Open canoeing is generally considered the more gentle and sociable of the paddling disciplines. Most trips take place on mature rivers and lakes and may be over several days. Open canoeing allows us to have a more considered time in the outdoors, with the opportunity to enjoy the natural heritage that our waterways have to offer. We often see many different types of birds, mammals and fish on our journeys, as we have time to take in the splendid scenery around us. We will normally carry camping equipment, food and there's always room for a bottle of wine or few beers or ciders. We try to pick more rural campsites, where campfires are allowed and occasionally wild camp.

In recent years we have run trips to the Rivers Ardeche and Tarn in France, The Spey in Scotland, The Dart and of course our annual pilgrimage to the River Wye in Herefordshire. Occasionally, some of us take to white waters and join in with our kayaking friends on day trips; we show them how single bladed paddlers can have just as much fun in the lumpy stuff.

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