Harwich, Essex, United Kingdom
A great trip to a wild seal colony over a total distance of 8-9 nautical miles. We depart Dovercourt beach (just past Harwich cricket club) and paddle southeast down the coast towards the Walton backwaters. We don’t divulge the whereabouts of the colony for obvious reasons and we maintain a strict interaction policy, which means the seals approach us, minimising their stress. Your Guide will give you information about the seal's habits before we enter the area and he/she will take questions when you leave. You'll have 20-30 minutes of free time paddling in the creek with the seals before we head back out into Hamford water and head to our lunch stop at Stone Point.
A 30-40 minute lunch break with a beach clean and launch into Harwich Bay for a deep water crossing, returning to our original launch location. We return to Dovercourt in the afternoon heading directly across the bay for a total event duration of 4-5 hours (dependant on the group and sea conditions). This is a one-off trip that you'll find difficult to do on your own; a most memorable experience.
We ask all of our guests to participate in a beach clean of any beach we land on during your event, usually at the end of our lunch break. Please bring along a strong bin bag and gloves (if they need them) to help us with the beach clean. Obviously, this isn't compulsory but we all use the environment and we want to take care of it for future visitors and the marine wildlife that lives there. After all, this is our coastline.
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 for 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 of age and over.
|Launch location||CO12 3TS, 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|
|Parking||Free on site or pay & 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. For those using Satelite Navigation Tip – please take the next turn to West End Lane, don’t follow the Sat. Nav. directions down the farm lane! Follow West End Lane all the way down to the pay and display car park. Post Code: CO12 3TS|
**NOTES FROM YOUR GUIDE**
Launch confirmed for 09H00 Saturday 14th November 2020
VENUE: Dovercourt, CO12 3TS
IMPORTANT - COVID-19
We have added new and important protocols to our 'standard operating procedure' for all events and you can see these in our FAQ's under 'Important Stuff'.
*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.*
Please arrive ONE HOUR before launch to dress, pack kayaks and enjoy a safety briefing before launching. If the weather conditions restrict us so that we don't make it to the seal colony, we will land and fire up the stove to make hot drinks. Guests are invited to bring travel mugs/cups and a favourite drink e.g. powdered hot chocolate/coffee or tea (and milk if you need it!) and we will get a brew on! Guests are also welcome to bring flasks of a hot drink or soup etc. to take with them. Ensure you have enough snacks, packed lunch, and fluids as well as adequate sun protection to suit your needs.
This trip covers a distance of approximately seven (7) to nine (9) nautical miles so please be prepared to paddle and keep up. The pace is reasonable for 'beginner paddlers' & more than achievable. Each guest is responsible for their own progress, warmth and energy levels (Guides cannot do it for you) so PLEASE be prepared to paddle hard when required. This is a wild seal colony and we have to cover some distance to get to them.
It is the responsibility of each guest to paddle with the group and keep up. The pace isn’t unreasonable and we have a schedule to maintain to coincide with the tides and Mother Nature waits for no man! If you are unsure, please visit the event page https://www.nomadseakayaking.co.uk/events/wild-camping/wild-glamping--kayaking-trip.html and read through the event description and attached documents, it's all there. You don’t need any specific skills but this event is not for ‘couch potatoes’ and you need a reasonable level of fitness and good health i.e. to be able to touch your toes with feet shoulder-width apart, sit upright in a kayak, engage with the activity and more than anything else, have a positive attitude towards the outdoors. You will get wet/cold/hot/sweaty!
Please read your ‘Trip Details’ email that you received after you placed your booking thoroughly - questions to our office on 01473 - 375 026 (business hours only please). Please don’t telephone outside of business hours as we are closed - thank you.
Kurt (Lead Guide)
01473 - 375 026
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This day trip is incredible. Kurt, Becky and Joff were great guides and made us feel really comfortable even though we hadn’t been kayaking before. You need to be relatively fit to do the day of paddling but don’t need to have kayaked before. I’d love to go on more adventures with Nomad
Thank you Louise! You are both very welcome to join us for any of our adventures; we'd love to see you again.
Wonderful day trip - so good to be out on the water with some cooling breeze. Good paddle upwind with some swell to deal with, lovely quiet creek with lots of seals to spot. And some interesting boats too! STopped to eat on a small beach with beautiful grasses and watched a ringed plover fuss over youngster learning to feed itself. Haunting trilling call. BAck in the kayaks again to paddle back to the start point. Thoroughly enjoyable day out with excellent guides, mixed group but everyone managed well. Would definitely go again!
After such a long break due to lockdown it was great to finally be back out on the water with NSK. The wind was building all week, so it was a great relieve that Kurt and Becky came up with a back up plan to avoid a large group being disappointed. A flotilla of 18 split it up into 3 groups of 6 - socially distancing of course! A lovely day and a chance for some guests to try out the brand new fleet of sit-on-tops.
Thank you Tony, it was great to catch up after such a long break and wonderful to see you. It's good to hear that you enjoyed our modified Seal Colony trip and we look forward to seeing you again for your coaching session in the next few weeks.