Pin Mill on the Orwell Estuary
Launching from the small quaint hamlet of Pin Mill on the Shotley peninsula, this is a night time paddle of the Orwell estuary. Well known for its beauty and inviting hamlets and villages along its shores and very popular with sailors from around the United Kingdom. The launch is usually scheduled for a little before dark so you can enjoy the sunset on the water with surreal paddling in the dark of the estuary. The estuary is a calm and secure place for a night time paddle and you'll see egrets and buzzards in the twilight and barn owls in the evening hunting along the shoreline. Seals show themselves from time to time and are notorious for making themselves comfortably in sailors dinghies for the evening.
Your Lead Guide will plan your route according to the group’s needs so flexibility is built-in with as much variance of the environment as possible; deep and shallow water, features, beaches and moored yachts adding to this varied and surreal experience.
This is an experience to remember and a perfect trip for those of you paddling at night for the first time. When last did you paddle at night and where will you get the opportunity to do this again? Please join us for this wonderful and somewhat surreal 'one-off' experience.
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.
Sixteen years of age and over.
|Launch location||Pin Mill, Ipswich|
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||As available on site, free and pay and display|
|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.|
**NOTES FROM YOUR GUIDE**
*Social distancing guidelines will be maintained on all NSK trips, courses, wild camps and events. All equipment is washed and disinfected prior to every event and your Guides will wear masks prior to launch. All masks MUST be removed prior to launch. 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.
Launch confirmed for 18H30. Please arrive at least 60 minutes before to pack your kayak and join the safety briefing.
Please Note: Your Guides are very busy pre-launch, with a lot of equipment, safety checks and briefings to complete with our guests. Therefore if you arrive late, 20 minutes or less before your scheduled launch time, your Guides will have removed your kayak and related equipment from the launch site assuming your booking to be a ‘no show’. Your guides will have no time to replace them for launch and your booking will be forfeit with no refund. Have a read through your original 'Trip Details' email and our pre-trip email of 13 July 2020. Pay attention to layering your clothing using the guidance provided and bring snacks and fluids.
It is the responsibility of every guest to ensure they maintain social distancing and personal hygiene guidelines and remain hydrated, fed and warm throughout the event. Please engage with the experience and keep up with your group, your Guide will provide tips as needed but cannot paddle for you so please get stuck in or you may hold up all three groups.
Please ensure you have a good quality headlight with a RED light function - all WHITE light is banned 15 minutes before the scheduled launch. Please read through your 'Trip Details' email thoroughly and contact by TELEPHONE early with any questions.
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Nomad Paddles Are Never Ordinary: Our small group of eight launched from Pin Mill in the late evening on a warm summer evening. Just before sunset and with no other river craft moving we had this sheltered, tree-lined and beautiful section of the Orwell to ourselves. With a gentle, cooling breeze as we reached slack water, we paddled along almost in silence, the only other sound is the cry of a nearby Oyster Catcher. We paused to watch the hazy sunset, perfectly framed by the Orwell Bridge. Kayaks being able to go places other craft cannot, we were able to explore right up to the water’s edge, seeing areas that few others have ever accessed. Switching on our red head-torches in order to be seen in this unfamiliar but enchanting twilight world we paddled on to Woolverstone Marina before crossing the river and heading back, all talk along the way being of what a wonderfully memorable trip this had been.