This unique travel guide uncovers 50 of the best secret places in Britain, spectacular routes and exhilarating adventures only accessible by kayak, canoe or paddleboard.
Next time you visit Britain, see the wilderness from the water, discover ancient sites hidden from paths and roads, or stay at remote wild campsites only accessible by river. Each location, route and activity is graded for difficulty, from 1 paddle for beginners to 5 paddles for daring adventures only to attempt once you've cut your teeth. All the essential information is included, such as the best locations to access the water for each paddle, and stopping points for a bite to eat, something to see or do, or a place to stay. Packed with gorgeous photography taken throughout the year, and as inspiring as it is practical, this is a travel guide like no other.
Varied highlights from the book include:
- Paddle over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct – at 126ft the tallest aqueduct in the world, with a breathtaking view over the Vale of Llangollen… and a sheer drop below
- Get back to nature on the River Great Ouse – paddle from Bedford's Victorian embankment out into a wilderness of overhanging willow trees, curious otters and diving kingfishers before wild camping in the middle of nowhere for an awe-inspiring night under the stars
- Follow the Whisky Trail – paddle down the River Spey as it winds its way out of the Cairngorms; after the aptly name Washing Machine white waters and the Knockandoo rapids you'll be glad of a chance to stop for a taste of the local Speyside malt!
- Travel back in time on the River Stour – see beautiful Constable Country, largely unchanged in centuries, from a captivating new angle
- Leave the shore behind – for the more adventurous paddlers, sea kayaking opens up the entire coastline and the more than 6,000 islands, large and small, that make up the British Isles
About the Author
Richard Harpham is the founder of CanoeTrail, whose paddlesport holidays have been voted one of the top 50 things to do by Lonely Planet. He has written for many magazines, including Adventure Travel, Paddler and National Geographic Kids. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, he is a regular speaker at events and shows, and has hosted the Great Outdoors Stage at the BBC's Countryfile Live festival.
“Rich was born a water baby with a passion for messing about on the water. He has raced, explored, toured and completed many thousands of miles of paddling adventures by canoe, kayak and SUP. I can not think of many people better equipped to share a love of paddling and the best locations around the UK.” —Sir Ranulph Fiennes