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Balmy summer temperatures have descended on the South West, and there’s no better time to take to the water and explore the beautiful coastline.


With miles of crystal clear ocean, sparkling estuaries and serene lakes, escape the heat and try your hand at a new activity. From sailing in the ever-popular Salcombe to kayaking in St Mawes and coasteering on the Jurassic Coast, we’ve rounded up our favourite watersports for this summer.


Sailing in Salcombe, South Devon


Sailing in Salcombe


Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Salcombe’s tranquil estuary is best explored by boat. There’s an abundance of wildlife and a myriad of sandy coves, and the safe and sheltered conditions are perfect for sailing. For complete beginners, Salcombe Dinghy Sailing offer taster sessions and private lessons. For an extra-special experience, treat yourself to exclusive use of a skippered yacht for up to ten guests with Sailfunk. They can arrange anything from dolphin spotting charters to champagne and supper cruises.

With two August weeks available, secure your sailing holiday at Waterside, set right on the edge of the Salcombe Estuary.


Kayaking in St Mawes, South Cornwall


Kayaking in St Mawes


Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Roseland Peninsula, St Mawes is a picturesque harbour on the south coast of Cornwall. On a calm summer day, head to St Mawes Kayaks on the quay to hire a single or double kayak. Available to rent from two hours to two days or more, we’d recommend kayaking to St Anthony’s Head and back – don’t forget to pack a picnic and stop off at one of the lovely little coves for lunch and a swim.

The gorgeous Bass Cottage in St Mawes is located just above the harbour, and has one week available from 31st August-7th September.


Coasteering on the Jurassic Coast, Dorset


Coasteering on the Jurassic Coast

© Cumulus Outdoors


With its fossil-rich beaches, sandy coves and dramatic cliffs, the Jurassic Coast is an exciting playground for adventure-seekers. Try your hand at rock scrambling, sea swimming, cliff jumping and cave exploration with Cumulus Outdoors, who are members of both the British Coasteering Federation and the National Coasteering Charter. The only provider in the area with private parking, toilets and changing facilities, they have a ‘challenge by choice’ ethos, so all participants are encouraged to challenge themselves whist having fun and feeling safe.

Our luxurious Studland beach house has just one summer week remaining, from 19th-26th July. Find out more about Kirrin.


Paddleboading in Port Gaverne, North Cornwall


Paddle Boarding in Port Gaverne

© Cornish Rock Tors


Just around the coast from Port Isaac, the narrow cove of Port Gaverne has turquoise waters and sheltered conditions, which makes it ideal for stand-up paddle boarding. Beginners can join Cornish Rock Tors for a lesson, or seasoned paddlers can journey a bit further afield on a guided trip around coast. Perfect for discovering inaccessible locations and spotting wildlife, you’ll see a completely different side to this rugged stretch of North Cornwall coastline on a paddle board.

A boutique hideaway for couples, The Nook near Rock is brand new to our portfolio and has some summer weeks available to book – it’s also just a twenty minute drive from Port Gaverne.


Waterports in Exmoor, Somerset


Wimbleball Lake in Exmoor


Nestled in the hills of Exmoor National Park, Wimbleball Lake Activities Centre is just a fifteen minute drive from Dulverton. A refreshing option for a warm summer day, cool off with a spot of windsurfing, paddle boarding, sailing, canoeing or kayaking. After a lazy picnic lunch, explore the surrounding nature parks and woodland on foot or by bike – great for families and dog walkers.

Twenty minutes from Wimleball Lake, Nightjar and Willow’s Rest can be booked separately, or together, with limited availability this August.


Surfing in Sennen Cove, West Cornwall


Surfing in Sennen Cove


Cornwall’s most westerly surf spot, the crescent bay at Sennen Cove offers consistent surf and over a mile of golden sand. There are a couple of fantastic local surf schools for all ages and abilities, as well as the option to hire equipment. Voted ‘one of the top 5 great surf schools in the UK’ by The Times, Smart Surf School is run by a family of professional surfers, with a student to coach ratio of 5 to 1. The award-winning Sennen Surfing Centre also runs intermediate, group and private sessions.


Inclusive from the moment of booking a Perfect Stays property, our concierge service will take care of your holiday details. We can book private lessons or group activities, and can arrange equipment hire on your behalf. Experts on the local area, our friendly team will give you the best insider tips and information, so you can make the most of your time on the water. View our full list of properties here, or call us on 01208 895570 to discuss your escape.