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Here I will keep a rough log of my paddling in the UK. Some of this is with the university club, any photos from these trips will be on the canoe club gallery, the rest are with friends usually in the North East of England and the Borders.

  • Washburn

    Each year I go along with the university club to the white water racing weekend to join in the national student competition, it has been held at the Washburn since 2004

  • Tweed

    Newcastle Uni have for many years taken their freshers down a section of the river Tweed from Newton St. Boswells to Kelso. The highlight of the trip is the infamous Makerstone Rapids which are a nice little grade 3.

  • Border Esk

    Border Esk

    Nice grade 3/4 river in the Scottish Borders near Dumfries, not very difficult but great fun when big, loads of wave trains.

  • Farne Islands

    Farne Islands

    Not my usual type of boating, but an amazing day out none the less. I have been out a few times now. It is a short drive up the coast to Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland and then about a mile paddle offshore to the first of the Farne Islands. The Farne Islands are home to large colonies of sea birds and a number of grey seal. There is a gallery of photos for my first trip.

  • Ure


    A beginner / intermediate river, the section I usually run, Hack Falls to West Tanfield has two rapids, both short grade 3. A couple of weirs on the run can be dangerous at high levels, one of which featured in an early episode of '999'.

  • Etive


    The Etive, or the section I have run (Triple Falls to the Allt A'Chaorainn) is a series of drops which vary in difficulty and consequences by level. I have only run this river low and very low which I doubt does it justice. The guide as always is on Uk Rivers.