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UK Circumnavigation - Notes: routeing via canals

Further details of successful attempts of UK Mainland Circumnavigations, routed via man-made waterways - usually the Crinan or Caledonian canal(s).

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Notes: Circumnavigation: UK Mainland via canals

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Paddlers:
Noel Webb
 
Team: K1M

1.

Start Point: Shotley
Finish Point: 
Distance: 
Elapsed Time:  176*
Start Date: 05-May-07
Finish Date: 27-Oct-07
Boats:  SKUK Explorer      
Links:  Blog    

Noel started out from Shotley Marina in May 2007 raising funds for the Cystic Fibrosis trust on his way around. After falling behind time due to weather he reluctantly routed through the Caledonian Canal. His blog still resides on the net and makes for an interesting read - CFpaddler.


 
Paddlers:
Eric Innes
 
Team: K1M

2.

Start Point: Blackpool
Finish Point: 
Distance: 
Elapsed Time:  84*
Start Date: 06-Jun-09
Finish Date: 28-Aug-09
Boats:  Valley Nordkapp      
Links:  Blog  Link2  

Ex-soldier Eric Innes set out from Blackpool looking for a challenge and to raise funds for the Help for Heroes charity (he finally raised over £24,000). I spoke to Eric during his trip and asked him about his choice of taking the Caledonian canal, was he disappointed? Not at all - Eric figured he would have enough adventure as it was without going around the north of Scotland, besides he needed to get back to work in order to pay for the trip!


 
Paddlers:
Richard Atkinson
 
Team: K1M

3.

Start Point: Spey Bay
Finish Point: 
Distance: 
Elapsed Time:  121*
Start Date: 05-May-02
Finish Date: 02-Sep-02
Boats:        
Links:  Article    

Richard started his trip at Spey Bay on the Moray Firth, by coincidence during the week before Simon Osborne began his. When asked about anything of interest to report Richard replied "I'm a plodding soul and prepared painstakingly; maybe for that reason the trip was reassuringly dull and epic-free, though like most of us I imagine, I had a few close shave days." I also asked Richard about his choice of using the Crinan canal - his reply:'That's an interesting question. I took it because I was short of time (I was due to start a masters degree course abroad immediately I finished) and because it didn't seem to lop off any critical section of the UK coast. I am intrigued that several others had done the same as me, as I didn't know they had. I think it's actually rather an interesting route to take, certainly passing through green fields in a sea kayak that till now you've piloted on a wild and grey sea is a nice change of pace on the expedition. I suppose if you take a very absolutist view of these things, one foregoes a clean claim at a perfect circumnavigation. I am tempted to regret that occasionally, before reminding myself that that wasn't really the spirit of the trip at all. The journey is made worthwhile for its own experience and how it affects you.' Richard also mentions a more frivolous side to his trip; the endless need to source fresh water resulted in a 'certain rhythm to your journey' as route legs leapfrogged between the water taps of coastal public conveniences! Richard chose a Valley Skerray because he considered it quite a dry boat and stable in severe conditions. Part of his aim was to raise money and publicity for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society during the trip. Richard wrote an article based on a diary he kept during the trip - see link above.


 
Paddlers:
Simon Osborne
 
Team: K1M

4.

Start Point: Aberystwyth
Finish Point: 
Distance: 
Elapsed Time:  113*
Start Date: 11-May-02
Finish Date: 31-Aug-02
Boats:  SKUK Explorer      
Links:  Link    

When Simon successfully returned to Aberystwyth in 2002 I believe he was the youngest paddler (22 yrs old?) to complete the circumnavigation, raising £22,000 for Leukaemia Research on the way too. Simon was accompanied by Phil Clegg and Justine Curgenven for various legs. Simon also circumnavigated Ireland in 2004 and Madagascar in 2009; he now co-runs a successful coaching business with Jeff Allen in Falmouth (Sea Kayaking Cornwall) and founded the London Kayakathon.


 
Paddlers:
Chris Duff
 
Team: K1M

5.

Start Point: River Humber
Finish Point: 
Distance: 
Elapsed Time:  165*
Start Date: 1986
Finish Date: 1986
Boats:  Valley Nordkapp      
Links:      

Chris completed the first solo GB circumnavigation in 1986 paddling a Valley Nordkapp. Chris collected the kayak from the factory in Nottingham, paddled down the Trent and turned right to start his trip - stylish! After a 10 year break from longer trips, Chris returned to sea kayak expeditions with a circumnavigation of Ireland in 1996 later writing his book - 'On Celtic Tides'. He has also circumnavigated Iceland and New Zealand south island. Prior to his UK paddle Chris undertook an 8000 mile, 18 month long trip along the US and Canadian coastlines.Chris has written a further book (Southern Exposure) regailing the adventures of his trip around New Zealand's South Island. Routed through Crinan canal to avoid bad weather.


 
Paddlers:
Geoffrey Hunter
 
Team: K1M

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Start Point: 
Finish Point: 
Distance: 
Elapsed Time:  185*
Start Date: May-70
Finish Date: Nov-1970?
Boats:        
Links:      

Geoff set off in May 1970 in a plywood Greenland boat with homemade hatches. His adventures include being separated from his kayak off the Galloway coast and spending the night on a buoy before swimming to shore the following day! After finding a job in order to purchase a new kayak, Geoff continued to complete the trip. Tales from his trip can be found in his book 'Round Britain Angmagssalik' - unfortunately out of print I believe. Taken from Geoff's book: “The duration of the journey was estimated to take three months—the reality lasted from May to November. The canoeist, Geoffrey Hunter, was acutely short of funds and this obliged him to survive by his wits when ashore, just as his survival at sea depended on his great skill as a canoeist. Geoff narrowly escaped death when he was shipwrecked in the Solway Firth. His kayak was a write-off, but he borrowed another Angmagssalik and continued on his way. Not until he reached the West Country did Geoff begin to get the organised shore-based support that he sorely needed.”



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Circumnavigation: UK Mainland via canals
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