The Solent provides a great opportunity to explore stunning harbours and tidal rivers in a beautiful setting. Kayak tours use double and single sit on top kayaks which are comfortable and beginner friendly. The tours generally last half a day and require flexible timing to coincide with the tide, which helps push us on our way.
Tours are aimed at families and small groups of up to seven people with all the equipment provided and a professional kayak coach as your guide. Please see the list of tours to consider:
- Half day kayak tour £35 per person
- Full day kayak tour £60 per person
Chichester harbour starts wide and open at the entrance and then narrows towards its head with stunning views of the South Downs and Goodwood. There are a variety of options to finish at either Bosham or Dell Quay, which both have great pubs for some rewarding food and a drink. You may even see a seal if you are lucky!
Portsmouth harbour is both busy and exciting with lots to see; truly an urban adventure. Due to the nature and severity of the harbour clients are expected to have experience of other tours before embarking on this trip. The tidal waters can be fast and very busy with ferries, container ships and naval craft. There is just so much sightseeing to be had, with old fortresses and the Spinnaker Tower.
Langstone harbour is by far the largest regarding width with a span of over 4km. The tours will generally hug the Hayling Island coast line and will start and finish at either The Ship Inn on Langstone or the Ferryboat Inn on Hayling, where fast moving tides can be found. Langstone can also provide a great opportunity for some improvised sailing techniques.
The river Hamble is an ideal spot and a great paddle, with a great contrast of busy marinas and the woodland edge of Manor Farm. The Hamble also offers a more sheltered environment from the wind and can be used as a poor weather venue. The Horse and Jockey pub also provides a good respite at the head of the river.