Every year we organise a team canoeing weekend for members of the Frontier Bushcraft instructional team and their partners or best friends.
It’s meant to be a fun few days, with a serious intent.
The aim is to improve paddling skills, all the while in a social setting.
We usually go to North Wales as this is where Ray Goodwin is based. Ray works with me on all of the Frontier’s canoeing-related courses and trips, including the Expedition Canoeing Skills Course, River Spey Canoe Expedition and the likes of The Bloodvein River Expedition.
North Wales is also a compact region of outdoor possibilities, including good paddling from lakes to rivers to tidal waters.
Over the three days we were in Wales we made a couple of day trips on the River Dee as well as an excursion to paddle on the Menai Strait – the tidal water separating the island of Anglesey from mainland Wales.
Above are two videos I made to capture the essence of each of these mini-adventures, one full day running a lovely section of the Dee, through the Pontcysyllte aqueduct and beyond, the second when we ventured into the notorious Swellies on the Menai Strait.
A good time was had by all and paddling skills were extended in the process 🙂
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