This is a one-off event for 2020! A NIGHT TRIP under an FULL MOON to the wild seal colony in the Walton backwaters over a total distance of approximately 8 nautical miles and 3-4 hours. We launch just before sunset from Dovercourt beach (just past Harwich Cricket Club) and paddle southeast down the coast towards the Walton backwaters, watching the beautiful sun setting as we go.
Through the twilight and the last rays of the sun, we continue to paddle along the coast with a flood tide pushing us in towards Hamford water. We should be in complete darkness when we enter the estuary and make our way up towards the backwater creeks to meet our seals under the light of an almost completely full moon. We enjoy 20 mins of free time paddling in the creek amongst the seals before catching the ebb tide towards our beach stop further up the coast for a hot drink of your *choice.
(We don’t divulge the whereabouts of the colony for obvious reasons and we maintain a strict interaction policy, that is the seals approach us. Your Lead Guide will give you information about the seal's habits before we enter the area and he/she will take questions when you leave).
The length of our break is dependant on the ambient temperature on the night and we'll launch again as soon guests begin to get cold. But the full moon over the water and the small offshore shoals will rivet us all and we'll have to pull ourselves away. Once back on the water, we take a relaxed, easy paddle back to our destination at Dovercourt. This is a one-off trip that you'll never do on your own; a most memorable experience. NOMAD Sea Kayaking is the only company offering night paddling events on the east coast of England and we have 15 years' experience of doing these.
Due to the fact that this is a night trip, we won't do our traditional beach clearing of the rubbish but of course, all guests are required to pack out what they pack in.
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.
*Guides will boil hot water on the beach for a hot drink; please bring along a cup and your drink of choice.
Sixteen years of age and over.
|Launch location||Dovercourt beach, Harwich|
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 provided.|
|Parking||Yes on site and free of charge|
|Additional Notes||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. *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. As a night trip, this is a more technical event that requires absolutely no wind and flat calm conditions with a full moon. Dates are very limited and we are offering only one (1) event in 2020 with twelve seats available. Please book early as demand is high for this unique, one-off event. Our kayaks do have foot controlled rudders for ease of steering length for speed and are very stable with canvas seats. There is also plenty of storage space for extra-warm clothes and an evening snack and drink. This is a guided event with two Guides.|
**NOTES FROM YOUR LEAD GUIDE**
*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.
Cancelled due to very high winds!
The weather (wind) remit for this event is 10 -15 knots with no gusts. We prefer to launch and paddle in winds lower than this and please remember that all safety-related decisions are at the sole discretion of the Lead Guide for this event. This includes the relative comfort of our guests.
As a night trip, this is a more technical event that requires absolutely no/very little wind, flat calm conditions and the following tide with a full moon. Dates are very limited and we are offering only one (1) event in 2020 with twelve seats available. Please book early as demand is high for this unique, one-off event.
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