Circumnavigation of Wales in an Inflatable Boat

Issue date: 18th June 2013

Arnold Grayston. One man, one boat. Circumnavigating Wales via the the inland waterways, rivers and the Welsh coast. With one purpose, to raise money for Severn Hospice.

The journey was made in a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) via the River Severn, Bristol channel, Welsh coast, River Dee, Chester and back to Shrewsbury. Arnold began the journey at Shrewsbury Welsh Bridge on 24th May and arrived at Chester 10th June.

The route includes Rivers Morda, Vyrnwy, Severn, Bristol Channel, Swansea Bay, Carmarthen Bay, St Brides Bay, Cardigan Bay, Bardsey Island, Anglesea, River Dee, Shropshire Union, Llangollen and Montgomery Canals.

As the Dee Branch at Chester has not been navigated for over 4 years all the lock gates had become obstructed with silt. This request for a transit from the Dee was a great opportunity for the Mike Carter of the IWA Chester & Merseyside branch to ensure that the right of navigation was upheld.  Thus IWA members, JP Marine and other local volunteers worked with CRT to make the passage navigable up the Dee locks from the river.  CRT raked the silt from behind the gates of the River lock and volunteers cleared the remaining lock gates to enable the rib to exercise its right of navigation and make the journey 'all by water'.

A TV crew followed the rib and a program is due to be aired later in the year.

Further information is available on the All By Water website