The stunning landscape of Torquay and the English Riviera is the perfect playground for your adventure weekend with paddle-boarding, sea kayaking, jet-skiing and coasteering. With rugged coastlines and hidden caves and crevices, there is so much more to Torquay for the more adventurous holiday maker!
Exploring the wonderful coastline of Torquay by kayak or paddle-board is a not-to-be-missed experience. Whether you are looking for wildlife, adventure or just plain fun, there are a variety of specialists who can help make it a safe and exhilarating occasion.
The South Devon coast is a sea kayaker’s paradise, with its many secluded and hidden beaches, spectacular cliffs and sea caves that can only be properly explored by kayak. Torbay is steeped in history and you can paddle past smugglers coves and ancient castles that have remained unchanged in thousands of years. With kayaks being virtually silent it allows you to get close up to all sorts of exciting wildlife… seals, dolphins, basking sharks and a whole array of amazing sea birds.
Coasteering is an exhilarating combined rock and water activity that can be delivered to every individual level which makes this activity suitable for those with no fear of heights or water as well as those who may not be quite so confident. During your Coasteering trip you will learn rock climbing and scrambling techniques as well as how to jump from great heights safely. Wearing sturdy footwear, wetsuits, buoyancy aids and helmets, participants travel along a section of coastline; sometimes swimming in the sea, sometimes scrambling on rocks and jumping from rocks into the sea. Because you will love it! As well as big thrills you will get to learn about the sea, how it works and you will definitely get a whole new perspective of our coastline, indeed, you will be exploring areas that very few people get the opportunity to!
Stand up paddle surfing and stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is an offshoot of surfing that originated in Hawaii. Unlike traditional surfing where the rider sits until a wave comes, stand up paddle boarders stand on their boards and use a paddle to propel themselves through the water. The quiet nature of paddle boarding makes it an excellent mode of transport to silently travel along the coastline giving the opportunity for wildlife spotting!
Torbay is one of the most popular venues in the UK for watercraft enthusiasts with its 22 miles of coastline to explore and easy striking distance to the three enclosed harbours of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. Taking part in a jet ski adventure on the English Riviera is a fantastic way to get out and about on the water. This high impact and high energy activity will surely blow those cobwebs away.
Where can I take part?
There are specialist companies in Torquay and the surrounding area who offer guided tours with experienced instructors. Read on to find out more…
Rock Solid Coasteering based in Maidencombe Torquay are coasteering specialists for families, parties, groups plus stag and hen nights. Their experienced guides know every nook and cranny of the coast. They will take you bouldering, deep water solo-ing, leaping, exploring hidden caves, diving through ‘sumps’ and seeing the varying wildlife. They offer tours all year round and cater for all abilities from first timers to seasoned jumpers!
Their website has some great videos, which allows you to see their customers adventures and also to see some usually unseen views of the fabulous coastline. Contact them on 01803 472234 or visit www.rocksolidcoasteering.uk
Based at Goodrington Beach in Paignton, Reach Outdoors provide Coasteering, Kayak Tours, Climbing, Abseiling and Stand Up Paddle Boarding Experience the thrill of exploring the coast from the sea and scramble your way around the rugged coastline of the South West, explore caves and crevices, and leap from exhilarating heights into clear blue waters. Their kayak tours will take you on a journey to the sights that are otherwise missed. An experienced and qualified kayak coach will guide you and with easy to use, sit on top kayaks, no experience is necessary. Whether you want to see wildlife or just go for a gentle paddle, they do it all. They also offer climbing with routes to suit all. With coastal and moorland locations, their experienced instructors can take you to some fantastic spots! For any group to book a private session requires minimum numbers of 6 participants otherwise they have ‘open’ sessions.
Contact Reach Outdoors today on 01626 873625 or visit their website www.reach-outdoors.com
Sea Kayaking Devon provide guided sea kayak tours for all abilities and are based out of Dartmouth. Whether you are a family getting into a Sea Kayak for the first time or an experienced paddler looking for a grand adventure, Sea Kayak Devon will give you an unforgettable experience!
They provide all the equipment and their sea kayaks are stable and easy to control; they glide smoothly through the water allowing you to explore big sections of the coast with minimal effort. They also offer large double kayaks available for youngsters or those who are a little apprehensive. Visit their website at www.seakayakdevon.co.uk or give them a call on 01392 580535.
This unique centre based in Brixham offers a wide range of activities directly accessible from their centre: Stand Up Paddleboarding, Sit-on tops, Kayaking, Open Canoeing, Improvised Raft Building, Powerboating, Dinghy and Yacht sailing, Coasteering and High Ropes Course. Only 10 miles from the River Dart, their fleet of open canoes can take you on a distinctive trip ‘away from it all’ in the beautiful scenery of the Dart valley.If it’s Coasteering you’re interested, the coastline between Breakwater beach and Berry Head offers a variety of challenges and is ideal for a first time experience. For a more challenging adventure, Start Point gives the perfect location. For more information visit www.grenvillehouse.co.uk or give them a call on 01803 852797.
Jet Set Go
Jet Set Go offer Jet Ski Safaris, Jet Ski Hire, Personal Watercraft Training and Birthday Celebrations. They also offer romantic days out – Tailor made half or full day experiences designed for couples. Ride out to local beauty spots and enjoy a specially prepared picnic. Find out more information at jetsetgo.club or by phoning 0800 083 5892.
With such a wide range of activities available within the Torbay area, TLH is a great Torquay hotel to use as a base for your adventure weekend. Why not explore our wonderful part of Devon whilst enjoying a great adventure!