Shadwell via Scotland

| June 27, 2012

Natalie and Michal in sea kayaks on the River Thames, with Docklands behind them

Natalie and Michal are a husband and wife team who are currently sea kayaking around the British mainland and raising funds for two charities – Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre and Joshua’s Journey.

The Shadwell Activity Centre provides opportunities for children and young people living in a big city to try and regularly participate in outdoor sports such as kayaking and climbing. The second cause is in support of Joshua, a young boy who was born brain damaged and has cerebral palsy.

The paddlers are currently heading around the far north coast of Scotland. If you fancy having a stab at where they will be on Monday 2nd July they have a competition to win a copy of one of the following books,  South West Sea Kayaking by Mark Rainsley or Welsh Sea Kayaking by Jim Krawiecki & Andy Biggs.

Natalie and Michal say that living by the river Thames inspired them to start their adventurous paddle, leaving from their home and coming back some 3,500 km later. As they say, “We decided we do not have to look for adventures somewhere else if we have this great opportunity on our doorstep.”

Natalie and Michal are hoping that their project will attract young people to kayaking and will inspire people living in urban areas to try and continue in other outdoor activities.

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I enjoy exploring the UK’s wild spaces, rivers & seas, especially in & around London. I promote kayaking, canoeing & SUP opportunities across London at and I walk away from the beaten track at - Ian Tokelove