Top 5 Sea Kayaking locations in Dorset
We love exploring the Dorset Coast by kayak - it’s the best way to see the awesome cliffs, beaches and wildlife! Here we’ve chosen our 5 favourite places to kayak:
One of the most iconic sights along the Jurassic Coast, Durdle Door is a sight that needs to be taken in from the sea. The limestone arch towers 200 feet above, and the area boasts beautiful beaches and fantastic cliffs to explore from your kayak.
The second largest natural harbour in the world gives endless kayak exploring opportunity! From sandy beaches, marshes and islands there’s so much to see from your boat. The harbour is a world heritage site and is home to plenty of wildlife including the common shelduck, pied avocet and black-tailed godwit.
Navigate the islands, channels and creeks at this beautiful spot, be sure to know your tides and take charts with you as the harbour can leave you stuck in the mud if you get it wrong. Alternatively join us on a poole harbour kayak adventure on one of our wild camping kayaking and foraging adventure weekends.
A Site of Special Scientific Interest, Christchurch Harbour is a haven for wildlife, over 320 bird species have been recorded in the harbour, and if you’re really lucky you could spot a seal or an otter on your paddle! Here you will find a small tidal estuary protected from the sea by Hengistbury Head, it is shallow out of the main channel so reasonably safe. If you take the river route it’s flanked by nature reserves and local beauty spots.
Just down the coast from Durdle Door is Lulworth Cove. The cove is often sheltered from the wind which makes this an ideal place to explore for beginners, or if you’re feeling adventurous you can poke your nose out of the cove and explore the incredible geology, including nearby Stair Hole.
We may well be biased, but we believe our local playground of Old Harry Rocks is simply the best place to sea kayak in Dorset! Amazing chalk cliffs, fascinating geology and the opportunity to see fantastic wildlife such as dolphins, seals, oystercatchers, jellyfish and loads more is why we love Old Harry Rocks so much.
But don’t take our word for it! Come and join us on your own Dorset adventure and let us show you why Old Harry Rocks is our number one kayaking location in Dorset. We run daily kayak trips to explore Old Harry Rocks stacks and arches, 2 hour trips are priced from just £35pp suitable for age 8+. We also run sea kayak courses and kayak foraging, fishing and feasting events from our base on Studland beach. Take a look….