Having a go - Canoeing down the River Dart - Anna Turns
PUBLISHED: 16:24 22 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:24 20 February 2013
I joined the Women's Challenge Club for a fabulous day canoeing - a great way to try out new sports and activities without the competitive edge!
I joined the lovely ladies of Devon's Women's Challenge Club at Stoke Gabriel for a day trip in open Canadian Canoes. Andy from Essential Adventures was our guide and he taught us the basics then we paired up and started paddling!
I have rowed a lot but this was my first time in a Canadian canoe - it was great fun, very peaceful and sedate most of the time. We pottered gently up Bow Creek towards the Malsters Arms for a well-deserved Cappuccino (or a Pimms for some of the ladies!). Then we paddled back up to a lovely spot where Andy built an open fire and showed us how to make Bannock bread. Yummy! And he even demonstrated how to make quick and easy wild hand soap using horse chestnut leaves. Very clever.
Back on the river, we paddled back to Stoke Gabriel. This was the first trip out with the group for new girl Beci who summed the day up as 'invigorating'. Good fun had by all, including Andy's dogs Lily and Monty.
Read more about this trip in September's issue of Devon Life.
Find out more about Women's Challenge Club go to www.womenschallengeclub.org.uk
And to find out more about Andy's adventures go to www.essential-adventure.co.uk