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. If you've never tried it - now is the time!
Guests may use the hotel’s kayaks for free – you can launch them from the jetty in the hotel grounds (at high tide only, tides vary daily). If you want lessons or some guidance, ShoreSports offer kayaking 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 or paddleboard. Again, you can hire everything you need and get instructions at ShoreSports.
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