everything they need to cook up a delicious and hearty dinner and breakfast in camp - there’s even wine! There’ll be plenty of tea and coffee to keep warm if the evening is cool, or wake you up in the morning. Dietary requirements can be catered to - please let your host know at the time of booking - and of course if you prefer red or white wine too!

The following are not included in the trip price:
- Flights
- Travel Insurance
- Tips for your guides (optional)
- Local transportation to the start point and back from the finish point - Appropriate clothing

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people, and a maximum of 8. The guest to guide ratio will be maximum 4:1. Please note, if there are not 4 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.

Your host recommends to pack: - Layered clothes – no cotton or denim! - Hat, cap or beanie - Wet booties or sandles that can get wet - Sunscreen, sunglasses & hat - Snacks & water - 1 litre bottle of water per day (minimum) - Dry bags & bin bags for gear storage and rubbish - Sleeping clothes - Camp clothes (long trousers or shorts, sandals, light top, fleece) - Length of line for a drying line - Headtorch or small hand torch - 2 pairs of bungees for securing equipment on your boat - Personal toiletries (miniature bottles are best) - Bio-degradable toilet paper or lighter fluid to burn used toilet paper. - Bio-degradable general wash soap - Small towel (Microfibre is best)

The nearest airports are Southampton and Bournemouth. If you’re coming by train, the nearest station is Wareham, from where regular buses run to Swanage and take around 30 minutes.

While we encourage family excursions, this trip is only suitable for participants aged 16 and over.

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Location

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The Jurassic Coast is a UNESCO World Heritage protected area made up of dramatic chalk cliffs, secluded caves, coastal stacks and sandy beaches that stretch from Exmouth to Lyme Regis and showcase a unique geological portrait of 185 million years of the Earth’s history.

Old Harry Rocks are one of the most recognisable sights on the Jurassic Coast, offering beautiful views and excellent kayaking. The rocks get their name from an ancient term for Satan, who in local legend was said to sleep on them. With the right tide and sea conditions, it’s possible to land on the rocks themselves, or paddle through the arches propelled by the ocean swell. In the nineteenth-century Harry had a wife, but he was widowed in 1896 when this accompanying stack collapsed into the sea.

Start point

You’ll meet your local host on Swanage Promenade in time for an 11:00 launch.

Finish point

You’ll return to Swanage between 14:00 and 15:00, although this is tide and weather dependent.

What to Expect

Day 1: Kayak the coast and spot seahorses

Meet your guide and fellow kayakers on Swanage beach, then after a short briefing, jump into your kayak and launch into the clear blue waters of the nearby bay.

Paddle along chalky cliffs and explore caves rich with birdlife on the way to Old Harry Rocks, a famous rock formation, where you can paddle through the passageways beneath.

Cool off with a swim or some snorkelling, before kayaking on to Studland Bay, keeping an eye out for the delicate seahorses that live in this unique marine environment.

Rest and relax on the sandy beach and enjoy an ice cream, then launch back into the bay and paddle across the mouth of Poole Harbour toward Sandbanks, tonight’s wild campsite.

Set up camp and collect firewood, then fish, swim, or just relax around the campfire before dinner and a glass of wine as the sun goes down.

Day 2: Paddle and relax on Studland Bay

Wake up in time to watch the sun rise over the ocean, or sleep in a little later – it’s completely up to you.

After a relaxed breakfast, climb back into your kayak and retrace your route, stopping off for a coffee and some more time on the beach at Studland Bay.

Paddle back around Old Harry Rocks, followed by a final stop on a quiet stretch of sand for a final swim, or just a cold drink, before continuing on to Swanage beach where your adventure will come to an end.

Accommodation

You’ll wild camp around Sandbanks on a beautiful, wild and desolate beach amongst the sand dunes and under the stars. While there are no facilities, the setting and sense of really getting away from day-to-day life more than make up for the lack of creature comforts. All camping equipment is provided, including a Geodesic two man tent and sleeping mats and a sleeping bag with liner. Your host will bring everything that’s needed to cook up a delicious dinner and breakfast in the camp - even wine!

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