Christchurch’s picturesque, lagoon-like estuary is an exceptional - and safe - venue for all kinds of watersports. A wide, broad expanse of water, it is only waist height deep in most places (except the central channel) at high tide. A nature reserve with plenty of sheltered coves and an abundance of wildlife, it’s also an idyllic spot for kayaking and paddleboarding. If you've never tried them - now is the time!
Guests may use the hotel’s kayaks and paddleboards for free – you can launch them from the jetty in the hotel grounds. If you want lessons or some guidance, ShoreSports offer kayaking and paddleboarding hire at Mudeford Quay, a 3-minute walk away. (If you ask them nicely, they'll come to the hotel to meet you). ShoreSports also offer fantastic guided kayaking tours from Mudeford Quay, up the estuary to Christchurch. Along the way you’ll pass Norman ruins, the ‘old’ Christchurch, and learn about the local area’s history. 3-4 hours, around £40 per person.
The harbour is also regarded as one of the best windsurfing and kitesurfing locations in the south of England – for both beginners and experts alike – and as a great place to learn to sail. Again, you can hire everything you need and get instructions at ShoreSports.