Paddle Guides: N. Yorks – Runswick Bay to Staithes (and back) 12km

The North Yorkshire Coast is famous for its quaint fishing villages and stunning beaches nestled at the foot of tall sea cliffs, and a paddle from Runswick Bay to Staithes is a perfect way to see two of the area’s prettiest. With a rich mining history, you’ll see evidence of ironstone and alum workings, as … Continue reading Paddle Guides: N. Yorks – Runswick Bay to Staithes (and back) 12km

The Scottish Sea Kayak Trail – Part 2: Oban to Arisaig 120km

Wheeling my kayak down the hill at Gallanachbeg, it was difficult to guage what the water was doing beyond the shelter of Kererra. Instead of heading immediately north and through Oban’s natural harbour, I opted to head South and make the crossing to Mull by jumping off Bach Island on Kererra’s South West corner. This … Continue reading The Scottish Sea Kayak Trail – Part 2: Oban to Arisaig 120km

The Scottish Sea Kayak Trail – Part 1: Tayinloan to Oban 123km

I’ve had the guide book by Simon Willis for a while, mainly to mine the info for short trip inspiration, however it was only a couple of months ago that I realised I’d quite like to undertake the whole journey. With Ireland in mind, this would be a great exercise in spending an extended period … Continue reading The Scottish Sea Kayak Trail – Part 1: Tayinloan to Oban 123km

In Search of the Rough Stuff – Anglesey July 2019

A few of us from Wansbeck Club are particularly interested in expanding our skills out in bigger water and tend to get together every now and again to go looking for trouble (don’t worry, risks are meticulously calculated). This week has been one of those occasions and Andrew, Cara and I headed down to Anglesey … Continue reading In Search of the Rough Stuff – Anglesey July 2019

Circumnavigating Arran – June 2019

I figured Arran would be a good place for a few days paddling. It’s pretty convenient to reach, yet still feels like you’re far away from regular life, so, setting off from North Yorkshire at 03:30, I planned to take the 08:20 ferry from Ardrossan. Leaving the car there meant I could walk the kayak … Continue reading Circumnavigating Arran – June 2019