Author: Duncan

Scottish Kayak Trail

The west coast of Scotland is a dream destination for sea kayakers with some of the world’s best paddling. Now it will be the location of the UK’s first long distance ‘trail’ for sea kayakers. A guide-book to the 300 mile Scottish Kayak Trail will published by kayaking specialists Pesda Press. The route has been devised by Liz and Simon Willis, who live and kayak on Scotland’s west coast, and whose preliminary research is based on day-trip experience. This summer they’ll paddle the whole route, emphasising minimum impact camping. Follow their progress from June at ScottishKayakTrail.com “It’s really a virtual trail”, says Simon. “There’ll be no sign posts, and we’ll certainly not be telling people where to camp. We don’t want to concentrate kayakers on a few beaches. We hope this trail will spread the impact of sea kayaking along the entire coast”. The Scottish Kayak Trail route will run from the Isle of Gigha, off the Kintyre peninsular in the south, to the Summer Isles near Ullapool. “It will be divided into four sections”, Liz Willis explains, “so visitors can either spend a month or more paddling the entire trail, or pick out the best sections for a two week trip”. The heart of the book is accurate pilot information relevant to sea kayakers. The emphasis is on practical advice; the best state of tide to tackle tricky...

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Welcome

Welcome to Solent Sea Kayaking, a new resources for paddlers in and around the Solent area (and further afield). We aim to provide reviews, information and links to aid your Sea Kayaking adventures. If you wish to comment or contribute, please get in touch via our contact...

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Solent Kayak Pages

Solent Kayak Pages is a regularly updated blog with a vast range of routes around the solent area.Written and updated by local paddler Neil Goodyear, the site contains a wealth of information on routes, trips and links to tide and weather...

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Sea Kayak Routes Podcast

Sea Kayak Routes is a podcast (downloadable audio show) from journalist and Sea Kayak fanatic Simon Willis. Covering a range of topics, such as equipment, routes and history this is a must listen for all Sea Kayakers. Shows can be subscribed to via iTunes or listened to on the actual pages of the website. The Sea Kayak Routes website also has a range of useful links to other projects Simon is involved in and is a great resource, particularly for Scottish paddling routes. As an example, one podcast interviews an expert from Werner paddles and would be worth downloading if you are in the market for some new blades. Possibly a must listen for all Sea Paddlers is the episode interviewing the Coastguard which provides an insight into how they work and how we, as responsible paddlers, can best help the coastguard should we need to call upon their services. Look out for information on Simon’s latest project in a future...

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Calshot Activities Centre

Calshot Activities Centre in Hampshire is one of the largest Outdoor Adventure Centres in Britain and is run by Hampshire County Council. Offers a range of introductory and BCU courses. Phone: 023 8089 2077 Fax: 023 8089 1267 Email: calshot.ac@hants.gov.uk Calshot Activities Centre, Calshot Spit, Fawley, Southampton, Hampshire SO45...

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