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The best Kitesurfing locations near London

by Callum Hemsley

Looking to go kitesurfing near London? We have all the best locations within 3 hours from London listed below;

 South of London

1-2 hours journey time from central London

1. Camber Sands 

Recommended school: The Kitesurf Centre

What we like: We like Camber cause of it’s huge beach space (at low tide), consistent good wind, and friendly locals. The unique thing about Camber is you can kite at the nearby beach (Greatstone) when the wind is off-shore at the main spot!

Travel: Camber has good transport links from London, if you're getting the train go to Rye station and it's a short taxi ride from there. Alternatively it's about an hour & a half drive from central London.  

 

2. West Wittering

Recommended school: 2xs.co.uk

What we like: West Wittering is one our preferred spots on the south coast, due to it's stunning natural beauty and the excellent facilities on offer. The spot is unique because at certain tides you get out the surf board and go catch some waves (win!), and when the wind is up the kiting here is amazing. Take note that 2xs is a private club and not open to visitors unless you are taking lessons with them. 

Travel: The nearest station is Chichester, and then you're about 15 mins away from the beach by Taxi.

3. Hayling Island

Recommended school: cbk-haylingisland.com

What we like: On a good day Hayling is unbeatable! With a large sandbank that creates a natural bay you get a good mix of flat water & waves to play around in. There is a private member's club that operates here so you will have to either join the club (£150 per year + insurance) or arrange a day pass (£15).  There is a great club atmosphere here with safety cover provided at the beach, as well as a restaurant to grab some food after your session. 

Travel: The nearest station is Havant, and then you're only a 15 min taxi drive away. 

North London

 2+ hours journey time from central London

4. Calshot

Recommended school: Nomadic Kite School

What we like: Huge flat / shallow water spots make this a great place to learn, but also experiences rolling swells at high tide. The surrounding natural scenery is very impressive and picturesque, so a perfect place to after a days enjoyable Kitesurfing. On a good day this place is world class and suitable for those new to the sport or those more experienced. 

Travel: Not the easiest spot to get to via public transport, recommend driving to this one but well worth going to. 

5. Poole

Recommended school: Poseidon kite School

What we like: This place has two spots, inside the harbour and outside. We recommend aiming for a session in the harbour as it has shallow & flat waters with amazing local facilities nearby. The seaside in Poole is particularly beautiful and is well worth an explore after your kitesurfing. If going for a long walk wouldn't be your idea of how to wrap up a day of kitesurfing then we also love chilling in the bean bags after a long hard session.

Travel: We'd recommend going to Poole station as it is easily reachable from London and Poseidon kite school also offer a shuttle service to the beach from there.


6. Weymouth

Recommended school: Paracademy Extreme 

What we like: The lagoon is a great place to learn or practise those new tricks, the locals are super friendly and the wind is pretty consistent. Plus, the beach at Weymouth is just minutes away from the town centre and so you're well covered if you want to have a meal and/or drink after you've hit the sea.

Travel: The nearest station is Dorchester South and there would be a further car journey of 29 mins, but it is definitely well worth a visit.

 East of London

1-2 hours journey time from central London

7. Southend-on-sea

Recommended school: Coming soon ....

What we like: At low tide this spot is great, but can get crowded, and also can be quite technical to navigate, so make sure you follow all the local rules. There is a nice large grass area for launching & landing, as well as plenty of beach goers around in summer to give this place a nice vibe.  

Travel: Southend Central station will get you within walking distance of the beach, so you'll be kiting in no time. 


8. Whitstable 

Recommended school: Coming soon ..

What we like: There are a range of different spots in this area, each with their own characteristics. The flat water lagoon is an ideal freestyle training ground and result in rider in the know kiting here regularly  Suggest you spend a weekend here and try them all.  

Travel: Whitstable station is a good starting point to all of the spots available here.  

West London

2+ hours journey time from central London

9. Clacton-on-Sea

Recommended school: Zenith Kite School

What we like:  Martello Bay Clacton-on-sea is a water sports designated beach making it an ideal location for kitesurfing which experiences lack of crowds, flat water, occasional waves and prevailing south westerly winds. So what's not to like?

Travel: To get to Martello Bay in particular, the closest train station is Clacton-on-sea via a 15 min taxi ride. 


As you can see there are plenty of spots within 3 hours of London, so there really is no excuse not to get out there and give it a go! 

Once you’ve found your ideal location you can easily book lessons with any of the schools via eola.co.uk

Happy Kiting!

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