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Thread: Hello from Penistone, Yorkshire

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2018
    Peak District

    Default Hello from Penistone, Yorkshire

    Hi All,

    Very new to the forums but not so much to being on the water. Spent a lot of time windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, or just jumping into lakes as a kid but done very little since reaching adulthood. At 31 I'm beginning to feel the oncoming incredibly early midlife crisis and having given up motorcycling, began looking into anything that would allow me to escape everyday life for a few hours every now and then and enjoy nature.

    Thankfully my wife is very happy that I seem to be settling on getting a canoe and enjoying pottering about on the canals and rivers; especially as the other options were scuba diving, paragliding, or caving. She seems quite keen on joining me on a quick 1 day introductory course ran by Peaks and Paddles, but it's pretty likely I will be going solo most of the time.

    I'm looking forward to hanging about on the forums and hopefully meeting people as time goes on. The blogs are very inspiring and have given me a good few ideas of areas to visit once I get a canoe.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2008


    Hello and Welcome!

    An intro course is always a good idea, and will help point you in the right direction. Then its just the good old "which canoe?" question! The answer is often "whatever is easily available secondhand", especially when you've only just started as most types will be fine, though with a bit of a budget you can be more particular.
    Paddler,blogger,camper,pyromaniac: Blog: Wilderness is a State of Mind

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    S. Yorkshire


    Hello from the same town! I also enjoy pottering on canals and rivers. Happy to meet up sometime, though my weekends are distressingly busy at the moment.
    You'd be welcome to try out my boats - one of which, the apache 15 may soon be up for sale to make room for something shorter and tippier. Let me know if you fancy a paddle

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    SW France



    I’m not really as local but am originally from sunny N Yorkshire... either way, welcome to the forum. People are generally helpful and there are plenty of active paddlers to pair with.

    Enjoy and post stuff. It’s worth it
    Open Canoe hire/outfitting in the Massif Central
    ”We will make your trip work”

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