Dawlish & District u3a’s new Adventure Group launches

Dawlish & District u3a


31st October 2021

Dawlish & District u3a’s new Adventure Group launches

Nine intrepid members of Dawlish & District u3a’s Adventure Group have launched this new group in fine style.  They took to the water in Exeter in a variety of kayaks: single, double, sit-on and sit-in.  

Most were complete beginners, so the instruction from Nils of Kayakhub was essential as they started from first principles.  They learned where and which way up to hold the paddle; and how to paddle forwards, backwards, slowly and quickly. 

Usefully, they were also taught how to get in and out of the kayak without tipping themselves into the water.  This was an essential skill since the trip took them down to the Double Locks pub where rest and refreshments were much needed to prepare for the return journey.  

Perhaps the greatest challenge was in negotiating Salmonpool Swing Bridge.  The combination of high water and a low bridge required an unanticipated degree of upper body flexibility. Some folded and others limboed; thankfully all made it through!

The lessons must have been successful because nobody fell in. Members of the group were obviously good students as they learned enough to have a race!

The aim of the group is to offer members the opportunity to try out new and challenging activities together.  Here in South Devon there are plenty of activities to choose from, including: cycling; quad biking; walks on Dartmoor; climbing; stand up paddleboarding and more…   The next adventure in November is to ‘Go Ape’ at Bullers Hill near Kennford.  Group leader Miggie Pickton is delighted with the way the first adventure went, and hopes to try them all in the months to come!  

If you would like to know more about the Adventure Group and about all the other groups and activities run by Dawlish & District u3a, visit email or visit

Photo credit: Dave Pickton
Photo credit: Graham & Linda Winchester
Photo credit: Michael Heyden

Dawlish & District u3a has over 140 members who meet monthly to listen to speakers on a diverse range of subjects, and to enjoy each other’s company.  In addition, about 20 interest groups meet throughout the month to pursue subjects as varied as Great Lives, Art Appreciation, Watercolour Painting, French Conversation, Wine Appreciation, Scrabble, Natural History and Gardens & Gateaux.  To find out more, visit


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