Go wind-powered! Explore the south coast from the waves
How are your sea legs? If you love sea spray, big skies, working up an appetite and sleeping like a baby, wind powered sailing and watersports are some of the eco-friendliest, healthiest and most enjoyable holiday activities around.
No need to jump on a plane! Instead, step on a train and head south. In around a couple of hours' ride from the big smoke, discover sandy beaches, fabulous scenery, world class watersports schools and a whole raft of sea-going fun...
>> Cruising the Solent
you've been dreaming of a life on the ocean wave since you first saw
the opening credits of Howard's Way,
why not skip the foreign holiday this year for a train down to the
cradle of British yacht racing? From race-obsessed Cowes on the Isle
of Wight to historic Portsmouth and laid back Lymington, the ports
lining the Solent waters live and breathe sailing. What better place
to (literally) learn the ropes?
Find sailing taster days and longer liveaboard sail cruising courses
via the RYA accredited Portsmouth Marine Training
Get there via public transport: South Western Railway
to Portsmouth Harbour from London Waterloo.
>> Windsurfing off Dorset's Jurassic Coast
One of the largest natural harbours in the world, sheltered and shallow Poole Harbour could have been custom designed for budding windsurfers just finding their feet. The reliable winds further along the coast in sweeping Poole Bay offer more advanced windsurfing practioners opportunities to master those cracking carve gybes and land a few Vulcans!
Find taster lessons and short courses at Poole Windsurfing School
>> Kitesurfing at Camber Sands
key to a good day's kitesurfing? Besides a hearty breakfast and
regular snacks, you need to get lucky with the wind speed and
direction. At Camber Sands in East Sussex you only need worry about
keeping your strength up – the peninsular location almost
guarantees a good stiff breeze and allows instructors a choice of
beaches for the ideal 'side shore' wind conditions each day. Perfect
Take off with kite surfing lessons right on Camber Sands beach at The Kitesurf Centre
Get there via public transport: Southeastern Railway
from London St Pancras to Ashford International then change to
to Rye. At Rye train station, it's a simple 10-minute ride on bus 102
to the last stop at Camber Sands Holiday Park.
Love the sea? Help to protect it...
the seashore may seem a rough-and-tumble environment yet our coastal
ecosystems can be surprisingly delicate. Stick to established paths,
give wildlife plenty of space and don't take home any natural
Leave only footprints: our seas and the wildlife that live in, on and near them are under threat from pollution, particularly from our plastic waste. Make sure that anything that comes with you leaves with you. Why not do a quick litter pick at lunch or before you head home? It only takes two minutes to make a difference!