Paddle Shakespeare’s Avon

BY: Mark Rainsley
ISBN: 9781906095857
EDITION: first
FORMAT: paperback; 192 pages; 240x167; colour maps and photos


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The Avon is a great river to dip a paddle into, whether by kayak, canoe or paddleboard. If you are seeking an expedition journey, wanting to just splash about getting wet, or anything in-between, there is something for you here.
The riverine wildlife and scenery are always attractive, and at times truly stunning. In the half-century since the Avon was restored as a navigation, the deep channelled waters and the numerous locks, with their white-water interludes, have greened over into precious habitats for a range of flora and fauna.
The river flows right through England’s past of climactic battles, monasteries, castles, stately homes and the early industry of mills and navigation. The Avon’s international fame is, of course, due to its associations with William Shakespeare, and it’s impossible for paddlers not to get sucked into a little ‘bardolatry’ whilst enjoying the river.
This book aims to guide paddlers along the Avon and through its many locks and weirs, while also highlighting the river’s remarkable natural and historical surrounds.

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Mark has spent over three decades using paddlesport as a means of avoiding adulthood and responsibility. He is a fanatical paddler who has descended challenging white-water rivers worldwide, and who is dedicated to exploring every nook and cranny of the UK’s coast and rivers by kayak or canoe. He is a prolific contributor to paddlesport magazines and other media. Mark has authored numerous Pesda Press guidebooks including South West Sea Kayaking, Paddle the Wye, Paddle the Severn and Paddle the Thames.


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