Paddling Britain

by Lizzie Carr

Paddling Britain

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This new, unique guide from Bradt is the definitive guide to stand-up paddleboarding across British coastlines and inland waterways. Written by Lizzie Carr, aka Lizzie Outside, Britain's best known paddleboarder, it reveals the 50 best places to go paddleboarding, kayaking or canoeing in Britain, from Devon and Cornwall to Norfolk, Cumbria and the Cairngorms. It also provides the full run-down on everything you need to know for successful and enjoyable stand-up paddleboarding, from safety tips to kit, weather watching to paddling responsibly.
The waters of England, Wales and Scotland are all featured, from rivers and canals to coastal strips and island circuits. Stand-up paddleboarding is sweeping across Britain, giving people the opportunity to explore a range of waterways, from city rivers to some of the most remote and untouched parts of the country that would otherwise be left inaccessible. Whether you're looking for inspiration, a weekend adventure or a more daring paddleboarding challenge, this book reveals the best spots to stand-up paddleboard, kayak or canoe across Britain. Described in loving detail and with gentle humour, each location contains practical information about how to find these distinctive spots and what to expect on your journey.
The author, Lizzie Carr, says: 'this book responds to the countless questions I receive regularly from paddleboarders looking to explore new places and get new experiences from their SUP. Whether people want to take their families for a weekend adventure or enjoy a camping getaway with friends, this book - the first SUP guide on the market - aims to answer these questions and inspire people to get outside and explore the UK water scene both coastal and inland.'


About the author

Lizzie Carr is Britain's best known paddle boarder. She has travelled the length and breadth of the country exploring Britain's inland waterways and coastlines from her paddle board, bringing you the very best of what's out there. In 2017 she became the first woman to paddleboard the English Channel solo, while in 2018 she spent eight days paddling the length of the Hudson River. She dedicates much of her time to raising awareness of plastic pollution in the world's waterways and, thanks to a chip fitted in the fin of her paddleboard, collecting data to measure water temperature to help interpret the impact of global warming. Details of her adventures can be found at lizzieoutside.co.uk while more information about her work with plastic pollution can be found at www.plasticpatrol.co.uk.

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Contents

Introduction
Paddling: The Essentials
Paddling Safely
Paddling Responsibly
Using This Guide
01. Tropical island-hopping Isles of Scilly, Cornwall
02. Simply beachy Isles of Scilly, Cornwall
03. A world apart The Lizard, Cornwall
04. Sea safari Penzance, Cornwall
05. Heavenly Helford Helford River, Cornwall
06. Three in one Rivers Truro, Fal and Tresillian, Cornwall
07. Southwestern sundowner Portmellon, Cornwall
08. And then there were none Bigbury Bay, Devon
09. Bullseye River Dart, Devon
10. Cornish challenge Godrevy-Portreath Heritage Coast, Cornwall
11. Steer along the Stour River Stour, Christchurch, Dorset
12. Meet the meanders Cuckmere River, East Sussex
13. Ballet of the starlings Brighton Pier, East Sussex
14. Beaulieu beauty River Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire
15. Wey to go River Wey, Surrey/London
16. Paddle fit for a king? Kingston-upon-Thames, London
17. A trip to Paddlington Regent's Canal, London
18. Rumble in The Mumbles The Mumbles, Swansea
19. Gower power Rhossili Bay, Swansea
20. Welsh waterway secret Cresswell River, Pembrokeshire
21. Locks, Banbury Cakes & dreaming spires Oxford Canal, Oxfordshire
22. The only way is Essex Chelmer and Blackwell Navigation, Essex
23. Jewel in the crown Newgale, Pembrokeshire
24. The deep Fishguard, Pembrokeshire
25. Varsity va-va-voom River Cam, Cambridgeshire
26. As you like it Stratford Canal, West Midlands
27. Gold-medal paddle Mawddach Estuary, Gwynedd
28. Broadly brilliant Hickling Broad, Norfolk
29. Midlands magic River Trent, Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire
30. Little Italy Black Rock Sands, Gwynedd
31. The stream in the sky Llangollen Canal, Denbighshire
32. Let's twist again Bangor-on-Dee, Clwyd
33. Norfolk's saltmarsh solace Deepdale Marshes, Norfolk
34. Snowdonian secret Llyn Padarn, Gwynedd
35. Medieval magic Conwy Bay, Conwy
36. Mancunian secrets Bridgewater Canal, Greater Manchester
37. Skip to Saltaire Leeds and Liverpool Canal, North/West Yorkshire
38. Waterway jungle Lancaster Canal, Lancashire/Cumbria
39. Wild West paddle Wast Water, Cumbria