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  1. Back to basics - What is the difference between a kayak and a canoe?

    Back to basics - What is the difference between a kayak and a canoe?
    Found yourself wondering the 'what's the difference between a canoe and kayak'? We delve into this topic.
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  2. Winter canoeing – The need-to-know tips and must-have accessories

    Winter canoeing tips and clothes

    This past summer, once we all emerged from Lockdown was a summer afloat for many. Unable to travel abroad and with the beaches reopened and pretty decent weather people bought, borrowed and unearthed all sorts of water craft from SUPs to inflatables to Sit on Tops to ancient fibreglass tandem tourers to everything in between and spent the summer messing about in boats.

    But winter is coming, mostly rain and strong wind so far but it will get colder, the days shorter and the nights longer…but that is absolutely no reason to stop paddling, no not at all.

    Okay, getting afloat may not have quite the draw it had at the height of August but Autumn paddling is delightful, a kind of peace settles over the countryside and easy paddling on dark, calm water with yellow, red and ochre trees shedding their leaves as you pass has a special charm.

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  3. Cold feet

    Cold feet

    Cold feet are the curse of winter paddling. A couple of top tips on how to keep your tootsies toasty on the water.

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  4. Places we go, things we do, kit we use.

    Places we go, things we do, kit we use.

    Iford Bridge to Mudeford Quay - River Stour and Christchurch Harbour.

    Distance - 4 miles ish

    Time - 2 hours to all day

    A short and easy but very satisfying trip for all sorts of craft - SUPS, kayaks but yesterday we did it in open canoes, mainly so we could take the dog along.

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  5. Places we go, things we do, kit we use.

    Places we go, things we do, kit we use.

    Places we go, things we do #1

    River Piddle - Wareham Channel - Arne Heath

    One of the problems with A-B trips is the shuttle, dropping paddlers and boats at one end and making sure everyone and everything can be collected again from the other. This post describes a trip on the River Piddle and Poole Harbour with a novel approach to solving the problem of the shuttle.

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  6. Natural bedfellows...

    Natural bedfellows...

    Extend your adventure with our range of canoe camping equipment; we trust it because we use it ourselves.

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  7. Stuff you may not know we can get...

    Stuff you may not know we can get...

    Stuff you may not know we can get...

    Over a couple of days last week two of us fatbiked and packrafted from Portland Bill to Old Harry down here in Dorset, with an overnight camp on the shores of Poole Harbour - a top adventure.

    Bikes we don't do, packrafts not yet but expedition gear for canoeing and kayaking is something we can get and will be doing more of. On this journey in particular we used:

    An Exped Scout Tarp Extreme for our bivvy. I've been using these for years; they're tough, light, well designed, packable and versatile. They're also my favourite tarp for canoe sailing with an A-Frame and rafted canoes - big enough for plenty of power, small enough to control:  http://www.exped.com/international/en/product-category/tents/scout-tarp-extreme

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