Back on the Water

Back on the Water It seems like forever since we last went canoeing, which is probably because we’ve not been in a boat since last summer. What with moving house, DIY, snow and Dom being busy at work, canoeing has unfortunately had to drop down the list of priorities. It has definitely been the longest period by far I have ever spent without getting in a boat and to say I had a big paddling itch which needed scratching was a bit of understatement. So on our recent holiday we were determined to squeeze in as much canoeing as we could.We were desperate to get on the nearest bit of water, luckily we didn’t have to go very far as the River Forth was only a few feet from the front door of our tent. Despite having lived near Stirling for 6 years and having paddled pretty much anything paddlable in the area neither Dom nor I had ever been on the Forth. After a quick check of the guide book to check there wasn’t anything to worry about we were ready for the off. We started a couple of miles upstream in Aberfoyle and got out at the campsite.Whilst you certainly couldn’t class the Forth as white water, it was great to be on a river with a bit more flow to it than what we’d got used to in Norfolk. With the odd rock to dodge and a few small rapids to shoot, Dom and I were in our elements. James also enjoyed himself, on our last trip he wasn’t walking and was happy just to sit in the bottom of the boat playing with his toys, but on this trip he was able to join in. On the flat bits he had great fun “helping” with the paddling with his spade (thanks for the idea Kerry) and he certainly enjoyed the more bouncy bits. And Jarvis enjoyed hopping out and exploring the woods which lined the banks.It wasn’t long before the campsite came into view, perfectly timed for lunch. It was great to be able to get out of the rain and get dressed in the dry. There was a cycle path linking the campsite with Aberfoyle, making the shuttle nice and easy for Dom – well it would have been if he hadn’t left the keys for the bike locks in the car at the top. At least he didn’t have too far to walk. Written by Helena Carey on Tuesday, 28 May 2013. Posted in Sailing Adventures, Mainland Scotland boating, camping Related Articles Ahoy Me HeartiesOur First Camping Trip of the Year About the Author Helena Carey About Me & MineJames' family is James' (aged 7 months), daddy - Dominic, mummy - Helena and Jarvis the dog. We currently live in Norwich but head to the mountains of Snowdonia and the Lake District as often as we can.Before James was born we were a very active family doing lots of canoeing, hill walking, camping and snowboarding. Since having James we are determined that having a family and enjoying the outdoors are both possible. We are keen to make sure James can not only join in with our adventures, but that he will be happy and comfortable at the same time.Favourite place in the world It's a tough choice but Arisaig on the West coast of Scotland gets our vote. With the whitest sand and bluest sea we've seen, you have to keep reminding yourself you're in Scotland rather than a tropical paradise. The views out towards the Small Isles and the Cuillins on Skye are stunning; it really is a magical place. With sea kayaks it's easy to find your own private beach - well apart from the odd otter (real ones rather than Spotty ones) and seal to share it with. It's definitely somewhere we plan to take James to as soon as possible.Favourite things to do outdoors We are keen canoeists and love to get out on the water as much as possible - whitewater, flat water touring or sea kayaking; we're not fussed as long as it's wet. We are both qualified instructors and enjoy passing on our love of paddle sports to others at our local canoe club. We have already has our own little bow paddler in the making, James, out in the canoe and are looking forward to many more trips.We also do a lot of walking. We get out everyday to visit our local woods and parks to walk our coker spaniel, Jarvis. When we get the chance though, we prefer something a bit more challenging and regularly visit the mountains of Snowdonia and the Lake District. James' dad Dom, is a qualified mountain leader and is keen to pass on these skils as soon as possible. Comments (2) Kerry Teague 31 May 2013 at 05 58 | # Glad James enjoyed using his "paddle". That sounds like a great place to camp. Ash has finally managed to get my seat into our canoe and we are all chomping at the bit to get out too. Thankfully Spring appears to be finaly here so it shouldn't be long now -) reply Jay Greengrass 02 June 2013 at 22 17 | # Oh dear, poor Dom! Hopefully all the house and DIY stuff will be finished now, so you can spend more time on the water reply Leave a comment You are commenting as guest. Submit comment jQuery(function($) { $('#comments').Comment({ cookiePrefix

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