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Pre- Christmas paddle

Pre-Christmas paddle with Quorn Activity Club . All the photos by Dave Morris












The Dordogne River

We wanted to canoe  a small part of the Dordogne River.  We contacted “Canoë Randonnee Dordogne”which operates a canoe rental outfit, the owner a very nice man came to collect us from our campsite and took  us upriver to Cenac.  We then  paddled  back to Beynac which is a pleasant  22 km. The first part of the journey was very pretty from Carsac to Cénac. It was so scenic with a lot wild life, huge over hanging cliffs towering above us as we passed by. After a nice lunch we continued from Cénac to Beynac a very picturesque area with lots of castles high on top of the cliffs, which were hauntingly beautiful. Along the river we passed by the very picturesque village of La Roque Gageac.

We had a very enjoyable day and the weather was good during our stay. We would recommend this part of the Dordogne, great walks and beautiful villages.

We based ourselves at the Camping Le Capeyrou a very nice campsite with friendly management and staff which is situated between the town Sarlat la Canéda and La Roque Gageac. The site offer’s a great view of the Medieval Castle of  Beynac

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Le Château de Castelnaud is a medieval fortress, overlooking the Dordogne River. It was erected to face its rival, the Château de Beynac.


DSC_0217.JPGBeynac Castle is dating back to the Middle Ages, perched on top of a limestone cliff; dominating the town and the north bank of the Dordogne River. The Castle was build in the 12th century by the barons of Beynac. The chateau has been used in a lot of films, the Story of Joan of Arc directed by Luc Besson, Les Visiteurs directed by Jean- Marie Poiré to name but a few.

Mark Rainsley New Guide of The River Wye

The new guide by Mark Rainsley is out and available from Pesda Press.


The Wye is one of Britain’s finest canoe and kayak touring rivers, and offers something for every kind of paddler. This guide provides the information and advice you need to plan your own Wye journey, whether it’s a single or multi-day trip, whitewater or sedate cruising.The author, Mark Rainsley, has divided the river into 15 sections, which are described in detail with distances, grades, access points and campsites. These sections can be paddled as single day trips, or combined into multi-day adventures, and there are suggested itineraries for both whitewater and touring expeditions that range from 3 to 5 days. To help you plan your journey there is advice on equipment, safety and access, as well as information on wildlife, culture and landscape.Mark Rainsley has spent three decades using paddlesport as a means of avoiding adulthood and responsibility. He is a fanatical paddler who has descended challenging whitewater rivers worldwide, and who is dedicated to exploring every nook and cranny of the UK’s coast by sea kayak. He created the UK Rivers and UK Sea Kayak websites and is a prolific contributor to paddlesport magazines and other media. Mark authored the Pesda Press guidebook South West Sea Kayaking, and has contributed to other Pesda titles such as English Whitewater and South East England and Channel Islands Sea Kayaking.

Meeting Susannah and Tim Gent

We were having a great time at The Bushcraft Show but the highlight for us was meeting Susannah and Tim Gent. Having read many of his articles over the years and recently his book ” Canoe Camping” which I reviewed in Amazon (see previous post for details). The book and the articles have been a source of inspirations and escape to the outdoors.image5.JPG

We were amazed by Tim skills a built a canoe using hazel wood branches and some waterproof fabric.



In the afternoon he tested his craft.




A great evening on the River Soar

We enjoyed a great paddle last week with Quorn Activity Club on the River Soar, a very nice loop with only a couple of portage. Our first longish trip in an open canoe. It was very pleasant and Beryl loved it, such a warm evening, beautiful landscape and great people. Also, getting used to a village way of life.

Thanks to Quorn Activity Centre for making us so welcome.

We landed on the tiny Island of Nornour



P1030443We fell in love with the tiny Island of Nornour it is a very magical place, it was a shame we could not spend more time there, but we had to paddle back to Bryher. Coastal erosion has exposed eleven buildings of an Iron Age settlement and shrine. We found Mark Rainsley’s book South West Sea Kayaking ( ISBN978-1-906095-28-4 ) the only guide we needed for our trip. I would recommend it for anyone thinking of exploring the Isles of Scilly.

We landed on the tiny Island of Nornour