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British Universities Kayaking Expedition 2024 – Selection Event

The British Universities Kayaking Expeditions have taken place every two years (with a break for COVID) since 2005. No rain makes the weekend a lot more labour-intensive, so it was with enormous relief that this year the rain gods were smiling on us!


Save the Conwy – Action required!

RWE are planning to install a hydro scheme on the river Conwy near Betws-y-Coed in North Wales. The plan is to abstract up to 6m³/s of the water in the Conwy, above Penmachno bridge, and divert it through ~2km of pipelines before returning it below the confluence with the Lledr. This section of river is …

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British Universities Kayaking Expedition 2015 – Selection Event

pic by Tim Burne

The British Universities Kayaking Expedition‘s are entering their tenth year. Students from around the country were invited to submit paper applications which were scored by previous team members, with the top twenty being invited for a 3 day ‘selection event’ in North Wales. The hugely rainfall dependent boating conditions in Wales has required us to …

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Best day ever in Betws

A few months back I was driving in to work in the heavy rain. I was off to the Alps in less than a week and really didn’t care if I got fired or not, so rather than heading to work I bypassed Gloucester and added 3 more hours to my normal commute and headed …

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Summer Loving in Wales

Its been another stereotypical British summer this year. After a surprising amount of nice weather the rain finally came along. Unfortunately I’ve been working most of the summer, so whenever the rain has come I’ve just headed to Betws-y-Coed for the good old Fairy Glen, pretty much a sure thing whenever it is wet. Obviously …

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Endless summer rain

Any UK boater who’s not been lucky enough to disappear overseas this summer, will have no doubt noticed that this summer has been a rather exceptional one for paddling.


British Universities Kayaking Expedition 2011 – Selection Event

For those that don’t know, the first of the modern day British Universities Kayaking Expeditions was in 2005 with a successful month-long trip to Kyrgyzstan. Since then, the expeditions have gone ahead every other year with the destination in 2007 being Siberia/Mongolia, and in 2009 to Vietnam. The selection process happens the year before the …

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