London is a big megapolis which doesn't offer much for a water sports fan. However, there are plenty of spots located in just a couple of hours by car or train with vast beaches, amazing swells, and wild winds. So if you are a kitesurfer, get out of the city and discover the charm of the southern English coast.
Queen Mary Reservoir is one of London's largest freshwater sources. It also happens to be a favorite windsurfer's spot for local water sports enthusiasts. Queen Marys Sailing Club offers rentals and lessons. There is also decent wind on most days and plenty of space on a 283-hectare (700-acre) water body.
Martello Bay near Clacton-on-sea, in the Tendring peninsula in Essex, eastern England, offers a designated beach for kitesurfing with flat water and consistent SW winds. It is located in 1.5 hours by train from London.
Camber Sands is one of the best destinations accessible from London. A huge beach in East Sussex features the only sand dune system in the area. It also has a flat water estuary of the River Rother at Rye Bay. The commute from London to Rye by train is about 1.5 hours.
Hove Lagoon near Brighton is the safest place in the UK for beginner windsurfers. It also has excellent BBQ’s, pubs and lots of windsurfing equipment rentals. Hove Lagoon features a wakeboard cable park, paddleboards, kayaks, kites, and wetsuits. Besides, the neighboring Lancing Beach is a hip spot for beach and watersport activities with several schools and rentals.
West Wittering is a stunning spot on the South Coast with beautiful and excellent facilities on offer. The place is dedicated to kiting and surfing and can be easily riched from Chichester, located in1.5 hours from central London by train.
Hayling Island is another summer-perfect spot with a large sandbank, a bay, flat water, and waves to choose from. SW wind at mid-tide is a treat for wave riders. Esso Beach is the favorite windsurfer spot on the island. Nearby Havant train station can be easily reached from London.
Also, Calshot is a scenic village in Hampshire with flat and shallow waters for beginners and rolling waves during the higher tide. On a clear windy day, this place is a world-class kitesurf spot in just 2.5 hours from London. At last, Poole Harbor in Dorset has a kiting school and the choice of inner waters and the open seas. To get there from central London will take around two hours.