Visiting Wells this Summer (or Autumn)? Why not Canoe the Creeks?
It’s great fun messing about on the water and something all the family can do. It’s also a great way to learn about the unique ecology of the area.
There are a number of ways you can explore the creeks and winding waterways of Wells…
Unless you are a serious watersports participant you will probably not have your own hard bodied canoe or kayak, but you can buy inflatable craft relatively cheaply. Most large sports warehouses such as Decathlon sell them, or even think about buying a pre used one through Ebay? They pack down to the size of a medium sized suitcase and are relatively quick and easy to inflate. As well as canoes and kayaks consider a stand up paddleboard (SUP).
Wells has a number of slipways upstream of the Quayside where you can assemble your kit and launch from. The main consideration is to time your adventure with the tides. The best time to launch is half an hour before high tide, because the incoming water will carry you upstream with minimal paddling effort. You can then paddle back to your launch point during slack tide (when it’s neither coming in or going out), or wait for the tide to start going out and again get a ‘free ride’ back to your starting point.
There are several companies who supply the kit and also show you how to do it. Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) is becoming very popular and a good company is: North Norfolk Paddleboards
If this all sounds too much like hard work – take a tour? Wells Harbour Tours do hour long explorations of the Marshes, Harbour and even trips down the channel to the beaches. You’ll see their signs and pontoon by Wells Harbour Office.
If you get the bug, once you’ve tried it out at Wells, there are also Canoe, Kayak and SUP rental companies at Blakeney and Burnham Overy Staithe.
Have you tried it out already and got any great tips to pass on? We would be pleased to hear your stories and receive any photos.
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