Kayak Tours2019-03-17T13:19:04+00:00

Falmouth Kayaking Adventures

WEEKLY ADVENTURES: During the season (Opening Hours) Gylly Adventures runs WEEKLY Adventures at fixed times. These Adventures are open to anyone and are ideally suited for individuals, pairs and Small groups. WEEKLY adventures are better value than a NEW GROUP adventure.

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NEW GROUP ADVENTURE: If the WEEKLY adventures aren’t convenient then you can make a NEW GROUP booking. NEW GROUP bookings must be a minimum of 4 people. At Gylly we would never put a Stag group with a Family booking, however please don’t mistake a NEW GROUP booking as being exclusive.

ACTIVITY EXCLUSIVITY: At Gylly Adventures we try very hard not to put missed match groups together. Should you want to guarantee an activity will be for your group only, we provide ACTIVITY EXCLUSIVITY as an optional extra. ACTIVITY EXCLUSIVITY is only available for NEW GROUP BOOKINGS and costs £10pp.

Overview: Starting from the Blue Flag Gyllyngvase beach. This 2-hour kayak adventure takes you into caves, rock gullies, over reefs and investigates mysterious shipwrecks. We regularly encounter a range of coastal wildlife: Oyster Catchers, Cormorants and Seals regularly say hello, plus occasionally dolphins and porpoises can be spotted too. Every Adventure starts with some basic paddling tuition. Our sit-on-top kayaks are all fitted with comfy back rests and are very stable and easy to paddle. No previous experience is required.

Age restriction: Anyone below the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian accompany the child on the activity. The minimum age limits for WEEKLY CAVES & SHIPWRECK ADVENTURES is 12yrs, for NEW GROUP CAVES & SHIPWRECK ADVENTURES the minimum age is 7yrs.

Venue: Gylly Beach

Price: CAVES & SHIPWRECK ADVENTURES
WEEKLY (Ideal for individuals, pairs and Small groups)  NEW GROUP (Minimum 4 people)
£40pp £45pp (groups of 4 – 6)
£40pp (groups 6 – 12)
£35pp (12+)
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For further information please refer to the FAQ’s below.

Overview: Mariners throughout the centuries have long regarded Falmouth as the “First and Last Port” for ships crossing the Atlantic seeking shelter. The harbour’s significant history and stunning views make it a fascinating place to go kayaking. Protected from prevailing SW winds, makes the harbour waters smooth and easy to paddle when the surrounding coast areas are choppy. Starting from the Greenbank Hotel Pontoon, you will visit the picturesque village of Flushing, historic harbour’s and the Maritime Museum. You will paddle alongside huge boats that give you a totally new perspective of scale. The wildlife is wonderful too, with seals and sea birds a common sight. Every Adventure starts with some basic paddling tuition, our sit-on-top kayaks are all fitted with back rests and are very stable and easy to paddle. No previous experience is required.

Age restriction: Anyone below the age of 18 must have a parent / or guardian accompany the child on the activity. The minimum age for NEW GROUP SHIPS & HARBOURS ADVENTURES is 7 yrs.

Venue: Greenbank Hotel

Price: SHIPS & HARBOURS ADVENTURE
NEW GROUP (NEW GROUP – minimum 4 people)
£45pp (groups of 4 – 6)
£40pp (groups 6 – 12)
£35pp (12+)
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For further information please refer to the FAQ’s below.

Overview: Starting from the quaint village of Durgan you will enjoy the serene and unspoilt estuary that stretches from Falmouth Bay up to the old port of Gweek. On route you will paddle past Polwigwidden Cove at the bottom of Trebah Gardens, plus the creeks of Port navas and the famous Frenchman’s Creek if the tide is right. The River Helford is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Site of special scientific interest. Ancient oak woodlands line the Helfords banks, paddling under the oak canopy kingfisher’s can occasionally be seen fishing from overhanging branches. Dolphins, Seals and Oyster catchers can be seen too if you have a keen eye. The Helford River is one of the most sheltered stretches of water anywhere in Cornwall and this makes it a magical venue for a kayaking adventure. Every Adventure starts with some basic paddling tuition, our sit-on-top kayaks are all fitted with comfy back rests and are very stable and easy to paddle. No previous experience is required.

Age restriction: Anyone below the age of 18 must have a parent / or guardian accompany the child on the activity. The minimum age for NEW GROUP CREEKS & COVES ADVENTURE is 7 yrs.

Venue:  Helford River

Price: CREEKS AND COVES ADVENTURE
NEW GROUP (NEW GROUP – minimum 4 people)
£45pp (groups of 4 – 6)
£40pp (groups 6 – 12)
£35pp (12+)
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For further information please refer to the FAQ’s below.

Overview: Without question this is the most unique kayaking experience in Cornwall. Our LED light system illuminates the water under and around your kayak, providing a totally new dimension to paddling. Gylly Adventures are the UK’s first and only LED night Kayak providers. Let us take you and your friends and family on a hypnotic journey that will leave you glowing! Night kayak Adventures unless conditions dictate otherwise all leave from Gylly Beach. Because it gets dark at different times during the year, the time slots differ each month.  Each night kayak adventure lasts 1.5 hours on the water. We set off at approximately sun set, 30mins before dark. As the evening light disappears the magic LED lights become increasingly effective illuminating the water around you. Every Adventure starts with some basic paddling tuition, our sit-on-top kayaks are all fitted with back rests and are very stable and easy to paddle. No previous experience is required.

Age restriction: Anyone below the age of 18 must have a parent / or guardian accompany the child on the activity. The minimum age limits for all night activities is 12yrs.

Venue: Gylly Beach

Price: LED NIGHT KAYAK ADVENTURES
WEEKLY (Ideal for individuals, pairs and Small groups)  NEW GROUP (Minimum 4 people)
£45 pp £50pp (groups of 3 – 6)
£45pp (groups 6 – 12)
£40pp (12+)
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LED Night Kayak Book Now

For further information please refer to the FAQ’s below.

Times and Availability:

Night Kayak Adventures run to the following times.

Month Arrive Adventure Starts Departs
January 5.30pm 5.45pm 7.30pm
February 5.30pm 5.45pm 7.30pm
March 6pm 6.15pm 8pm
April 7.45pm 8pm 9.45pm
May 8.30pm 8.45pm 10.30pm
June 8.45pm 9pm 10.45pm
July 8.30pm 8.45pm 10.30pm
August 8pm 8.15pm 10pm
September 6.45pm 7pm 8.45pm
October 6pm 6.15pm 8pm
November 5.30pm 5.45pm 7.30pm
December 5.30pm 5.45pm 7.30pm

Overview: During our Coastal explorer you will kayak, coasteer, snorkel, fish and even forage for food along the Cornish Shores. Discover hidden coves, explore secret caves and sandy beaches, plus wonder at the wildlife above and below the water. There is no strict timetable, so we can stop wherever and whenever we want! During the trip you will experience Coasteering, an exhilarating combination of rock scrambling, sea swimming and cliff jumping. If you choose to stay out overnight, you will wild camp on a secluded foreshore and enjoy and evening camp fire.

Age restriction: Anyone below the age of 18 must have a parent / or guardian accompany the child on the activity.  The minimum age limits for NEW GROUP COASTAL EXPLORER is 9 yrs.

Venue: Gylly Beach

Price: COASTAL EXPLORER
DAY (Minimum 4 people) OVERNIGHT (Minimum 4 people)
£90pp (groups of 4 – 5)

£80pp (groups 6 – 10)

£190pp (groups of 4 – 5)

£170pp (groups 6 – 10)

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For further information please refer to the FAQ’s below.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?
Gylly Adventures will provide all the equipment needed for your activity. (e.g. kayaks, paddles, SUPs). This includes wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets (when appropriate) and an instructor plus all other safety equipment.

CAN I WEAR MY OWN WETSUIT?
Yes. However, we recommend a full-length wetsuit. Shorty wetsuits are okay only on very warm days.

DO I NEED TO BOOK IN ADVANCE?
During the day we are often out on the water or out of reception, therefore where possible booking online is easiest? Most of the information you need should be available in the website FAQ and activity pages. Please email us if you have any further questions. We do take bookings from our beach and over the phone however we strongly recommend you book in advance to guarantee availability.

HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE?
Many families and groups with no prior experience successfully take part on our Adventures. However a basic level of fitness is required , for each adventure you can expect to be active for approximately 2 hrs.  Particular consideration should be made if you are supporting a young child on a Double kayak. Participants should be comfortable to swim 50 meters unaided.

CAN I WATCH IF I AM NOT TAKING PART? 
Most of our Adventures follow the coast, therefore you can follow along the coastal path.

WHAT TO BRING?
All Adventures: Please bring any medication you require (e.g inhalers), Swimming Costume, Sun cream, Water Bottle, Towel, Warm clothes to put on at the end. Note: Some Adventures /lessons can include, if requested, a trip to a café, Pub or Ice cream shop. So, bring a few pound coins if you want any refreshments.

WHAT IS THE WEIGHT LIMIT?
Kayaking: The weight limit for a double kayak is approximately 25st/160kg. Single kayaks 15st/95kg. If you think you are close to the weight limit, please let us know. We can rig a double kayak to be paddled as a single, so you can still enjoy the adventure.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WEEKLY AND NEW GROUP ADVENTURES?
WEEKLY ADVENTURES: During the season (Opening Hours) Gylly Adventures runs WEEKLY Adventures at fixed times. These Adventures are open to anyone and are ideally suited for individuals, pairs and Small groups. WEEKLY adventures are better value than a NEW GROUP adventure.
NEW GROUP ADVENTURE: If the WEEKLY adventures aren’t convenient then you can make a NEW GROUP booking. NEW GROUP bookings must be a minimum of 4 people. At Gylly we would never put a Stag group with a Family booking, however please don’t mistake a NEW GROUP booking as being exclusive. ACTIVITY EXCLUSIVITY as an optional extra. ACTIVITY EXCLUSIVITY is only available for NEW GROUP BOOKINGS and costs £5pp.

HOW LONG IS THE ACTIVITY?
ALL Kayak, Coasteer and SUP Adventures are 2 hrs on the water.
LED Night Kayak and Night SUP Adventures are 1.5 hrs on the water.

All Kayak Adventures run to the following times:

Arrive Adventure starts Adventure Finishes Depart
9.30am 9.45am 11.45am 12pm
1pm 1.15pm 3.15pm 3.30pm
4.30pm 4.45pm 6.45pm 7pm

LED Night Kayak Adventures run to the following times:

Month Arrive Adventure starts Depart
January 5.30pm 5.45pm 7.30pm
February 5.30pm 5.45pm 7.30pm
March 6pm 6.15pm 8pm
April 7.45pm 8pm 9.45pm
May 8.30pm 8.45pm 10.30pm
June 8.45pm 9pm 10.45pm
July 8.30pm 8.45pm 10.30pm
August 8pm 8.15pm 10pm
September 6.45pm 7pm 8.45pm
October 6pm 6.15pm 8pm
November 5.30pm 5.45pm 7.30pm
December 5.30pm 5.45pm 7.30pm
ARE THERE CHANGING FACILITIES?

Gylly Beach Activities: There is an open Courtyard next to our base on the beach which provides a space for changing. There is also a large public toilet if more discretion is required. We recommend that you arrive already changed into your swimwear. There is also a freshwater shower by the Public Toilets however it is not warm! Your belongings will be kept safe in our containers while you are on activity. We have never had any issues, but we don’t have any lockers at Gylly.
Greenbank Activities: There is no changing facilities at this location. You will get change in the open at the Greenbank Gardens. We recommend that you arrive already changed into your swimwear. There are toilets at the Working boat pub below the Hotel. Belongings during the activity will be locked in the Gylly Adventures Van or your own Vehicles.
Helford Activities: There are no changing facilities at this location. You will get changed in the open at the Bosveal National Trust Carpark. We recommend that you arrive already changed into your swimwear. There are toilets in Durgan village, we recommend that you visit the loo before arrival as we only go past the toilets once you are already changed. Belongings during the activity will be locked in the Gylly Adventures Van or your own Vehicles.

WHERE DO WE PARK AND MEET:

Gylly Beach Activities: Please meet us at our base on the left-hand side of Gylly Café as you look out to sea. There are lots of parking options near Gylly beach. There is a pay and display carpark in easy walking distance, as well as free residential parking if you are happy to walk a little further. Please note that parking directly opposite Gylly beach café is not permitted in summer months and is regularly patrolled by traffic wardens. Sat Nav postcode is TR114PA
Greenbank Activities: Please meet on the picnic tables in front of the Working Boat Inn next to the Greenbank Gardens. Please note there is strictly no parking permitted on the pontoon carpark or on Greenbank Hotel property. If you are a guess staying at the hotel or you have a meal reservation pre-booked, then parking onsite is permitted. Free residential parking is easily found around the Greenbank hotel on Stratton terrace and Dunstanville Terrace. Sat Nav Postcode is TR11 2SR
Helford River Activities (Durgan): Please meet in the Bosveal National Trust carpark at the top of Durgen Village. The Car park has an All-day charge of £2 per vehicle and is free to National Trust members. Sat Nav postcode is TR115JR.

DO YOU CANCEL IF IT IS RAINING? 
No

WHAT HAPPENS IF I WANT TO CANCEL MY SESSION?
If you cancel your booking more than 14 days before the activity session you are entitled to a full refund.
If you cancel within 14 – 5 days before the activity session you will entitled to a full refund minus the 30% deposit.
If you cancel within 5 days before the activity session you will receive no refund.

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT IS TOO ROUGH OR WINDY?
If bad weather makes it unsafe to run the session. We will first look to relocate the activity to an alternative venue or offer an alternative activity. If this is not possible, we will offer you either: A credit note to the full value of the session or a full refund minus a 30% deposit. Gylly Adventures will notify you of any venue or activity changes the day before your activity session.

What is Included?
Gylly Adventures will provide all the equipment needed for Kayaking, coasteering, Fishing, foraging and fire making. This includes wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets (when appropriate) and an instructor plus all other safety equipment. For overnight activities Gylly will also provide cooking equipment and utensils but not food or the responsible of preparing food.

What happens in bad weather?
If we must cancel due to bad weather that would make it unsafe to run the session. We will first look to relocate to an alternative venue or offer an alternative activity. If this is not possible, we will offer you credit to the full value of the session or a refund minus the 30% deposit. We will still go ahead on grey overcast days, we will provide toasty wetsuits to keep you warm during the activities. GA will notify you of any venue or activity changes the day before.

What you will need to bring?
COASTAL EXPLORER: Any medication you require (e.g inhalers), Pack Lunch, Swimming Costume, Sun cream, Water Bottle, Towel, Shoes that can get wet, Warm clothes to put on at the end. Some adventures can include if requested, a stop at a café, Pub or Ice cream shop. So, bring a few pound coins if you want any refreshments.

COASTAL EXPLORER (WILD CAMP):
Individual: Any medication you require (e.g inhalers), Swimming Costume, Sun cream, Water Bottle, Towel, Shoes that can get wet, Full set of spare clothes appropriate for the weather, 2x Large waterproof liners, Sleeping bag, Travel Towel, very basic wash kit and a head touch.Some adventures can include if requested, a stop at a café, Pub or Ice cream shop. So, bring a few pound coins if you want any refreshments.
Group: Tents, Food cook able on a camping stove for 1 Lunch, 1 dinner and 1 breakfast.

Are there Changing Facilities?
GYLLY BEACH: There is an open Courtyard next to our base on the beach which provides a space for changing. There is also a large public toilet if more discretion is required. We recommend that you arrive already changed into your swimwear. There is also a freshwater shower by the Public Toilets however it is not warm! Your belongings will be kept safe in our containers while you are on activity. We have never had any issues, but we don’t have any lockers at Gylly.
WILD CAMP: At the Camping Location there are no facilities. It real is wild Camping.

Coastal Explorer Timings?

COASTAL EXPLORER

Arrive Adventure Starts Adventure Finishes Depart
10.30am 10.45am 4.15pm 4.30pm

COASTAL EXPLORER (WILD CAMP)

Arrive Adventure Starts Adventure Finishes Depart
10.30am 10.45am 10.15 (The Following Day) 10.30am (The Following Day)

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