Paddle the gentle waters of the River Ouse when you go kayaking in East Sussex! We are offering a kayak river trip that is ideal for beginners and experienced paddlers alike. Convivial peaceful and fun this is a great way to get into kayaking and explore a lovely waterway too.
The base for these experiences in East Sussex is Barcombe Mills on the banks of the River Ouse near Lewes and not far from Brighton. This is a slow-flowing canal that winds its way through some beautiful countryside including the very picturesque South Downs. It feels a million miles away from all the hustle bustle traffic and noise!
All the gear you need is included and you’ve got British Canoe Union instructors who will be leading and teaching. Before setting off on your kayaking expedition you’ll go through the basic paddle and rescue techniques. You can even try the capsize drill but only if you’re up for it.
Setting off from Barcombe Mills you will be paddling upstream on the lovely River Ouse. It’s a tranquil oasis as you gently paddle under disused railway bridges past the waterside pub and alongside hedgerows and patchwork fields spotting wildlife as you go. This is a much-loved tour route that takes you right to Isfield Weir the very pretty restored lock where you’ll turn back and head back to Barcombe.
There’s no need to have any kayaking experience to be able to go on the tour but please be aware that it is around a four hour round trip so you’ll need to be up for a lengthy if leisurely paddle out. Quite possibly the most idyllic setting for kayaking in the whole of East Sussex we think you’ll love it here at Barcombe Mills.