Welcome to “Canoe and Trail – Outdoors Blog”.

This'll do nicely!...by Luke Ayers©

This’ll do nicely!…by Luke Ayers©

Originally intended as a blog site dedicated solely to mine and my family’s canoeing adventures but has now grown to cover other outdoor pursuits, from Hiking and Walking to Mountain-biking, Camping and Bushcraft.

The site will include stories from walks, hikes and canoe trips be them epics or just out for the day. I will have videos of our adventures and numerous photographs to share.

I do hope you will find some enjoyment and maybe a little inspiration. I am not trying to create another resource site, as there are many numerous ones already on the net to gain knowledge from!

My overall desire is to inspire, not to burden the reader with endless gear reviews or “how to’s.


Simply Hike 2015 Blogger Awards

If you follow me or the Canoe and Trail-Outdoors Blog on social media then it might not have escaped your notice that Canoe and Trail has made the short-list  of nominations for the 2015 Simply Hike Blogger Awards, but it might have! So I thought I would pen a little post about it,  just so you can’t …

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#Microadventure ~ Canoe Paddle and Sleepout

“Nige. Are you still going? I’ll be there for about 11.00am!” The Facebook message read at half past eleven on a Thursday night in April. I had shelved the original plan to be out canoeing and camping for this particular weekend sometime ago. Other things planned would mean only make one night of it, and having …

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The Dovedale stepping stones .

Walk ~ Dovedale, Wolfescote Dale and Halldale

The first long walk of 2015, and with my new years resolution and personal challenge to walk 1000 miles in one year well underway sort of, I needed a biggy to raise the mileage a bit. It was time for me to put in a day walk! A few weeks ago, before Christmas, I walked a circular route exploring …

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Walk ~ Lathkill Dale and Bradford Dale

I have spent summer days around the lower reaches of Lathkill and Bradford with the family but I had never explored them on a circular walk before. a walk that would take in the delights of two of the finest dales in the Derbyshire Peak District in their entirety. At a time of the year, …

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Walking to Fitness

Overweight, tired nearly all of the time, and pains in my legs after short periods of exertion; brought on by too many years of smoking, eating too much, little or no exercise, and most of all sat down at a desk for long periods of time during the working week, I was seriously unfit. My appearance …

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Walk ~ Middleton Top and Carsington Water Loop

Walking has really taken over of late. Other interests have been put to one side if you like! Walking 2 or 3 miles early in the morning before work to lose some weight had had a positive affect, and the pounds were coming off. But I needed something a little longer! It had been years …

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CwaV “End of Summer Meet” 2014 ~ River Nene

My usual canoeing activities  are interspersed with arranging and attending the CwaV Canoe with a View forum meet-ups. At the beginning of October it is time for the annual “End of Summer Meet” or EoSM as it is fondly referred to. Over the years we have tried to arrange to be at a different venue, …

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Summer on the Nene by Canoe

The middle of July a short-notice plan was hatched, a plan to paddle a part of the River Nene near Peterborough. Having missed out making the trip earlier in the year I was more than eager to make it this time, and it would be an excellent chance to paddle with my eldest son. Since Luke …

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