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Penzance to Charmouth

I completed the following trip in July 2013:

  • Penzance
  • Mullion Harbour
  • (Rounded the Lizard)
  • Coverack
  • Gorran Haven
  • Polperro
  • Cawsands
  • Hope Cove
  • (Rounded Start Point)
  • Torcross
  • Teignmouth*
  • Budleigh Salterton
  • Beer*
  • Charmouth

Folding Kayak Adventures: London to Penzance

Day 1: For my main holiday in 2013 I decided to kayak along the south coast of England in my Wayland folding kayak. After several months of planning, the day finally arose to get the kayak down to my start line in Penzance. My luggage for the trip

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Folding Kayak Adventures: Penzance to Mullion Cove

Day 2: Awaking early, I packed up quickly and began to prepare to get underway. There was a slight wave on the beach which I quickly broke through before setting a course for St Michael’s Mount, which was ESE across Penzance Bay. The wind and groundswell slowly built

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Folding Kayak Adventures: Mullion Cove to Coverack

Day 3: After spending a beautiful night up on the headland above Mullion Cove, I headed down to the harbour in preparation for the next leg of my trip which would take me around Lizard Point – notorious for its challenging seas and shipwrecks. My plan was to

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Folding Kayak Adventures: Coverack to Gorran Haven

Day 4: I set off from Coverack at 6am, first heading for Lowland Point and then on to the Manacles – a group of rocks that have seen more than their fair share of shipwrecks over the centuries. On reaching the Manacles I set a NE course

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Folding Kayak Adventures: Gorran Haven to Polperro

Day 5: Waiting for the tide to turn at Gorran Haven gave me a chance to enjoy a full English breakfast and catch up with the harbour master before heading out to the Gwineas rocks. I then set a ENE course for the small harbour at Polperro. If

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Folding Kayak Adventures: Polperro to Cawsand

Day 6: I awoke a little later than previous mornings having had a nice comfortable bed to sleep in. After checking that my kayak was still in order I returned to the hotel to enjoy a full English breakfast and a chat with some of the other residents.

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Folding Kayak Adventures: Cawsand to Hope Cove

Day 7: After a night of interruptions I headed back to the beach and got myself ready for the dash across Plymouth Sound. The original plan was to head directly out across to Plymouth Breakwater. HMS Diamond and a challenging head wind now stood in my way, so

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Folding Kayak Adventures: Hope Cove to Torcross

Day 8: Heading down to the kayak in the morning, I quickly got underway and around Bolt Tail before making my way along the coast towards Bolt Head. The 2NM between Bolt Tail and Bolt Head were windward although I was in awe of the cliffs. On rounding

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Folding Kayak Adventures: Stuck on the beach at Torcross

Day 9: Awaking early to the sound of a strong breeze and waves dumping on the beach I soon realised that unless the wind and waves dropped off then there would be little chance of getting my wooden framed, canvas skinned craft off the steep pebble beach at

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Folding Kayak Adventures: Torcross to Budeligh Salterton

Day 10: Finding myself a awake at least an hour before sunrise I was pleased to observe that the wind had dropped off completely and the waves were no longer dumping on the beach. So I packed up quickly and made a quick exit from the beach,

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Folding Kayak Adventures: Budeligh Salterton to Charmouth

Day 11: With the sound of my alarm which I had set for 4am still ringing in my ears, I quickly packed up and headed off into the breaking dawn of what was to become a very hot and still day. The paddle along the coast to Beer

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Charts and Mapping

I have compiled a list of charts, guides and maps for my trip.

Chart Code ISBN Title
Almanac 9781408172292 Reeds 2013 Channel Almanac
NP 254 9780707712567 Admiralty Tidal Stream Atlas (The West Country. Falmouth to Teignmouth)
Book 9781906095055 South West Sea Kayaking (Author: Mark Rainsley)
Imray 2400.10 The West Country Lizard Point to Lands End
OS 102 978-0-319-23703-8 Land’s End (Penzance and St Ives)
OS 103 9780319241172 The Lizard
OS 105 9780319241189 Falmouth & Mevagissey
OS 107 9780319240175 St Austell & Liskeard
OS 108 9780319237090 Lower Tamar Valley & Plymouth
OS OL20 9780319241424 South Devon (Brixham to Newton Ferrers)
OS 110 9780319237106 Torquay & Dawlish
OS 115 9780319237144 Exmouth & Sidmouth
OS 116 Lyme Regis
Jonathan Tolhurst

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Based in London, my interests include photography, kayaking, paddle boarding, electric unicycling, teepees, robotics, programming, databases, informatics and pharmacy.

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