Weʼve raised £985 to Look after the Jurassic Coast
- Funded on Tuesday, 29th November 2022
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This is a renewed fund raising page as the last one finished at £326 (I forgot to extend the cutoff!).
I'm raising money for Clean Jurassic Coast CIC, a volunteer not-for-profit group who remove plastics and other litter from the coastline. Founded by me and run by a fabulous group of volunteers, CJC has removed over 3 tonnes of plastic this year so far, a lot has been recycled too! You can find out more at www.cleanjurassiccoast.uk
Also raising money for the Jurassic Coast Trust, a small charity set up to manage the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Their aims are to ensure the protection of the amazing geo and bio diversity found along the 95 mile coastline. We collect the plastic and they, for example, make sure things like fossils are preserved. For more information take a look at their website at www.jurassiccoast.org
What is my challenge?
Inspired by Derry's 23.5 hour charity Jurassic Coast run last year, I am planning to kayak the Jurassic Coast (JC) in under 24 hours.
This will be completely different from last year's Top Down Kayak Challenge. I won't be camping for a start and it’ll be done over a weekend rather than two months.
The JC is 95 miles long although kayaking it is a little less at roughly 80 miles. I am going to attempt to paddle my wooden kayak 'Just Add Water' the entire 80 miles in less than 24 hours.
As I kayak along, I will travel through time!
Well, sort of - this unique coastline covers 185 million years of history. From the 250 million year old red cliffs of the Triassic Period, the fossil-rich Jurassic, through to the white chalk of the Cretaceous Period from 65 million years ago, I shall be passing areas of such unique diversity, it's the only place on Earth where one can see all three periods from the Mesozoic Era - hence its World Heritage Site status.
Starting at Old Harry near Studland, I will be heading west to Exmouth. The first section to Chesil Beach will mean encountering the tide races of Old Harry, Peverill Point, Durlston Head, St. Aldheims Head, and Portland Bill. My timing will have to be pretty spot on so the tide flows assist me. Get it wrong and I could actually be in some trouble!
With the right tide, I shall zoom past Swanage, Chapman's Pool, Kimmeridge and Lulworth before crossing Weymouth Bay to Portland, hopefully before I run out of tidal assistance. Thanks to the way the tides work, I will then have to wait on Portland for a few hours before the tide comes back to my favour and helps me whizz around the Bill and along Chesil - this 4 hour stop will at least give me a chance to eat and rest before continuing with the remaining 50 miles or so.
As I kayak along the 18 mile stretch of Chesil Beach, day will turn into night and I will be relying on the light from the moon - unless it is cloudy! Cruising past West Bay, Eype and Seatown, the next rest stop will be Charmouth, hopefully in the early hours of the morning and I will have covered at least 55 miles by then. I'll take a short break to stretch my legs, have a bite to eat and then crack on with the remaining 25 miles.
The tide flows are fairly minimal along this stretch and I imagine I'll be pretty tired and struggling by the time I pass Seaton, Beer and Branscombe although I expect I'll be welcoming the dawn light by then. Sidmouth will be a welcome sight, the Ladram Sea Stacks should look fabulous in the morning sun and I'll push past Budleigh Salterton, the last town before the finish.
With any luck, a bit of determination and sheer will, I will hopefully reach Orcombe Point near Exmouth, breathe a sigh of relief, pull up on the beach and probably collapse.
It'll be worth it though because you lovely lot will have donated all your spare money to Clean Jurassic Coast CIC and the Jurassic Coast Trust.
Although the idea is to paddle unsupported, I am not averse to some company on the water with me - but it will be at your risk and at my speed! As usual, you’ll be able to follow me online with my live tracker at www.kayakingforcharity.co.uk and follow my social media - just look for Roy's Outdoor Life on Facebook and Instagram
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Oct 8, 2022
Great achievement. Congratulations 👏
Bob the Plogdog
Sep 8, 2022
We are a bit late (was on holiday when you made your huge paddle) but better late then never 💚 Bob 🐶 and Simone
Sep 1, 2022
Welldone Roy for a Great cause a Great effort !What’s Next 😊
Aug 30, 2022
Roy, you are an amazing human, well done xxx
Aug 30, 2022
Well done Roy. Amazing effort .... again!
Aug 22, 2022
Well done Roy, another amazing achievement. You are a star 🌟
Aug 19, 2022
Roy, you’re a legend and inspiration to us all. Congratulations mate! Amazing effort, cannot wait to read the write up 🤘
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