Issue date: 6 June 2011
Peter Woolsey was 16 in 1957 when he canoed on his own from Kendal to London by inland waterways. Peter, now 70, is recreating the whole trip again. The Inland Waterways Association has supported the trip by giving publicity, support and advice.
IWA Warwickshire branch arranged a reception for Peter as he approached Hawkesbury Junction, where the Oxford Canal meets the Coventry Canal, on Sunday 5th June (see photo). Peter said he was absolutely astonished by the reception he got to welcome him to Hawkesbury by IWA Warwickshire members and generally humbled by the support of the enthusiastic members and their level of interest in what he was doing to raise awareness of the waterways, and inspire people to take up canoeing or kayaking as a leisure activity with the help of IWA and the BCU.
He also said he would be grateful for the assistance of anyone near to the locations he was passing through for a helping hand with portage around the locks and under bridges at locks which sometimes are a bit tricky single handed.
Peter left from Kendal in Cumbria on Saturday 28th May 2O11 and is due to arrive at London Bridge on Sunday 12th June.
follow him for the rest of the route and read his blog online