Searching for U-Boats

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.

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Urban Packrafting on the River Wandle

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.

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An English Packraft Gathering

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…

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After Work: An Evening on the Thames

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...

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Urban Packrafting through London

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…

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Tirio Packrafting Featured in The Observer.

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.

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Wild camping on Salt Island, Strangford Lough

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.

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Finnish Packraft Gathering 4.0

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...

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