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Winter Kayak Adventures and Sunsets!

By | Kayaking News

Kayaking along the Helford River and Frenchman’s Creek is stunning all year round.

Kayaking along the Helford in December so peaceful

Magical kayaking under the ancient oak trees.

Holly and Ivy growing on the ancient oak tree branches, Frenchman’s Creek

Reflections on Frenchman’s Creek

Enjoy the reflections and sound of birdsong kayaking along the green waters of Frenchman’s Creek.

Enjoying sunset on the Helford

The only people on the water and the views down the Helford River towards the sea are simply stunning.

View to along the Helford River to the sea, not another boat in sight

Powders House below, enjoying the reflections and the kayaking to the sound of birdsong. Herons, Little Egrets, Oyster Catchers all spotted and kingfishers heard.

Kayaking along Frenchman’s Creek

Kayaking back to the Budock Vean Hotel foreshore, the fairy lights and beautiful twilight. If you would like to join us on a Winter Kayak Adventure get in touch. Gift Vouchers and Gift Bags are also available.

Christmas Markets 2018

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Here we are in December and Koru Kayaking will be out and about talking kayaking at the Christmas Markets! It all kicks off the weekend in Koru’s home town St Agnes this Friday eve at the St Agnes Late Night Shopping. We’ll be braving the elements in a Gazebo outside the St Agnes Church Hall next door to the Driftwood Spars Brewery gazebo. Then on Sunday we’ll be just around the corner from Cligga and the Prison in Perranporth at the Perranporth Christmas Market. The week after we’re heading to the big smoke, Cornwall’s capital Truro and have a indoor stand in the Truro Gift Fayre just outside M&S.

Koru’s Christmas Market Diary 2018 at a glance

7th December 5-9pm St Agnes Late Night Shopping (gazebo outside the Church Hall)

9th December 11am-5pm Perranporth Christmas Market (Perranporth High Street)

12th December 10am-9pm Truro Christmas Gift Fayre (Lemon Quay)

13th December 10am-5.30pm Truro Christmas Gift Fayre (Lemon Quay)

14th December 10am-5.30pm Truro Christmas Gift Fayre (Lemon Quay)

15th December 9.30am-5.30pm Truro Christmas Gift Fayre (Lemon Quay)

16th December 10am-4pm Truro Christmas Gift Fayre (Lemon Quay)

17th December 10am-5.30pm Truro Christmas Gift Fayre (Lemon Quay)

18th December 10am-5.30pm Truro Christmas Gift Fayre (Lemon Quay)

19th December 10am-9pm Truro Christmas Gift Fayre (Lemon Quay)

20th December 10m-5.30pm Truro Christmas Gift Fayre (Lemon Quay)

Hope we see you at some if not all of these. Cornwall is a great place to grab a festive break and enjoy the Christmas markets, there are some great accommodation deals at this time of year and there are some lovely beach walks to enjoy in between Christmas the markets! If you can’t make to the markets don’t worry you can always order your Koru Gifts through our online shop, give us call and we’ll post all orders out to you free of charge.

What Koru Kayaking Gifts are available? 

Gift Vouchers – for either our Frenchman’s Creek or North Coast 2 hour Kayak Adventures valid for 12 months

Koru Christmas Gift Bags – includes a Gift Vouchers for a 2 hour guided kayak adventure, Koru T shirt, Koru Car Sticker, 2019 Koru Wall Calendar (a donation from every sale goes to Surfers Against Sewage),

Koru 2019 Wall Calendars with envelope-  Scenes from the water along the St Agnes Coastline and Frenchman’s Creek (a donation from every sale goes to Surfers Against Sewage), we’ve raised £25 and it’s only the start of December!

A5 Koru Cards with envelope held together in a Christmas ribbon- Scenes from the water along the St Agnes Coastline and Frenchman’s Creek £2 each, 4 for £5,  12 for £10

Limited edition Koru T Shirts with image on the front and Discover Cornwall from a different perspective and logo on the back- Beach, The Prison or Seals

 

Koru kayak in Venice

By | Kayaking News, Koru Adventures Abroad

Koru on tour in Venice, November 2018. Tempted by the gondolas we couldn’t resist a guided kayak tour with Venice Kayak.

Setting off from Certosa Island, Venice

Starting from Certosa Island a remote island just off Venice. So peaceful with just one hotel, yachts and trees. A garrison in Napoleons era. We launch on calm waters, paddling towards the main island of Venice.

Kayaking on the lagoon towards St Mark’s Basilicca

With Venice in sight we were expertly guided across the Grand Canal, the sea, just like kayaking on our North Coast Kayak Adventure from St Agnes but no waves just the swell created by the passing boats.

Reaching the otherside we entered Venice city. What a magical place to see from a kayak especially as we could kayak where other boats and gondolas could not.

Kayaking through Venice

Meandering through the waterways under bridges and alongside stunning we buildings we were joined by a kingfisher!

Kingfisher on the canals of Venice

The buiding foundations were caked in orange sponge and oysters reminding us of the Helford and our Frenchmans Creek Kayak Adventures!

Yet the Gondolas are unique to Venice and so stunning to see gliding around the watery streets of Venice.

Kayaking under bridges among the gondolas

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It’s incredible to think these buildings are built on marshes and have been here since the 1300s.

See below the hooks on the walls used by the skillful Venetian fishermen who tie up there boats and walk along the ledges to the doors.

The fishermen would climb using these hooks

Every thing happens on the water here, see below a book shop accessed from the water!

Doorway to a book shop

As the sun set, Venice lit up becoming a magical kingdom and so beautiful to paddle around especially those only accessible by kayak! Venice you are even more magical by kayak, big thanks to Venice Kayaks for a great tour!

Kayaking is an incredible way to see coastlines, waterways and now incredible cities!

Kayaking under bridges, Venice

Kayaking along the backwaters of Allepey, India

By | Kayaking News, Koru Adventures Abroad

In 2016 Koru Kayaking went to discover India by kayak and booked on a guided kayak tour with Kerela Kayaking as recommended in the Lonely Planet.

The back waters of Kerela are well known with house boats, once rice boats, cruising along the canals as house boats, former rice boats glide by.

Dropped off in the heart of the backwaters by narrowboat leaving the numerous housebaots behind on the larger canals.

We are taken by our guide alonf the smaller canals able to encouter the locals who live on the canals, some washing clothes and collecting water, whilst others bath in the water.  Our guide was informative and really smartly dressed for kayaking!

Our kayak guide, Kerela Kayaking

The backwaters are canals around the padi fields carved out by the British for ease of transport of the rice and irrigation. According to our guide, they areonly cleaned out every 3 months and so lots of greenery builds up.

Greenery builds up as the canals are cleaned out every 3 months

Rejoining the narrowboat were taken to a local cafe and were served up a delicious Dali on banana leaves – no waste here!

Kayaking in along the backwaters in India was a truely amazing experience and one not to be missed!

 

Autumnal Sunset Kayak Adventure

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Autumn boasts to stunning sunsets and with the evening’s drawing in they are getting earlier.  Frenchman’s Creek Kayak Adventure is stunning at this time of year.

Kayaking under the ancient oak trees the ancient oak trees are turning from green to yellow and orange.

Kayaking under ancient oak trees touched with Autumn colours

The bright berries from holly trees in full bloom, the first hint of Christmas in nature.

Holly Bushes on Frenchman’s Creek, Helford River, Cornwall

Stunning wildlife in abundance with Little Egrets, herons, kingfishers and these lovely Swans with their cygnets. Pictured here on spring tide by Wytham Quay on Frenchman’s Creek, where we believe Daphne du Maurier moored up on honeymoon and the site where La Mouette were moored up waiting for the tide to rise in her novel ‘Frenchman’s Creek.

Swans and Cygnets on Wytham Quay, Frenchman’s Creek

Kayaking up towards the Helford on this afternoon kayak adventure towards a stunning sunset.

Kayaking up Frenchman’s Creek towards the Sunset

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Autumn on the water with Koru!

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Autumn is a stunning season kayaking in Cornwall. Koru’s Frenchman’s Creek Kayak Adventure the ancient oak trees turn becoming a blaze of colour and the skies a cobalt blue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Herons sour above us on Helford River, Cornwall

Little Egrets perched in the ancient oak trees, Helford River, Cornwall

Autumn is also a great  time for wildlife spotting. Kingfishers are in abundance as they fly along the the water’s surface, their colbalt blue and bright orange wings mirroring the autumnal colours.their colbalt blue and bright orange wings mirroring the autumnal colours.  Herons and Little Egrets are also in abundance in thecreeks, the egrets with the their bright white feathers like lanterns in the trees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The North Coast an also be thriving with wildlife in peak Seal pupping season, we have to be careful during this season to keep our distance from any mother and pups, but it a greta time to see lots of Atlantic Grey seals!

Atlantic Grey Seals hauled up on the rocks, St Agnes Coastline, Cornwall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And of course the cliffs and caves with their oxidised bright green copper and iron ore are always a stunning sight to see!

Kayaking along bright rocks, St Agnes Coastline, Cornwall: Photo by Tom Paxton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join the adventure! We plan to be out on the water until November / December for our Frenchman’s Creek Kayak Adventures and October on our North Coast Kayak Adventures and with great weather, good accommodation seals don’t delay book you mini break today and if you’re local treat yourself! Gift Vouchers also available for both kayak adventures! Is it too early to say we have launched our 2019 Koru Calendars too and you can buy them from the Koru Shop, whilst enjoying the St Agnes Coastline and Helford River Conservation Area you are helping to protect is too as we are giving a £1 donation to Surfers Against Sewage from every sale and they come in a cardboard envelope rather than plastic covered so Plastic Free too!

 

 

Badger rescue by Koru Kayaking

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A young badger who had slipped down the cliffs and was drowning in the sea during a North Coast Kayak Adventure today, around 5pm on Tuesday 24th July.

The group were kayaking towards Newdown Head, on the St Agnes Coastline, when one of the customers noticed a badger on one of the ledges of the cliff by the waters edge. The badger had obviously fallen off the cliff and scrambled onto a ledge near the waters edge.

Badger slipped on the cliffs and was stranded, St Agnes Coastline

After a failed attempt to remove the badger from the ledge a large set of waves hit the ledge and took the badger into the water. Tom immediately kayaked up to the badger and grabbed it by the scruff of the neck and nervously put it between his legs on his kayak.

Badger rescued on Koru Kayak Adventure

 

 

 

 

 

 

The badger was paddled to Trevaunance Cove and St Agnes RNLI lifeguards where notified and arranged for St Clements Vets to check it’s wellbeing.

Badger rests his weary head on Tom the guides leg as he is paddled back to safety

 

The customers were delighted we had managed to save this animal.

Koru Kayaking’s Tom Wildblood said “I was gobsmacked seeing a badger in the water when we were expecting to see seals! However, I was delighted to be able to save the life of the young badger.”

I was slightly nervous having a badger between my legs, but the badger was in shock and shivering nuzzling up to my leg and seemed to be good health when it reached dry land.”

Pictured below the badger has made a full recovery.

Badger recovered at St Clements Vets