Paddle the Severn

A guide for canoes, kayaks and SUPs

BY: Mark Rainsley
ISBN: 9781906095895
EDITION: first
PUBLICATION DATE: 11 February 2023
FORMAT: paperback; 232 pages; 240x170; colour maps and photos
AVAILABILITY: coming soon

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Britain’s longest river offers so much to canoeists, kayakers and paddleboarders. Paddlers can choose between the river’s diverse but always attractive and engaging surroundings; Cambrian Mountains white water, North Shropshire Plain meanders, deep Midlands valleys, broad Worcestershire floodplains, expanses of estuarine sandflats.
The Severn is clean, green and lush, its ecosystems healthier than they have been in centuries; it is remarkably quiet and free of traffic; and finally, it is untamed and free-flowing with white water along its length, only engineered in its final freshwater stretches. Folk from prehistoric times onwards have left traces accessible to paddlers, from cathedrals and castles to quaysides and canals. Most famously, Ironbridge ‘the cradle of the Industrial Revolution’.
This is the first paddling guidebook to the River Severn which covers the entire river in all its moods. This book aims to guide paddlers along the Severn and through its rapids, riffles and locks, whilst also highlighting the river’s natural and historical surrounds.


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Mark Rainsley 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 canoe, kayak and paddleboard. 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 Thames and Paddle Shakespeare’s Avon.

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