Paddling through history

Dee (5)It was a delight to paddle through Trevor Rocks on the Dee and under Thomas Telford’s magnificent Pontcysyllte Aqueduct recently. As many paddlers will know, Trevor Rocks are famed in British canoeing history as the site for our canoe first slalom. A history of the BCU records: “In 1939 Franz Schulliof organised the first British slalom, at Trevor Rocks on the Welsh Dee. A second one was held on the Teme at Ludlow in 1940 but the war put paid to further activity until 1948, when the next was held at Tymain Island, on the Dee again”. I’ve competed on the Teme at Ludlow, I’ll have to go in search of Tymain Island now!

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