2 hour kayaking lesson and guided tour
River Gannel history and heritage focus
Expert tuition from our kayak instructors
All equipment included - buoyancy aids, helmets, wetsuits, paddles and kayaks
Discover the beauty and rich heritage of the River Gannel - Newquay’s tidal estuary that flows out to sea over Crantock Beach. It’s not just Newquay that’s steeped in history. Join us on a heritage focussed kayak tour and hear tales of sunken ships and hauntings whilst developing your paddling skills.
River Gannel history
Follow your instructor’s lead as he/she guides you to the opposite river bank to Penpol Creek - once used as a trading post. There, you’ll see the remains of an old lime kiln where traders burnt limestone and spread it on the land to improve soil quality. Goods shipped to Penpol Creek included coal and limestone.
Hauntings and shipwrecks
Paddling along the Gannel, you’ll discover the site of a shipwrecked museum ship that the Germans blew up in the Second World War.
And you may hear the fabled cry of The Crake. Legend has it that this bird haunts the local area...or could it be the cry of a tortured soul…?
Pause on your journey of discovery, soak in the gentle atmosphere before paddling back to the river bank. Of course, you’ll be an expert in kayaking thanks to guided instruction from our friendly instructors!
Our reviews on Trip Advisor rank Newquay Activity Centre as number one for Cornwall activities and we’re proud double golden winners of the Cornish Tourism awards.
Drop us a line or give our team a call and we’ll arrange the best activity for you! Call 01637 877722, lines open from 8am-10pm.
2 hour River Gannel heritage kayak lesson and tour
Expert tuition from our lifeguard-qualified instructors
Land and water-based kayak instruction
Wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets, kayak and paddles included
History and heritage focus
10% off our other adventure activities
Discount card for apres surf food/drink and the Rip Curl shop (15%)