A lunar eclipse, paddling with seals and a night on an island
Exploring Upper Horse Island
The beaches between Blakeney Point and Holkham in Norfolk are broad and stunning.
At low tide they stretch to the horizon, and when we visited, were completely empty and untouched, possibly because they can only be reached by hiking through salt marshes that flood rapidly when the tide turns.
This makes them dangerous to all except locals or those with packrafts and a carefully laid plan.
Takahashi's Castle and the Priest Killer
No-one visits Upper Horse Island.
To the uninitiated, walking along the banks of Holehaven Creek, it appears to be just another nondescript mud bank. Yet local legend states, there was once a Roman fort here and satellite imagery clearly shows rectangular earthworks, encompassing a pattern of shallow symmetrical channels.
A Photographer Afloat - First Impressions of a Packraft
The Soča valley around Bovec, is a spectacular steep-sided cauldron, set amongst the Slovenian Alps, just a few miles from the Italian and Austrian borders. Two rivers flow into this scenic plateau and one flows out, down a boulder strewn gorge…
Searching for U-Boats
This review of the Longshore DE260 originally appeared on A Photographer Afloat on 18th October 2018 and has been republished with kind permission.
Don't Packraft The River Hogsmill
At first light on cold November morning, I paddled out into the mist and mud flats of the Medway Estuary, with the aim of finding the last visible U-boats wrecks in the UK. Exactly a century before, on 21 November 1918, an armada of German U-boats had converged on Harwich and surrendered to the British.
Urban Packrafting on the River Wandle
If you want a gritty urban experience, that includes navigating shopping trolleys, watching mink eat pigeons, some quite good graffiti and paddling a few of short weirs then perhaps the Hogsmill is for you. If not paddle the River Wandle instead.
Shipwrecks and Forts in the Medway Estuary
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.
An English Packraft Gathering
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.
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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…
Preparations for Patagonia: West Highland Way
Tirio are offering 10% off their accredited packrafting courses to anyone buying a packraft from Longshore International.
After Work: An Evening on the Thames
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.”
Longshore EX280 Mark II reviewed by Bear Bones Bikepacking
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...
English Packraft Gathering - Tickets Now Live!
Stuart Wright from the fantastic Bear Bones Bikepacking recently reviewed our Mark II version of the Longshore EX280 packraft.
Read about his initial unboxing here and his subsequent paddles here.
Packrafting 200 miles in Canada
Tickets for the English Packraft Gathering are now live and selling fast. All are welcome.
Click here to find out more.
Urban Packrafting through London
Doug Stembridge paddled his Longshore EX280 packraft 200 miles from North Bay to Ottawa in 18 days. Find out more about his journey here…
Tirio Packrafting Featured in The Observer.
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…
Longshore EX280 Packraft reviewed by Inflatable Kayaks and Packrafts
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.
Wild camping on Salt Island, Strangford Lough
Chris Scott who writes the hugely informative Inflatable Kayaks and Packrafts, recently reviewed one of our Longshore EX280 packrafts. Read all about it here.
Microadventures: Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland
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.
Packrafts and the Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland.