Paddling France: 40 Best Places to Explore by SUP, Kayak & Canoe

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Author: ANNA RICHARDS

Category: Lifestyle , Sport & leisure

Book Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides

ISBN: 9781804691069

RRP: $49.99

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Bradt’s Paddling France is the first practical guidebook to explore the whole country by SUP (stand-up paddleboard), canoe and kayak – waterborne activities enjoying a popularity boom. Experienced paddleboarder, travel writer and local resident Anna Richards has toured the country’s rivers, lakes and coasts to handpick 40 outstanding itineraries for water-based exploration that suit all abilities from novice to expert, enabling readers to experience Metropolitan France as never before! Suggested routes extend from Brittany to the Spanish and Italian borders, and encompass some of France’s best-known tourist attractions – from Paris’s Bois du Boulogne and Mont St Michel to the Pont du Gard and Dune du Pilat – as well as less familiar destinations such as Lac du Der Chantecoq, Txingusi Bay and the Glénan Islands. Itineraries occupy dramatically varied landscapes: choose between paddling past coastal cliffs, small islands and steepling gorges, across twinkling lakes and down sparkling rivers, through wine regions, and even around urban surprises such as Lille’s five-point citadelle. Compared to the UK, paddleboarding is in its infancy in France, but hundreds of paddleboard clubs have opened in recent years. Join its members in experiencing a new take on France. Enjoy spectacular views of some of the country’s grandest châteaux; spot seals, beavers and even flamingos from the water; and choose between paddling one lake that appears red due to the colour of the soil or another that glows emerald, or gawping upwards at chalky-white cliff arches. Whatever your level of confidence on the waterways, there are suggestions for you: free paddles without a fixed route, short routes taking a half-day or longer, multi-day adventures. Routes are marked on maps and illustrated by photos, and complemented by cultural, historical and geographical titbits. Accompanying information and advice is geared towards the independent traveller, covering travel logistics, equipment rental, accommodation options and food, plus handy vocabulary and need-to-know sections. Building on the intense commercial and critical success of Bradt’s Paddling Britain, this brand new guidebook to Paddling France is a unique almanac that equips any watersports enthusiast travelling to or around France with all the practical knowledge necessary to plan the adventure. AUTHOR: Anna Richards (annahrichards.com) began paddleboarding in Cornwall, where she grew up. During lunch breaks from her office job, she would grab a board and set off on jaunts across the Penryn River. These soon turned into multi-day trips, often camping and participating in river- or sea-cleans. To hone her skills, she joined a Stand-up Paddleboard (SUP) club, where she learnt about all the other possibilities that SUP opens up (SUP yoga, SUP surfing, racing and touring). In 2021, Richards moved to France to become a full-time writer about travel and the outdoors, and started keenly exploring as much of the country as possible. She established her base in Lyon, a landlocked city with two waterways, and was pleased to find that living inland didn’t mean giving up SUP. Far from it: it has helped her explore the country through a fresh, unique perspective. Bradt’s Paddling France is her first book. 296pp colour photos, 41 maps

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