2-hour river kayaking lesson with bushcraft survival experience
Learn essential bushcraft survival techniques
Forage for wood and build a fire
The ultimate wilderness kayaking adventure!
Discover your inner Ray Mears on our new river kayak and bushcraft experience. Away from the open ocean, take a river kayak tour with a difference on the tranquil, tree-lined banks of Newquay’s River Gannel estuary.
River kayaking techniques
Launching from the banks of the River Gannel, you’ll quickly put into practise the land-based kayaking techniques you learnt on the shore. Crossing the bank over to Penpol Creek, using tidal information and weather to navigate safely, you’ll moor your kayak up at the site of a historic lime kiln.
Wilderness survival challenge
Venture into the woods and discover whether or not you could survive on the river. With only the shelter from the hanging trees, you’ll learn how to live off the land. Forage for wild food and more importantly, materials to build a fire. Find dry wood or alternative sources such as leaves if the wood’s wet and locate a suitable spot to build your fire.
Find out how to split kindling and when the fire’s roaring, your instructor will share tales of the Gannel whilst identifying flora and fauna - all whilst toasting marshmallows!
Leaving Penpol Creek, head back across the river while enjoying the peaceful estuary sounds. And if you’re lucky enough to witness a Gannel sunrise or sunset, you’re in for a stunning light show!
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.
Expert river kayaking instruction and River Gannel tour
Guided instruction on kayak paddling techniques
Bushcraft survival techniques
Full safety briefing
Wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets, kayaks and paddles
Flora and fauna identification
10% off our other adventure activities
Discount card for apres surf food/drink and the Rip Curl shop (15%)