What is a Coracle?

A coracle is a small, rounded, lightweight boat of the sort traditionally used in Wales, and also in parts of the West Country and in Ireland, the word is also used of similar boats found in India, Vietnam, Iraq, and Tibet.

Back in the day, coracles were made from willow and animal skin to ensure they were lightweight, waterproof and affordable. More recently they consisted of thin strips of willow or ash that is interwoven to create the bowl shape. This is then covered with a reinforced material, like painted canvas. 

The Coracle at CST were designed with fly fishing market and the outdoor centres in mind.

We love our Coracles as they give a different approach to canoe and kayaking, particularly as it uses different skills to make it perform, as well as being a craft which is fun to paddle for kids and adults.

Being made of fibreglass it is a lot more resilient to bumps and scrapes and can be easily repaired.  Being made of fibreglass it keeps the weight down to 8kg and can be easily carried by a child or an adult. 

It comes complete with a nonslip finish in the foot area and buoyancy foam to aid surface flotation.  The coracle is fitted with the wider seat as standard. 

Popular activities include Coracle polo, Coracle races, and Coracle downwind sailing. If you have yet to try a Coracle, you need to add these little boats to your wish list.