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Our kayaking and canoeing books will inspire you to get in the water and master these rip-roaring watersports. We even have canoe maps so you don't get lost while practising your new skills.

  • Kings of the Yukon

    Adam Weymouth

    Product Code: BXYWY
    Paperback
    **Winner of the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award 2018 and the Lonely Planet Adventure Travel Book of the Year 2019** 'Weymouth combines acute political, personal and ecological understanding, with the most beautiful writing reminiscent of a young Robert Macfarlane. He is, I have no doubt, a significant voice for the future' Andrew Holgate, Sunday Times literary editor 'Adam Weymouth takes his place beside the great travel writers' Susan Hill A captivating, lyrical account of an epic voyage by canoe down the Yukon River. The Yukon River is almost 2,000 miles long, flowing through Canada and Alaska to the Bering Sea. Setting out to explore one of the most ruggedly beautiful and remote regions of North America, Adam Weymouth journeyed by canoe on a four-month odyssey through this untrammelled wilderness, encountering the people who have lived there for generations. The Yukon's inhabitants have long depended on the king salmon who each year migrate the entire river to reach their spawning grounds. Now the salmon numbers have dwindled, and the encroachment of the modern world has changed the way of life on the Yukon, perhaps for ever. Weymouth's searing portraits of these people and landscapes offer an elegiac glimpse of a disappearing world. Kings of the Yukon is an extraordinary adventure, told by a powerful new voice.
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  • Sea Kayak Safety and Rescue

    Gordon Brown

    Product Code: BYOEV
    Paperback
    Following on from his hugely successful book Sea Kayak, Gordon Brown brings his vast experience and unique style to this latest publication Sea Kayak Safety and Rescue. Each chapter begins with a real-life incident which sets the scene and helps to emphasise what follows. The underlying principles are highlighted, practical lessons learnt and the hard skills explored in detail. Numerous colour photos complement and illustrate the text. This book is essential reading for any sea kayaker, and will be enjoyed and valued by both novice and experienced paddlers alike.
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  • Kayak The Kwanza

    Oscar Scafidi

    Product Code: BWFCH
    Paperback
    In June 2016, Oscar Scafidi and Alfy Weston set out to complete the first ever source-to-sea expedition along Angola's longest river, the Kwanza. Paddling and carrying a forty-year-old collapsible wooden kayak, they embarked on a journey of 1,300km in support of The HALO Trust, the oldest and largest humanitarian landmine clearance organisation in the world. Over thirty-two days the pair kayaked, hiked and waded towards the Atlantic Ocean, meeting a whole host of interesting people - from security forces, to diamond miners, to farmers and fishermen. Things didn't always go smoothly. They were attacked by hippos and bitten by insects. They sank in rapids, picked up nasty injuries, and were arrested then threatened with deportation. Oscar and Alfy's expedition raised $25,000 for The HALO Trust. The documentary film they made of the journey was aired in film festivals in the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia and Cyprus, and their journey is currently being reviewed by Guinness World Records. This is the story of how they did it. The author will be donating 25% of this book's profits to The HALO Trust, to help make Angola landmine free by 2025.
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  • Paddling Tennessee

    Johnny Molloy

    Product Code: BTKZR
    Paperback
    Tennessee truly has something for every paddler, whether float trips down dark water trails of swamp rivers or kayaking excursions along whitewater streams. Paddling Tennessee describes the best and most accessible routes, including Reelfoot Lake and the Hatchie River in the west; the Volunteer State's contribution to great rivers of the world-the Duck; and the crown jewel of Southern Appalachian paddling destinations-the Hiwassee River. Carefully chosen to suit most beginning to intermediate paddlers, each route provides access to wilderness for city residents and visitors alike. This updated and revised edition features the latest paddling information as well as gorgeous, full-color photography throughout.
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  • Paddling America

    Susan Elliott

    Product Code: BRXPO
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    The nation's rivers connect mountains to sea, communities to natural places, and people to wildlife. America's Wild & Scenic River system recognizes these values. Paddling America provides descriptions for paddling and exploring 50 Wild and Scenic Rivers across the country. Woven throughout the river descriptions will be small anecdotal sidebars touching on the history of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, the adventurers themselves, and tips for paddling. Each chapter will contain one map, specifications in accordance with paddling guidelines including GPS coordinates, put-in/takeout information, an overview of the paddle, miles and directions, full-color photos, and sidebars.
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  • Scottish White Water

    Bridget Thomas

    Product Code: BRVSX
    Paperback
    In this guidebook you will find descriptions of both well-known classics and little-known gems. It covers the length and breadth of the country and provides something for everyone, whatever the conditions. Whether you are a white-water novice or an out and out hair boater, you need this book. With maps, pictures and first-hand accounts, here is a guide that captures the spirit of Scottish white water. The proceeds from the sale of this book will go towards protecting and enhancing access to the rivers that we all enjoy. New in the 3rd Edition New to this edition by popular demand are river maps to some of the most popular runs; improved location maps, full lat/long coordinates for your sat nav as well as grid references; three brand new sections (Shetland, Harris/Lewis, and Glen Carron to Glen Shiel), notes on other island rivers, and descriptions of over 90 new runs.
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  • Sea Kayak Navigation

    Franco Ferrero

    Product Code: BJZFS
    Paperback
    The first edition (0953195619 which went out of print Spring 2007) rapidly became a standard text for sea kayakers. This new edition builds on that success. There are numerous improvements in the explanations and GPS is covered in more detail, reflecting the increased availability and usage of electronic navigational aids. Full use is made of colour photos, diagrams, maps and charts, further enhancing the reader's experience. Exercises to reinforce and self-assess how much the reader has taken on board are provided at the end of each chapter."Sea Kayak Navigation" is recommended as support material for the new British Canoe Union navigation courses that are currently being introduced.
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  • Sit-on-top Kayak

    Derek Hairon

    Product Code: BJTZQ
    Paperback
    This is a complete beginner's guide to the sit-on-top kayak. Sit-on-top kayaking is the fastest growing water-based activity. It's fun and easy to learn. Anyone can do it! Paddlers, newcomers and those curious about the sport will find all the answers to their questions in this book. Using colour photos and clear descriptions, this book is the perfect introduction to sit-on-top kayaking. Choosing the right kayak, how to store and transport it, how to get the most fun out of your boat and how to stay safe whilst doing so are explored in detail. Snorkelling, fishing and scuba diving are some of the other activities that benefit from using sit-on-tops and these are also covered.
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  • The Canoe Boys

    Alastair Dunnett

    Product Code: BJOPQ
    Paperback
    "It's too late in the year!" they were advised, but they still did it. By canoe from Bowling to Kyle of Lochalsh with numerous stops along the way, Alastair Dunnett and Seamas Adam spent a heady Autumn in the 1934 meandering up the glorious West Coast of Scotland. On their way they sent reports back to the Daily Record informing the readers of their progress and the people they met along the way. Their account makes fascinating reading as they were hailed by onlookers and bystanders wherever they went as 'The Canoe Boys'. Escapades as varied as running the infamous tide-rush of the Dorus Mhor to a balmy harvest working on Calve Island off Mull, quenching their thirst with a mug of drammach (oats and water) are related in superb, lyrical style by Dunnett. This is an adventure story of youthful exuberance and of how life once was lived before the war changed everything for ever. Fully illustrated with archival material and contemporary press cuttings, this cult travelogue will find a new market among the growing number of adventure kayakers taking to Scotland's coastal waters. This new illustrated edition has an introduction by Dunnett's son, Ninian who has also supplied a full glossary and notes on each chapter.
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  • The Northern Isles

    Tom Smith

    Product Code: BJKMZ
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    Their relative isolation, stunning scenery and Norse history make Orkney and Shetland a very special place. For the sea kayaker island archipelagos are particularly rewarding ...none more so than these. Illustrated with superb colour photographs and useful maps throughout, this book is a practical guide to help you select and plan trips. It will provide inspiration for future voyages and a souvenir of journeys undertaken. As well as providing essential information on where to start and finish, distances, times and tidal information, this book does much to stimulate interest in the environment. It is full of facts and anecdotes about local history, geology, scenery, seabirds and sea mammals.
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  • Scottish Sea Kayak Trail

    Simon Willis

    Product Code: BHTKL
    Paperback
    Scotland's west coast is an undisputed world-class sea kayaking destination. This book challenges the reader to kayak a 500 km route, from the Isle of Gigha off the Kintyre peninsular, to the Summer Isles near Ullapool. It can be undertaken in four holiday-sized sections or as one long, glorious journey. The history of this country is inextricably linked to the west coast, from the Scoti to the Norsemen, the Lords of the Isles to the Clearances. An historical thread, woven through the text, tells 'Scotland's Story'. The emphasis is on practical advice; how to tackle tricky tidal passages; places to visit; where to source essential information; food re-supply; where to safely leave kayaks overnight; how and when to shuttle vehicles; and the accessibility of public transport. Although camping is an essential element of this journey the book does not identify wild camp sites or even picnic places. It gives sea kayakers enough information to seek out their own adventures and so spread the environmental impact. There are useful photographs and notes to help identify wildlife without disturbance, plus practical recommendations on wild camping, from minimum impact techniques to Scottish access law. For those who travel the trail in the comfort of their armchairs, there's also the story of the author's own journey. Together you will travel under big skies on imposing seas in the company of seals, dolphins, eagles and gulls. "The Scottish Sea Kayak Trail" is waiting for you.
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  • Sea Kayak Handling

    Doug Cooper

    Product Code: BHNHJ
    Paperback
    This is a practical guide that will help the reader to master the skills needed to manoeuvre a sea kayak efficiently. For beginner and intermediate paddlers. Doug draws on his personal and coaching experience to help the reader master sea kayak handling skills and techniques. Accurate sequential photos and simple concise language make the descriptions easy to follow and understand. The foundation skills of posture, connectivity (how your body is connected to the kayak), power transfer and learning to 'feel' how the boat responds, are explored initially. The author then goes on to tackle forward paddling, keeping the kayak on course, reverse paddling, edging, turning on the spot, forward turns on the move, reverse turns on the move, stern rudders, moving sideways, support strokes, and the use of skegs and rudders. "Sea Kayak Handling" is recommended as support material for the British Canoe Union 3 and 4 Star (Sea) awards. (The 1 star is a novice 'encouragement' award, the 2 star covers basic generic kayak skills, the 3 star basic/intermediate sea specific skills and experience, and the 4 star covers intermediate sea specific skills and leadership in moderate conditions).
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  • The Outer Hebrides

    Mike Sullivan

    Product Code: BFZBG
    Paperback
    This is a guidebook to 44 great sea kayak trips around the archipelago of the Outer Hebrides, from Berneray to the Butt of Lewis and including St Kilda. As well as describing 44 great kayaking journeys, this book presents all the navigational and tidal information a sea kayaker needs on this magnificent section of coast. This means that it can also be used as a kayaker's 'pilot' for any journey they might wish to undertake in this area. It follows the successful format of other Pesda Press sea kayaking guides, presenting the information in a user-friendly fashion and making lavish use of maps and colour photographs.
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  • The Outer Hebrides

    Mike Sullivan

    Product Code: BFVOI
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    This is a guidebook to 44 great sea kayak trips around the archipelago of the Outer Hebrides, from Berneray to the Butt of Lewis and including St Kilda. As well as describing 44 great kayaking journeys, this book presents all the navigational and tidal information a sea kayaker needs on this magnificent section of coast. This means that it can also be used as a kayaker's 'pilot' for any journey they might wish to undertake in this area. It follows the successful format of other Pesda Press sea kayaking guides, presenting the information in a user-friendly fashion and making lavish use of maps and colour photographs.
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  • Discover Kayak Fishing

    Andy Benham

    Product Code: BGRBJ
    Paperback
    This is the first book on the subject published on this side of the Atlantic, with our different fish species, techniques and approach. The book is aimed at the angler who has taken up or is curious about kayak fishing. Experienced kayakers will also benefit from Andy's kayak fishing wisdom. Topics include: Choosing your fishing kayak and equipment. Practical tips on modifying your kayak and installing a fish finder. Kayaking with confidence and staying safe at sea. Seamanship; tides, weather and charts for anglers and kayakers. Using handheld GPS and VHF radios. Fishing skills; top tips on anchoring and 'downtiding' from your kayak. What to fish for; Andy's tips for catching your favourite fish. And more, including freshwater fish and wreck fishing.
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  • White Water Nepal

    Peter Knowles

    Product Code: BFFNF
    Paperback
    "White Water Nepal" is probably the most iconic and famous rivers guidebook in the world of international kayaking and rafting, and it is the book that you will find on every international river runner's bookshelf or wish list. This new and thoroughly updated third edition opens the doors to the exhilarating joys of Himalayan river running. Nepal has become one of the world's top destinations for white water kayaking and rafting, and this new edition reflects this with updates from many Nepali top river runners and also contributions from celebrity international river runners. The new edition has detailed and updated descriptions of all the major rivers of Nepal and over 2300km of paddling. There are over 100 maps, hydrographs, river profiles, photos and drawings by some of Nepal's best artists. There is extensive travel and logistics advice and the medical sections have been widely acclaimed by Expedition Doctors.
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  • White Water South Alps

    Peter Knowles

    Product Code: BFFJZ
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    This is an inspiring, high quality, paddling guidebook aimed at the recreational tourist kayaker, canoeist or rafter who is considering a holiday trip to the European Alps. It contains 65 classic runs in France, Italy and Switzerland. In the last 16 years this title has established itself as probably the most popular rivers guidebook in Europe. This new edition has been freshly researched, re-designed in full colour, completely re-written and updated. It now includes a brand new paddling area, 9 new rivers, 30 new full colour maps, numerous cartoons and a huge number of stunning and inspiring photographs. The South Alps are Europe's top destination for white water sports and this new edition reflects this with contributions from local experts and top international river runners. The authors are renowned expedition kayakers. It includes the best white water in Europe, and detailed rafting advice. It is conveniently grouped by centres. It offers expert travel and logistics advice. It features over 450 km of river descriptions and a huge variety of runs.
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  • Northern England & IOM - Fifty Great Sea Kayak Voyages

    Jim Krawiecki

    Product Code: BEVEQ
    Paperback
    From the Mersey to the Solway and the Isle of Man in the West and the Humber to Berwick in the east, 'up north' is described to us in the author's own inimitable style. Industrial areas and the wilder landscapes are described with the same care and attention to detail. The result is a wealth of varied sea kayaking voyages to suit all tastes and abilities, from easy sheltered paddles to testing offshore passages and everything in between. In addition to the usual important information needed to plan a trip, recommended cafes, pubs and chip shops are strategically located to provide sustenance at the end of your trip. Detailed tidal information also allows the book to serve as a valuable inshore pilot for water users such as anglers, windsurfers and sailors. Jim started paddling in any old kayak he could muster during the school holidays. He has since paddled (and swum) many of the exciting white water rivers of England, Scotland and Wales, as well as many of those in the French Alps. A passion for sea kayaking combined with an interest in writing and photography, brought about the first comprehensive guidebook to the Welsh coast, for sea kayakers. His first publication ("Welsh Sea Kayaking" co-authored by Andy Biggs) is a great success and has already gone to a reprint.
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  • Irish Canoe Classics

    Eddie Palmer

    Product Code: BEPRK
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    An illustrated guide to some of the finest tours of Ireland's waterways. Wild loughs, placid canals and broad rivers, as they can only be seen from a canoe or kayak...Eddie and Tony have chosen the best inland touring routes. They are described in great detail and illustrated with numerous colour photos and maps. The selected routes are suitable for open canoes, sit-on-tops and touring kayaks. Many of them can be tackled as a single voyage or a series of day trips, with campsites en route. The journeys are all accessible but highly varied, taking place on inland loughs, sheltered coastland and rivers. This is a wonderful book for planning voyages and inspiring dreams, or sharing your experiences with others. Also in this series: "Scottish Canoe Classics" 9780954706197.
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  • South West Sea Kayaking

    Mark Rainsley

    Product Code: BEPKD
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    In this fully updated second edition, the south-west coast of England is described in 50 great voyages, from the Isle of Wight to the Severn Estuary. As well as describing 50 great kayaking journeys, this book presents all the navigational and tidal information a sea kayaker needs on this magnificent section of coast. This means that it can also be used as a kayaker's 'pilot' for any journey they might wish to undertake in this area. It follows the successful format of other Pesda Press sea kayaking guides, presenting the information in a user-friendly fashion and making lavish use of maps and colour photographs.
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  • The Complete Sea Kayakers Handbook

    Shelley Johnson

    Product Code: BENON
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    '...Her writing is clear and concise, sprinkled with bits of humor and many tips gleamed from her years working as a kayak instructor, guide and outfitter' - "Sea Kayaker Magazine". The first edition of "The Complete Sea Kayaker's Handbook" received immediate acclaim with its selection as the Best Outdoor Instructional Book by the National Outdoor Book Award group. Now this book boasts 352 pages with changes throughout to reflect the growth of kayaking as a sport. This book is your first step to adventure on the water, with everything you need to know, from buying a kayak to dressing for the water. Updates of this title include: new photos throughout showing new boats, equipment, stretching, and repair techniques; a new section on used boats and how to shop for them; expanded sections on: boat materials section to include the newer laminates, buying a new kayak, use of GPS for navigation, family paddling, Planning Your Dream Trip, and Taking Care of Your Stuff to include more retrofit and repair information on a wider range of boat and paddle material; improvements in materials and more data on hypothermia; and, changes in safety technique descriptions reflecting the new equipment on the market information on stretching, proper posture in a kayak, and easy modifications to kayak seats for more comfortable paddling. Topics of this title include: Getting Ready; Kayaks; Accessories and Clothing; Getting to Know Your Kayak; Controlling Your Kayak; Getting Into and Out of the Water; Real Life Paddling; Finding Your Way: Kayak Navigation; Trip Logistics; Group safety; Kayak Camping; Planning Your Dream Trip; and, Taking Care of Your Stuff.
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  • Rough Water Handling

    Doug Cooper

    Product Code: BDRAK
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    "Rough Water Handling" by Doug Cooper is a practical guide that will help you to master the skills needed to manoeuvre a sea kayak efficiently in rough water and advanced conditions. For intermediate and advanced paddlers, Doug draws on his personal and coaching experience to help the reader master sea kayak handling skills and techniques. Accurate sequential photos and simple concise language make the descriptions easy to follow and understand. The technical, tactical, physiological and psychological aspects of these skills are covered in the areas of: high wind paddling, moving water, surf, rock hopping, tide races, open crossings and rolling. "Rough Water Handling" is recommended as support material for the British Canoe Union 4 and 5 Star (Sea) awards. (The 1 star is a novice 'encouragement' award, the 2 star covers basic generic kayak skills, the 3 star basic/intermediate sea specific skills and experience, and the 4 star covers intermediate sea specific skills and leadership in moderate conditions). Doug has spent a lifetime playing and working in the outdoors! He is at his happiest when exploring new parts of the world or challenging himself and others to improve their skills; this he has been doing for over twenty years. With a constant lust for adventure, Doug has sea kayaked all over the world including Greenland, Iceland, Norway's Lofoten Islands, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Corsica, Sardinia and Croatia. His whitewater kayaking and mountaineering has also taken him on adventures around the globe. At present Doug works as Head of Paddlesport at Glenmore Lodge, Scotland's National Outdoor Centre. Here his love of helping others learn and improve is put to good use every day, when he works as a BCU Level 5 Sea and Whitewater Coach, Level 4 Surf Coach and a Mountain and Ski Instructor. Doug is the author of "Sea Kayak Handling" and co-authored "Scottish Sea Kayaking" (Pesda Press), a selective guide to sea kayaking in Scotland.
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  • English Canoe classics

    Eddie Palmer

    Product Code: BDGWZ
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    This is an illustrated guide to some of the finest tours of southern England's waterways, from the Grand Union Canal in the South Midlands to the River Tamar in the South West. Scenic lakes, placid canals and broad rivers, as they can only be seen from a canoe or kayak. Eddie and 'Wilf' have chosen the best inland touring routes. They are described in great detail and illustrated with numerous colour photos and maps. The selected routes are suitable for open canoes, sit-on-tops and touring kayaks. Many of them can be tackled as a single voyage or a series of day trips, with campsites en route. The journeys are all accessible but highly varied, taking place on lakes, sheltered coastline, rivers and canals. It is a wonderful book for planning voyages and inspiring dreams, or sharing your experiences with others.
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  • Canoe & Kayak Guide to North West England

    Stuart Miller

    Product Code: BCGNI
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    This is the second edition of the guide book 'White Water Lake District' which was first published in 2003 - the author Stuart Miller has completely revised and updated this new edition so that the information is as current and as accurate as possible. The new title better shows the wide coverage of the guide book. The first edition soon built a reputation as being the 'must-have guide to paddling in North West England'. Described as being 'comprehensive, well organised and very readable' it achieved five star status in book reviews. The book covers some 110 rivers with 700km of river descriptions from the Scottish Border to Greater Manchester. It covers just about every river or stream that can be paddled - from gentle family trips on scenic friendly rivers to extreme white water gorges - all in one of the most beautiful and popular tourist regions of Great Britain. A key feature of the book is the quality of the 150 detailed maps. The book also includes a full section of advice, summary tables, information sources, etc. This new edition has been re-designed to take advantage of full colour printing and there are now many more excellent new photographs that make for a book that is inspiring and a joy to read!
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