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CanoeNI.com reviews Irish Canoe Classics

Posted on May 23, 2011 @ 5:16 PM in Canoeing

CanoeNI.com give their thoughts on the recently published guide book Irish Canoe Classics .. Thirty Four Great Canoe & Kayak Trips. 

Irish Canoe Classics

The canoeing community (especially in Northern Ireland) is quite small so we had heard on the grape vine that Eddie Palmer and Tony Monaghan were out and about in Ireland researching and writing this book for Pesda Press.  So as official developers and promoters of Northern Ireland’s Canoe Trails you can imagine how keen we were to get our hands on a copy to see how the trails measured up.

Pesda Press has previously published the highly rated ‘Scottish Canoe Classics’ and ‘Welsh Sea Kayaking’ and there is no doubt that this will be come a welcome addition to any avid canoeist’s coffee table or book shelf.

The authors admit that the book is ‘…a simple and practical guide…’ and ‘…is not a comprehensive guide to all waterways…’ We most definitely appreciate this challenge having produced waterproof trail guides to accompany our trails.  It is real challenge to provide detail in print format because fundamentally details change on a regular basis – hence we have focused on providing detail in a web format.

Its simplicity is the guide’s strength. Our course Eddie & Tony have spent countless hours compiling the information but the real skill is how it has been put together to make the information timeless so the guide book will have a good shelf life (well for the next five years or so anyway.)

There is enough information to inspire you to get out and make the next step; great overview maps, shuttle info, hazards, portages and route descriptions.  The paperback book is not designed to bring out of the water with you but it is designed to get you out of the house and explore new places. 

We are delighted with the coverage of Northern Ireland’s Canoe Trails.  Each of the canoe trails – Lough Erne, Lough Neagh, River Blackwater, Lower Bann and Strangford Lough are portrayed with great accuracy.  They also provide some welcome additions to the Lough Erne Canoe Trail with trips along the River Erne from Lough Gowna to Belturbet and along the Woodford River from Leitrim to Crom.

All in all a great inspirational book, long overdue in Ireland – it knows exactly what it is trying to be and performs the function perfectly.  We hope you enjoy many long days on the water as a result this book.

The book can be purchased from Pesda Press or Cordee Books


Chris Scott
Chris Scott

When not boring everyone about his little kids’ latest antics, Chris enjoys sailing and cycling, if only to offset his love of eating out and Marlborough Cabernet Sauvignon..

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