Hocking Hills, in the north-western corner of the county of Norfolk, is a delightful and picturesque region to visit. It makes for a perfect weekend trip with your family, with its abundance of nature and beach-like attributes. If you’re looking for a kayak here, you’ll certainly be happy to know that there are many specialist companies offering one of the best deals in kayaking in the UK. This means you won’t have to pay too much out-of-pocket, allowing you to enjoy all the perks of the activity without straining your bank account. There are also many other things to do in Hocking Hills, meaning you’ll be sure to get more out of your trip than just paddling across the Hocking River!
Of course, if you’d rather go out on the water for your kayaking adventure, there are some lovely sheltered, gentle lakes in the Hocking Hills. Some of these lakes feature lovely views of the countryside and the Hocking Valley, so you’ll want to take pictures of them to display in your home or show around to friends and family. Then, as you head out on your kayaking adventure, you can stop at some of the lovely beaches along the way to experience a bit of culture and a more leisurely morning swim.
The most idyllic lakes in Hocking Hills are of course, the Hocking Lakes which stretches from the town to the harbour. These lovely lakes feature an extensive network of channels and lagoons, some suitable for small pleasure craft and some suitable for speed boating and jet skis. You’ll never run into any problems here, although it is highly recommended that you take a few moments to learn a bit of local history before trying out one of the challenging routes across the lakes. The area was historically occupied by Roman soldiers, so you’ll be well informed about the local background as you set out on your route.
If you prefer to explore inland, you’ll find plenty of water activities to enjoy. For example, you may want to try a bit of wind surfing or fly fishing – excellent sports that you’ll be able to learn a lot about from the guides at the Hocking Hills Kayaking centre. Or, if you’re feeling brave, you could try one of the exciting activities that use humping to get you up and down: downhill hiking, uphill sprinting, rock climbing or kayaking. And you can even have the whole family participate in a fun-filled mud bogging race!
The most accessible lakes in Hocking Hills are of course the two lakes situated on the countryside itself. The biggest of these is Lake Nene, which is only 4 miles long. However, it’s also possible to take part in other activities such as bull riding in the Brecon Beacons, which is around ten miles long. The other lakes include Looe, Windermere and Purley.
Hocking Hills offers a wide variety of accommodation, from family houses to modern apartments. These are all great places to experience the local area. When you come to kayak, you’ll find that there are numerous campsites available to rent. Most will allow you to bring your own equipment, although a few will provide you with a trailer to bring your own. It’s important to take your camping equipment with you though – in case you get caught out on a deserted site.
You will also need to know what to bring with you if you choose to take part in Hocking Hills Kayaking holidays. You’ll need to have a sleeping bag, a waterproof jacket, paddles and oars, a sleeping pad, a cooler filled with drinks, a day pack, a camera, and a video camera. Alternatively, you could bring a picnic lunch, a tent, a raincoat and some hiking boots. It’s also a great idea to carry a folding camping umbrella during the day. The lakes are surrounded by fields, so you will be able to see plenty of wildlife – including deer, eagles, and sheep – on a daily basis.
In the summer months, you’ll find that the lakes are full of activity. Go ahead and try a kayak ride! This is a great way to really get to experience the lakes and experience the wildlife that Hocking Hills has to offer. During the winter months, you can still go kayaking but make sure that you take extra precaution. The lakes tend to warm up a lot more in the evening so it may be best to go during the daytime.