Discover Kayaking

Orwell Estuary, Suffolk
"Good day on the water, very well organised by Kirt and Becky. Met some great people including a ladies book..."
(11 customer reviews)
Lunch break with the Orwell bridge in background during the Discover Kayaking trip in Suffolk Orange kayaks on the NOMAD Sea Kayaking trailer. Orange Guide kayak. Close up of the bow of a sea kayak with swans in the background Kayaks on the slip awaiting launch on the Orwell estuary during the Discover Kayaking day trip. A close up image of a Celtic paddle blade in white & black An orange sea kayak on the slipway ready to launch. Sit-on-top kayaks with canvas seats in a long line awaiting launch Discover Kayaking trip ready to launch outside the Butt & Oyster pub at Pin Mill The rudder system on the orange sit-on-top kayaks of NOMAD Sea Kayaking. Baba Kraken sticker on the rear of the NSK kayak trailer. Orange kayaks loaded on the NSK trailer. A tender moored at Pin Mill 'Discover Kayaking Trip'. The bow of an orange sit-on-top kayak showing the drainage plug.

Discover Kayaking

Want to ‘have a go' at kayaking? This is the perfect beginner trip for all paddlers, new and old alike!

£79.99 p/seat

This trip is for anyone wanting to have 'a go' at kayaking or have never paddled before. If you are looking for an easy, guided trip with no hassle whilst enjoying the renowned beauty of the Orwell estuary, then this is the trip for you! The route encompasses the most beautiful scenery of the Orwell with old river barges and scuppered wooden boats scattered along the shore, dense coastal forest and renowned pubs with excellent food. Nearby Woolverstone Marina is a well-provisioned modern Marina with parking, a restaurant and beautiful local walks and Pin Mill is famous for its history and the Butt and Oyster pub with good food, a welcome drink and a roaring fire during the cooler months.

The kayaking is relaxed and laid back with a professional guide leading the way and taking care of the guests. The route will run in either direction with the following tide so that the paddling is easier for guests and total approximately two hours depending on the group and conditions on the day. Bring along some cash for parking and the pub and/or a packed lunch, sun hat and glasses and your confirmation email will advise what to wear and bring along. 

Weather Remit: A wind of a maximum of 15 knots steady blow and this includes wind gusts. The trip will be rescheduled if the wind exceeds this limit and there is further discretion on the part of the Lead Guide with all-night events. Rain, snow and other conditions don’t generally affect our ability on the water. Exceptions are sometimes made and this is at the discretion of your Lead Guide and/or the Operations Director. Your Lead Guide will make a decision based on the wind speed (including wind gusts) in combination with tide strength and direction, time of day or night and size of the group alongside other factors that may influence the safety and comfort of the entire group. NSK wants to get your event completed as soon as possible; please trust the judgement of your coach/Guide.

Sixteen years and over.

Review - Spencer & Piper, 8th September 2018
The fantastic first-ever trip out on a sea kayak, my daughter has been on a river kayak a couple of times, but my first time on the water. Becky and Kurt were great, ensuring we were both safe and entertained during the trip. The weather was great and the sea calm, and although neither of us is very fit, it was both enjoyable and taxed our arms a little. Being on the water was amazing and Becky ensured we didn't lag too far behind whilst Kurt was forever eagle-eyed on other water users and our safety. I would highly recommend this for anyone curious about sea kayaking as well as wanting an enjoyable couple of hours on the water. Afterward, Kurt and Becky were full of practical advice and next steps for taking our adventures further. Top tip for the day is to ensure you arrive about 15 mins early at the launch site and have money for the pub.

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Arit Eminue

April 24th 2021

This was my first time kayaking, and much fun was had. Before you take to the kayak your guides will take you through a safety check and tips on how to Kayak. Your safety is their priority - and once in the water, they are on hand to make sure you're okay. Becky was our guide, and she was fab! Highly recommend Nomad. You're in safe hands. For first time Kayakers, your feet will get wet so bring an extra pair of shoes and socks. And wear clothes made from polyester - it's much better than nylon :-)

Thank you Arit, you overcame your nervousness and paddled amazingly! Hope to see you all again soon. Becky NOMAD 


Jenefer Sargent

April 24th 2021

Fabulous sunny morning on the Orwell with Kurt and Becky. Gentle friendly introduction to kayaking - perfect for my London group, some of whom had never done this before. The sun sparkled and the river glistened and the views were spectacular.

Thank you Jenefer. Thaknow you for organising the group trip, it was great to meet everyone and a pleasure as always! Hope to see you again later in the season. Best regards, Becky NOMAD


Fran Anderson

April 24th 2021

Great day spent kayaking along the picturesque Suffolk coast. I was a bit anxious having read the guidance before setting out but our guides Becky and Kurt were really friendly and informative. Mixed level group and we all felt looked after. Will definitely book with Nomad again!

Thank you Fran, it was great to meet you and a pleasure to paddle with you! Becky NOMAD


Kelvin Moody

April 24th 2021

Good day on the water, very well organised by Kirt and Becky. Met some great people including a ladies book club from London! Who’d never set bum in kayak they had a ball! Weather was ideal which made the trip a bit short but if it had blown up then the perfect amount of time. Booked my next one on the Deben. See you soon Nomad. Kelvin

Great to have you along Kelvin, thank you for your custom.



Launch location

Pin Mill, Ipswich, IP9 1JW

Next Departure time

5th December 2021, 11:00 AM


Sit-on-top kayak, paddle & buoyancy aid included.


Pay & Display or roadside parking available.

Additional Notes

Social distancing guidelines will be maintained on all NOMAD Sea Kayaking trips, courses, wild camps, & events until the end of June 2021. Your Lead Guide will provide guidance during your safety briefing. 

Please bring along extra warm clothing, hat, gloves et cetera, whatever you need to stay warm. In very hot weather please bring a sun hat, sun cream, sunglasses. We recommend leaving your electronics onshore unless it is waterproofed and secured. The more expensive the item, the quicker it sinks!! We offer Peli waterproof hard cases for rent that will guarantee they do not get wet or damaged. Please select your Peli waterproof box when placing your booking.

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