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Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Canyoning: Not For The Faint Hearted

There is nothing like messing about on the river, but messing about in the river is a completely different matter and one which is not so much relaxing as exhilarating. A canyoning gift experience is not only a chance to enjoy some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK, but also an opportunity to get wet and wild and test yourself to your limits. The basic premise is that you follow a stream or small river, not just by wandering alongside it like anyone can, but by actually getting in and letting the flow of the water show you where to go and makes a great birthday present for anyone who isn't scared of trying something new.

Of course, you might be imagining a short paddle in gentle babbling brook and rolling up the bottom of your trousers to let the water wash over your toes, but that is a far cry from the reality of canyoning. You may spend some time in shallow water, but you will also be tackling deeper waters where you may need to swim and pools which have currents which may surprise you. You will be with professional instructors who will ensure that you are safe and secure as well as encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone and try something daring with their help and guidance.

You’re in safe hands as these people know every inch of the area you will be covering and can talk you through the roughest parts as well as showing you how to get the most fun out of the day. A wet suit and all the equipment you need is provided so all you have to bring is a sense of adventure and a willingness to get wet as you make your way along the water’s course.

So if you’ve been racking your brains for a birthday gift idea for someone who likes to grab life with both hands and put their nerves to the test with a life-affirming activity, the a day of canyoning makes a perfect present and will certainly give them a thrill they won’t forget.

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