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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rivers Publishing UK (1 May 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0955061415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955061417
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.8 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Knowles was on one of the early Grand Canyon Kayaking Trips in 1973 and was run over by a 10m motorised raft on one of the large rapids. This near drowning didn't put him off and it started a love of big white water and a lifetime paddling major rivers around the world.

He first travelled to Nepal and the Himalayas in 1983 and then fell in love with the country. Since then he has paddled and explored almost all the major rivers of the Himalayas - from the Afghan border to the mighty Brahmaputra and probably more than anyone else alive today. He has led over 40 trips and expeditions and made many first descents in Nepal, Pakistan, India, Tibet and Bhutan.

He has appeared numerous times in films and television and is a Life Fellow of Britain's Royal Geog-raphical Society.

He wrote the first edition of White Water Nepal in 1991 and then founded Rivers Publishing. He now tries to stay warm and dry sitting in front of a computer, writing about rivers - but friends keep dragging him off to some exotic river to get cold, wet and scared yet again!


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Peter Knowles is a world renowned expedition kayaker who has written and produced many popular and successful guide books.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. King on 7 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book. I have just purchased an advanced elements inflatable kayak and this book is the perfect companion. there are simply loads of trips and lots of helpful information about licensing the boat too, saved loads of money by joining the bcu rather than paying for separate licences on the various waterways. I recomend this book to anyone wanting to take kayak / canoe trips in the south east
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mal Grey on 18 May 2010
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I recently received my copy of Pub Paddles. What an excellent book this is. Possibly the best laid out, best written & clearest guide book I have come across, not just compared to other canoe guides, but compared to many walking guides, climbing guides & other such publications.

The routes are well chosen, & despite being "pub based", the pub is not the main focus. Indeed some of the trips are relatively adventurous, but still appropriate for almost any paddler, & the appreciation of the water & surroundings shines through. Even though I've paddled many of the routes myself, there is still plenty of new information for me, be it alternative routes, historical titbits or local information on other things to see & do. Even highly experienced canoeists will find new interest & ideas from reading it.

With clear tips, directions, recommendations for alternative trips in the area & of course a list of all the nearby pubs, this is immediately the definitive guide to canoeing the waterways of the south of England.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. CW Oliver on 18 May 2010
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I have been inspired by the author, Peter Knowles over almost thirty years to paddle on various rivers round the world. I have done many of the paddles mentioned in this Pub Paddles book. The book is lavishley illustrated with accurate maps and descriptions. I was glad to see fluffy gets a bit of a look in, it would be nice to see more of the old bird.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Palmer on 20 July 2010
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I would like to repeat the review I wrote for 'Scottish Paddler', the magazine of the Scottish Canoe Association, in the Summer 2010 issue, NO. 87.
A beautiful book, from concept to finish, and including the great photographs, clear maps, and intelligent layout and text.
The greatest need nowadays is for straighforward advice for new paddlers, so they do not come to any harm, but also have an enjoyable day out.
What a lot of fun so near to London!
I think I was the most impressd by Pete's comment as he checked out other colleagues' views and writing 'how lucky I was to be living in such an interesting country...in terms of the scenery, culture, people and history'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Crosson on 21 May 2010
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If you paddle in the south-east, or are just thinking you might, then buy this book. It's not just all the helpful information that's already been reviewed. This book is so beautifully produced you
a) won't be able to stop reading it
b) won't be able to resist the draw of paddling in at least one of these places.
This book captures perfectly an England of lazy, sunlit, dappled afternoons on the water.

Great. Now I've talked myself into making a little trip of my own. Right now!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Garlick on 1 Sept. 2010
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There are many guide books available for the harder paddles in the UK , but this one fills a gap catering for the "softer" option recreational paddlers , who in many ways benefit more from the help and advice contained therein.
It is well illustrated with good maps and the author has a great sense of humour.
For anyone arranging such paddles for others, or a family of paddlers wishing for some child friendly trips, or a club wanting to do some new paddles in the South East this book really is a must.
Andy
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dan K on 9 Jun. 2010
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I have really enjoyed reading Pub Paddles and used it to plan one trip with my godson, a 10 year old monster. We had a super day, the guide was accurate and detailed, and we had fun doing something we wouldn't have been able to do without this book. We did not, naturally, partake of any beer on the trip, and I look forward to being able to do so next time.

As the authors nephew I'm not totally independent! - but still have no hesitation in recommending this super guide.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Savage on 18 May 2010
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Pub Paddles is a well researched and beautifully presented guide aimed at anyone who enjoys quiet, scenic 'family' trips. It will take me the rest of this Summer and next to work my way through the rivers that I haven't paddled yet, but several are already in the diary. The book is not only a route guide but also packed with interestng facts and information on each area and defintely has a place in the sitting room as well as in the dry bag!
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