Another wonderful canoe outing with Dave Wise at Canoe Kent in August 2011. This was my second trip in an open top canoe round the islands and islets of the Medway Estuary on the north Kent coast.
On this trip seeing a colony of wild seals of different colours was a real thrill! Being able to get up close and take a stack of action-packed snaps was absolutely priceless.
At the halfway mark up Faversham Creek we stopped for a long lunch on the riverbank. Dave rustled up a dish of prawn pasta sprinkled with chopped samphire picked from a mudbank. A hearty Indian bread replenished any energy lost on the first leg of my guided tour.
From the wilderness of Oare Marshes almost up to Faversham town centre, I realised how quietly canoeing can be a wonderful way of discovering without disturbing the natural treasures that lay on my doorstep.
Such trips are great fun if you like exploring the great outdoors. We gently paddled a course of a dozen or so miles. I suggest one needs to be confident on water and physically fit to cover such a distance. Be prepared to encounter, at times, nerve-testing waves breaking over the boat’s bows. The weather can change dramatically, quickly.
Dave’s knowledge of the waterways and tides must make him unique. His skill in navigating the tidal backwater of places I’ve only seen from firm ground gives me great confidence. I felt Dave made my welfare and safety top priority making our journey together comfortable and enjoyable.
I can’t wait for my next trip and thoroughly recommend this affordable and exciting way to meaningfully experience our coastline.
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