7.05.2015 Canterbury, Canterbury, Kent, UK

Victoria had her birthday on Wednesday the first of July so I booked holiday from work for the three last days of the week. We were blessed with the weather and I couldn't have picked a better time to have leave. Being a stone’s throw away from the both the beach and countryside is perfect when the weather decides to take a turn for the better.

On the Friday we had a visit from our friends Jonny and Hannah who had suggested Canoeing down the river Stour for the day, something that was recommended by our mutual friend Jess. We packed up a a picnic and set of in the thirty degree heat to Fordwitch, a small picturesque village just outside of Canterbury.

Here we met one of the guys from Canoe Wild who got us ready and set us on our five mile paddle toward Grove Ferry, another picturesque Kentish countryside village. As soon as the trip began I was sold! Perfect weather, amazing views, easy paddling and a pretty quiet river made for an amazing afternoon.

Halfway through our journey we pulled up on the river bank and sat in an empty field. Roads were nowhere in sight, just rolling hills, some cows and a handful of swans accompanied our picnic stop. Just ten miles away from our home and it felt like we were in the middle of nowhere. Although getting back into our Canoes proved a little challenging after eating and we ached from all the rowing, we managed to get back in the water and finish our journey.

If you're looking for something completely different to do and fancy escaping the City for the day, I'd highly recommend you do this! From £45 for canoe hire, check out the Canoe Wild website here and get planning your trip to the kent countryside. Thanks to Jess for the recommendation and thanks to the guys at Canoe Wild.

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