British Canoeing launched their newest Challenge Route at the end of April and within no time two adventurous folk were the first to get their names on the leaderboard.
When Andrew Berry and Barbara Boosfeld read about the London Legacy Loop release on social media they knew it was the right challenge for them. They had been looking for a route near London for some time and this fitted the bill perfectly.
Parking on a nearby street they popped their open canoe on its trolley and wheeled round to the start point at Limehouse Basin.
The path is even and wide round the basin, so access is easy. It is a little tight getting the boat on to the platform, which is about a meter above the water. However once on the platform, it was straightforward to get in.– Andrew
Getting on the water at 10.30am the pair knew they wanted a gentle paddle, taking time to enjoy the scenery. They found they were in luck; the waterways were very quiet and mainly it was just them and the wildlife.
The best thing about the trip was having the canal almost entirely to ourselves.– Andrew
The only disappointment for Andrew and Barbara was the amount of litter on the canal. However, they did meet some people who were collecting litter and told them they are launching a campaign to clean the canal - good news for future paddlers.
Completing the route in 2hrs and 30mins the pair told us they had thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
The route information was really good. I will be coming back with a group from my club to take on the challenge again in the future.– Andrew
Andrew and Barbara shoot straight to the top of our challenge leaderboard. Will you be joining them on the roll call of challenge champions?! With canoe hire from Moo Canoes right at the start of the route you don’t even have to worry about having your own equipment to take it on.
Find full information about the London Legacy Loop Challenge here.