Thursday, 24 July 2014

Paddling solo around the south

Simon Luck, 35 from Westward Ho! in North Devon, is doing the first circumnavigation of the south of England by kayak – a whopping 850miles!

Starting off in his kayak on August 15th from Falmouth, Simon will head out on a month long expedition around Land’s End, and then along the coast to Bristol where he will say goodbye to the ocean, for a while.

Simon’s incredible, solo expedition will then traverse the country by way of the Kennet and Avon canal to Reading, where he will join the Thames and paddle eastwards out of the Thames Estuary around onto the South Coast and back to his start point in Falmouth. He will be entirely self supported on this expedition.

Simon tells us why he has taken on this particular challenge, and why he’s chosen to raise money for MCS: “I’m raising money for the Marine Conservation Society an organisation very close to my heart, as they are really trying to turn the tide on marine pollution and pushing for an increase in Marine Conservation Zones.”

“Paddling the two large estuaries of the Severn and Thames is quite poignant in this regard, as a lot of marine pollution is actually washed to the oceans via our inland waterways. I hope to raise awareness and make a difference to an environment that has brought me joy and healing throughout my Life.”

Here at MCS, we wish Simon calm seas and warm weather for his challenge. Thank you for supporting our work!

Follow Simon’s progress at, and on Twitter @kayaksouth

Or you can sponsor Simon at

...or by texting KSAE50 + amount to 70070, eg KSAE50 £5

Inspired? Then why not sign up for a place in our very own Cornwall Kayak Challenge this September? Registration closes August 1st.

Simon's 850 mile route around Southern England, by kayak!

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