Routes in the UK ... ideas ?
Display Avatars Sort By:
David Beechey
(imp) - F - M

Locale: UK
Routes in the UK ... ideas ? on 01/08/2014 05:34:01 MST Print View

Hi - I am the new proud owner of a Denali Llama though my packrafting experience is Zero!
I am a fairly experienced light weight backpacker and am looking to my UK friends for some ideas for starter routes in the UK.

Scotland seems the ideal location for long walks coupled with Loch crossings. Knoydart (a favourite of mine) as well as the Fisherfield Forest areas seem ideal locations.

I am looking for easy flat water routes that couple packrafting with backpacking and any ideas would be appreciated.

Paul Mountford
(Sparticus) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic Canada
Re: Routes in the UK ... ideas ? on 01/08/2014 06:56:17 MST Print View

You might want to check out the Great Glen Canoe Trail http://greatglencanoetrail.info/. When I was walking the Great Glen Way in 2011, I found out about the Canoe Trail and thought it would be fun to do in a packraft. Caution would be needed on the bigger Lochs as they can get quite choppy, but the benefit of the packraft means that you can bail to the Great Glen Way if you had to. Doing it West to East means that the prevailing winds are usually at your back.

The lower section of River Spey a great paddling trip - http://www.canoescotland.org/AccessEnvironment/RiverSpeyGuide/RouteDescription.aspx. In Oct 2012, I did a trip from the Head Waters at Loch Spey to the A96 Bridge. I mountain biked into Loch Spey but it could be done in a day of walking. The water levels were very low that year so I had to walk my raft a lot the first two days (cold feet in Oct). The lower section of the River Spey (often referred to as a River Spey decent) is a popular multi day trip for paddlers and I wish that I had focused on that part of the river instead.

Lots of other options in Scotland that will come up if you Google Packraft and Scotland, but I did not have my raft long enough while in the UK to plan more than one trip.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Routes in the UK ... ideas ? on 01/08/2014 06:58:47 MST Print View

ask on www.outdoorsmagic.com

Mole J
(MoleJ) - F

Locale: UK
Check out this fellows blogs for Scottish packrafting trips. on 01/08/2014 14:18:28 MST Print View

http://gridnorth.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-archive.html

several packrafting trips.

IVAN DOMINGUEZ TEJERA
(idtejera) - MLife

Locale: CANARY ISLANDS
Re: Re: Routes in the UK ... ideas ? on 01/08/2014 15:21:14 MST Print View

I think it's a great idea the Great Glen Way. Another idea would be to make the first part of our trip to Scotland, from Morar to Fort Williams.

More information on Planeta Packraft:
http://www.planetapackraft.com/2013/10/escocia-de-oeste-este-1-parte-de-lagos.html
http://www.planetapackraft.com/2013/10/articulo-escocia-de-oeste-este-2-parte.html
http://es.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=5093969

Regards

Martin Rye
(rye1966) - F

Locale: UK
Routes in the UK on 01/08/2014 15:46:41 MST Print View

Avoid the Great Glen as you will find much better options. Contact my friend David Hind and he will no doubt help sort some great packrafting routes for you.


Contact link

http://gridnorth.blogspot.co.uk/p/about.html

David Beechey
(imp) - F - M

Locale: UK
Thanks on 01/09/2014 06:41:00 MST Print View

Thanks all for the ideas so far.

Prior to getting the Llama I had been soaking up all the info on packrafting I could find.

Some great sites I found were :

http://gridnorth.blogspot.co.uk

http://www.selfpowered.net

http://apaddleinmypack.wordpress.com

http://www.packrafting.de

http://hikinginfinland.com/2010/08/packrafting-in-finland-first-strokes.html

http://www.planetapackraft.comcom

http://forrestmccarthy.blogspot.co.uk

Getting final kit together and this forum has been a great source of info too !

Mark McGee
(Lightyear) - M

Locale: Scotland
Scotland ? on 01/09/2014 07:14:22 MST Print View

David

Have a browse through this site http://tramplite.com/, Colin in the past has done a bit of pack rafting together with hiking and cycling in Scotland and his opinion appears well regarded.

M