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Family Adventures on the Water

Family Adventures Paddleboarding

Check in mid-afternoon to your glamping pod at Lee Wick Farm, St Osyth and head down to nearby Jaywick beach for a spot of frisbee and a paddle.  Pop into Jaywick’s Martello Tower to check out the cool look-out point at the top before heading back to the farm to fire up the BBQ for your evening meal.


Day 1


Head over to Chigborough Lake for a Stand-Up Paddle boarding (SUP) lesson with Frangipani.  This may look easy but it actually takes some doing so listen up and you’ll be gliding through the water, standing proud on your board in no time.  After your lesson, grab some lunch at The Lock Tearoom at Heybridge Basin which has great views over the Blackwater Estuary.

The rest of the afternoon can be spent enjoying the local beaches and Lee Wick Farm.


Day 2 


After a hearty breakfast, head for the waterside village of Brightlingsea, at the mouth of the Colne Estuary, and either take a kayaking tour with a local guide or, if you’re experienced, strike out on your own to enjoy the calm waters kayaking around this charming fishing port.

There are several options for lunch here at the harbourside or in the local high street - you might even want to squeeze in an afternoon swim in the Lido here.

Jump on the Brightlingsea Ferry over to Point Clear or Mersea Island to explore a bit further or take one of several riverside paths leading to neighbouring villages.  There are good cycling routes from Brightlingsea to Arlesford and Wivenhoe and bikes can be taken on the Brightlingsea Ferry.

Kids of all ages love crabbing and it’s fun to do so long as you follow a few simple do’s and don’ts which you can find in the Brightlingsea Harbour Guide.

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Product Information

  1. Frangipani SUP

    Maldon

    Hello and welcome to Frangipani SUP.  We are a very active and friendly stand up paddleboard (SUP) school based in Maldon in Essex.  We are proud to be recognised by the British Stand Up Paddle Association (BSUPA) and to offer a range of certified courses and activities around the county.  

  2. Lee Wick Farm Cottages & Glamping

    St Osyth, Clacton on Sea

    Lee Wick Farm offers a selection of 20 glamping pods and cabins.

  3. Tiptree Tea Room at The Lock, Maldon

    Heybridge Basin, Maldon

    Bright and airy, 'The Lock' is THE place to eat on the waterfront at Heybridge Basin. Indoors or out, it offers outstanding Blackwater Estuary views.

  4. Dovercourt Boating Lake

    Dovercourt

    Dovercourt Boating Lake is the home of Clacton Kayaks who offer kayak and paddleboard rental sessions hourly hires, or daily/weekly rates off site.

  5. Brightlingsea Boat Trips

    Brightlingsea, Colchester

    We offer a range of boat trips departing from Brightlingsea:  

    Pub Lunch River Cruise (Brightlingsea - Wivenhoe)  Find out more information, dates and times here.  Harbour Tours If you are short for time and you want to take a closer look at the yachts and power boats moored within our…

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Frangipani SUP (51.73314,0.68245)Lee Wick Farm Cottages & Glamping (51.79216,1.05252)23.7
Lee Wick Farm Cottages & Glamping (51.79216,1.05252)Tiptree Tea Room at The Lock, Maldon (51.72956,0.71016)22.14
Tiptree Tea Room at The Lock, Maldon (51.72956,0.71016)Jaywick Martello Tower (51.77308,1.09465)24.25
Jaywick Martello Tower (51.77308,1.09465)Dovercourt Boating Lake (51.92787,1.27197)19
Dovercourt Boating Lake (51.92787,1.27197)Brightlingsea Boat Trips (51.80598,1.02436)19.59
Total Distance *108.66 miles
Estimated Journey Time3.5 hours

* Approximate distance by road

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