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Thank you for your booking, we look forward to kayaking with you.  Below is a link to the medical form we need you to complete before arriving, and some information to help you get ready for your adventure.  Please do contact us with any questions you may have.

mailpaddlecornwall@gmail.com or on 07891058284.  

MEDICAL FORM  (Please complete before arrival)

Below is some helpful information, here are the general headings if you want to skip straight to a section:

Things to book

Arrival

Early Arrival

Daily Routine

Food

Kit List

Things to book:

The ferry - Isles of Scilly Travel Company  https://www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk/  

  • Outward journey Penzance (09.00ish generally) - St Mary's (12.00 ish generally)

  • Return St Mary's (16:30 ish generally) - Penzance (19:15 ish generally)

You can choose to come out earlier and stay later after the kayaking. If you choose to come out just for the duration of the kayaking trip please book your ferry for the first day of the trip and book your return journey for the day after the trip finishes, otherwise you will miss the last day of kayaking.  Your camping fee for 3 or 4 nights is included in the price (3 nights for 3 days trips and 4 nights for 4 day trips), if you are staying on or arriving earlier you will need to arrange this yourselves with St Martin's campsite; https://www.stmartinscampsite.co.uk/ 

Parking at Penzance or the Train – There are a number of parking options if you google it.  One we have used before is just outside Penzance;  https://www.islesofscillyparking.co.uk/

Penzance Train station is a 15-20min walk from the Ferry so this is a good option also.  Depending on your ferry time you may need to arrive the night before and book a B&B.

 

If it is possible that you may suffer from seasickness I recommend bringing Stugeron or something similar and taking them the recommended amount of time before your crossing.  I find that the nicest place to be is up on deck in a warm jacket, you might even see some dolphins.

Arrival:

  • Once off the Scillonian hang around as the inter-island ferry to St Martins will leave soon after, just keep an eye out and listen for them shouting St Martins.  Do not worry about your bags they will be loaded on the correct inter-island ferry as long as you have put the correct St Martins label on it (a red tag you get when you check in).  Also write on your name and 'St Martins campsite', this helps to make sure everything ends up in the right place. 

  • You will need £6 cash each for the inter-island ferry.  I will meet you on the beach/quay at whichever end of St Martins that the inter-island ferry brings you to (it depends on the tide state), and we can all walk to the campsite together and get set up.  If you want to know what I look like check out our About page.

  • We have arranged for your luggage to be transported to the campsite for you, you just need to help load it into Ben's trailer from the inter-island ferry.  It will either be a 5 min or 25min walk depending on where you arrive. 

  • When packing please note that the ferry companies and crews appreciate you taking more small bags than one big heavy bag as all the bags are moved by hand at the different locations.  .

 

Early arrival or flying in

For those of you arriving earlier, you will need to arrange your own luggage transfer, and we will see you on the campsite, we will be in the Christmas tree field, the first turning on your right as you enter the campsite from the road.  Walk through the first field and we are in the second.  Come and say hello.   We will contact you the day before with the start time for day one.  This can be anywhere between 13.30 and 15.00 depending on the Scillonian and inter-island ferry timings for those arriving on the first day.  These depend on the tides and they only publish them the day before.

 

Daily routine

Day one - you arrive on the Scillonian ferry to St Mary's and catch an inter-island ferry to St Martins.  You will have time to set up your tents or settle in to your accommodation before we head out onto the water at around 14.30.  We use this first paddle to explore some of the closer uninhabited islands and get you used to the boats and kit.  If you have kayaked before it is a nice way to ease back in to it and if you are a complete beginner we will introduce the basic skills to you and build on these throughout the trip.  We will be back on land in time to shower and head to the pub for dinner for those that wish to join us.

Day Two onwards -   We will meet at 10am giving you time to nip to the island bakery for breakfast and to collect a freshly made delicious roll for lunch, if you so wish.  Our exact routes will be based on the weather and the group ability.  Examples of routes we may do are; a paddle to the Eastern Isles to look at the iron age burial cairns and settlements and spot seals, a kayak to Round island and Men-a-Vaur to find guillemots, Razorbills and puffins, or a kayak to Tresco to sample some ice cream before heading on to Samson to enjoy more Scillonian history and beautiful beaches.

Make sure you book your ferry home for 'Day Four' if you are on a Three day trip and 'Day Five' if you are on a Four day trip, or you will miss your last day of kayaking.  The inter-island ferry leaves St Martins around 10.30 giving you lots of time to explore historic Garrison of St Mary's, or enjoy the local food and drink, before catching the Scillonian back to Penzance.  Obviously, you can stay longer, you will just need to arrange this accommodation separately yourself.

Above is an example of the trip itinerary that we aim to provide, weather conditions will dictate our exact routes.

Food

We will reserve a table for the whole group in the pub for the first night and you are welcome to do your own thing if you prefer.

Each day we give you time to sort breakfast and nip to the island shop/bakery to buy a delicious sandwich for lunch if needed, before heading out on the water.  St Martin’s has a small grocery shop (this requires a mask currently June 2022) and a bakery.  In the evenings you can either eat at the island pub, fish and chip shop or cook for yourself.  I do recommend bringing out snacks and an emergency one pot meal just in case. I carry a stove and provide hot water during beach stops so you just need to bring a mug and your drink of choice.  Then sit back and enjoyed the view as you sip your cuppa.

If you are travelling out on a Saturday please note that the shops are closed on a Sunday so it is worth bringing something for breakfast and lunch on the Sunday.  The pub is open for the evening meal.

St Martin’s dinner options

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g488311-d1544155-Reviews-Seven_Stones_Inn-St_Martin_s_Isles_of_Scilly_England.html

http://adamsfishandchips.co.uk/

http://littlearthur.co.uk/littlearthurcafeandbistro.html

The paddling day will generally go on until 17.00 but we will have plenty of stops during the day and this will depend on group kayaking ability and the weather conditions.

After a shower at the campsite most people eat at the pub. 

 

Kit

We will provide

Kayak, spray deck, buoyancy aid, paddle, cagoul/jacket, helmet, long-john wetsuit, and first rate coaching, plenty of adventure and hopefully some sun shine - technically that last bit is out of our hands tee-hee!! 

Suggested kit to bring

Below are suggestions of kit.  You should be able to get this well within the luggage allowance for the ferry and they never seem to be that bothered anyway!

  • A thermal to wear under the cag while paddling (merino wool or I use Reed Chillcheater thermals that are warm when wet)

  • Rash vest or quick dry t-shirt - for warmer days on the water to wear under the cag

  • A fleece to go under the Cag while paddling, should it be cooler

  • Wet suit boots, old trainers that you can get wet or Crocs are good when worn with wetsuit socks

  • warm hat

  • An insulated jacket (primaloft instead of down as this is better if it gets wet).

  • Dry bag to carry the above fleece and jacket in the kayak in case the weather is cooler or for when we stop on a beach.  10/15 litre is fine

  • Shorts/leggings for warmer days on the water

  • Sandwich box

  • flask

  • Water bottles to carry enough water for the day

  • Tent

  • Sleeping mat and sleeping bag (and pillow if you want luxury!)

  • Stove, pan, bowl, mug, spoon (this is the bare minimum this kit will depend on how much cooking you plan on doing.  If you plan on cooking you may want more equipment).  I can provide you with hot water for drinks throughout the trip if you bring a mug and the drink of your choice.

  • Head torch

  • Sun cream including a good lip sun screen (this is important)

  • Sun hat

  • Sunglasses with attachment to stop them falling in the water (a croakie)

  • Clothes for when you are not kayaking

  • Waterproofs

  • Walking boots or good trainers

  • Swimwear

  • Towel

  • Any personal medication

  • £1 coins for the showers

  • Battery bank charger (you can leave this in the camping barn to charge during the day) 

 

Cancellation

Please be aware that sea kayaking is an outdoor activity that takes place in a range of weather conditions, including rain.  We want to provide you with the best experience and will adjust our plans accordingly to make the most of the conditions on the day.  Any itineraries or destinations offered are indicative only and will be offered as subject to the sea conditions and judgement of the guide.

Sea kayaking is an adventurous sport and booking your trip is a sign of acceptance of the hazards involved in engaging in adventure activities and travel. It is your responsibility to ensure that your level of fitness and experience are suitable for your chosen trip and that you have the correct travel insurance.  If you have any questions please do contact us.

Our cancellation policy is that if cancelled within 6 weeks of the start date of the trip then the full trip fee will be charged . If cancelled more than 6 weeks from the start of your trip then we will refund your payment minus a deposit of £100.  We are unable to refund any booking fees that you may have paid to third parties.

If we have to cancel due to bad weather conditions then you will be offered an alternative date or a full refund (minus any booking fees you may have paid to third parties).  Please ensure you have sufficient holiday insurance to cover cancellation due to illness etc.