The weekend before Christmas a bunch of friends decided to paddle the River Dart from top to bottom. Starting where the East and West Darts join to form the main river Dart at Dartmeet all the way to the sea at Dartmouth. Taking in the more difficult white water sections early in the morning before […]Read more "Top to Bottom"
The worlds gone mad I say. Paddling the East Lyn just a few days after the summer solstice? Fantastic. More.Read more "Midsummer Madness"
Finally, after a the driest summer/autumn/spring that I can remember Hurley Weir sprung into life… more photosRead more "Hurley in May"
We’re officially in a drought apparently. Despite this I managed to find myself on a spate run of the Edw (a tributary of the River Wye) last weekend and paddled Hurley Weir on three gates yesterday. Go figure. On both occasions I managed to not take a single photo. In the mean time however I here […]Read more "Strange Times"
This weekend was the annual Pyranha Dartfest down on Dartmoor. Having not been in a boat for six weeks I was quite looking forward to some white water paddling. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be. A lack of rain meant the rivers were to low to make paddling worthwhile. So instead I took my trusty steed and a […]Read more "Taking my bike for a walk"
Rivers change with the seasons. Floods, falling trees or rocks and other detritus can change the river in many ways. From a tree temporarily blocking a rapid until it washed away to a complete remodeling of the river such as that inflicted on the River Sanna in Austria in the floods of 2005. This is why no matter how […]Read more "Changes"
Paddled the Upper Dart today, awesome. Forgot to take my camera though so here’s a photo from the past…Read more "Dart"
It’s been a while since I updated this blog. Things have been rather frantic over the last couple of months. Getting back on track though… Last weekend I attended the annual Gene17 Adventure Padders Weekend which, as usual, was an absolute hoot. Great paddling, fantastic talks and the operability to catch up with friends I haven’t seen […]Read more "The many and varied ways to run Euthanasia"
As a teenager back in the late eighties I used to paddle with Pathfinder Youth Canoe Club. I remember learning how to paddle forward in a straight line, capsize drill, deep water rescue, self rescue, use support strokes and all the other skills a budding paddler needs to know.Read more "Abingdon Weir: A personal history"