River Cuckmere - East Sussex

Group Bookings Only

£65pp (Group Size 4-6)
£62pp (Group Size 7-8)
£59pp (Group Size 9-10)
£56pp (Group Size 11-13)



Group Size


Distance - 13km
Level - Easy
Permits - None
Tidal - Yes (this trip is only possible at certain times of the tide, please contact us to find out more).

Adapted to suit the needs and ability of the group, ensuring everyone has fun paddling the river whilst enjoying the surrounding countryside and wildlife.

Who it's for
Groups who are looking for a day out with a difference! Suitable for anyone interested in taking up kayaking or those just wanting to explore the South Downs by water!

There are no prerequisites for this trip, but you must be able to swim 50m and a reasonable level of fitness is required.

River Cuckmere - near Seaford / Eastbourne - East Sussex

Equipment Supplied

Sit-on-top kayak (closed cockpit kayaks can be requested), paddle and buoyancy aid.

Equipment Needed

Suitable clothing for the time of year should be worn. A complete change of clothes with appropriate footwear is also needed. We will provide you with a kit list upon booking.

Maximum Weight - 18 stone (115kg)
Recommended Minimum Age - 14yrs
Minimum Age - 10yrs (Please note that younger children may not have the stamina to complete the whole journey).

I would like to thank Tom for a fabulous day kayaking on the Cuckmere yesterday. We were a mixed group of friends, ages ranging from 36 - 59 years and all of us beginners, but Tom's experience and professionalism gave us confidence to give it our all. I have walked the Cuckmere Valley many times, but to travel it on water is another experience entirely. So don't let age or lack of experience put you off. With Tom as your guide, you couldn't be in better hands or more congenial company.

Spent a wonderful afternoon messing about on the River Cuckmere earlier this week. Tom was a fantastic guide, helping us to master the basics of kayaking whilst pointing out some of the fascinating wildlife along the way. A really enjoyable experience suitable for all age groups. I would definitely recommend it!

Michelle M

Thank you for a wonderful day, Tom was a great guide allowing us to go at our own pace and giving very useful and individual advice about how we could improve. The river was quite varied with an exciting overgrown bit, a really fun day


We were really excited to ring on Friday and so lucky to get to do a kayaking trip on the Cuckmere river the next day. It was bright sun and the whole experience was a delight. The river was so beautiful and the spring tide helped us all the way to Alfriston. Our party of four aged between 19 and mid 50s managed without difficulty. Tom was a great guide and excellent company. We came close to swans and ducks and even saw a grass snake swimming past the kayaks. The equipment was brilliant and just right for us


Both myself and my sister had a fantastic day kayaking on the Cuckmere. Neither of us had done much kayaking before and spent the first 10 mins going round in circles but our guide gave us plenty of helpful tips and before long we spent most of our time moving in the right direction! The scenery was beautiful and it was a perfect way to relax at the start of my holiday. Many thanks.

Holly Manktelow