Pin Mill Slipway
A guided paddle at night down the Orwell estuary towards Harwich Harbour in Suffolk. Suitable for beginner paddlers on stable sit-on-tops and includes the annual fireworks display off Harwich's Half Penny Pier. The Butt and Oyster Pub at Pin Mill offer excellent food and drink as well as clean toilets so it may be an idea to have your evening meal there before your trip.
Launching from Pin Mill we paddle down the estuary with the ebb tide, following the shoreline, We stop on the beach at Shotley Marina to watch the fireworks display across the water and each guest will be provided with a mince pie and hot mulled wine (please bring along your camp cup). The finish is a few hundred metres up the Stour estuary where we'll say our goodbyes. The fireworks display is huge and goes on for around 30 mins and we'll have front row seats with a perfect view. This is something you will never again experience - a once in a lifetime experience.
This is a surreal trip not to be missed - it's a great experience to remember and a perfect trip for those of you paddling at night for the first time. This is a particularly rewarding experience as it's so different from the usual New Years' Eve 'party' - hope you can join us!
The price includes your sit-on-top kayak, buoyancy aid & paddle plus chemical light. And we enjoy a glass of hot mulled wine at our stop for the fireworks. This is a guided tour and sea kayaks are welcome. Sixteen years of age and over.
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.
It should be noted that events only go ahead with a minimum of six (6) guests.
|Launch location||Pin Mill, Suffolk|
Kayakers - Final times will be confirmed a week prior to the trip based on the tides at the launch site. See Guide Notes tab for final confirmed launch time.
Hikers - Departure time is as stated.
|Equipment||Sit-on-top kayak, buoyancy aid & paddle|
|Parking||At Shotley gate with a shuttle.|
|Additional Notes||*Social distancing guidelines will be maintained on all NSK trips, courses, wild camps and events. Your Lead Guide will provide guidance during your safety briefing.* It should be noted that events only go ahead with a minimum of six (6) guests. The Butt and Oyster pub offers drinks and excellent food and clean toilets. Your Coach/Guide will have a secure key safe available for the duration of your course/trip BUT we will not accept liability for loss of your car keys. We also won't be able to keep any other belongings for you; please leave these in your car or take them with you.|
**NOTES FROM YOUR LEAD GUIDE**
Please read the 'Trip Details' document on the right side of this booking page for weather remit. The final 'Go or No Go' is at the sole discretion of the Lead Guide in overall charge of the event.
*Social distancing guidelines will be maintained on all NSK trips, courses, wild camps and events. Your Lead Guide will provide guidance during your safety briefing.* It should be noted that events only go ahead with a minimum of six (6) guests.
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The guides were absolutely amazing! Couldn't thank them enough for such an amazing night and teaching me how to kayak as I was an complete beginner!
Very well organised with comprehensive emails prior to the event including a suggested kit list. A shuttle was provided to the launch point. The briefings were excellent, with each guest being looked after throughout the course of the evening.
It was an amazing adventure. Everything was explained by the guides. Nothing was too much trouble. Everyone from experienced to beginners was looked after and given personal treatment.