Nick has been running canoe trips since 2002 when he lead his first group on a 5 day Wye Valley canoe-camping expedition. He absolutely loves canoeing and taking people out on the water, and that is why he set up Winding River Canoe. Nick has a breadth of experience leading groups in the outdoors and his style of leadership is relaxed, allowing people the space to discover things for themselves. He is also pretty skilled at campfire cuisine or so he's been told...
Roger took up kayaking in earnest when he moved to South Devon in the year 2000 and joined Totnes Canoe Club. Having access to estuaries, flat water, moving white water and some glorious coastline he discovered he was in paddling heaven!
He spends a lot of time coaching voluntarily with the Club, both with beginners and intermediate paddlers and loves to see people progress with their skills in a safe, fun and supportive environment. He loves to explore the unspoilt places on rivers and coastline with interesting people.
Roger has been helping Winding River Canoe with various camping trips on the Wye and the Dart since 2011, enjoying the company of a range of different age groups and backgrounds in a stunning surroundings.
My canoeing experience began as a youth along the rugged coastlines of Cornwall,till present day enjoyment of canoe journeying upon the inland rivers of Wales. A constant theme in a busy,changing world. The places you can access,the hidden river valleys,the quiet pools where the salmon rest. Passing through territory you could never view from a car or road brings nature up close. The canoe is the oldest ,and best suited means of transport for this experience. A break from the routine,a chance to relax and enjoy your surroundings. Listening ,observing and being a part of nature ,is the most valuable thread of outdoor education.
Tim Stephens is an outdoor education manager and all round canoeing enthusiast. He has been working in outdoor education since 2005. Tim is a qualified teacher and loves to share his passion for the outdoors with others.
Tim enjoys anything from coaching other instructors to giving people their very first taste of the river environment from a canoe.
He has a young daughter, who shares his love of the water. Most recently completing sections of the Tarn Gorge in the south of France.
Tim joined the Winding River Canoe team earlier this year (2019) and has already had many great trips including teaching groups of children and adults bushcraft canoe skills and Paddling to the Pub on the river Dart.
Hannah is a qualified teacher and has been inspiring groups in the outdoors since 2005. She has a wealth of experience leading groups in the Great Outdoors. As well as being passionate about canoeing in wild places, she also has a vast knowledge of the local flora and fauna that inhabit the forest, as well as, Bushcraft, wild food and environmental arts and crafts. Her knowledge and enthusiasm feeds into all our work with children, young people and adults.
Stefan has been paddling for about 25 years, and he says that still gets the same buzz as he did the first day. He loves paddling with a group, especially an overnight, as it feels like an exciting expedition; humans in transit, not knowing what’s around the next bend of the river - always new, and at night the song of the river. Stefan says ‘As an Eco-therapist Stefan I regard this as an immensely healing activity/environment, and love seeing people grow with the journey.