South West Sea Kayaking

Isle of Wight to the Severn Estuary

South West Sea Kayaking
(2 customer reviews)
BY: Mark Rainsley
ISBN: 978-1-906095-77-2
EDITION: third
FORMAT: 272pp in full colour, 240x170mm, paperback / section sewn


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In this new edition, the south-west coast of England is described in 50 great voyages, from the Isle of Wight to the Scilly Isles to the Severn Estuary.

As well as describing 50 great kayaking journeys, this updated book presents all the navigational and tidal information a sea kayaker needs on this magnificent section of coast. This means that it can also be used as a kayaker’s ‘pilot’ for any journey they might wish to undertake in this area.

It follows the successful format of other Pesda Press sea kayaking guides, presenting the information in a user-friendly fashion and making good use of maps and colour photographs.

As well as providing essential information on where to start and finish, distances, times and tidal information, the book does much to stimulate and inform our interest in the environment we are passing through. It is full of facts and anecdotes about local history, geology, scenery, seabirds and sea mammals.

A fascinating read and an inspirational book.

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Mark Rainsley

Over 30 years ago, Mark was the only Scout in his troop to capsize and swim when they tried kayaking. Undismayed, he enrolled for an ‘intro to white water’ course run by Franco (of Pesda Press), who threw him upside-down in his kayak over a Welsh waterfall. Mark has since paddled white water on six continents and made first descents.

Mark grew up near Britain’s most inland point. For this reason, the sea has always retained a special allure for him. After moving to the coast, he bought a sea kayak and paddled solo around the South West. This 1997 trip ranks among his most cherished experiences and was the first leg of a very drawn-out circumnavigation of Britain, which (almost a quarter of a century later) he has now almost finished!

Mark is the author of a number of Pesda Press guides to paddling UK waters.

2 reviews for South West Sea Kayaking

  1. Duncan Smith

    If you plan to paddle in the Southwest, this Guidebook is invaluable.

    I am astonished at the quality of the publication both in terms of content and presentation. It really is first class.

    The information Mark provides is insightful, useful and concise. The maps and images are superb. The layout makes for easy reading and adopts a clear, consistent and useable format.

    Without a doubt, one of the best guidebooks I own.

  2. wlouden

    Really useful book with lots of detailed information to assist you in planning a trip.
    Impressed by the detail and suggestions for options for interesting things to do and find when you land.
    Written with clear knowledge of the areas and lots of additional information such as camp spots so someone from out of town such as myself could plan a trip with confidence.

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