Bawdsey, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Launching off the beach at Bawdsey Quay straight into the tidal waters of the Deben River and the open coastline north to Shingle Street. The paddle along the coast offers lovely scenery and quiet beaches with very little to no activity which makes for pleasant paddling and a feeling of remoteness. Small swells can offer some ‘surf’ playtime and we have most of the day to enjoy the route. The route takes anything from one to two hours to reach our campsite, dependant on the ability of our group and sea conditions.
Our campsite is just off the beach within view of Orford Ness in the distance, a quiet and secluded grassy spot sheltered from the prevailing wind for the night. We have a number of activities planned for the remainder of the day (time dependant of course) including filtering our water supply for the evening, visiting a historic Martello Tower (Napoleonic fortress) and an afternoon paddle to the mouth of the beautiful River Ore.
We'll have a wood fire on the beach in the evening and a communal supper and alcohol are welcome. We set off on the Sunday based on the tides for that day (we paddle with a following tide) after a relaxed morning and a good breakfast. This is a wonderful local trip and wild camping experience with good company and great paddling. You only need your basic camping equipment & an adventurous approach to the outdoors.
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 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. As this is a two-day event, bale outs may be necessary for safety reasons.
It should be noted that events only go ahead with a minimum of six (6) guests.
Sixteen years of age and over.
|Launch location||Bawdsey Quay, Bawdsey|
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. Guests provide their own camping equipment.|
|Parking||Free for early arrivals.|
|Additional Notes||Parking is available in the car park and down the side of the entry road. *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.*|
**NOTES FROM YOUR GUIDE**
IMPORTANT - Corona Virus
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'.
These are difficult times for NSK and we need your support. We respectfully ask all of our guests for their patience and consideration, we are trying to survive a serious pandemic and do the right thing for all of our customers as well as look after our staff and freelance Guides. We will ensure that every paid and confirmed guest WILL get their 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.
Launch time: 13H15 Saturday 12th September 2020.
Arrive at least an hour before launch to pack boats and safety brief.
All guests have received an email with details for this weekend; please check your email inbox.
Each guest is responsible for their own warmth, energy levels, hydration and paddle speed. Please bring plenty of warm clothes, snacks/drinks. You are part of a group and we can only move as fast as our slowest paddler so please consider your fellow paddler and apply yourself as necessary to the conditions. Your Guides will try to accommodate everyone's needs and abilities but we are limited by weather and conditions so please work with us - thank you.
Each guest will have their own camping and cooking equipment and provide their own meals.
PLEASE read through all of our online notes, FAQ's and your 'Trip Details' email (with attachments x2) and COME PREPARED. We are available during business hours to answer any and all questions so please don't be shy, we are here to help make your adventure a memorable experience and as comfortable as we possibly can.
Be advised that your Lead Guide has the legal right to deny participation without refund if your Lead Guide feels that you are unprepared and pose a danger to yourself, the group or your Guides. This could be because of your clothing, equipment, spare warm clothing and/or food/fluids (this is not an exhaustive list).
Office: 01473 - 375 026
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