I am a nerd.
Somebody’s got to be.
but with the beaches rapidly becoming like Holsworthy on market day I began to long for remoter places far away. So I bought probably the first Ocean Kayak Malibu 2 ever sold in UK and went to Land’s End. That’s my kayak right in the middle:
Fantastic. And I havn’t look back (except to see what oceanic beast is following me THIS time), clocking up an average of 1000 miles per year for the last seven years. Most of it around the coast of Devon and Cornwall, but I have paddled the length of the Tay, Tweed, Spey, Dee and Caledonian canal in Scotland (and dibbled with a bit of sea kayaking in Sutherland) and the length of the Thames.
I claim to be the only person daft enough to have circumnavigated SW England based around Holsworthy. This involves paddling from Holsworthy down the Tamar to Plymouth, all along the south coast to Land’s End, and then using the Torridge from four miles east of Holsworthy to get to the north coast at Bideford…..and then all along the north coast of Devon and Cornwall to Land’s End that way. Oh and I included offshore paddles to Lundy, Eddystone and Scilly. Oh and I went up every inlet , creek, gulch and ditch….surprising where you can get to on a high tide:
This little jaunt amounts to 821 miles of coastline and riverbank. I’m now working on the whole of the South west coast path coast i.e. completing all the coast from Minehead to Poole.
Better mention the fishing too I s’pose. Most fish I catch are miniscule but one or two have been seriously big. I am a minimalist so don’t use a fishfinder or any gadgets. If it means I don’t catch any fish that’s fine because I enjoy the paddling and the wildlife anyway so I’m not fussed.
Can’t be bothered with fancy baits either. Lures or bits of mackerel seem to do for most fish.