Between the 7th and 16th of this February, while you’re all tucked up nice and warm, Jason Elliot is going to paddleboard the 162 miles (255 km) of inland waterway crossing England from Bootle in the West to Goole in the East along the Desmond Family Canoe Trail through the savage Northern winter :-D. Brrrr…

Jason will be starting at the following points at approx 09.30 each day, so if you would like to join up for a day, or part of a day, whether on a SUP, or in a kayak or canoe, you’d be very welcome.

7 Feb, Eldonian Village Hall, 16 mile

8 Feb, Haskayne Village Hall, 18 miles
9 Feb, Wigan Top Lock, 18 miles
10 Feb, Blackburn Top Lock, 17 miles
11 Feb, Sandygate, Burnley, 17 miles
12 Feb, East Marton Bridge 162, 16 miles
13 Feb, Silsden, 16 miles
14 Feb, Newlay Locks, Pollard Lane, 15 miles
15 Feb, Castleford Junction, 15 miles
16 Feb, Pollington Lock, 10 miles

Finish at Goole approx 1.30pm

The only parts of the route not being paddled are Wigan Flight Portage and Blackburn Locks Portage with a combined distance of 3.1 miles (5km)As you may know through the social media feeds of our recycled plastic business, carelessly discarded waste plastic, particularly single use plastic has been a bugbear of mine for a long time. It therefore seemed a logical progression to use this trip to raise awareness of the problems that so much plastic in our waterways has caused and can cause in the future, as well as raising much needed funds to support the excellent outreach and cleanup work delivered by Surfers Against Sewage, (of which I’ve been a member for some time.)

To manage the whole route in the allotted time I will have to paddle for around 6 hours per day, although I’ll also be some stops en route to do some organised waterway clean ups with local groups, set up by the lovely people at the Canal and River Trust.

As well as the Canal and River Trust and my colleagues at British Recycled Plastic, I will also be supported by the crew at Bluefin SUPs who are supplying my board and paddle, the team at British Canoeing, as well as my awesome daughter, Georgia, who will be cycling the route and providing logistical support for me and my partner Kate who will be ferrying clean clothes and supplies (hopefully including cake) backwards and forwards.

All of that means nothing however, without YOUR support, so please help me and be on my team by donating to this cause, either a little or a lot, you know what’s right for you, because every penny will be well used.

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