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Great Britain

Counter Clockwise - Starting with Southwestern Seaside Counties going West to East from Atlantic to English Channel to North Sea then finally around to Counties on the Irish Sea

Atlantic/Bristol Channel & English Channel Shorelines



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English Channel Shoreline Only


  • Downwind/Paddles
    • Downwind
      • Branksome Chine to Milford on Sea - If there’s a strong westerly blowing then Bournemouth is always good for downwinding. The large horseshoe bay in Dorset attracts a relatively big crowd who usually start off around the Branksome area on the east facing shore. From here it’s a fast run towards Milford on Sea. During the middle part of the run you’re well off shore. Plan for and judge your safety accordingly.
      • Christchurch Bay in & out laps video
      • Knoll Beach - Bournemouth 10 km Downwindfun
      • Old Harry Race - Studland - Friars Cliff Beach 20 km
      • Isle of Portland (Portland Bill is southern tip) runs starting or ending in Portland Harbour at the north end of the isle have to go through one of the gaps between the 4 breakwaters protecting Portland Harbour
        • Portland - Bowleaze Cove 8 km video
        • Portland (Chesil Beach) to West Bay 29 Km
          • start at Abbotsbury 14km video, video2, video3, Downwindfun
          • start West Bexington 8km
          • Portland to Burton Bradstock is maybe a couple of kms shorter than to West Bay unless you paddle a good ways south initially as shown in Downwindfun description
        • Portland - Ringstead ~9 km video, Downwindfun
      • Sandbanks - Southbourne Beach 13 km, Downwindfun
        • Another 8 km up River Stour & River Avon to Rossiter's Quay video
      • Swanage - Boscombe 15 km videoDownwindfun
    • Surf
    • Calmer Paddles (when conditions are milder)
      • Studland - Bowleaze video
  • Clubs
  • Resources


  • Downwind
    • Hayling Island - Langstone 6 km Downwindfun
    • Keyhaven (Hurst Spit) - Lymington 8 km? video
    • Keyhaven (Hurst Spit) - Lymington (TannersLane) 10 km video
  • Calmer Paddles (when conditions are milder)
    • Keyhaven - the Needles seakayak video notice the caution about avoiding concentrated swell and exposure to stronger current, but had they been so inclined it looks like there were surfable waves between some of the Needles.
    • Beaulieu River private river with $ launch fee.
  • Ferry Wakes
  • Resources
  • Clubs

West Sussex

  • Downwinds/Paddles
    • Budleigh Salterton - Lyme Regis (Lyme Bay Run) 31 km
    • Hayling to Bracklesham (Hants/West Sussex) - Watch out for current around Chichester Harbour mouth, and a few sand banks that kick up some heavy chop/surf.
    • Littlehampton - Pagham 14.4 km downwind video (crazy rebound at the mouth of the River Arun), Downwindfun
    • Selsey Bill video
      • Kirk Arrow Spit (exposed at low tide 300 - 500 m offshore from Selsey Bill) video (this looks like tide race surfing)
    • The Solent video
  • Rivers
  • Clubs
  • ​​​​​​Resources

East Sussex

  • Downwind
    • Eastbourne Beach - Hastings Beach 24 km
      • From Robin Kaye on Facebook: “…Easy launch at Eastbourne (slightly sheltered) big swell in the bay and then when you get to Hastings you need to go past the pier and tuck in behind the old broken harbour wall, where the fishing boats are on the beach, to avoid the worst of the beach break (size of which depends on tides really ) ….crazy race from Weymouth to Lulworth Cove….It’s some of the best paddling I have ever had. Always check everything though as the start at Eastbourne is pretty benign but the swell in the middle of the bay (and wind) can be quite big. Done it a few times though and it’s certainly a good one in a SW.. enjoy”
  • Seaford Beach Seven Sisters Cliffs short video
  • Clubs
  • ….

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