The Boatshed, Golant, Fowey, PL23 1LN


Encounter Cornwall runs kayak trips and kayak hire from The Boathouse in Golant at the heart of the Fowey Estuary and now with the addition of Paddle Cornwall SUP they also run Stand Up Paddle Boarding lessons and Tours, two fun ways to get out on the water. The boat shed cafe offers drinks and Snacks including teas and coffee (posh coffee of course) and a fresh daily delivery of OGY1 Pasties, pies and sausage rolls, along with our home bakes supplied by the lovely Jacqui at "Jac's Happy Cakes"

Sustainability Pledges

How we're protecting the planet

We regularly organise clean ups along the river and provide litter picking equipment to our customers. We put a container on the outside of the kayak which holds a clean up kit - a biodegradable rubbish bag (only a small one, not a bin liner!), a pair of gloves and a two part voucher. When it's full and you get back to base, put the numbered sticker on your bag, and keep the other part. When our Cafe is open, you can come in and spend the voucher to the value of £2.50. If you are a hirer, and the booking name fills in the voucher and hands it in, we will refund your hire to the tune of £2.50 instead. In 2022, we have conducted a review of our plastic use to try and phase out as much as possible. We are going to stop selling red and brown sauce in single use plastic sachets, but since we cannot find a replacement which we can use 'on the water' customers will have to do without! However, we feel this is better than adding to the plastic waste which may drift into the river. We also have tried many alternatives to plastic water bottles. We regularly remind customers to bring their own refillable bottles, but if they don't, we feel it is too risky to send them out for the day without water to drink so we have to stock it. We have tried glass bottles of water, but it is too dangerous on the waters edge if a bottle gets dropped. Instead, we are making sure that any plastic bottles that are used by our customers go straight into our recycling which is collected regularly from the Boat Shed. Trying to reduce waste is really important to our business. We also now repair and re-sell our kayaks so that do not end up in landfill. We have also teamed up with a company called SeaLion who make 100% recycled paddle boards. Reducing our environmental impact as much as possible is at the heart of our business. We want to make sure that the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty we have the pleasure to work in, stays beautiful.

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