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The Swift Ditch

The Swift Ditch

| January 18, 2013

If you are looking for an adventurous paddle near London, the Swift Ditch is worth checking out. This was once the route of the Thames itself, until the crafty monks at Abingdon diverted the river to power their mills. Since then the channel has been reduced to a narrow, tree choked channel – picturesque in […]

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Isle of Grain: Forts & wrecks

Isle of Grain: Forts & wrecks

| August 8, 2012

The Isle of Grain sits on the junction of two river estuaries, the Thames and the Medway. Whilst only an hour’s drive from London, the isle feels remote and isolated. The southern mud flats are dominated by three huge power stations and the container ports at Thamesport and Sheerness. The ship building towns of the […]

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London’s Lost Rivers

London’s Lost Rivers

| June 26, 2012

London is built on a hidden maze of brooks, streams and rivers. These gurgling waterways once fed the River Thames, powered water mills and provided fish for the table. Almost all of these rivers are now lost, encased in brick and concrete and incorporated into the city’s subterranean drainage and sewage systems. But the water […]

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Riding the tide…

Riding the tide…

| May 16, 2012

Twice a day the Thames switches direction. Millions of tonnes of water shifts into reverse and sweeps first one way, and then the other. Last Sunday myself and two friends, Sean and James, decided to take advantage of this huge conveyor belt and hitch a ride into town. We left my car in Battersea Park […]

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Upper Dart high water

Upper Dart high water

| May 2, 2012

London paddlers Mike Cross and Andy Lodge headed west last weekend to paddle the Upper Dart. With plenty of rainfall the river was out of its banks and roaring down from the moors. Along with a highly experienced local paddler, Jeremy, they took on the river, and two out of three of them made it […]

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Cleaning up

Cleaning up

| May 2, 2012

Thames21 is one of the country’s leading waterway charities, working with communities across Greater London to improve our rivers, canals, ponds and lakes for people and wildlife. Last Sunday I joined Regents Canoe Club and Thames21 to clean up a section of the Lea Navigation near Bow Docks. With all the rain we’d had, I […]

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