Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. These days I'd rather be getting my summer kicks from an afternoon skating my toes on the surface of the water than being served a challenging cocktail in a concept bar by someone called Eros. If you fancy a trip to life's simple pleasures, then here are some tips for a quintessentially English day by the river.
- Paddleboarding involves standing up on a long surfboard and paddling your way along. Developed as a surfer's alternative for when the waves are too flat to play, it also provides a fantastic way to explore our waterways. To give it a go in London visit the Blue Chip Surf Shop, alternatively search on Google for your nearest provider
- Wild swimming provides an exhilarating duck's perspective of our waterways. For inspiration grab a copy of Roger Deakin's book Waterlog, otherwise if you're in the UK then check out the OSS website
- Exploring our water ways by boat is undoubtedly the best way to appreciate the nostalgic charm of our rivers. Whether it's kayaking the city or lounging on a Slipper Launch, simply Google day hire boat providers in your area.