Paddleboarding, kayaking, sailing, kitesurfing & windsurfing on Christchurch Harbour

Christchurch’s picturesque, lagoon-like estuary is an exceptional - and safe - venue for watersports. A wide, broad expanse of water, it is only waist height deep in most places (except the central channel) at high tide. It is regarded as one of the best windsurfing and kitesurfing locations in the south of England – for both beginners and experts alike – and a great place to learn to sail. A nature reserve with plenty of sheltered coves and an abundance of wildlife, it’s also an idyllic spot for kayaking and paddleboarding.

Guests may use the Christchurch Harbour Hotel’s kayaks for free – you can launch them from the jetty in the grounds. Other watersports are available at Mudeford Quay, a 2-minute walk away, but require organising through a local operator.

The details

  • 5 mins drive
  • A sumptuous picnic hamper can be provided on request for £20 per person
  • Kayaks may be used free anytime, subject to availability. Watersports times are by arrangement
  • Varies by watersport
  • Terms and conditions apply. A future room booking is required. Advanced booking may be required, and minimum numbers and age restrictions may also apply