During 2006-8 I researched, photographed and wrote ‘South West Sea Kayaking’, a detailed guide to the coasts and islands of South West England; from the Bristol Channel to the Isle of Wight. The second edition was published in April 2011.
I use this blog to keep folk updated as to my progress and to reveal some of the wonderful scenery, culture and wildlife of this little corner of England.
Here follow, a selection of reviews of South West Sea Kayaking …
As a man who lives in Cornwall and has been in and around its seas in various craft, and who has just realised a long yearning for exploring the coast by kayak by purchasing both a single and a tandem in which to begin the adventure, I was really looking forward to receiving this book. I couldn’t have been any more impressed. Mark Rainsley’s book somehow manages to describe a passage of the entire coast from the Needles to the River Severn (including the Isles of Scilly and Lundy) in some 50 stages in a surprising amount of detail. The information is practical and interesting and is very well organised, covering historical, ecological, and nautical angles. There are maps for each stage/route and a bounty of colour photos. My only worry is that it may help spawn a plethora of kayakers to swarm the presently un-crowded waters around the South West. Other than that it’s a great achievement.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars]
If you plan to paddle in the Southwest, this Guidebook is invaluable.
I am astonished at the quality of the publication both in terms of content and presentation. It really is first class.
The information Mark provides is insightful, useful and concise. The maps and images are superb. The layout makes for easy reading and adopts a clear, consistent and useable format.
Without a doubt, one of the best guidebooks I own.
From Canoe Kayak UK magazine, www.canoekayak.co.uk
SW Sea Kayaking is the latest instalment in the already impressive library of excellent guidebooks from publishers Pesda Press. As the name suggests the south west coast of England is described in fifty fantastic trips, from the Isle of Wight to the Severn Estuary.
Author Mark Rainsley paddled each trip and has done an excellent job of capturing the essence of the south coast in concise and informative descriptions, and the additional notes on local history, wildlife and geology mean that you can practically smell the sea air whilst reading it.
Alongside the descriptions and anecdotes sits all the essential navigational, map and tidal information that any sea kayaker may need making this book an essential read for anyone who wishes to explore this stunning part of England’s coastline. We also liked the book’s accessibility, yes there are some committing and challenging trips with its pages but there are just as many fun day trips suitable for the less experienced sea paddler. The layouts are user-friendly and full colour images throughout further help to bring the book alive. We’ve already earmarked half a dozen trips with post-it notes that we simply have to do this summer and if you read this book you’ll do the same.
Everyone involved in the production of this book should be very proud, and anyone with even the remotest interest in paddling on the sea should buy a copy as soon as possible and be prepared to be inspired.