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10 of the best places to go kitesurfing near London

by Callum Hemsley

Looking to go kitesurfing near London? We have listed some of the best locations within a 3 hours journey from central London below;

Map of places to kitesurf near London

1. Camber Sands 

Recommended school: Camber Kitesurfing

What we like: We really like Camber Sands because of its absolutely huge beach space (at low tide), consistently good winds, and friendly locals. One especially unique advantage is also that only 10 min away you have Greatstone beach, the only beach on the South Coast that works during North East winds, making it possible to kite even if the wind is off-shore at the main spot!

Travel: Camber has good transport links from London. Via train you can go from London to Rye, then it's only a short taxi ride to Camber. Alternatively it's about 1.5 hours drive from central London.  

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2. West Wittering

Recommended school: 2xs.co.uk

What we like: West Wittering is one of our preferred spots on the South Coast, due to its stunning natural beauty and the excellent facilities on offer. The spot is unique because not only is the kiting amazing when the wind is out, you can actually bring out the surf board and catch some pretty good waves at certain tides too. Take note that 2xs is a private club and not open to visitors unless you are taking lessons with them. 

Travel: The nearest train station is Chichester and the journey takes approximately 1.5 hours from central London, then you're about 15 mins away from the beach by taxi.

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3. Brighton

Recommended school: Lancing Kitesurf School

What we like: With a huge and vibrant surfing and watersports community, long beaches and great after beach activities - Brighton certainly has it all. Being so close to London makes it a really great spot to go for a day of kitesurfing. You'll find the best kitesurfing beach just west of the main and busy Brighton called Lancing beach where you can find most of the kitesurfing centres and schools as well.  

Travel: It only takes 1 hour with the train to Brighton from central London.

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4. 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 and 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 also takes around 1.5 hours to get to on a train from central London, then you're only a 15 min taxi drive away. 

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5. Calshot

Recommended school: Nomadic Kite School

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

Travel: You can take the train to Southampton station in 1 hour 20 min and then you're a 15 min taxi journey from the beach. Alternatively drive for around 2.5 hours.

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6. 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 and flat waters with amazing local facilities nearby. The seaside in Poole is particularly beautiful and is well worth to 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: From central London it takes a little over 2 hours on the train to get to Poole station. Poseidon kite school offers a shuttle service to the beach from the station as well.

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7. Weymouth

Recommended school: Paracademy Extreme 

What we like: The lagoon is a great place to learn or practise 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 so you're well covered if you want to have a meal or drink after you've hit the sea.

Travel: The nearest train station is Dorchester South and from there it's a further car journey of 29 mins. Definitely well worth a visit!

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8. Southend-on-sea

Recommended school: Southend Kitesurfing

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

Travel: It takes less than an hour to get on the train from central London to Southend Central station, which will get you within walking distance of the beach.

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9. Whitstable 

Recommended school: Aquilo Kiteboarding School

What we like: There are a range of different spots in this area, each with their own characteristics. The flat water lagoon is perfect for beginners as well as an ideal freestyle training ground for more experienced kitesurfers. Can definitely suggest spending a weekend here and try all the different spots.  

Travel: You can find train to Whitstable station from central London that does not take more then 1 hour 20 min.

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10. Clacton-on-sea

Recommended school: Zenith Kite School

What we like:  Martello Bay in Clacton-on-sea is a designated beach for watersports, making it an ideal location for kitesurfing and rarely gets crowded. With flat water, occasional waves and prevailing south westerly winds, what's there not to like?

Travel: The closest train station is Clacton-on-Sea which takes 1.5 hour to get to on a train from central London, and then you have a 15 min taxi ride to the beach

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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! 

To easily find and book your next kitesurfing adventure you can visit the eola marketplace

Happy Kiting!

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