The best watersports locations in Essex and Suffolk

The recent rise in popularity in paddleboarding and kayaking has led people to flock to waterways and coastal resorts for scenic watersports and adventures.

We’ve compiled a list of the top locations to take to the water this Summer taking advantage of the stunning scenery of Essex and Suffolks rivers and coastline:

Please remember to observe water safety at all times and wear appropriate clothing, buoyancy aids, and use appropriate watersport equipment.

Paddling Adventures on the River Stour – 16 minutes from the resort

Stour Valley Adventures
Enjoy a perfect day out on the beautiful river Stour, ideal for families, friends, and couples alike through stunning countryside and waterways. Take to the water on canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards and take advantage of the wide range of experiences on offer, including their Paddle and Pub adventure.

Book your experience in advance via Stour Valley Adventure Centre.

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Dedham Guided kayaking and paddleboarding experiences nature and wildlife spotting – 17-minutes drive from the resort.

Reflective Adventures

Discover the beauty of nature on the River Stour with a private guided tour by Finn for 2-4 people.

Open Mondays and Tuesdays.

Book your experience in advance to avoid disappointment via Reflective Adventures.

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Alton Water Water Park 34-minutes drive from the resort

Alton Water Waterpark

The 400-acre manmade reservoir is home to a host of watersports in the stunning Suffolk countryside. Enjoy a day out on the water canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, windsurfing, sailing and rowing.

Book your experience in advance via Alton Water Park.

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Mersea Island – 40-minutes drive from the resort

Mersea Island Water Sports

Explore small creeks and islands on the beautiful Essex coastline via paddleboard, kayak, windsurfing, and sailing.

Book your experience in advance via Mersea Island Watersports

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Clacton-on-Sea – 40-minutes drive from the resort

Situated on the Dovercourt seafront in Essex, enjoy a day of kayak hire and guided tours along the Essex coastline.

Book your experience in advance via Clacton Kayak Rental Picture courtesy of Clacton Kayak Rental

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Nazing Water Activities Centre – 1 hr 28 minutes drive from the resort

ESSA Water Activity Centre

Take to the water at the 22-acre lake in the Lee Valley Country Park, sailing, kayaking, wobble boarding, canoeing, katakana, windsurfing, and much more.

Open every day.

Book your experience in advance via ESSA Water Activities Centre

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Mersea island Watersports
Reflective Adventures
Stour Valley Adventures
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