On the 19th June 2021, the Kayak 4 Heroes team set off beneath the towering cliffs of Land’s End, Cornwall. The team would be set to tackle some of the most challenging coastal waters in the United Kingdom, if not in the whole of Europe. The chosen expedition route would involve tackling some of the largest and fastest tidal ranges and would see the team paddling across the Irish Sea and the North Sea for long stretches of the expedition.

The route also featured two stunning inland sections, which would provide a welcome relief from the waves and swell of the coast and would see the team paddle along the River Severn and canal networks of the West Midlands, as well as the jaw-dropping beauty of Scotland’s famous Caledonian Canal which passes through Loch Linnhe, Loch Lochy and Loch Ness (150 kilometres in total).

Here is an overview of the route taken by the expedition team, as well as rough distances for each leg of the journey:

Day 1: Land’s End, Cornwall to West of Perranporth (53.3k)

Day 2: West of Perranporth to West of Bude (67k)

Day 3: Rest Day (Wind Conditions)

Day 4: West of Bude to North of Combe Martin (72.8k)

Day 5: North of Combe Martin to South West of Penarth (68.1k)

Day 6: South West of Penarth to Sharpness Canal (68.6k)

Day 7: Rest Day

Day 8: Sharpness Canal to Worcester (75.1k)

Day 9: Worcester to Chillington Warf (78k)

Day 10: Chillington Warf to Ellesmere Port (100.1k)

Day 11: Rest Day

Day 12: Rest Day

Day 13: Ellesmere Port to West of Fleetwood (72.8k)

Day 14: West of Fleetwood to West of Ravenglass (74.7k)

Day 15: West of Ravenglass to Isle of Whithorn (75k)

Day 16: Isle of Whithorn to Stranraer North (49.2k) – included 14k portage

The Route