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

Eco Expeditioning – Part 1

Photo by Rasande Tyskar Unless you've been living under a rock, it's hard to miss the messages about reducing waste and living within our means, and we all know we should be doing more about it. It's one thing to get your recycling bin out on time, however we really should be striving to reduce … Continue reading Eco Expeditioning – Part 1

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

St Kilda: A Chance to Experience the Wild Atlantic – May 2019

Saturday. After a long journey, we arrived in the pouring rain to meet our guides Zoe and Matt, and the MV Cuma at Miabhaigh, Lewis. This would be my first time on a liveaboard and fellow Wansbeck Wanderer Scott and I had already argued over who would get the top bunk. He’d won on the … Continue reading St Kilda: A Chance to Experience the Wild Atlantic – May 2019