28th May 2016…kayaking on the Fowey


As our son and his wife were visiting, we booked a morning’s kayaking on the river Fowey. There was only one difficulty and that was getting F. in and out of the kayak, but once ensconced no problem! After brief instruction we started off from Golant on the high tide, and went up the River Fowey and into “Wind in the Willows” Creek, where Kenneth Grahame got much of his inspiration, to picturesque Lerryn village. There we stopped for a 30 minute break for refreshments and to give our arms a rest before heading back to Golant on a circular loop through the estuary. A beautiful 3 hours in incomparable surroundings and quite the equal of kayaking on the Dordogne with the children what seems like centuries ago. I have often wondered why we don’t use our rivers more extensively….the effort is certainly worthwhile. After a quick change, we headed up the hill to have lunch in the Cormorant Hotel overlooking the whole magnificent river scene….if there is a more beautiful location on a warm sunny day I’d like to see it. The company, ‘Encounter Cornwall’ also do a 3 hour trip downstream to Fowey docks on the low tide, so we must do this soon and then I would like to look at the implications of buying our own kayak as there are many other wonderful places to canoe in Cornwall and Devon.

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