No big rapids or exposed open crossings; no wild and remote campsites just a gentle "family-friendly" float in North Yorkshire. We travelled across the Pennines to a cool early Spring day picking up a family on the way and joining a collection of folk at the "get on" point. There were fifteen of us in all. The start was leisurely, even civilised, as there was a sandwich shop at the water's edge - tea and a bacon roll for me! The early part of the day saw us leaving the bustle of the town behind as the setting became increasingly pastoral.
The day was one of those that offers so much satisfaction and inspiration; challenge is all relative. A teenager back in a canoe for the first time after major surgery; a good friend returning to a day on the water after a decade's journey dealing with illness; ten year olds sharing the same experience as folk several generations older - just a few examples of the achievement and endeavour of a seemingly straightforward day in open canoes . Magical really!!