Most of London's great tributaries have been lost beneath pavement and concrete. Rivers like the Fleet and Tyburn now trickle through pipes to the Thames. The Wandle, however still carves much of its original course and has been steadily cleaned and cared for, presenting a unique opportunity to explore a regenerated urban river.Read More
The Medway estuary was still and dark when I arrived, so I inflated my packraft, stowed my gear and then waited by the waters edge for first light.Read More
Storm Bronagh was coming.
We watched as belts of rain and 50mph winds swept across the UK and considered whether we should cancel the first English Packraft Gathering, scheduled for the next day, on the edge of Brands Bay, Poole Harbour.
Then we noticed a break in the weather. A brief lull between Storm Ali and Bronagh and trusting in our Weather Apps, we raced for the coast…Read More
Tirio are offering 10% off their accredited packrafting courses to anyone buying a packraft from Longshore International.Read More
Josh Wood on his preparations for Patagonia, “We are now convinced by the idea of packrafting. It is a great feeling to be amphibious; we could paddle to islands for lunch then back to the mainland to make it to the pub on foot.”Read More
We were looking for an after-work paddle, but the canals in central London were choked with weed and many of the nearby rivers were running shallow. So we choose the Thames which always flows, regardless of how long and hot the summer. Our plan was simple and we began it by cheating...Read More
Doug Stembridge paddled his Longshore EX280 packraft 200 miles from North Bay to Ottawa in 18 days. Find out more about his journey here…Read More
Packrafting isn't just about wilderness exploration and whitewater.
One warm summer's evening, whilst the ebb tide of commuters flowed out of London, three of us swam against the flow. By bus, tube and foot we converged on Paddington Basin, with packrafts and paddles tucked away inside small rucksacks…Read More
Jason Taylor is a highly knowledgeable and lovely guy. We recommend his courses and days out if you want to find out more about packrafting, or if you've already got the kit but want to learn some new skills whilst paddling some stunning locations.Read More
The south west corner of Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland is strewn with beautiful islands and inlets with evocative names like Shark Island, Chapel Island and Brandy Bay. The lough is the largest inlet in Great Britain and Ireland covering 80 square nautical miles and is a fantastic location for packrafting.Read More
Packrafts and the Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland.Read More
In heavy rain, I set off down the slalom course, slipping between the gates. Four whitewater sluices fed me into the heavily wooded and calmer River Lagan Valley Park, which is a splinter of greenery and water extending deep into urban Belfast. I drifted down the valley as the thunder rolled and the evening closed in.Read More
Andy Toop from Backcountry.Scot organised another fantastic UK Packraft Gathering in Scotland at the end of May. This year it was held Laganlia Outdoor Centre on the banks of the River Feshie.Read More
The Finnish Packraft Gathering 5.0 is fast approaching. It's being held on Friday 15th June - Thurs 21 June on a river near Lieksa, Finland. I’d highly recommend it. Here's a taste of what we got up to last year...Read More
A beautiful and short packraft down the River Mole.Read More
The thing about packrafts is they pack down so small, they can be left in the back of a car, just in case an opportunity presents itself. And last week just such an opportunity arose as I drove through Dorset…Read More