Tea stop

Bantham to Aveton Gifford Canoe Tour June 2019

We launched down at the ferry steps in Bantham to go up with a 5.0 metre tide to AG. The water was crystal clear and for much of the trip we could see the bottom rushing below us. There were plenty of little egrets, swans and a few herons.  We did encounter a few grey … Continued

Rain on the Second Day

PADDLING IN DALSLAND  –  SWEDEN I love being in that twilight zone between sleep and wakefulness. The zone of fuzziness where you can either decide to snuggle back down in your sleeping bag and drop off to sleep again or start the process of waking up. I was in this zone and I could tell … Continued

A Journey through Dalsland

CANOEING IN DALSLAND  –  SWEDEN It was the last day of my canoe journey in Dalsland so that morning, for the first time since leaving the hire company base, I put on my watch. I had to make a rendezvous with the outfitters van to return the canoe, equipment and myself to the start of … Continued

A Bloodvein River Rapid

CANOEING THE BLOODVEIN RIVER MANITOBA CANADA   “18 kilometres to the end of the river and you want me to start paddling backwards?” Sat in the front of the boat Gareth was to say the least a little incredulous. He turned in the boat to look me in the eye, I guess just to check … Continued

A Long Weekend in the Wilderness

CANOEING IN DALSLAND SWEDEN Sat with a cup of tea in an open fronted wooden camping hut watching the sun go down over the pine forest the UK and work seemed a lifetime and a million miles away. It was hard to think that at the same time the previous day I was boarding a … Continued

Journey to the Whispering River

CANOEING IN THE YUKON THE BIG SALMON RIVER INTO THE YUKON RIVER  –  NORTHWEST TERRITORIES CANADA The water was cold and it gripped my chest like a vice but it was the power of the current that was sweeping me downstream that was truly awesome. A couple of strong strokes and I was able to … Continued

Canoeing the Lower Madawaska River Ontario, Canada

We paddled the Lower Madawaska River from the wetlands around Aumond’s Bay to the take-out at Griffin. Through the trip down the river it became more picturesque.  There were plenty of rapids and wildlife to maintain interest. We paddled through the rapids with some interesting names; Snake, Dog Leg, Shallow, The Narrows, Exam Time, Rifle … Continued

Paddling the Petawawa River in search of Bill Mason

CANOEING DOWN THE PETAWAWA RIVER IN ONTARIO CANADA The Petawawa River in Ontario is one of the rivers that features in Bill Mason’s books and videos , and many of the rapids and falls are used as examples by him of how to read and run white water. The river has been, and still is, … Continued