Area: Kitesurfing in Cornwall.
Hawker’s Cove sits on the west side of the opening of the Camel Estuary which runs into the popular town of Padstow.
The riding here is superb. At mid tide it hardly gets deeper than waist height. It provides a flat water paradise for practicing those tricks you hadn’t dared to try yet. You can ride at any level of tide, though low tide means a fair walk to the water. Mid tide provides the best conditions.
Hawkers Cove will potentially work on anything from a N clockwise to a S wind. Though N to NE are safest and least gusty. South easterlies to southerlies can potentially wash you out to sea if you get into trouble. If you're not 100% confident in your abilities, stick to N to NE. If the wind turns to westerlies, head to Daymer Bay.
Hawkers Cove is doable on just about any tide state. But you don't get much beach at high tide. It's best around mid tide.
Small waves and flat water make Hawkers a nice freestyle / wakestyle venue.
During the summer months of July and August, kite surfing is not allowed between the hours of 10am and 6pm.
- Parking in a farmer's field - watch out for the narrow lane running into the field.
- Padstow is within spitting distance as are some nice pubs for an after-shred pint.
Hawker's Cove is pretty safe really. Even if the wind changed direction it's only a short way to the other side of the estuary to Daymer Bay. Quite a long drive for someone to come and pick you up though!
The harbourmaster isn't keen on kite surfers crossing the busy estuary. They've had to rescue one or two in the past, and there are potential conflicts with passing boats. If you're going to do it, stay well clear of boats and keep track of your position (i.e. don't go trying a trick where the likelihood of crashing is high when you're too far down wind either towards Padstow, or the estuary mouth).
Getting There & Parking
Take the turn off at Treator on the B3276 outside Padstow. Follow the narrow road until you almost reach the end of the road. Watch out for the narrow track on your right which leads to the car park (farmer's field).
Postcode for sat nav purposes: PL28 8HW.
Weather Forecast & Live Readings
I'm hoping at some point to get a decent feed into the site for weather, but until then here's a link to 7 day wind forecast for Hawker's Cove.
And if you're wondering if it's on right now, I think this is probably the best resource: Latest hour by hour wind readings, Camborne.