Discover Kayaking

Orwell Estuary, Suffolk
Lunch break with the Orwell bridge in background during the Discover Kayaking trip in Suffolk 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 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

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.

Would you like to paddle as much as you like & as often as you want? Take a look at our 

Please ensure you complete your booking by assigning your booked seats, particularly if you have guests. Seats that have not been assigned will not be able to launch.

Kurt (Lead Guide)


Launch location

Pin Mill, Ipswich, IP9 1JW

Next Departure time

24th April 2021, 9:30 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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