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Canoeing the River Wye

Yes OK, I admit it, I am guilty of staycation snobbery and even more guilty of blaming England’s temperamental weather as the sole reason for not exploring a country I have lived in on and off for the past 15 years.

Why should we Staycation?

Annual leave holidays are such a carefully guarded commodity, which I ration myself with a frequent eagerness, choosing only destinations worthy of being granted space in the top ten of ‘the list’. Am sure you’ll all appreciate the importance of this unwritten, mental list which seems to morph and expand with every trip taken. Cross one off and add roughly five, seems to be the standard format of how ‘the list’ works.

However, having recently returned from a two day canoeing trip from the border of England and Wales, I came back feeling refreshed and absolutely blown away by the surreal natural beauty and outstanding friendliness commonly found after escaping a thriving city such as London. And the weather was hot, and I’m not talking a soft veil of sunshine warming me through a light jacket, I mean t-shirt off, sunscreen on and reflections off the River Wye.

wye river

So now I am rethinking my hasty decision to write off the staycation. Do I really need to board a plane to travel? Do I need to pay buy drinks in a different currency and compile shreds of a new language to experience the thrill of new scenery? Well, the short answer is a resounding no!

River Wye, Wales

Our camping trip down the River Wye, in two person Indian style canoes, under a blanket of sunshine, blue skies and scenery which had me constantly second-guessing which country I was in was really quite awesome. It took me back to basics and had me rethinking how to divvy up the spoils of my holiday allotment.

The River Wye is the fifth-longest river in the UK, stretching some 215 kilometres from source to sea. For much of its length the river forms part of the border between England and Wales. The Wye Valley (lower part) is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Needless to say it did not disappoint.


So, it appears this extremely well-travelled man has been taught the simple home-truth, that the grass isn’t always greener, in fact sometimes it is right in your back garden, well 3-4 hours’ drive away at least. Apart from a lost Go-Pro, hat and one flip-flop plus a little tiredness, I certainly didn’t have any jetlag and returned feeling refreshed and happy!



1 Comment

  1. December 15, 2014 / 9:43 am

    Well look at that! Better figuring it out now, a little late, than never! I can definitely see from the photos why this trip was a turning point for you 🙂 Enjoy exploring the UK!

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